Titling

APA Titling and Specialisation recognises members with advanced expertise and experience in their relevant area of practice.

APA Titled physiotherapists are highly qualified physiotherapists with expert knowledge and skills in their area of practice. They undergo a rigorous selection process to ensure that they achieve and maintain exceptional standards of clinical experience and knowledge.

The APA Title serves as a professional mark of distinction.

As the first step to specialisation, members that demonstrate an advanced level of competency and experience in their field of practice may apply to the APA national groups to be awarded the right to use an APA Physiotherapist title.

The titles awarded by groups are:

  • APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (Note: Experiential Pathway currently on hold)
  • APA Sports Physiotherapist
  • APA Animal Physiotherapist
  • APA Gerontological Physiotherapist
  • APA Neurological Physiotherapist
  • APA Occupational Health Physiotherapist
  • APA Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapist
  • APA Continence and Women's Health Physiotherapist
  • APA Paediatric Physiotherapist

The Code of Conduct precludes physiotherapists from using these titles unless they have achieved titled membership of the APA.


Academic Pathway

Assessment: $135

To be eligible under this Pathway, applicants must fulfil the following criteria:
• successful completion of an Australian masters course in your specific physiotherapy stream
• at least two years' clinical experience (full-time equivalent) in physiotherapy, with evidence of working in the relevant field
• current APA membership of relevant national group.*

To apply via the Academic Pathway please complete this application and payment form.


If you have any questions, please email ngtitle@physiotherapy.asn.au or call 1300 666 772.

Please note: The Occupational Health national group does not accept applications via the academic pathway.


Hybrid Academic Pathway
(Applicable to the Continence and Women's Health group only)

Assessment: $135

To be eligible under this Pathway, applicants must fulfil the following criteria :
• successful completion of a master's by coursework, including postgraduate certificates in women’s health units (particularly pelvic floor)
• at least two years' clinical experience (full-time equivalent) in physiotherapy, with evidence of working in the relevant field
• current APA membership and membership of the Continence and Women's Health national group.*

Please note: Applicants who satisfy the minimum criteria of the application must then successfully complete Section Two (Part B) of the application process to gain award of the title.

Section Two (Part B) : Practical examination/viva ($1700).

To apply via the Hybrid Academic Pathway, please complete this application and payment form.

If you have any questions, please email ngtitle@physiotherapy.asn.au or call 1300 666 772.

Experiential Pathway

A two-stage process is used to assess and evaluate all experiential pathway title applications.

Section One: $135

To be eligible under this pathway, applicants must fulfil the following criteria :

• At least five years' (full-time equivalent) clinical/practical** experience, with evidence of a period of at least three years (full-time equivalent) in the relevant discipline area.
• Current APA membership of relevant national group*
• Evidence of having engaged in a variety of programs of education to advance their knowledge in the relevant field of physiotherapy (Applicants need to have accrued 20 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours in the relevant disciplinary area in the last year)

Please note: Sports group applicants must have successfully completed the Sports Level 3 course.

Applicants who satisfy the minimum criteria of the application must then successfully complete Section Two of the application process to gain award of the title.


Section Two : Written examination/portfolio*** submission ($1200) and practical examination/viva ($1700).

For more information on the Section Two examinations, please email the Education Coordinator: ngtitle@physiotherapy.asn.au
To apply via the Experiential Pathway please complete this application and payment form and post it to the Education Coordinator at the APA National Office. If you have any questions please email ngtitle@physiotherapy.asn.au or call 1300 666 772.

Occupational Health: Please download a copy of the portfolio requirements and contact the APA prior to applying for title.


*Applicants are reminded that to maintain their APA membership, they are required to accrue a minimum of 20 Continuing Professional Development hours per year.
**Practical experience and practical exams are only relevant to 'APA Occupational Health Physiotherapy' title applications.
***Applicants for the title 'Occupational Health Physiotherapist' are required to submit a portfolio in lieu of a written examination.


More information:

For further information on the titling process, please download the APA Title Information Booklet.

If you still have questions, please contact the APA National Office on +61 3 9092 0888 or email the Education Coordinator: ngtitle@physiotherapy.asn.au