ATP Exam Outline (for exams through June 30, 2016)

RESNA ATP Examinations that were delivered through June 30, 2016, are based on the 2009 exam outline below. (For exams delivered on or after July 1, 2016, click here.)


A. Interview the consumer, family, and caregivers to determine needs and expectations

B. Review relevant records and plans (e.g., medical, educational, and vocational)

C. Assess environmental factors (e.g., physical, social, personal assistance and support in the environment) pertaining to the use of the assistive technology

D. Assess consumer's functional abilities and limitations

E. Relate abilities and functional limitations to the use of specific assistive technology

F. Assess consumer's possible future needs

G. Assist the consumer in clarifying and prioritizing goals/needs

H. Assess the effectiveness of prior and existing technology

I. Refer consumer to other professionals, as needed

J. Present findings to consumer in an accessible and appropriate format


A. Define potential intervention strategies/services (technology vs. non-technology) (MACRO, e.g. what general type of technology is appropriate or what features are appropriate)

B. Identify, simulate, and try product(s) that matches technology features given goals, functional abilities, personal preferences, environmental factors, and applicable standards and determine the appropriateness of commercial vs. custom solutions (MICRO, e.g., what specific products or features are appropriate)

  1. 1. Seating and Mobility
  2. 2. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  3. 3. Cognitive aids
  4. 4. Computer access
  5. 5. Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADL)
  6. 6. Sensory
  7. 7. Recreation
  8. 8. Environmental modification
  9. 9. Accessible transportation (public and private)
  10. 10. Technology for learning disabilities

C. Identify training and support needs

D. Identify issues of integration within the environment

E. Seek and integrate consumer feedback throughout process and use observation as feedback (Take into account using non-verbal cues from consumers who have difficulty communicating.)

F. Identify measurable outcomes to monitor progress toward achieving stated goals

G. Assist consumers in making final selections by explaining pros and cons of different solutions, including issues such as the life-expectancy of the technology and availability of funding sources (Trade offs)

H. Participate in the alignment of services for an individual (coordination of care across environments)

I. Document and justify recommended intervention


A. Review and confirm the implementation plan with consumer and team members

B. Initiate and monitor the order process

C. Check out product for safety implications and verify function, performance and quality

D. Prepare, install, fit and adjust the technology to end-user requirements

E. Provide information on device care, warranty and scheduled maintenance

F. Train consumer and others (e.g., family, care providers, educators) in device operation and set up (proper positioning)

G. Train consumer and others (e.g., family, care providers, educators) in adjustment (programming)

H. Train consumer and others (e.g., family, care providers, educators) in troubleshooting

I. Train consumer and others in functional use in typical environments

J. Make adjustments or modifications in technology, as needed

K. Document implementation process and progress


A. Measure and document outcomes (both qualitative and quantitative) and reassess as necessary

B. Address repair issues as needed as part of the follow up process


A. Operate within RESNA's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice