Criteria for Eligibility

Category 1:   

Eligibility to sit for the certifying exam:

For U.S. Candidates

  • Proof of a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college with an emphasis in area of Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.

For Non-U.S. Candidates

  • Proof of a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent, as verified through an independent credentialing body) or post-secondary diploma, from an accredited university or college with an emphasis in the area of Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.

Supporting documentation required (for U.S. and Non-U.S. Candidates):  Official transcripts documenting the degree.

University Students Program

In an attempt to encourage students to engage in the certification process prior to exiting the university/ college setting, students may apply for eligibility to take any of ACVREP’s certification examinations prior to the completion of the required 350 hour supervised internship and/or graduation from the university/college program (within 6 months prior to the anticipated graduation date).

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Category 2:

Eligibility to sit for the certifying examination:

For All Candidates

  • Proof of a minimum of a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent, as verified through an independent credentialing body)
  • or post-secondary diploma, from an accredited university or college in any field with proof of post-secondary education from an accredited university, college or third party-accredited educational provider, demonstrating education in all domain areas of the ACVREP CVRT Body of Knowledge.

Supporting documentation required:

  1. Official transcripts documenting the degree
  2. Official transcripts or CE certificates documenting completion of coursework in the ACVREP VRT Body of Knowledge for all domain
  3. Core Domain Area Checklist (Appendix C) verifying basic competency in all core domain areas must be completed and signed by the applicant and additionally, signed by the CVRT internship supervisor and submitted with the eligibility

 For All Candidates

Successful completion of at least 350 hours of discipline specific, supervised practice that includes, but is not limited to, direct service hours, and related phone calls, meetings, observations, report writing, etc.

  • At least 260 hours must be in direct service with consumers and/or family members (that may include assessment, instruction, evaluation, etc.).
  • The practice must be supervised by a current CVRT. The practice can be supervised by an onsite or offsite CVRT, provided there is a means for the offsite CVRT supervisor to evaluate intern performance (i.e. telecommunications, communication with on-site VRT supervisor, etc.). The internship must include the provision of a variety of direct services to adults with vision impairments or

Supporting documentation required:

  1. Clinical Competency Evaluation Form completed and signed by the CVRT practice supervisor (see Appendix A).Please note: Applicants completing multiple internships in order to meet the minimum hour or competency requirements, must submit a Clinical Competency Evaluation Form for all internships completed, signed by the CVRT supervisor(s).
  1. If the CVRT practice supervisor is offsite, an Off-Site Supervisor Contract must also be completed, signed by the practice supervisor and applicant, and approved by the ACVREP office prior to the practice taking place (see Appendix B).

Eligibility for Certification for both Category 1 and 2:

  1. Pass the ACVREP Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Certification Examination demonstrating knowledge of vision rehabilitation principles and their applications.
  1. Certification is issued upon completion of all requirements and receipt and satisfactory review by ACVREP of all documentation required.