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The BAHT Education Process (Route to AHT)

The BAHT Education Sub-Committee has developed a system of accreditation of hand therapists’ learning and experience, leading to the award of ‘Accredited Hand Therapist’.

Hand Therapists may develop their knowledge and skills via BAHT validated courses at different levels, which are run by hand therapy teams, independent hand therapy education companies and universities. BAHT validated courses qualify for points towards becoming an accredited hand therapist.

More experienced therapists may choose to submit evidence of prior learning (APL) to gain BAHT points, or gain educator points through lecturing on validated courses.

There are many other learning opportunities, conferences and courses that are valuable learning opportunities but don’t form part of the BAHT education process. Please see courses & workshops for further information.

BAHT Postgraduate Education


One point is required at Level I. This can be achieved by completing a three day 'Introduction to Hand Therapy Course' with a one hour written examination, or via experiential 'Accreditation of Prior Learning' (APL) after working in hand therapy for a period of two years (evidenced in your clinical hours log when applying to be recognised as an Accredited Hand Therapist).

Download the full Level I Course Guidelines and Application to run a BAHT Level I Course. Course organisers please note that the education committee is currently reviewing the format of Level I courses and how they are assessed. Any changes will be applicable for courses running from the start of 2017 and may mean an increase in the fees payable to BAHT. Please continue to liaise with the committee with regards to your plans for future courses, to discuss available dates and commence programme planning but be aware that invoicing for application fees may be put on hold until final plans for revisions are confirmed.


Six BAHT points are required at Level II. Completion of a three day course on a specific aspect of hand therapy including an examination or assessment during the course as well as successful submission of a post-course assignment will give you two BAHT Level II points. Points can also be gained by successful completion of a Level II accredited University MSc module.

Download the Level II Course Guidelines and Application to run a BAHT Level II Course.

Level II points can also be gained via APL. This involves submission of a portfolio including your CV and a short and a long case study. Each successful submission gains two BAHT Level II points. Up to three different Level II APL submissions, covering different specialist fields within hand therapy can be made to complete Level II accreditation.

Download: APL Level II Guidelines for full details

Download Application form

Teaching on BAHT validated courses also accrues Level II Educator points. Nine hours of lecturing on different topics will lead to the equivalent of two Level II points being achieved. Evidence of eligibility must be provided by therapists when they are at the stage of applying for their Accredited Hand Therapist award.


Five points are required at Level III. There are a variety of ways that therapists can demonstrate their advanced level of learning and practise in order to achieve Level III points, as detailed below. Full details of the options available can be found in the APL Level III Guidelines (1) and Level III Summary of Routes Guidelines (2-6).

  1. Level III Project. Complete a new piece of work in the field of hand therapy. This can be a work-based project, literature review or small piece of research. Again, your work is then reviewed by two independent assessors. Successful completion gives five Level III BAHT points. For this route you must apply to the ESC prior to commencing your project.
    Download Project Application form
    Download Project Submission Guidelines
  2. Publication in the BAHT Hand Therapy Journal. If you are successful in having a project or research study that you have undertaken published in Hand Therapy then you can now apply to have this recognised for conversion to five Level III BAHT points. You must be the sole author of the article to apply (or have two articles on different topics published as co-author with one other person)
    Download Journal Publication Application form
    Download Journal Publication Submission Guidelines
  3. Completion of a Level III accredited university MSc module. Delegates successfully completing relevant modules will also automatically be awarded their Level III certificate (once the respective University notifies the ESC of eligible candidates) Please refer to Level III Summary of Routes Guidelines
  4. Completion of an equivalent non-accredited MSc module. Therapists that have undertaken relevant Masters level study can now apply to have their acheivement recognised for conversion to a BAHT Level III award. The module must be worth a minimum of 20 credits and be of a comparable level to accredited Level III modules. You will also be required to supply a brief reflection demonstrating how your learning and practise have been enhanced by the module. Feel free to make informal enquiries to the ESC ( as to the suitability of a module for Level III accreditation prior to attending (detailed module content information will be required)
    Download MSc Module Application form
    Download MSc Module Submission Guidelines
  5. Level III APL. Five Level III Points can be sought via the submission of a portfolio to give evidence of prior learning, supported by a written paper. This can take the form of a review of pertinent literature, an employment based report or a research project. Your work is then assessed by two independent assessors appointed by BAHT. For this route you should apply to the ESC after completing your project.   

           Download: Application form                                                                                                                                                                      

           Download: APL Level III Guidelines for full details                                                                                                                                      

  • The University of Derby offers a fulll MSc Hand Therapy programme within which completion of specific modules allows delegates to gain all 12 of their BAHT points towards accreditation. Successful delegates are eligible to directly apply to become an Accredited Hand Therapist, providing they also meet the other requirements for this award. See the relevant website section for further detail.
  • The University of Essex offers a Diploma in Hand Therapy programme  which on completion of specific modules allows delegates to achieve all 12 points towards accrediation.   Successful delegates are eligible to directly apply to become an Accredited Hand Therapist, providing they also meet the other requirements for this award. See the relevant AHT website section for further details