From its inception, the Board of Directors of HTCC
two-step process of Certification and Recertification. Certification
is the first step in this process; it provides assurance to
the public that a Certified Hand Therapist meets the high standards set by HTCC. Once certified, it is the personal
responsibility of each Certified Hand Therapist to maintain
the credential in order to demonstrate current knowledge and
skills. Because of changes in the profession, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development
and competency by recertifying every five years.
What is Required to Apply for Certification?
- Beginning in 2011, HTCC no longer requires that your work experience be acquired in any specific country. All occupational or physical therapists who meet the eligibility requirements may apply to take the exam.
- Documentation of five years of practice as an occupational
physical therapist, verified with a copy of your original license, certificate, or registration as an OT or PT.
- A copy of your current professional credential to practice.
Depending on your profession and where you practice, a
professional credential may include a license, certificate,
or registration. In all cases, it is the credential that
you need to legally practice in that location. This credential must be active, and you must be in good standing with the agency that issued it.
- Documentation of 4,000 hours of Direct Practice Experience
Therapy, verified by your supervisor or employer.
- Completion of an Explanation of Hours form that describes how you determined the number of hours of Hand Therapy Direct Practice you are submitting.
- Completed and signed consent form.
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