Friday, February 19, 2016 - 9:00am
ARLINGTON, VA —The National Commission for Certifying Agencies has re-accredited the RESNA ATP Certification Program for a five-year period, expiring in 2020.
RESNA is a professional membership organization of rehabilitation engineers, clinicians, researchers, educators, suppliers and manufacturers dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions. The RESNA Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification program acts to benefit the public interest by establishing and enforcing education, examination, experience and ethics requirements for certification in assistive technology service delivery. Currently, over 3,800 professionals are certified to use the ATP designation. RESNA first received NCCA accreditation in 2010.
RESNA received renewal of NCCA accreditation of its ATP Certification Program by submitting an application demonstrating the program’s compliance with the NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance). Since 1977, the NCCA has been accrediting certifying programs based on the highest quality standards in professional certification to ensure the programs adhere to modern standards of practice in the certification industry.
“We’re very pleased that NCCA has renewed the accreditation for the ATP certification program,” said Executive Director Michael Brogioli. “This accreditation is a widely-recognized seal of approval that validates the ATP certification and RESNA’s commitment to excellence, accountability, and high professional standards.”
“The renewal of this important accreditation means that RESNA's ATP certification delivers value to both practitioners and consumers,” said Daniel Cochrane, MA, MS, ATP and chair of RESNA’s Professional Standards Board. "From the rigorous process we use to develop the exam, to the procedures we use to ensure compliance with our ethical standards, ATP certification meets the NCCA's quality standards. We couldn't have done it without the enormous contribution of time and talent from a large group of expert volunteers who represent both consumers of AT and a wide diversity of AT practitioners. RESNA is proud to provide the only accredited professional certification in the interdisciplinary field of assistive technology."
About NCCA and ICE
The mission of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) is to advance credentialing through education, standards, research, and advocacy to ensure competence across professions and occupations. The National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) was founded to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of certification programs that assess professional competence. NCCA uses a peer review process to: establish accreditation standards; evaluate compliance with these standards; recognize organizations/programs which demonstrate compliance; and serve as a resource on quality certification. ICE and NCCA are located at 2025 M Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036-3309; telephone 202/367-1165; facsimile 202/367-2165.