Certificate of Achievement (CAPP) Series
CAPP-PELVIC: Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy
CAPP-OB: Certificate of Achievement in Pregnant and Postpartum Physical Therapy
- CAPP Courses and Dates (includes course pricing and descriptions)
- CAPP Case Reflection Information
- Course Cancellation Policy (PDF)
Steps for Obtaining the CAPP (Pelvic or OB)
1. Complete all listed courses for the CAPP you are pursuing. For CAPP-Pelvic, this would include Pelvic Health 1, Pelvic Health 2, and Pelvic Health 3. For CAPP-OB, this would include OB-Fundamentals and OB-Advanced. If you took courses outside of the SoWH, please see our FAQ that addresses related questions in pursuing the CAPP.
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Course Descriptions and Summaries
- Pelvic 1
- Pelvic 2
- Pelvic 3
Instructor Bios and CVs
Course Pre-Reading Materials
Course Attendance Policy and Requirements
Hiring a model for pelvic courses
Course Descriptions and Summaries
- OB Fundamentals
- OB Advanced
Instructor Bios and CVs
Course Pre-Reading Materials
Course Attendance Policy and Requirements
Mission of the CAPPRead more
- Standardize post-professional physical therapy training and education in physical therapy for patients with pelvic, pregnancy and postpartum related diagnoses.
- Provide a comprehensive and fundamental education to extensively cover skills and topics for all physical therapists practicing in pelvic, prenatal and postpartum rehabilitation.
- Recognize those who have successfully completed this training through the Section on Women’s Health by the CAPP designation.
Why Choose SoWH’s courses and pursue the CAPP?Read more
- As the leader in Women’s Health education, the Section on Women’s Health continues to set the standard for quality education and training with the introduction of the CAPP-Pelvic and CAPP-OB. This is YOUR national professional organization, committed to training strong Women’s Health physical therapists.
- The CAPP. Many employers recognize and reward certificate training that is developed and hosted by the American Physical Therapy Association and its Sections.
- The learning experience. Pursuing the CAPP while attending these courses provides a richer learning experience for the participant.
- Internationally recognized courses. The CAPP has gone abroad! CAPP courses are being requested and hosted in other countries where solid, certificate training is desired for establishing and growing strong Women’s Health Physical Therapists.
- Committee consensus-developed courses. These courses are developed by a 6-member expert committee. Individual committee members author sections of the course materials, followed by a reviewer feedback process. Finally, all materials are reviewed by the entire committee, who makes consensus decisions on all aspects of each course.
- Evidence-based courses. All materials are created from evidence-based and clinically applicable references and resources.
- Course oversight by an independent task force. The CAPP Curriculum Oversight Task Force (C3OTF) is an 8-member volunteer task force that convenes every 5 years to review the objectives and all course materials for the Pelvic and OB courses. This task force provides a written report and dialogue to offer feedback for improvements or other modifications in the materials, thus providing an additional layer of quality control for CAPP courses. To learn more about this task force and its duties, click here.
- Participant-reflected. We take participant feedback and reviews seriously! Participant surveys and other feedback are reviewed by the Director of Education, the CAPP Oversight Task Force, and the CAPP Committees. We constantly look for ways to best incorporate this feedback into the courses. Many positive changes have resulted through the years.
The CAPP Process: What are the steps for obtaining the CAPP?
For CAPP-Pelvic, that would include Pelvic 1, Pelvic 2, and Pelvic 3.
For CAPP-OB, that would include OB-Fundamentals and OB-Advanced.
Successful completion includes
Receiving a “check-off” on required lab skills check-offs during the course
Passing the CAPP scenario testing at the end of the course
Passing the online written test after the course
Step 2: Write an original case reflection on a patient (pelvic or OB) for whom you have completed the examination, evaluation, plan of care and interventions. Click here for CAPP Case Reflection Information.
Step 3: Complete the CAPP Application (click here for the application), which will include asking a colleague to write a letter of recommendation for your achieving the CAPP based on your skills and abilities.
Step 4: Submit the CAPP Application, Letter of Recommendation*, and CAPP Case Reflection to SoWH’s Program Manager.
*You or your colleague may send the letter of recommendation. If sent by colleague, specify in your communication to the noted email address.
CAPP Case Reflection InformationRead more
CAPP Courses and Dates (includes course pricing and descriptions)Read more
Click here for current course dates, locations, pricing and descriptions.
Click here to learn how your facility could host a CAPP course.
Course Cancellation PolicyRead more
Course Attendance Policy and Participant RequirementsRead more
When registering for a CAPP course, registrants will be required to initial next to a list of statements to indicate understanding of the pre-requisites and requirements for attending a course. We want every participant to have a great course and to be fully prepared, which is why these requirements are so important!
IMPORTANT: Because the OB courses were condensed into a shorter series, they both include a full third-day.
Your being able to complete the CAPP testing if you leave early cannot be guaranteed. CAPP testing is scheduled for the very end of the course day on the third day of each OB course. It would not be possible to accommodate CAPP testing if all participants wanted to leave early. While the instructors do their best to assist the needs of participants, they are not expected to rearrange the course day and CAPP testing. These courses are very information-dense, and thus challenging to make modifications to the course days.
Missing more than 10% of the course would result in not being eligible for the CAPP. Additionally, missing more than 10% of the course would result in a reduction of CEU on your course certificate.
If you decide to schedule your travel plans out on the last day (causing you to need to leave the course early), just be sure to communicate with the course instructors ahead of time. Again, they will assist as they are able, but cannot guarantee completion of CAPP testing.
CAPP FAQ’s:Read more
I have taken PELVIC courses from another educational institution. Can I sign up for a higher level SoWH PELVIC course?
- YES, you may sign up for higher level courses as follows:
- If you have taken a level 1 pelvic course elsewhere, you may sign up for Pelvic 1 or 2 through SoWH.
- If you have taken levels 1 and 2 pelvic courses elsewhere, you may sign up for any level of Pelvic course through SoWH.
- When you register for a course, you will provide your initials to attest that you have completed the required prerequisite coursework to attend a Section course.
I have taken some of my pelvic courses from another educational institution. Can I pursue the CAPP through the SoWH?
NO. Only physical therapists who have completed all the required CAPP courses may pursue the CAPP certificate. This requirement is in place for the following reasons:
- The SoWH’s CAPP reflects completion of specific didactic coursework, successful check-off of essential skills during the course labs, successful passing of a case scenario at the end of each course, and passing of a written test at the completion of each course.
- The CAPP course materials are created through a rigorous consensus process by a 6-member expert committee. (Refer to the above regarding “Why Choose SoWH’s CAPP Courses?” for further detail.)
- The SoWH is not able to monitor the didactic information, skills instruction, and testing methods provided by other institutions. Hence, the CAPP can only confidently be awarded to those who have completed the process with the SoWH.
I took some levels of my Pelvic coursework through SoWH, and some levels through a different institution. I now would like to complete the CAPP. What do I need to do?
First, did you complete the skills and written testing for CAPP when you took the SoWH Pelvic courses? If you answer “yes,” then you would just need to go back and take the courses through SoWH that you have not already taken. For example, let’s say you took Pelvic Floor Level 2 and Pelvic Floor Level 3 through the SoWH, and successfully completed the CAPP skills checks/testing during each course, and passed the written test after each course. Then you would just need to go back and take the Pelvic Floor Level 1 course and skills/written testing in order to qualify to pursue the CAPP.
If you did NOT complete the skills check or written testing for the CAPP when you took your pelvic courses, you would need to contact the Director of Education (firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine what you would need to do to meet the requirements. Additionally, you would also take the courses from SoWH that you had not taken yet with successful completion of skills check, scenario testing, and written test as described in the CAPP process.
I have previously taken pregnancy courses outside of the CAPP. Can I skip the OB-Fundamentals course?
NO. The Fundamentals course provides the foundational information that is necessary for the Advanced course. Feedback from experienced practitioners about the Fundamentals course has been repeatedly positive and indicated that they learned new information and/or found it to be integrated in a way that was very valuable to their learning and practice.
How much of the course can I miss and still pursue the CAPP?
This question comes up frequently in regards to travel plans. It is strongly recommended that you travel to the course city the day BEFORE the course begins, and that you plan to attend the ENTIRE course to the end.Â Missing 10% or more of the course time causes both a reduction in CEU hours and disqualification to pursue the CAPP. Missing part of the course due to ANY reason does not change this disqualification. Additionally, the required CAPP scenario testing occurs at the very end of the last course day. Missing this testing also disqualifies one for pursuit of the CAPP.
How much extra does the CAPP cost?
NOTHING. There is no additional cost for the CAPP beyond the cost of registering for the CAPP courses.
I am not interested in pursuing the CAPP. Do I still need to participate in the CAPP testing process?
YES. The testing is at no additional cost and is considered integral to the actual course and required of all participants for obtaining full CEU credit, regardless of the pursuit of CAPP. The only difference is the requirement to successfully complete a written CAPP Case Reflection after finishing all the courses.Â
Anyone who is uncertain of pursuing the CAPP is strongly encouraged to successfully complete all the steps and testing at each course, as doing so does not add cost while providing valuable, rich learning experiences to the course process. If these steps are not successfully completed and you later decide you do want the CAPP, you may find that you either have to retake a course or have the need to pay to fulfill testing requirements. It is much easier, and provides a richer learning experience, to complete all the requirements along the way!
I am from or live in another country. What value does the “CAPP” certificate hold for me?
This is a great question! In addition to the information noted above (“Why Choose SoWH’s CAPP Courses?”), the CAPP holds value for Physical Therapists who live or work outside the United States. Here are some highlights:
- The SoWH is a member of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women’s Health (IOPTWH), thus holding recognition on an international level.
- The SoWH is the national professional organization of Women’s Health physical therapists in the United States, setting the standard for Women’s Health physical therapy education.
- Participating in the CAPP process provides a richer learning experience, as participants engage more fully to complete the required skills check, testing and case reflection.
- Other countries are bringing the CAPP courses to them as they see value in the SoWH’s certificate course series due to the other factors noted here. As such, the CAPP certificates are becoming recognized internationally.
- If you are already planning to attend the CAPP courses, why not pursue the CAPP? As noted previously in these FAQs, the CAPP can be obtained at no additional cost, and most of the requirements are met just through successful completion of course components.
I am pregnant. Will I be able to attend the Pelvic or OB courses during my pregnancy or postpartum?
For OB (Pregnancy and Postpartum) Courses YES you are able to attend and should be able to participate in the course without restrictions if you are experiencing a healthy pregnancy without complications.
For Pelvic courses YES, but with the following caveats:
- You may only participate in labs if your physician, midwife, or other health care provider who is overseeing your pregnancy provides written consent for you to participate in the internal pelvic (vaginal or rectal, depending on the course) labs. Consent forms are located here. However, for the safety of the pregnancy, the SoWH strongly recommends that pregnant women do not participate in labs and encourages instead use of live models.
If a pregnant participant prefers, or if her health care provider does not consent to participation in internal labs, then a pregnant participant may still attend the course IF she provides a live model to substitute for herself during the labs.
Hiring a Model: After reading the attendance policy and participant requirements, I realize I will need to hire a model to substitute for me during the labs. How do I hire a model? And what do I need to know about using a model?
While it is the participant’s responsibility to provide a model, the SoWH would like to provide some information about utilizing a model, and also suggestions for obtaining a model for the labs.
- Participant skills practice in lab. Generally, only the participant will practice lab skills on her model. Out of fairness to the other participants, the participant with a model will not practice skills on multiple people (meaning, on the other participants), unless she has an agreement in place with her model to allow other participants to rotate with her.
- The model and labs. Models are allowed to be in the room ONLY during lab time. Only paying participants are allowed to be in the room during lectures.
- Pay for the model. Questions about paying models are common. It is the participant’s responsibility to pay for his or her model. While there is not a set fee for models, a common rate is $50 per hour. Many participants negotiate to pay the model during lab times only.
- The course schedule for lab times. Participants may access the current course schedule here: Pelvic Floor 1, Pelvic Floor 2, Pelvic Floor 3. Be aware: scheduled lab times may be altered during a course for a variety of reasons. While the course instructors strive to maintain the course schedule, participants should ensure that their models are able to have some flexibility in scheduling.
- Acquiring a paid model. If paying a model, it is often easier to locate a model in the city where the course will be hosted. If there are medical schools in or near the host city, they often utilize paid medical models and could likely provide information on locating one. Or, the SoWH may assist in connecting you with the host site; sometimes the host site may know of local medical model availability, or may have a staff member who is willing to be paid as a model.
- Other ideas for acquiring a model. You may also opt to bring along a friend, relative, or colleague who is willing to stand in as your model. Some male participants may choose. In this case, it is customary for the participant to pay for the model’s travel and hotel. Payment for model services in this case is at the participant and model’s discretion.
- Getting in touch with the instructor ahead of time. Contact the Section office so that your course instructor can be notified that you are bringing a model. This will allow the instructor to be able to communicate ahead of time to you if any planned schedule changes will be occurring.