Exam Eligibility Requirements

ATP Eligibility Requirements (April 1, 2012)

To take the exam for ATP certification, candidates MUST meet both the educational and work experience requirements for ONE of the combinations listed below. You are eligible if you meet ANY one of the requirements below.

 

Degree AT Training & Education Work Experience
Master’s Degree or Higher in Special Education   1000 hours in 6 years
Master’s Degree or Higher in Rehab Science   1000 hours in 6 years
Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education   1500 hours in 6 years
Bachelor’s Degree in Rehab Science   1500 hours in 6 years
Bachelor’s Degree in Non-Rehab Science 10 hours* 2000 hours in 6 years
Associate Degree Rehab Science   3000 hours in 6 years
Associate Degree Non-Rehab Science 20 hours* 4000 hours in 6 years
HS diploma or GED 30 hours* 6000 hours in 10 years

 

* You will need to submit a total of 10, 20 or 30 hours of AT related training, depending upon your educational background. Half of the requirement must be met by IACET or University approved Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and up to half (5, 10 or 15) may be fulfilled by other educational Continuing Education Credits (CECs) or documented education contact hours. This training must be completed within the same timeframe as your work experience requirement (the past 6 years or the past 10 years, depending on your “Degree” category).

 

IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS:

Rehab Science, for the purposes of the program, is defined as one of the following: medicine, nursing, low vision rehabilitation, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, audiology, vocational rehabilitation, engineering (biomedical, clinical, or rehabilitation), prosthetics & orthotics, recreation therapy, and rehabilitation technology (rehabilitation technology defined as an Associate degree curriculum for technicians focusing upon application of technologies to the needs of people with disabilities).

1 FTE = full-time employment, typically 35-40 hours per week; .50 FTE (half-time) = 17.5-20 hours per week; .25 FTE = 9-10 hours per week. Work must be remunerated (does not include pre-professional training) and the total time required must have been gained within the most recent 6 years.

Direct consumer related services in Assistive Technology is defined as those services that are provided in-person to consumers and others related to or working with consumers. It may include, but is not limited to, the following*:

 

1. Evaluations, assessments, and other direct-to-consumer/student services (needs assessment, physical/functional/sensory assessments, educational assessments, site assessments, simulations and product trials)

2. Fitting, adjustment and readjustment services (fine tuning of equipment to meet the consumer/student’s needs and reflect changes in the consumer/student’s status)

3. Implementation and training for consumers/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. Product development that involves direct consumer participation

* The following services related to assistive technology would not be 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

3. Professional development, didactic teaching or instructing providers/teachers on topics of assistive technology, which does not include consumer/student contact

4. Research and/or development, which does not include consumer/student contact

5. Telecommunication relay services