A certified hand therapist is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 2,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the certified hand therapist must successfully pass a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation.
In the profession of hand therapy, the credentials for a certified hand therapist are CHT. These marks distinguish and occupational therapist or physical therapist as someone with the highest professional credential in the specialty of upper extremity rehabilitation. A CHT is a part of an exceptional group of occupational therapists and physical therapists who have met the standards set by experts in hand therapy. They have demonstrated their professional commitment to excellence by obtaining these voluntary credentials.