Certification Frequently Asked Questions

Are faxed or e-mail applications accepted?

When submitting an eligibility application, is it necessary to send original supporting documentation?

Why is there a need for a test to be part of certification?

Why must I wait 30 calendar days to take the exam?

Does ACVREP have study guides for applicants to use in preparing for the certification examination?

Will you contact me when my certification is about to expire?

How do I become certified if my certification has lapsed?

Is it possible to maintain certification if you are no long working in the field?

Do I have to obtain all of my continuing education (CE) hours from ACVREP approved CE providers?

What are the correct designations for each certification program that ACVREP administers and how are these designations used?

Who may use these designations?

How do I apply and launch my COMS Sample Items (Study Guide) practice test?


Q1. Are faxed or e-mail applications accepted?
Answer: No, we must receive all applications through our online application process. If you have additional questions about submitting your documentation, please contact css@acvrep.org.

Q2. When submitting an eligibility application, is it necessary to send original supporting documentation?
Answer: ACVREP requires official transcripts documenting the applicant's Bachelor's degree, and/or Master's degree (or foreign equivalency), and/or the Certificate Only Program in specified areas of study. It is recommended that applicants maintain a copy of all application materials sent to ACVREP.

Q3. Why is there a need for a test to be part of certification?
Answer: In order for certification to meet recognized national standards, an examination to demonstrate competency is part of the expectation. A certification examination is the recognized method to demonstrate professional knowledge and competency.

Q4. Why must I wait 30 calendar days to take the exam?
Answer: ACVREP requires a 30 day calendar wait period from when ACVREP receives the Exam Registration Form until the applicant may sit to take the exam. The 30 day calendar wait period ensures all applicants have an efficient and fair scheduling process. You may use the online application process to schedule your exam.

Q5. Does ACVREP have study guides for applicants to use in preparing for the certification examination?
Answer: Yes, ACVREP does sell the Orientation and Mobility Specialist Exam Study Guide. You may purchase the Orientation and Mobility Specialist Exam Study Guide here. AER has a study guide for individuals seeking certification in Low Vision Therapy. Please contact AER at 1-877-492-2708 or 703-671-4500 to purchase the Low Vision Study Guide. In each of ACVREP's certification handbooks, there is a section titled "Test At A Glance" that provides some information about the certification examination. The handbooks also provide a list of references from which the exam questions came. You should to review the reference material listed as you prepare for the exam. Currently, ACVREP does not have a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Study Guide.

Q6. Will you contact me when my certification is about to expire?
Answer: Yes, individuals holding ACVREP Certification (valid for 5 years) will be contacted automatically from ACVREP nine (9), six (6), and three (3) months prior to your certification expiration date. ACVREP will send you an e-mail informing you that it is time to recertify. Please note that it is your responsibility to update your account information to ensure that you will receive email notices and announcements.

Please note that it is each individual’s responsibility to know when they need to recertify. If you have any questions about your expiry date log into your account or do a quick check through the online directory.

Q7. How do I become certified if my certification has lapsed?
Answer: Candidates who do not Recertify before their Expiry Date may be reinstated within one calendar year following the Expiration Date if they meet the recertification requirements (or opt to pay for and take the exam and pass), pay the recertification fee, and late fee.

If a candidate has allowed his or her certification to expire or has been determined to be ineligible for recertification for longer than one year and is, therefore, considered Lapsed, he or she will need to do the following:

  1. Apply for Eligibility again and pay the application fee of $130.00
  2. Register to take the appropriate certifying exam at a discounted $300.00 (USD), and pass the exam
  3. Apply for recertification paying the recertification fee of $345.00
  4. Pay the Late Fee of $75.00

The candidate must submit all of the necessary forms and fees prior to being reinstated.

Q8. Is it possible to maintain certification if you are no long working in the field?
Answer: Yes, however, ACVREP requires all certificants to renew their certification at five-year intervals. As long as you meet the recertification criteria or pass the exam, you can maintain certification.

Q9. Do I have to obtain all of my continuing education (CE) hours from ACVREP approved CE providers?
Answer:
Yes, the Continuing Education page on our website provides current information on ACVREP approved CE providers.

Q10. What are the correct designations for each certification program that ACVREP administers and how are these designations used?
Answer: ACVREP currently administers three active certification programs: Low Vision Therapy, Orientation and Mobility, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapy. Once certification applicants are approved they will receive their official certificate. They may then use the designation for the certification they hold. If you are certified in Low Vision Therapy, you may use the acronym CLVT and refer to yourself as a Certified Low Vision Therapist. If you are certified in Orientation and Mobility, you may use the acronym COMS and refer to yourself as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist. If you are certified in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy you may use the acronym CVRT and refer to yourself as a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist.

Designations are important because they are used in conjunction with an individual's name and title and are placed on, for example, business cards, letterhead stationery, and logo pins. They are official emblems of the certification program and should be used in a proper manner.

Q11. Who may use these designations?
Answer: Use of these certification designations are strictly limited to those individuals who are currently certified by ACVREP. Individuals whose certification has expired must cease using the designation until such time as they become certified again. Individuals who use these designations or otherwise represent themselves as being certified by ACVREP, without first having fulfilled all certification requirements, will be deemed to be in violation of the certification program's Code of Ethics. Such individuals may be subject to legal action.

Q12: How do I apply and launch my COMS Sample Items (Study Guide) practice test?
Answer: Directions to apply and access your "COMS Sample Items (Study Guide)" practice exam:

Please have your voucher code ready by going to your "My Documents" section in your www.acvrep.org online account. You should receive your unique voucher code within 7 business days after you purchase the study guide.

Once you have your voucher code, log into www.webassessor.com/acvrep, which is your "test-taker account." You may now register for the "COMS Sample Items (Study Guide)" practice exam.

Select "Register for an Exam," then select the "COMS Sample Items (Study Guide)" item. Locate the "Continue" button and enter your voucher code. Select "Apply," and the total will show "0.00 USD." Select the "Submit" button, which will now allow you to print out your receipt and complete the registration form. When you select "Done," this will take you to the "ACVREP Certification Exam Registration" page where you may now launch your exam.

Please note that the practice exam is 45 minutes long and can only be launched once. You will not have the ability to pause or save the exam, therefore, you must complete the exam in one sitting.