RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) is the organization that provides certification for professionals working in the field of Assistive Technology (AT). This is the process by which a non-governmental agency or association validates an individual’s qualifications and knowledge in a defined functional or clinical area. Candidates for certification typically must meet specific requirements to be eligible for certification, and those declared eligible must pass an examination.
RESNA offers national certification for three specialties:
- Assistive Technology Professional (ATP)
Service provider, who analyzes the needs of consumers with disabilities, assists in selection of appropriate assistive technology for the consumer’s needs, and provide training in the use of the selected device(s).
- Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist (RET)
An ATP who apply engineering principles to the design, modification, customization and/or fabrication of assistive technology for persons with disabilities.
- Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS)
An ATP who specializes in the comprehensive seating, positioning, and mobility needs of consumers with disabilities.
Why become certified?
Certification promotes a standard for recognizing qualifications and validating broad-based knowledge required as the foundation for safe and effective service in the field of assistive technology. These standards aim to enhance service provision to people with disabilities who are seeking technology applications to maximize their ability to function in their environment. The credential achieved through each certification program promotes quality assurance for the consumer and promotes a standard of professional practice for the field of AT.
How to become certified