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FAQs: Associate membership


Associate members of the CSP have the benefit of PLI, subject to the terms of the policy, as part of their package of CSP membership. The cover is provided regardless of job-title, but there must be some element of physiotherapy tasks in your overall work, even if you undertake other non-physiotherapy related tasks as well.

This means Associates who work in job-roles that cross a number of professions, where work may be delegated by a range of...


S/NVQs are no longer available but they are still relevant. Education available for support workers in the UK is different according to which of the UK countries you are working in. Please see CSP information paper PD076


There are a number of part-time physiotherapy programmes in the UK. Part-time programmes have the same entry requirements and learning outcomes as full-time courses.

A few of these programmes have been set up primarily for physiotherapy assistants wishing to train as a physiotherapist and have some in-service components.


If an associate member is also studying a part-time degree whilst continuing to work as an assistant they are advised to have both associate and student membership.

This is because each membership package is specifically designed to support each role.

If you wish to remain as a subscribing CSP Associate Member for the duration of your academic programme, fees for student membership will be waived and you will be eligible for student membership at no extra cost.


There are no formal qualifications required for an assistant post although a good level of general education, particularly in skill areas such as communication and application of number, is likely to be beneficial.

Employer’s requirements for posts will vary depending on their needs, so the employer will consider the education and experience of an applicant to decide whether s/he is suitable for the post in question.

Physiotherapy Assistant posts are advertised on a local basis...

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