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How to Become a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner.

Kinesio Taping Method certification, plan ahead..

Allied health professionals in need of continuing education units (CEU’s) should consider planning now for Kinesio Taping Certification courses scheduled throughout 2015. Since the popularity of Kinesio Tape has been growing, more and more allied health professionals are becoming Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioners (CKTP). They desire to go through the certification process so that they can earn their designation and properly practice the Kinesio Taping Method.

Kinesio Taping certification courses are open to licensed health care professionals in the following specialties:

  • Physicians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Chiropractors
  • Acupuncturists
  • Massage Therapists
  • Exercise Physiologists

How to Become Certified.

In order to become certified, a clinician must attend and complete KT1, KT2 and KT3 approved seminars. The seminars are typically completed in two weekends, spaced apart. The first weekend covers KT1 and KT2 while the second weekend covers KT3. Clinicians must pass the CKTP exam with a score of 80% or greater, and maintain their annual Kinesio Taping Association International (KTAI) membership. Additional course information is available here: Kinesio Taping Seminar Schedules.

When certified through this process, clinicians are allowed to add the CKTP designation to their title, letterhead, and business cards. They will be eligible to serve as lab assistants at approved seminars for Kinesio Taping. If desired, a CKTP Elite member can also be recognized and listed by name and location on the KTAI website, where they may be found by prospective patients in need of Kinesio Taping.

The CKTP designation is dependent upon membership and certification. It protects the CKTP credentials of all Kinesio Taping Method practitioners, and ensures that the title is only used by clinicians who have been certified as Kinesio Taping Practitioners. The designation also allows these practitioners to more fully promote their practice, clinics and expertise in applying the Kinesio Taping Method.

 

Kinesio Taping Course

Karen Danish, PT and CKT Instructor (center) checks a lower spine Kinesio Tape application during a KT1/KT2 course hosted by Orthoco.

How do Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioners Maintain Their Status?

KTAI is the organization that certifies practitioners. They will maintain a continuous relationship with all of their certified practitioners. It’s important, once certified, to keep the membership up to date, so that clinicians have access to the latest research and news about the Kinesio Taping Method. This comes through member newsletters, the Ask the Expert Forum, and the Application Database online.

KTAI is always working to improve courses and course content, so the actual process of certification may change. Current practitioners who wish to remain certified must follow any standards that have been updated since their certification, in order to remain certified.

More Background on the Kinesio Taping Method.

Kinesio taping and products like Kinesio Tex Gold FP have changed the lives of athletes and patients, worldwide. There are many CKTP’s working in hands-on seminars and studying to become Certified Instructors.

The methodology of Kinesio Taping involves a taping technique that is rehabilitative, and designed to allow the body to heal, even as it supports joints and muscles. Range of motion is not restricted and the underlying soft tissue is manipulated to give users the prolonged benefits of therapy.

Check with Your State Licensure Board or Professional Association First.

Before you sign up, It’s a good idea to first check with your state licensure board or professional association to ensure that the Kinesio Taping course you are taking has been pre-approved for CEU’s. This is very important if you need to fulfill a continuing education requirement annually.

View Upcoming Kinesio Taping Course Schedules: Kinesio Taping Seminar Schedules

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