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Membership Qualifications

All categories of membership are based on education, not on licensure

Both national and chapter memberships are required. Exception: Active uniformed services personnel or spouses/partners of active uniformed services personnel, may choose to be assigned to any chapter. Membership is effective for 12 months. Corresponding dues entitle APTA members to participate in additional chapters. These dues are in addition to your 2019 chapter dues.
Visit apta.org/Eligibility for further details.

Membership Fees

Make your dues payments more manageable with APTA's Easy Pay Plan, which gives you the option to pay your membership dues in four equal payments over a six month period. Under the Auto Renew Plan, APTA will continue to charge your credit/debit card for your full dues (and voluntary contributions) from year to year until such time you notify APTA.

Career Starter Dues is the automatic way for eligible new graduate members to save 50% (up to $270) off national and chapter dues at their first renewal postgraduation. There is a limited-time pilot opportunity for eligible members 2-4 years postgraduation to save 40%, 30%, or 20% on national dues and participating chapter and section dues.

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Membership Fee FAQ

APTA’s Installment Dues Program makes membership more affordable by allowing you to pay your membership dues in four equal installments over six months.
Note: this program is only available when paying by credit card. When you join APTA or renew your membership, complete the appropriate section on the membership application or renewal form.

You may also sign up for this program when joining or renewing via the Web or phone.

APTA dues may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.
Donations to the Foundation and Minority Scholarship Fund are recognized as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. APTA membership dues, WCPT contributions, and PT-PAC contributions are not "tax deductible as charitable contributions.

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Membership FAQs

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a national professional organization representing more than 88,000 members. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education.

The California Physical Therapy Association is a Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, which represents more than 7,000 physical therapists and physical therapist assistants nationwide. As the third largest Physical Therapy association in the world, the California Physical Therapy Association remains the largest voice for the physical therapy profession in the state of California.

Yes. Simultaneous payment of national and chapter dues is required. You must belong to the chapter of the state in which you live, work or attend school, or of an adjacent state if more active participation is possible.

To become a member, you must be accepted to or enrolled in a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program that is accredited or is seeking or has been granted candidacy status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (see qualifications on application), or have graduated from an accredited PT or PTA program.

If you graduated outside of the United States, you must submit specific documentation for membership. Please contact APTA's Membership Department for details.

Yes. If you’re enrolled in a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program that is accredited or seeking accreditation, you’re eligible for APTA membership.

You can join online using APTA’s online membership application (24 hours a day). You can call APTA’s Membership Department at 800-999-APTA (2782), ext 3395 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm Eastern time, Monday-Friday). Or you can mail your application to the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488.

CPTA Partners Program

The California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) created the Partners Program to acknowledge individuals who are not eligible for membership in the American Physical Therapy Association and to provide them with access to critical information, products and services offered by CPTA.

Who can join?
Individuals eligible for the CPTA Partners Program include:
• Licensed physical therapist assistants who did not graduate from a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)-approved academic education program;
• Foreign-educated physical therapists, living in the USA who are ineligible for membership;
• Individuals who serve as full-time faculty of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program in California who are not physical therapists; and
• International physical therapists practicing outside of the United States.

Why Should You partner with CPTA?
As a partner of the CPTA you will experience numerous benefits:
Helping you to best serve your clients through current, professional information and resources. Your payment questions will be answered by a CPTA expert who will provide you with timely updates and payment changes.
Strengthening the voice of physical therapists dedicated to protecting and advancing the profession of physical therapy. Your voice will be heard at both the legislative and regulatory levels to ensure your interests are represented.
Providing quality courses designed to enhance your expertise and professional development as well as attending annual conference.
Sharing your interests and ideas with individuals who care about your profession in a multitude of forums. Expanding your professional network through district meetings, town hall meetings and special events.
Publicizing your practice with numerous sponsorships and advertising opportunities throughout the year.
Accessing the latest news and information related to your profession through CPTA’s website, online publications, Career Center and more.

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