CFMT: Certified Functional Manual Therapist

CFMT Application  

2016, 2017, and 2018 Wait Listed
2019 Space Available

Re-Certification Information

Board of Directors
Gregory S. Johnson, PT, FFCFMT, FAAOMPT
Vicky Saliba Johnson, PT, FFCFMT, FAAOMPT
Timothy Crunk, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, CFMT, FAAOMPT

It is our philosophy that, through a series of integrated continuing education courses, physical therapists can achieve a level of clinical competence. This competence should reflect both the system in which they train as well as their own creativity in applying the Art of Physical Therapy to both orthopedic and neurologic patient populations. The certification programs provide those who have completed the required course work with an opportunity to demonstrate that they have in fact reached a competency level of understanding, integrating, and applying the principles and procedures taught in The Institute curriculum.

The Certification week is held the first full week of August each summer in Steamboat Springs, CO, and is an intense 4 days of review (1/2 day per course) followed by 2 days of written and oral/practical testing. Following is the required course work:
FM I: Functional Mobilization I
CFS/BET: CoreFirst Strategies for Back Education and Training
PNFI: Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation I (Note:  The Kaiser Vallejo program will not prepare you to pass the PNFI exams.)
FMT® Foundations  This course is offered by Crunkeyser, LLC.  Register at
Functional Mobilization II
FMLQ: Functional Mobilization Lower Quadrant
FMUQ: Functional Mobilization Upper Quadrant

In addition, applicants must complete one elective (PNF II, Gait or VFM), or submit a case study, or perform a literature review. 


Beginning 2013, all participants will be tested on FMT® Foundations course material and CTI & LPI will no longer be required.  This three day lecture and lab is taught by Tim Crunk and Kent Keyser.  It covers pathology, special tests, red and yellow flags, functional anatomy, and palpation skills for the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical arthrokinematics.  To register for the FMT® Foundations courses go to

We encourage students to re-take courses and volunteer to lab assist at courses in preparation for certification.

The CFMT review/certification is conducted over a six-day period. Monday through Thursday are dedicated to review, with a half-day allotted to each of the eight required courses. These review sessions will highlight the key concepts of each course and allow for specific lab practice of many of the techniques. At the end of the Thursday afternoon session, there will be a panel discussion with all Board members to address the concepts of integrating the eclectic approaches from each course. This will assist the candidate in developing a conceptual framework for the integration of the treatment approaches and procedures into a comprehensive functional treatment approach. The Thursday session will last approximately one hour longer due to this added component. Friday and Saturday are devoted to written and oral/practical testing.

Day AM Session PM Session
Monday PNF I 8:00-12:30 CFS 1:30-5:30
Tuesday FM I 8:00-12:00 FM II 2:00-7:00
Wednesday FMLQ 8:00-12:00 FMUQ 1:00-5:00
Thursday Foundations 8:30-12:30 Panel Discussion 1:30-6:30
Friday Written and Oral/Practical examinations
Saturday Written and Oral/Practical examinations

Review and testing will be held each summer during the Certification week the first week of August in Steamboat Springs, CO. This certification is open to Physical Therapists only. (PTs may apply FOC credit toward CFMT for up to three years.)


The examination is divided into three sections:

Written examination: True/false, fill‑in‑the‑blank, multiple choice, and short answer questions for a total of 50 points.

Oral examination: Questions from each of the four required courses for a total of 50 points. There will be one eclectic question, worth two points, to provide an opportunity to demonstrate the ability to integrate all IPA philosophies and clinical approaches.

Practical examination: Questions from each of the five required courses for a total of 25 points.

To pass, the student must achieve a score of at least 70% in each written and each oral/practical section for each course, and a minimum of 80% combined score for each course.


Due to the time required to test each individual, the testing for CFMT is limited to 32 applicants per session. As a result of demand exceeding availability, we have adapted the following procedures in the pursuit of fairness:

Applications for both certifications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, do not wait to register. We accept registrations for several years into the future on an ongoing basis. We will accept applications via email, regular mail, or fax. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETE IN ORDER FOR YOU TO BE ACCEPTED INTO THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS. You may apply for any upcoming year. If the year you are applying for is full, you will be placed in the first available opening.  Wait lists for years that are full will be comprised of registrants in the following year, in the order the applications were received. 

If you are a CFMT graduate and are interested in sitting in on any of the reviews for CFMT, please contact the IPA office to make arrangements. There is a $100 per day charge for this.

As always, all applications must include a $200 deposit. Payment in full is due by September 1st, eleven months prior to testing. The cancellation policy is different than the regular courses because of the nature of the certification process, and is detailed below and in the application.

Please download the application for CFMT or FOC. If you have further questions, please call 970-870-9521, or send an email message to


For cancellations before September 1st, eleven months prior to testing: $100 is non-refundable and non-transferable, $100 is transferable to a future certification or course, and the balance is refundable.

For cancellations between September 1st and  September 30th eleven months prior to the test year: $200 is non-refundable and non-transferable and the balance over $200 is refundable only if your position can be filled. 

After October 1st ten months prior to the test year, no refund will be issued, due to faculty considerations and the fact that last minute substitutions are not possible because of the extensive preparation time required, unless the position may be filled.  Then 50% of amout paid may be replaced.

All cancellations must be received in writing.