Clinical Instructor Competency

Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant’s DO NOT have to be a Credentialed Clinical Instructor in order to serve as a CI; however, it is highly recommended.

This is a common point of confusion, and we encourage non-Credentialed Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants to take on a student, and seek mentoring from the DCE and SCCE. If a PT or PTA has completed the Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) 16-hour course and received their Clinical Instructor Credential, or hold a substantially similar credential, then the California Physical Therapy Board Continuing Competency requirements will allow them to receive continuing education credits. Those who are certified will be able to use their service to gain up to 12 credit hours towards re-licensure.

Clinical Instructor Continuing Competency Activity

Sections 1399.90 -1399.99 of the California Code of Regulations describe how all California licensed Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants are required to have 30 hours of documented continuing competency activity in each license renewal cycle (every 2 years). In addition to standard continuing education courses to fulfill mandatory hours, there are alternative pathways. One alternative is to serve as a clinical instructor.

California licensed PTs and PTAs who serve as clinical instructors can earn continuing competency hours as follows: clinical instructors may collect one hour (of the 30 mandatory hours) for each week of any full-time clinical experience for a student from an accredited PT or PTA program. Each clinical experience must be a minimum of 4 weeks and each PT or PTA may earn credit for up to a maximum of 12 hours of continuing competency hours in one license renewal cycle.

For more details please visit the Physical Therapy Board of California website (