The following recertification policy
is effective July 1, 2003. If an individual applies for initial ACVREP certification
on or after July 1, 2003, s/he will have to use the new recertification criteria
when s/he seeks recertification. If the individual was certified prior to July
1, 2003, s/he has two options. S/he can either use the old recertification criteria
or s/he can elect to use the new recertification criteria outlined below. If s/he
decides to use the old recertification criteria, it is important to note that
the next time s/he applies for recertification, s/he will have to use the new
PLEASE NOTE: Effective
September 13, 2003, ACVREP certificants now have the option of retaking the
ACVREP certification exam(s) in lieu of submitting the professional activity
points needed for recertification. If a certificant prefers to retake the certification
exam to recertify, s/he must note this on the ACVREP Recertification Application.
ACVREP adheres to the belief that
individuals certified as vision rehabilitation and education professionals should
continue to expand their knowledge and skills in order to enhance the quality
of the services they provide.
The ACVREP recertification program encourages
certificants to pursue professional activities in order to achieve the following
- Obtain information on current
- Explore new technologies.
- Develop balanced professional
judgment and enhance critical skills.
- Acquire knowledge in specific
program allows ACVREP certificants to maintain continuing professional competence
in the field of vision rehabilitation and education. If the certificant chooses
to submit documentation of professional activity points for recertification
(versus retaking the certification exam), all recertification points must be
earned during the five-year recertification cycle. No credit is given for points
earned prior to or following the end of the recertification cycle. It is each
certificant’s responsibility to collect and maintain all documentation
relating to recertification activities over his/her five-year cycle of certification.
It is also the certificant’s responsibility to submit a complete recertification
application and appropriate recertification documentation before the end of
the five-year recertification cycle. The recertification application and documentation
must include the recertification fee.
- Recertification is required every
five years. The ACVREP office will send each certificant a six-month reminder
letter prior to his/her certification expiration date. A second notice will
be sent to the certificant if the ACVREP office does not hear from him/her
three months prior to his/her certification expiration date.
- The certificant must complete
the ACVREP Recertification Application and submit it to the ACVREP office
with the appropriate recertification fee and supporting documentation of the
100 points required for recertification (see the section of the application
titled “Recertification Activities and Point Values”). If the
certificant chooses to retake the certification exam to recertify, s/he must
still submit the ACVREP Recertification Application and the appropriate recertification
fee, as well as a $250 examination fee. S/he will also have to cover any testing
center and/or proctor fees.
- Applicants for recertification
must earn 100 points to renew their certification at the end of the five-year
cycle. They must submit a minimum of 25 points from Category One – Continuing
Education. They may also submit all 100 points from Category One. For the
remaining categories (Professional Experience, Publications and Presentations,
and Professional Service), applicants are allowed a maximum of 50 points for
each of these categories.
- Early applications for recertification
may be accepted and reviewed only within six months prior to the certification
expiration date. However, early applications for recertification will be issued
the expiration date of the quarter in which the application was initially
- It is the responsibility of the
ACVREP staff to check each application to see that it is complete. If it is
not complete, the applicant will be notified and requested to provide the
required information to complete the application.
- Recertification applications will
be due to the ACVREP office by the first of March, June, September, and December.
- Recertification applications will
be reviewed and a written report of requests for recertification will be submitted
to the ACVREP Board of Directors for approval by March 10th, June 10th, September
10th, and December 10th.
- Upon the majority approval by
the ACVREP Board of Directors, certificates will be issued with the respective
expiration dates of March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, December 31st.
- Recertification will be issued
for five years
of Certification Policy
Candidates initially granted certification,
but who have not made application for recertification and, thus, technically
have allowed their certification to lapse, may be reinstated within one calendar
year following the certification expiration date if they meet the recertification
requirements and pay the recertification late fee and any annual fees owed.
If a candidate has allowed his/her
certification to lapse or has been determined to be ineligible for recertification
for longer than one year, s/he will have to meet the current certification eligibility
requirements, including passing the certification examination. The candidate
must submit the necessary forms and fees. The candidate must also pay any fees
owed to ACVREP.
Certificants should notify the ACVREP
office of any change in their mailing address and/or e-mail address. ACVREP
will make every reasonable effort to send a six-month reminder letter to current
certificants by regular mail six months prior to the certification expiration
date. However, it is the certificant’s responsibility to make application
for recertification by the recertification due date. Because of the possibility
of postal delays, ACVREP urges applicants for recertification to send their
application to the ACVREP office well in advance of the expiration date on their
current certificate. ACVREP asks that certificants pay particular attention
to their certification expiration date. If the recertification application is
received 30-postmarked days after the certification expiration date, the certificant
will have to pay a late fee.
Refer to the ACVREP website
for a current Directory of Certificants.
activities for recertification credit must focus on increasing the knowledge
and/or skills of the individual, in the practice of vision rehabilitation and
education, in one or more of the following areas:
The Visual System and Vision Loss:
visual system and visual functioning, the etiology of visual impairments and
the effects of these impairments on visual functioning, the pathology and effect
of systemic health conditions on vision, basic optics of the eyes, basic optics
of refractive lenses, and basic optics of low vision devices.
System and Hearing Loss:
auditory system and functioning; effects
of hearing loss and impairment; communication systems used by persons with auditory
impairments; loss of hearing so severe that it is nonfunctional for the ordinary
activities of daily living; and concomitant hearing and visual impairments,
the combination of which may present unique communication, learning, developmental,
orientation and mobility, and social needs.
Psychosocial Aspects of Visual Impairment: cultural and psychosocial factors
affecting adjustment to visual loss; the resources for addressing student, family,
and community responses to visual impairment; and systems and professionals
Professionalism in Vision Education and Rehabilitation: professional roles
and functions, professional goals and objectives, professional organizations
and associations, professional history and trends, ethical and legal standards,
professional preparation standards, and professional credentialing.
Information: sources of professional literature and new information related
to the practice of vision rehabilitation and education professionals, evolving
practice developments, legislation, public policy, research findings, current
issues, and trends and public policy that affect the quality of life for consumers.
6. Individuals Who are Visually
Impaired With Additional Disabilities: including sensory, sensorimotor,
and physical impairments; mobility impairments not related to visual impairment;
developmental disabilities; learning disabilities; diabetes; organic brain damage;
and challenging behaviors.
7. Aging and Vision Loss:
normal age-related changes in vision and visual functioning, other prevalent
age-related health changes, prevalent visual impairments associated with aging
and their functional consequences, service delivery systems in aging, geriatric
and gerontological health practices and professionals, and service delivery
in visual rehabilitation relevant to older persons.
8. Sensory and Motor Functioning:
sensory and motor systems, the manner in which these systems affect orientation
and locomotion and other daily activities and functions, and the effects of
visual impairment on sensory and motor functioning.
9. Human Growth and Development
over the Lifespan: the effects of visual impairments and multiple impairments
on affective, psychomotor, and cognitive development and processes; and characteristic
and atypical developmental patterns of persons with visual and/or multiple impairments.
10. Assessment of Persons with
Visual Impairment and their Environments: strategies and methods used to
conduct assessments of persons who have a visual impairment and their environment,
and the development of individualized education and rehabilitation plans.
11. Instructional Methods:
teaching and therapeutic strategies and interventions to promote independence
and coping skills, including instruction in the use of visual and non-visual
techniques, Braille and other tactual systems, auditory systems, environmental
modifications, computer technology, adaptive mobility devices, low vision devices
and innovative technology for use by individuals who are visually impaired.
12. Development, Administration,
and Supervision of Programs Serving Persons with Visual Impairment: service
delivery systems; strategies for organizing and administering programs; quality
indicators of services; the role of the vision rehabilitation and education
profession and other personnel in the provision of quality educational, rehabilitation,
public and private services to persons who are visually impaired; major legislation
and policies affecting services for persons who are visually impaired; and local,
state and national resources for the provision of services.
13. Communication, Team-Building,
Consumerism, Cultural Diversity, And Working With Families: developing strategies
for effective communications (spoken and written); fostering and supporting
consumers in self-advocacy; and principles and strategies for effective teamwork
among professionals, consumers, and significant others in vision rehabilitation
and education, including issues related to cultural diversity and working with
Activities and Point Values
recertification must earn 100 points to renew their certification at the end
of the five-year cycle. They
must submit a minimum of 25 points from Category One – Continuing Education.
They may also submit all 100 points from Category One. For the remaining categories
(Professional Experience, Publications and Presentations, and Professional Service),
applicants are allowed a maximum of 50 points for each of these categories.
One: Continuing Education
(A minimum of 25 points is required from this area)
Continuing education (CE) activities
may include workshops, seminars, conferences, independent studies, and in-service
programs. CE hours obtained after July 1, 2004 must be ACVREP approved.
One hour of CE is equivalent to 60
minutes of instruction or participation. Clock hour credit is not given for
social hours, coffee breaks, or meals during which instruction is not provided.
1 CE = 1 point.
Official documentation of continuing education credits must
include the candidate’s name, attendance dates, title of course or program,
and contact hours. This can be documented through a certificate of attendance
or written certification by the instructor.
College and university courses, including distance learning courses, independent
studies, and university courses.
Foundation courses for credit:
1 semester credit = 15 CE hours =15 points.
1 trimester credit = 14 CE hours = 14 points.
1 quarter credit = 10 CE hours = 10 points.
ACVREP approved Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are translated into points
1 contact hour = 0.1 CEU = 1 point.
10 contact hours = 1.0 CEU = 10 points.
Official transcripts or grade
report. If the course title does not appear to be related to the approved content
areas, a course outline should be submitted.
Category Two: Professional Experience
maximum of 50 points is allowed from this area)
If this category is selected
for recertification, 50 points can be earned with a minimum of 360 hours of
vision professional experience completed within the five-year recertification
cycle. Hours less then 360 are not eligible towards recertification. The hours
can be accumulated through the performance of one or several of the following
Service Provider – delivers
service directly to consumers/students as a vision rehabilitation/education
professional by performing assessments, developing and implementing individual
programs and treatment plans, documenting assessments and interventions, and
working on an interdisciplinary team.
Department, Distance Learning
or Internship Supervisor – supervises
vision rehabilitation/education personnel and/or students in the direct delivery
of service to persons with visual impairments.
Administrator – administers a department or a division that
includes vision rehabilitation/education services.
– performs consulting services in vision rehabilitation/education
for organizations, educational institutions, agencies or corporations.
Volunteer – volunteers
services performed in any of the various roles described above.
Applicants must verify professional
experience hours through the employing agency personnel department or their
immediate supervisor. The applicant’s hours can be verified through a
written letter signed by his/her immediate supervisor or a representative from
the personnel office/human resources department.
Category Three: Publications
(A maximum of 50 points is allowed from this
may request credit for professional publications and presentations. Credit will
not be given for repeat or multiple presentations of the same seminar, in-service,
conference, papers or poster presentation.