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This voluntary program is designed primarily for people interested in or involved with clinical education, such as clinical instructors, site coordinators of clinical education, directors of clinical education, and is recognized by APTA as a Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program.

Other health care providers who provide clinical education in a supervisory role to students, including physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and health care providers from other professions can use this program to enhance their clinical instruction education.

This program provides enhanced clinical education skills for instructors, CEUs, and, for PTs and PTAs, a prestigious CI credential.

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Note: Only PTs and PTAs can obtain the CI credential. All health care professional receive some CEUs, and CEUs vary between professions.

The program addresses:

  • Planning and preparing for physical therapy students during their clinical education experiences.
  • Developing learning experiences.
  • Supporting ongoing learning through questioning and effective feedback.
  • Acquiring performance evaluation skills.
  • Identifying and managing students with exceptional situations.
  • Recognizing legal implications for clinical educators, including issues presented by ADA legislation.

Eligibility Requirements for Credentialing

  • Complete a registration for the course.
  • Provide a copy of current PT or PTA license.
  • Approval, after review of online registration, by the course trainer.
  • Course registration fee ($100/member, $200/nonmember).*

* Included as part of APTA's course registration fee are the Level 1 manual, Assessment Center, CI credential and CEU certificate(s), CI credential pin, and registry in an APTA database. Additional fees by the sponsoring organization may apply to cover course related expenses. For more information, contact

Other health care professionals. To take the course for the sole purpose of clinical education enhancement and to receive CEUs, select and register for one of the courses below. You must be a PT or PTA to obtain the CI credential. Other health care professionals earn 1.2 CEUs (12 contact hours).

CCIP Level 1 Course Process

An interested candidate selects a course from the course schedule listing below. Live classroom interaction is emphasized as a means to highlight and discuss different ideas and create a shared learning environment in which each student brings a unique and valuable perspective to the conversation.

Taking the assessment (for PTs, and PTAs)

The Assessment Center provides an opportunity to apply information from the program in various simulated situations/stations. Successful completion of each station in the Assessment Center results in the awarding of APTA CI credentialing. Each participant must attend all sessions of the course and Assessment Center in its entirety to be eligible for credentialing. The Level 1 course is a two-day course that may be offered in several different configurations, depending on the accessibility and needs of learners.

The course and Assessment Center will be useful for both new and experienced PT and PTA educators involved with clinical education. Although the information presented covers the basic skills for CIs, the interactive tasks and large- and small-group discussions will be of benefit, even to experienced educators.

PTs and PTAs who successfully complete this course will receive a credential, which verifies their status as an APTA CI as well as 1.6 CEUs, which may be used to satisfy licensure renewal requirements.

CCIP Level 1 Course Schedule

Contact the registration person directly for information, including materials to be completed, fees, and registration deadlines.

This schedule is regularly updated to include new course opportunities. Check back frequently to find upcoming courses in your area.

Would you like to sponsor a CCIP course? You can.

NOTICE - In person CCIP Events Suspension for the Remainder of 2020:

July 9, 2020

Dear CCIP Trainers:

After much consideration, APTA has determined it is necessary to suspend several APTA-sponsored activities through the remainder of the year due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes any in-person CCIP courses.

This decision was not an easy one. The association fully appreciates the value this clinical instructor training contributes to the physical therapy profession. However, as an association dedicated to improving societal health, the safety of our trainers and registered participants must be the top consideration.

APTA is supporting efforts currently underway to offer the CCIP Level 1 course through a virtual platform. Program staff are coordinating the necessary logistical efforts and training that will be required to move this alternative model forward. Updates will be provided on these efforts in the coming months. We are hopeful we could have at least limited offerings available by Q4 of this year.

Should you have questions or concerns about this decision or efforts moving forward, please direct those to Keith Mendenhall, APTA’s CCIP Program Manager, at

Thank you for your continued contributions to the profession.

Keith Mendenhall
Manager, CCIP Program Manager

Derek Stepp
Director, Postprofessional Credentialing