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2018 Eligibility Requirements:

Starting in mid-2018 FSBPT will institute two new requirements for individuals who are graduates of PT programs that are NOT CAPTE-accredited.

  1. Proof of TOEFL completion. When registering for the exam, candidates will be required to enter the date of their most recent TOEFL exam and the scores for each part. In 2018, and until further notice is given, candidates for the exam will simply provide the information on their most recent attempt. While FSBPT has recommended standards for TOEFL (see below), currently FSBPT does not plan to enforce TOEFL standards until January, 2020.

    EXEMPTIONS – FSBPT has adopted the same exemptions to its requirement that USCIS uses for healthcare workers applying for visas. This means that individuals who graduate from a college, university or professional training school located in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States do not need to provide additional proof of English language proficiency.

    STATE TOEFL REQUIREMENTS – FSBPT will not require proof of TOEFL completion if the state where an individual is applying for licensure does not require TOEFL. 

    Acceptable documentation of TOEFL completion – Candidates will need to email FSBPT a copy of their TOEFL report. Documentation supplied by the candidate to FSBPT is acceptable. It is also acceptable for candidates to request ETS send a copy of the report directly to FSBPT.

  2. Proof of Educational Equivalence. Graduates from non-CAPTE accredited programs will need to demonstrate that their education is substantially equivalent to the education of individuals who graduate from CAPTE-accredited programs, as determined by a recognized credentialing agency. When registering for the exam, candidates will need to enter the following information: 1) the name of the agency that performed the evaluation, 2) the name and version of the evaluation tool used to complete the evaluation, and 3) the outcome of the evaluation (substantially equivalent or not equivalent).

    Agencies That Perform Credential Evaluations:

    Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT)
    Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
    International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. (ICD)
    International Credentialing Associates, Inc. (ICA)
    International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF)
    University of Texas at Austin (Credential reviews for Texas only)
    NY State Education Department (Credential reviews for New York only)


    While FSBPT recommends that individuals have an education that is evaluated as substantially equivalent using the CWT 6, FSBPT currently plans to require use of the CWT 6 no sooner than January 2020. In 2018, and until further notice is given, regardless of the tool used, upon supplying the credentials evaluation information, an individual will be allowed to register for the NPTE.

    Acceptable documentation of educational equivalence - Candidates must email FSBPT a copy of their education evaluation report. Documentation supplied by the candidate to FSBPT is acceptable.

NOTE – FSBPT’s eligibility requirements are independent from a state’s requirements. Individuals MUST meet their state requirements in order to be made eligible for the exam or be considered for licensure.

Comparison of 2018 and 2020 Requirements

  2018 Requirements
FSBPT Recommendation/ 2020 Requirements
Implementation Date
Mid 2018
Currently planned for 2020
TOEFL Score
All scores accepted
Reading – 22
Listening – 21
Writing – 22
Speaking – 24
TOEFL Date of Exam
Any date accepted
Must be within 2 years of registration
Proof of TOEFL Score
Candidate or ETS
ETS Only
Credentialing Agency
Any Agency must use current FSBPT CWT
Educational Equivalence
Deemed substantially equivalent on any agency’s tool Substantially equivalent on FSBPT CWT 6
Proof of Equivalence
Candidate may supply their own copy of the agency’s report
Report must come directly from the credentialing agency