ATACP Foundation Accreditation Process

The ATACP Foundation Accreditation Process provides a formal assessment of knowledge and skills for Chartered Physiotherapists.


Candidates are required to attend a 2 day ATACP Foundation Course Study Block delivered by a recognised ATACP Tutor or be able to demonstrate the equivilant level of knowledge & skills required prior to application. See our 'Study Days & Courses' page for course details.


Following the study block, the candidate works in an aquatic therapy pool learning by reflection on clinical practice. Ideally the candidate works with an experienced Aquatic Chartered Physiotherapist. When deemed ready (by self judgement) the candidate applies for the Assessment.


A new application form will be available by the 21st July 2021.
In the meantime, if you have any questions please email


Participants will be required to:

Produce a case study (30% of total marks)
Undertake an unseen written examination (20% of Total Marks)
Undertake a practical assessment of skills (50% of total marks)

All sections have to passed to obtain an overall pass 


Participants will be allocated a mentor. The mentor should be contacted on commencement of the assessment phase of the programme. Participants would normally be entitled to up to 2 hours of mentor time. This could be through visiting them, asking them to view video of treatment programmes, or commenting on the case study as it progresses. We advise that if possible the mentor time should include time in the water to ensure techniques are being used correctly.  This mentor will not be your assessor. 


£300 (plus travel costs if required for mentoring).