Certification Renewal

ATP/SMS/RET Renewal Application

Download the Recertification Application if your certification is still in active status.

Download the Reinstatement Application if your certification has expired.

Download the Inactive Status Request form to inactivate your certification.  Note: your certification must currently be in good standing and in Active Status.  


Certification Renewal

Initial certification, earned through the application and exam process, is valid for two years. Recertification is required to ensure that a commitment is made to keep knowledge and skills current through relevant work experience and ongoing education.  The two-year cycle, which follows general guidelines for licensure renewal for related professions, promotes current knowledge and skills in the rapidly evolving field of assistive technology.

To renew a current certification for another two-year period, certificants must submit the Recertification Application with payment of the recertification fee to RESNA prior to the certification expiration date. 

Recertification requires documentation of two requirements:

  • Relevant work experience; and
  • Demonstration of ongoing professional development through:
  1. earning continuing education units, or;
  2. earning academic credit from an academic (higher education) institution.

Both the work experience and the professional development requirements must be satisfied in order to be re-certified.

Relevant Work Experience

To meet the requirements for relevant work experience since certification, the applicant for recertification must document work experience of 0.25 FTE* in assistive technology-related services during the just-ended certification period. (*Full time work is defined as 36-40 hours per week.) Acceptable work experience is outlined below:

Requirements for renewal Not applicable for renewal
One or more of the following activities:
  1. Evaluations, assessments, and other direct-to-consumer/student services for AT (needs assessment, physical/functional/sensory assessments, educational assessments, site assessments, simulations and product trials)
  2. Fitting, adjustment and readjustment services for AT (fine tuning of equipment to meet the consumer/student’s needs and reflect changes in the consumer/student’s status)
  3. AT implementation and individualized training for consumers/students and their caregivers or students/support personnel (training in use of AT or strategies to maximize function and interface with the environment(s) of use, instruction in use and/or maintenance)
  4. Teaching and professional development in assistive technology (e.g., pre-professional or post-professional courses, seminars or workshops for consumers, families, clinicians, AT providers, support staff)
  5. Management, supervision, mentorship, consulting for direct-to-consumer service providers or within an organization (e.g., professional societies, state AT programs, private companies) that supports AT practice, principles, advocacy, provision and/or reimbursement.
  6. Product development, reimbursement strategies, management, consulting, government affairs for a manufacturer of AT products.
  7. Consulting/advising related to AT and policy development, government affairs, advocacy, claims review.
  8. Empirical or experiential research in the field of AT
* The following services related to assistive technology are not applicable for inclusion in the total work experience hours. This list is not all inclusive. The applicant may appeal an adverse decision on work verification to the Professional Standards Board.
  1. Customer service, scheduling, information gathering and/or paperwork processing of assistive technology orders
  2. Billing, collections and/or claims processing of assistive technology products/services

Demonstration of ongoing professional development may be satisfied by either of the following activities:

Certificants may demonstrate continued education by:

  • completing 20 hours of AT-related training, to include in-person and/or online courses, seminars, and workshops, where in:

the 20 hours of training includes:

  • 1.0 CEU (10 hours) minimum AND
  • 10 CECs / contact hours or additional CEUs

OR

  • Completing two AT-related academic credit hours at a recognized academic institution of higher education

Continuing Education Unit (CEU)

CEUs will be accepted providing the course material is related to provision of assistive technology to persons with disabilities and the CEUs are awarded from a recognized CEU provider, for example, International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) "accredited" or professional associations (e.g. RESNA, NRRTS, APTA, ASHA, AOTA) or an academic institution (e.g. University of Pittsburgh) or a state licensing board (which previews a course for CEU approval). The certificate of attendance must list the attendee's name, the name of the course, the dates of the course, and the speaker/sponsor signature. The certificate must also indicate the number of CEUs earned; otherwise the course will be counted as contact hours instead of CEUs.

Contact Hour

Up to 10 contact hours (sometimes measured as CECs) are allowed for other AT-related training that isn’t approved by IACET, a professional society, an academic institution, or a state licensing board. The certificate of attendance for a training session must include the attendee's name, the date(s) and length of the course (in hours), and the speaker/sponsor signature. A maximum of 3 hours of in-service product training per year will be accepted as contact hours; the “In-Service Training Form” found in the Recertification Application must be used to document AT-related in-service sessions.

Academic Credit

Documentation of two academic credit hours earned over the two year recertification period will satisfy 100% of the professional development requirement. Course work/academic credit must be relevant to AT and acquired from a recognized academic institution of higher education. CEU and academic credits may also be combined to satisfy the professional development requirement. Course work for professional development plans for educators will be accepted from authorized institutions.

Examples of approved continuing education activities

  • Completing AT-related conferences, seminars, webinars
  • First-time presentation of an AT-related conference, seminar, or webinar
  • Product in-services meeting documentation requirements (up to 3 hours per year)

Topics may include

  • Evaluation and assessment procedures for AT
  • In depth AT product training
  • Diagnoses and treatment as they relate to AT
  • Public policy/legislation related to AT
  • AT reimbursement and funding
  • Clinical practice related to AT
  • AT-related research
  • Professional ethics

Examples of activities that do NOT count towards recertification

  • Coursework or credits that are NOT AT-related
  • Undocumented product in-services (without signatures, date, time spent)
  • Volunteer or paid services on AT-related boards, committees, special interest groups, etc.
  • Editorials, publications in lay newsletters, professional/consumer magazines, and other non peer-reviewed materials
  • Time spent on peer review of AT-related grants, manuscripts, conference submissions
  • Product training or demonstration without full documentation of date, time, topic, presenter

In-service Training

You may document and use up to 3 contact hours of AT-related in-service training annually towards your recertification requirements. The “In-Service Training Form” found in the Recertification Application must be used to document in-service sessions.

Instructing a Course

Certificants may claim contact hours for presenting an AT-related course for the first time.  To receive contact hour credit for presenting a course, the recertification candidate must submit a brochure or currently active web page which lists the course name, the presenter’s name, the course date, and the course length; or a letter from the course/event organizer (other than the ATP or his/her employer) on corporate letterhead confirming the course name, presenter’s name, the course date, and the course length.

Documentation and Application Submittal

The Recertification Application should be used to document recertification activities. The application should be postmarked by or received at the RESNA office via fax or email by the certification expiration date (but no more than 60 days prior). A grace period of 30 days following the expiration date will be extended to complete missing documentation and allow review and approval by RESNA. Applications not approved within the grace period must follow the Reinstatement policy (see below).

Certificants will be given notice three months prior to the expiration date (and again two months prior and one month prior) to apply for recertification. If documentation is not received, or activities do not fulfill the requirements, certification will be terminated. It is the certificant’s responsibility to submit the application and supporting continuing education documentation on time. Lack of receipt of notification via e-mail or regular mail is not sufficient excuse for late or no submission of complete Recertification Application, as the certificate and the public directory both list the effective dates for certification.

Fee for Recertification

A recertification fee of one hundred seventy-five dollars ($175 USD) is payable for two-year recertification and is due at the time of application.

Inactive Status

Certification may be placed on inactive status while the certification is still current and in good standing. Inactive status may be desirable to allowing certification to lapse due to extended medical or family leave, change of employment status or type of work, advanced studies, and more.  Note: Individuals who hold more than one certification must submit payment of $25 for each certification that they inactivate. For example, the total cost of Inactive Status for both the ATP and SMS certifications would be $50.

Effective August 1, 2016, inactive status will be granted for a period of up to two years. Candidates for Inactive Status must submit the Inactive Status Request Form along with payment of the $25 Inactive Status fee by the certification’s expiration date. The certification designation may not be used in any form of communication while the certification is in Inactive Status.    

An Inactive Status certification may be returned to Active Status by submitting the recertification application by the expiration of the two-year inactive period.  If the certification is not reactivated by the end of the two-year inactive period, then the certification will automatically be placed into Expired Status. 
 
Note: individuals who moved their certification into Inactive Status prior to August 1, 2016, may retain Inactive Status indefinitely under the terms of the previous Recertification Policy. 

Reinstatement of Expired Certification

An expired certification may be reinstated up to two years following the certification expiration date.  Certification reinstatement candidates must submit the reinstatement application along with payment of the Reinstatement fee of $250.  In addition to satisfying the ongoing professional development requirement for recertification, certification reinstatement candidates must also satisfy a CEU penalty of 0.25 CEUs for each 3-month period following the certification expiration date (up to 2.0 CEUs).  The first three-month period begins immediately after the expiration date, so a 0.25 CEU penalty is assessed from the first day certification has lapsed. The certification designation may not be used in any communication until the applicant has received official notification that the certification is satisfactorily reinstated.

After the deadline for reinstatement has passed, certification can be reattained only by applying for initial certification as a new applicant and satisfying the current certification requirements at the time of application.  Note: eligibility requirements and exam content are subject to change over time at the discretion of RESNA’s Professional Standards Board.

Grace Period for Reinstating Certifications that Expired prior to August 1 2016 due to Inability to Meet Previous Recertification Work Experience Requirement

For certifications that expired prior to August 1, 2016, RESNA will allow a one-year grace period for these individuals to reinstate their certification, ending August 1, 2017.  The CEU penalty will be capped at 2.0 CEUs.  During this timeframe, RESNA will extend a discounted reinstatement fee of $175 instead of $250.