In 1981 the APTA House of Delegates approved board certification in the area of pediatrics. The first pediatrics specialist certification examination was administered in 1986. As of June 2015 the number of Pediatric Certified Specialists is 1,485.

How Can I Find Out More About Becoming a Pediatric Certified Specialist?

  • The Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy's PCS Study Guide can be found on the APPT Fact Sheet page
  • To find out more about the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) or to apply to take the Pediatric Certified Specialist (PCS) exam, click here
  • To search the Directory of Certified Specialists, click here
  • If you'd like to join the Academy's PCS Online Study Group, e-mail
  • If you'd prefer to join a local PCS Study Group, contact your Pediatrics State Representative to see about connecting with other people in your state.
  • If you'd like to take a course to get more exposure to advanced practice in pediatrics, consider attending either the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference (APPTAC) or Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) in Pediatrics Course. Although these are not specifically PCS-prep courses, they can be a useful part of your review. Information on both can be found on the Professional Development page.
    The Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) and the Pediatric Self-Assessment Tool (SAT), both provided to PCS applicants, are intended to be used together to help develop a study plan. (The DSP is the blueprint for the exam and the SAT will identify areas of strengths/weaknesses.)
  • To find out more about the Academy's Memorial Fund Scholarships to help Academy members fund the PCS process, click here