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Sunday, October 2, 2022

Continuing Competence Requirements for License Renewal
Reporting and Renewal Information for Licensees
(updated 12-1-2021)

The North Carolina Physical Therapy Practice Act requires that continuing competence activities be completed for license renewal.  Continuing Competence is defined by NCBPTE rule as a “licensee’s ongoing activities to augment knowledge, skills, behaviors and abilities related to the practice of physical therapy.”  Continuing education is one means of earning points however continuing competence encompasses a broad range of activities.  Further descriptions for activities that meet the Board requirements for earning continuing competence points are found in the Board’s rules for Continuing Competence

Detailed information can be found on the Board website under the Continuing Competence links.  It is the responsibility of the licensee to read, understand and comply with the requirements.  Summary information answering commonly asked questions can be found below:

Reporting periods and Renewal period defined:

Category Frequency Time Period

License renewal


By January 31

Continuing Competence Reporting Periods
30 points PT/20 points PTA

25 months

January 1 through January 31

(example: January 1, 2023 through January 31, 2025)

Each PT licensee must accumulate 30 points and each PTA licensee must accumulate 20 points of continuing competence activities during the assigned reporting period to be eligible for license renewal.  The points must include one mandatory point from a Jurisprudence Exercise.  There is a 25 month period to complete the continuing competence requirement.    License renewal is EVERY year.

Your reporting period is found by logging in to the online continuing competence report on the Board website.  Reporting periods are added to the online report as soon as possible after January 1.  If you have questions about reporting periods for continuing competence, send an email inquiry to: [email protected] and note "Continuing Competence Question" in the subject line.

Reporting should be completed periodically or prior to license renewal on the Continuing Competence home page.

Continuing Competence Sample Button

Clicking this button will access the online report specific to the licensee. This web-based report is accessible 24/7 once your reporting period is open. After logging in, use the directions on each page to directly enter activities into the report.

Points may be earned in ways described in Board Rule 21 NCAC 48G .0109. There are suggestions and information under Resources, FAQ’s and other continuing competence links on the website. 

License renewal is online at the Board website from November 1 through close of business on January 31. Renewal is accessed through a button on the home page.   For your first renewal there is NO continuing competence report required.  Go through each screen, provide payment of the renewal fee and print a copy of the renewal card and receipt.  Review it carefully for accuracy.  Be sure to print or save this for future reference. 

Sample Renewal Button

*Licensees renewing at the end of their reporting period must complete continuing competence activities no later than January 31.
*Licensees renewing at the mid-point of the reporting period should report continuing competence activities completed during that year, then renew.   

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