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Continuing Education Requirements for Certified Hand Therapists

The Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) is the governing body that is responsible for credentialing certified hand therapists (CHT). In order to maintain the CHT credential, a CHT must accumulate a minimum of 80 contact hours of professional development activities with a minimum of 36 hours in clinical hand therapy programs (category A) during their five-year accrual period.

All Courses offered to Certified Hand Therapists via Exploring Hand Therapy are accepted.

Exploring Hand Therapy  is an approved provider of the American Occpational Therapy Association.

OnlineCE is an approved provider of the AOTA



The Hand Therapy Certification Commission does not pre-approve individual courses. Online continuing education credits are accepted under the following categories.

Category A - Formal courses in Upper Quarter Therapy -a minimum of 3 hrs in length. Thirty-six hours (36), per 5 year accrual cycle, are required or all 80 hours may be submitted in this category.

Category B - Informal courses in Upper Quarter Therapy - less than 3 hrs in length. A maximum of 30 hours, per 5 year cycle, can be obtained in this category.

Category C - Formal courses with General OT or PT Content. A maximum of 30 hours, per 5 year cycle, can be obtained in this category. This category encompasses educational materials that address the clinical application of general occupational or physical therapy knowledge.


Continuing Education Requirements for Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistants

Continuing Education Requirements by NBCOT

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) is the national governing body responsible for credentialing Occupational Therapists (OTR) and Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA). In order to maintain current certification as an OTR or OTA, therapists must meet all NBCOT continuing education (CE) requirements. A total of thirty-six (36) professional development units beginning and throughout a three year cycle are required. These units can be earned through a variety of professional development activities including internet coursework.

Continuing Education Requirements by State

Continuing Education requirements for license renewal vary among States and are subject to change without notice. Please keep in mind that you should always check with your local Board for confirmation or prior approval for authorization for course credit. If your individual state Board does not require CEU, you will still need to satisfy NBCOT CE requirements in order to use the credential OTR or OTA as an Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant.

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