Certificate of Achievement in 

Pelvic Health or Obstetric Physical Therapy (CAPP)

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The Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (APTA Pelvic Health) awards the Certificate of Achievement in Physical Therapy (Obstetric Physical Therapy or Pelvic Health Physical Therapy) to licensed Physical Therapists (PTs) who complete a series of comprehensive evidence-based education courses, written and clinical testing at each level and a written case report rigorously reviewed by the CAPP Case Reflection Committee. Upon successful passing, recipients are featured in the Academy’s distinguished directory, receive a Certificate of Achievement they can display in their office to patients and employers to demonstrate the caliber of their accomplishment.

Application & Guidelines

CAPP Application

Print and complete this form.

Expectations Guidelines

Helpful guide full of tips!

Grading Rubric

What reviewers use to grade your report.

Sample Case

Real case reflection that meets rubric requirements.

Eligibility Requirements

If you are not completely certain whether you qualify for the CAPP, please contact our office before proceeding with your application. You must complete the relative coursework within 5 years and will have up to 1 year to submit your case reflection after completing your last required course.

For example, if you submit a CAPP case reflection and application in February 2020, your course work cannot be older than 2014. The latest course work should have been completed between Feb 2015- Feb 2020.

CAPP-Pelvic Requirements

#1 You must be a licensed Physical Therapist

# 2 Complete all required coursework through the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy within 5 years. Coursework that is older than 5 years will require you to retake the course that expired since evidence is updated every 1-2 years (i.e. If you’ve taken a course in 2012, you will need to retake that course). Attend and successfully pass all three levels of the Pelvic Health Physical Therapy track hosted by the Academy. The PH2 courses can be taken in any order. You must pass the CAPP Scenario Testing at the end of each course and pass the Post-Course Exam (multiple-choice) after attending each course with an 80% score or higher. Required coursework includes:

  • PH1 – Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1
  • PH1 Bridge – You can take this abbreviated version if you have already taken an equivalent PH1 course from another institution
  • PH2 BD – Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2 *Bowel Dysfunction*
  • PH2 PP – Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2 *Pelvic Pain*.
  • PH3 – Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 3

#3 Successfully “Pass” a completed Case Reflection within 1 year from the date you completed your last PH course.

CAPP-OB Requirements

# 1 You must be a licensed Physical Therapist

# 2 Complete all required coursework through the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy within 5 years. Coursework that is older than 5 years will require you to retake the course that expired since evidence is updated every 1-2 years (i.e. If you’ve taken a course in 2012, you will need to retake that course). Attend and successfully pass the three levels of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy track hosted by the Academy IN ANY ORDER.  You must pass the CAPP Scenario Testing at the end of each course and pass the Post-Course Exam (multiple-choice) after attending each course with an 80% score or higher.

  • OBF – Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy
  • OBA – Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy
  • OBI – Intrapartum Topics of Obstetric Physical Therapy

#3 Successfully “Pass” a completed Case Reflection within 1 year from the date you completed your last OB course.

Submission Instructions

Submit Your Application

Once you have your application filled out, case Reflection written, recommendation letter written, please attach all 3 components of your CAPP submission using our dedicated electronic form. Upon submission of your application and case reflection, you will receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours of submission receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail from the Academy or have any questions, please contact capp@aptapelvichealth.org.

CAPP Review Timeline

Review Quarter Application Submission Deadline Results Sent to Authors
Spring February 15 May 15
Summer May 15 August 15
Fall August 15 November 15
Winter November 15 February 15

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to pursue the CAPP?
I have taken some of my pelvic courses from another educational institution. Can I pursue the CAPP through the Academy?
I took some levels of my Pelvic coursework through the Academy and some levels through a different institution. I would like to complete the CAPP. What do I need to do?
I have previously taken pregnancy courses outside of the CAPP. Can I skip the OB-Fundamentals course?
How much of the course can I miss and still pursue the CAPP?
Who is eligible to pursue the CAPP?

Licensed Physical Therapists (PTs). Stay tuned for progress updates on the PTA (Physical Therapist Assistant) Pathway Program.

I have taken some of my pelvic courses from another educational institution. Can I pursue the CAPP through the Academy?

Only physical therapists who have completed all the required CAPP courses through the Academy may pursue the CAPP certificate. This requirement is in place for the following reasons:

The Academy CAPP reflects completion of specific didactic coursework, successful check-off of essential skills during the course labs, successful passing of a case scenario at the end of each course, and passing of a written test at the completion of each course.

The CAPP course materials are created through a rigorous consensus process by an expert committee.

The Academy is not able to monitor the didactic information, skills instruction, and testing methods provided by other institutions. Hence, the CAPP can only confidently be awarded to those who have completed the process with the Academy.

Please note that if you have taken a similar course to the Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 course at another institution, you can fast-track the PH1 requirement. The Section on Women’s Healthis offering the opportunity for practitioners who have taken a similar/equivalent Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 course from another institution to enter the Academy’s Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic) program.For more information about this course that allows you to fast-track the PH1 requirement.

I took some levels of my Pelvic coursework through the Academy and some levels through a different institution. I would like to complete the CAPP. What do I need to do?

First, did you complete the skills and written testing for CAPP when you took the Academy Pelvic courses? If you answer “yes,” then you would just need to go back and take the courses through Academy that you have not already taken. For example, let’s say you took Pelvic Floor Level 2 and Pelvic Floor Level 3 through the Academy, and successfully completed the CAPP skills checks/testing during each course, and passed the written test after each course. Then you would just need to go back and take the Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 course and skills/written testing in order to qualify to pursue the CAPP or complete the Level 1 Bridge course.

If you did NOT complete the skills check or written testing for the CAPP when you took your pelvic courses, you would need to contact the Director of Education (education@aptapelvichealth.org) to determine what you would need to do to meet the requirements. Additionally, you would also take the courses from the Academy that you had not taken yet with successful completion of skills check, scenario testing, and written test as described in the CAPP process.

I have previously taken pregnancy courses outside of the CAPP. Can I skip the OB-Fundamentals course?

To complete the CAPP-OB, you must complete all OB courses in ANY order from Academy. These three courses include: Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy, Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum and Considerations and Interventions for Intrapartum Support). All courses must be taken through the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy.

How much of the course can I miss and still pursue the CAPP?

This question comes up frequently in regards to travel. It is strongly recommended that you travel near the course location the day BEFORE the course begins, and that you plan to attend the ENTIRE course to the end. Missing 10% or more of the course time causes both a reduction in CEU hours and disqualification to pursue the CAPP. Missing part of the course for ANY reason does not change this disqualification. Additionally, the required CAPP practical testing occurs on the final day of the course and missing this testing would disqualify one from pursuing the CAPP. Missing this testing also disqualifies one for pursuit of the CAPP.

How much extra does the CAPP cost?
I am not interested in pursuing the CAPP. Do I still need to participate in the CAPP testing process?
I am pregnant. Will I be able to attend the Pelvic or OB courses during my pregnancy or postpartum?
I am from or live in another country. What value does the “CAPP” certificate hold for me?
How much extra does the CAPP cost?

The application submission fee is $95. There is no cost to resubmit in the case that your case reflection does not pass the initial review round. This fee covers administration and coordination costs to process, distribute your case among reviewers and grade your case submission and provide thorough feedback.

I am not interested in pursuing the CAPP. Do I still need to participate in the CAPP testing process?

Yes, you are still required to participate in CAPP practical testing at each course to obtain the full credit (contact hours/CEUs) for that course.The only difference in working toward the CAPP certification is the additional requirement to successfully complete and pass a CAPP Case Reflection after completing all the courses in the series of the program. Anyone who is uncertain of pursuing the CAPP is strongly encouraged to successfully complete all the steps and testing at each course, as doing so does not add cost while providing valuable, rich learning experiences to the course. If these steps are not successfully completed and you later decide you do want to pursue the CAPP, you may find that you will need to retake a course in order to complete the full requirements for that course. It is much easier and provides a richer learning experience to complete all the requirements along the way.

I am pregnant. Will I be able to attend the Pelvic or OB courses during my pregnancy or postpartum?

For OB courses, YES you are able to attend and should be able to participate in the course without restrictions if you are experiencing a healthy pregnancy without complications.

For Pelvic courses YES, but with the following caveats:

– You may only participate in labs if your physician, midwife, or other health care provider who is overseeing your pregnancy provides written consent for you to participate in the internal pelvic (vaginal or rectal, depending on the course) labs. However, for the safety of the pregnancy, the SoWH strongly recommends that pregnant women do not participate in labs and encourages instead to obtain a live model.

– If a pregnant participant prefers, or if her health care provider does not consent to participation in internal labs, then a pregnant or postpartum participant may still attend the course IF she provides a live model to substitute for herself during the labs. If you plan to bring a live model, please declare this here in our Lab Declaration Form so that we can best prepare for you and your model’s arrival at the course.

I am from or live in another country. What value does the “CAPP” certificate hold for me?

The CAPP holds value for Physical Therapists/Physiotherapists (PTs) who live or work outside the United States. Here are some highlights:

  • The Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy is a member of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women’s Health (IOPTWH), thus holding international recognition.
  • The Academy is the national professional organization of pelvic health Physical Therapists in the United States, setting the standard for pelvic health physical therapy.
  • Participating in the CAPP process provides a richer learning experience, as participants engage more fully to complete the required practical testing, written testing, and written case reflection.
  • Several countries are offering the Academy CAPP courses in their country as they see value in the Academy’s certificate course series for reasons highlighted. As such, the CAPP certificates are increasingly recognized internationally.
  • If you are already planning to attend the CAPP courses, why not pursue the CAPP? As noted previously in these FAQs, the CAPP can be obtained at no additional cost, and most of the requirements are met just through successful completion of course.
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