All full members of ACPAT must be annually subscribing full practising members of the CSP. Those members practising physiotherapy on humans must be registered with the HPC. Category A and Category B members are required to have Professional & Public Liability Indemnity in order to practise on animals.
There are differing categories of membership:
Category A Membership
Category A membership is available to Chartered Physiotherapists who have through supervised clinical training and/or postgraduate qualification demonstrated competence in the administration of physiotherapy to animals via a recognised ACPAT upgrading route.
Category A members working exclusively with animals are not required to be HPC registered.
This category is restricted to residents of the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man who have completed a recognised ACPAT upgrading route.
Please click here for information about recognised ACPAT upgrading routes prior to 2009.
Category B Membership
Category B membership is available to members who meet one of the following:
- Chartered Physiotherapists resident in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man and do not qualify for classification under Category A.
- Chartered Physiotherapists who do not qualify for classification under Category A whilst they are students on an ACPAT approved course.
- Chartered Physiotherapists who have been accepted or who are waiting to obtain a position on a training course. NB Chartered Physiotherapists may remain as Category B members for a maximum of 3 years. During this time they should have evidence of trying to obtain a place on a training course.
- Physiotherapists who have trained outside the UK but who are members of the CSP and HPC and who comply with the other Category B criteria.
Category C Membership
Category C membership is available to Chartered Physiotherapists who are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy but not practising in the animal field. Category C membership is also open to Veterinary Surgeons and other para veterinary professionals. It is open to students and other interested persons at the discretion of the ACPAT Executive Committee.
Category C members will receive the ACPAT magazine, access to the members only section of the website and discretionary prices on non-hands on ACPAT courses.
Category C members will not have any voting rights and are not allowed to use the letters ACPAT, or the ACPAT logo.