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Important Dates

2022 Exams
April 25 - May 14
October 24 - November 12



Application Deadlines: April 15th for the May exam and October 15th for the November exam.
recertifying for the first time

CHTs seeking Recertification by Professional Development must satisfy the eligibility requirements based on their appropriate accrual cycle.

This information applies to you if you have never recertified. It also applies if you became Inactive rather than recertifying the first time.

General Requirements

  1. Be a current CHT (Active or Inactive) in good standing (no unresolved disciplinary actions against you by HTCC).
  2. Hold a current professional credential to practice as an OT or PT. 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.

Work Requirements

Accrue a minimum of 2,000 hours of work experience.

1,000 hours must be in hand therapy clinical practice as defined below. However, if you are a hand therapy educator, you may submit hours spent in formal education related to hand therapy in lieu of clinical hours. (All 2,000 hours may be in clinical practice or formal teaching).

Up to 1,000 hours may be accrued in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Formal teaching directly related to Hand therapy;
  2. Research directly related to hand therapy;
  3. Direct supervision or administration of a hand therapy clinical program;
  4. Consultation related to hand therapy;
  5. Activities supporting professional organizations related to hand therapy (i.e. American Society of Hand Therapists, the American Hand Therapy Foundation, the International Federation of Societies of Hand Therapists, the Hand Therapy Certification Commission, the American Association for Hand Surgery, the Hand Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, etc.).

Employment Verification

The Employment Verification Form can be:

  • Downloaded in For CHTs (with your employment information pre-printed on it)
  • Downloaded in the Forms section of the website
  • Printed from the Recertification Handbook

You may download a form at any time to submit with your online hours or if you need to get verification before leaving an employer.

Professional Development Requirements

Accrue 80 contact hours of professional development. All 80 hours may be in Category A.

Click here to view the Professional Development Categories and learn how to enter & track your hours online.