What does Reciprocity or an Easy Petition Mean?

Easy Petition

Many certifying bodies allow for course credit by petition. Here is a list of many organizations that will accept the PCES 2.0 course by petition.

ISSA, ACE, CSEP, ACSM, IFPA, NFPT, NETA, AFPTE, CCO (Ontario Chiropractors), DONA International, YogaAlliance, and many more.


This is a screenshot from the ACSM recertification form. Since this course is pre-approved by NASM, you can list the PCES 2.0 course in the Non-ACSM Programs category.

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Many of the Training, Yoga and Pilates certifications allow for course credit by petition. Please check with your certifying organization directly to see if this is an option. If it is not allowed and you don’t see your certifying body on our list, please let us know and we’ll see if we can get the course approved for you.


About half the states in the US offer reciprocity for Physical Therapists seeking CEU credit. This means that they will accept courses that are pre-approved by another state’s APTA chapter.

Let’s take a look at North Carolina together. Here is a screenshot from their State Practice Act, and you can see how “State Chapters of APTA” are listed as approved providers. The PCES 2.0 course is pre-approved through many state APTAs, so this means the course is approved in North Carolina by reciprocity. (One example: it is pre-approved through APTA TN with approval number 2021-044)

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Many other states simply require the PT to show that the course will benefit their learning, and it doesn’t have to be pre-approved by any APTA chapters.

Here’s an example from Washington state. No further pre-approval is required by other boards, you simply need to keep track of your Certificate of Completion.

WA state reciprocity example

Some states do require pre-approval. Here is a list of the states where the PCES 2.0 course is pre-approved.

Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia

The last thing to keep in mind is that some states do not allow all required credit hours to be gained from online learning, and they may require live course attendance for at least some of the hours. So please be sure to check with your state to see what’s allowed before making your course purchase.

Here’s a quick video on how to find and understand your State Practice Act. You can also click here to find your state practice act as the FSBPT has created a convenient page with a link for every states practice act.

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