No, HTCC only recognizes individual physical therapists and occupational therapists who meet HTCC’s general eligibility requirements, successfully pass the Hand Therapy Certification Examination, and recertify at the end of their 5 year accrual cycle. Since 1991, HTCC has used the marks “CHT” and “Certified Hand Therapist” to recognize these individuals.
Hand therapy services are provided in a variety of settings. HTCC is not involved in evaluating other aspects of healthcare operations, such as assistants and other staff, billing practices, or overall patient satisfaction, at hospitals, clinics, hand centers, hand therapy offices, or other business settings in which hand therapy services may be provided.
Certified Hand Therapists and their employers are asked to use HTCC trademarks in a manner that is truthful and not misleading. The CHT credential is an indication of individual competency so it is the policy of HTCC that business names should be distinct from the credential.
In particular, HTCC finds it inappropriate for a business to hold itself out to the public as “certified” if no third party has certified its operations.
HTCC recognizes the importance of accurate information regarding the scope of its program. This FAQ has been posted for the purpose of eliminating any confusion among employers, consumers, and the general public regarding what “Certified Hand Therapist” represents. If you have any questions regarding the Certified Hand Therapist credential, please do not hesitate to contact HTCC.