9.1. Assistive Technology Certification
Assistive Technology Certification
In the wheelchair world, an ATP is usually a physical therapist, occupational therapist or supplier who has met the ATP standards for knowledge about wheelchairs and seating products along with other assistive technologies.
Assistive Technology Professional (ATP)
Basic certification is available for providers who have extra knowledge and experience in providing assistive technology (AT) including wheelchairs. This Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification is through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). An occupational therapist, physical therapist or a wheelchair supplier is eligible for this certification.
An Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) is a certified "service provider who analyzes the needs of consumers with disabilities, assists in the selection of appropriate assistive technology for the consumer's needs, and provides training in the use of the selected devices." Source: Rehab Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.
Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS)
In 2010, RESNA introduced an additional advanced certification in seating and mobility. This certification is called the Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS) certification. This certification is available for providers who have extra knowledge and experience in providing assistive technology such as wheelchairs. This certification is also through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).
To search a list of certified AT professional you can go to the RESNA website.
NRRTS Registrants are dedicated professionals in the field of Complex Rehab Technology service delivery. A NRRTS Registrant possesses the experience and knowledge to work with the clinician and client to determine the most appropriate enabling technology for people with disabilities. These professionals know the range of the products available that includes wheeled mobility, seating and positioning, ambulation assistance, environmental controls and/or products for daily living.
An extensive application and pre-qualification process must be completed before Registration is attained.
Only NRRTS Registrants may use the credential of RRTS® - Registered Rehabilitation Technology Supplier, or CRTS® - Certified Rehabilitation Technology Supplier®. A CRTS® is a RRTS® in good standing for at least two years who has passed the Assistive Technology Professional, ATP, exam administered by RESNA and continues to maintain the ATP credential with RESNA.