Maximum accepted: 20 hours per 5-year accrual cycle.

Description of Courses with General OT or PT Content


This category encompasses courses that address the clinical application of general occupational therapy or physical therapy knowledge such as the following:

Cardiac Rehabilitation Complementary Medicine (see below)
Evidence Based Medicine Infectious Diseases
Injury Prevention Lower Extremity
Neurological Conditions Posture/Movement
Research Spine (other than the cervical spine)
  • Courses too general for Category A may be appropriate for this category.
  • Some educational courses have content that are applicable to both Category A and Category C. Proof for such courses must delineate how many contact hours from the course content apply to Category A and how many contact hours apply to Category C. Only one copy of the course outline and certificate needs to be sent to HTCC when submitted online.
  • Complementary Medicine: You may submit a total of 20 hours in courses related to complementary medicine. Courses related to complementary medicine include, but are not limited to: acupuncture, acupressure, Active Release Therapy, Pilates, cranio-sacral therapy, general body massage, movement therapy (e.g. Feldenkrais, Hellerwork/Structural Integration, Bowen Technique, Rolfing, Alexander Technique), energy healing, magnet therapy, Qigong, Reiki, Tai Chi, healing touch and yoga as long as the courses are designed for health care professionals. You may not submit a yoga class that you attend as a participant.

Submit written verification of attendance signed by a supervisor or course coordinator containing:

  • The course being submitted must specify the number of contact hours awarded.
  • 1 contact hour = 1 clock hour of education
  • 1 CEU = 10 contact hours
  • If the course is taken through a college or university:
    • One Semester Hour or one credit equals 15 contact hours
    • One Quarter Hour or one credit equals 10 contact hours
  • The specific number of hours of educational content must be indicated.

Submit a photocopy of the course certificate, the formal transcript, or grade report that contains:

  1. Your name
  2. Date(s) of attendance
  3. Title of course
  4. Sponsoring organization
  5. Contact hours awarded
  • If the course did not provide a certificate, submit written verification of attendance signed by a supervisor or course coordinator containing the same information as above.
  • A course registration receipt alone is NOT sufficient proof of attendance.

Description of Activities That Promote the Profession and Hours Awarded


This category encompasses leadership responsibilities or active committee participation in OT, PT, or hand therapy professional organizations such as the following:

  • Membership in a national hand therapy organization (i.e. ASHT, CSHT, AHTA) - One contact hour for each year of membership.
  • Serving as an officer or chairperson of an OT, PT or hand therapy association or regulatory body - Two contact hours per year of completed service.
  • Serving as an active committee member of an OT, PT or hand therapy association - One contact hour of completed service.
  • Writing questions for a professional certification examination (including the Hand Therapy Certification Examination) - One contact hour of completed activity/service.
  • Involvement in state and/or national legislative issues pertaining to OT or PT - One contact hour of completed activity/service.
  • Participation in health fairs and/or activities that promote public awareness of hand therapy - One contact hour per year (note: these activities will not be accepted if they also promote the therapist's facility).
  • Outcome studies specific to the upper extremity - One contact hour per year.
  • Clinical protocol development specific to the upper extremity - One contact hour per year.
  • Supervision of OT or PT students
    • Two contact hours per student greater than one month of supervision
    • One contact hour per student less than one month of supervision
    • Five contact hours per student participating in a hand therapy specialty fieldwork rotation of one month (160 hours) or more.
  • Serving on the editorial board of a peer-reviewed OT, PT or hand therapy journal - 2 contact hour per year (please note: if the hours are claimed in this category, they cannot be claimed in Category D.

Submit written verification of committee participation, organizational leadership, item writing, etc., including dates, signed by an officer or administrator of the organization.