CERTIFIED LOW VISION THERAPISTS (CVRT®)
CERTIFIED ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY SPECIALISTS (COMS®)
CERTIFIED VISION REHABILITATION THERAPISTS (CVRT®)
ACVREP certificants have the option of retaking the ACVREP certification exam(s) to recertify in lieu of recertifying by points.
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 goals:
The recertification program promotes 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. The recertification points and documentation may now be tracked through the online My Recertification Tracker. As each activity is completed you should long into your online account, click on your Tracker link, list the activity just completed and upload the supporting documentation into your Tracker.
It is also the certificant's responsibility to submit online the recertification application before the end of the five-year recertification cycle. The recertification application and the recertification fee can be completed by logging into your My ACVREP account.
Applicants for recertification must earn 100 points to renew their certification at the end of the five-year cycle.
Candidates initially granted certification, but who have not made application for recertification and have allowed their certification and have allowed their recertification to Expire, may be reinstated within one calendar year, ("Grace Period"), following the certification expiration date if they meet the recertification requirements and pay the Recertification Fee and the Late Fee that are applicable at the time they apply for recertification. If they do not recertify the Grace Period, their certification will Lapse and be considered inactive.
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 may only recertify by taking the certification exam. If a certification has been lapsed for 10 years or longer, a candidate must reapply for certification completely including all certification steps.
It is solely the responsibility of the certificant to know his/her certification expiration date and to recertify on time. ACVREP will, as a courtesy to certificants, send 3 and 6 month email reminders of certification expiry dates. It is the responsibility of the certificant to keep his/her email address up to date in his/her online account.
Refer to the ACVREP website for a current Directory of Certificants.
Continuing education 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:
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.
(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 as follows:
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.
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. Points cannot be pro rata for less than 360 hours. If you do not have 360 hours then your points in this category would be zero.
The hours can be accumulated through the performance of one or several of the following professional roles:
Direct 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.
Consultant - 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. For a sample of the Employer Verification Letter, please download it here.
(A maximum of 50 points is allowed from this area)
A certificant 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.
|Type of Publication||Points|
|Journal Articles: peer-reviewed, original research||25|
|Journal Articles: peer-reviewed, publication on practice||20|
|Journal Articles: not peer-reviewed||5|
|Journal Article Peer Reviewer||1 per review|
|Textbook Peer Reviewer||5 per review|
|Newsletter: Editing||2 per issue|
|Published editor of a textbook||25|
|Contributing author: ACVREP sanctioned Certification Examination Study Guide||30|
|Published journal or book reviews||10|
|Published research abstract||2|
|Unpublished completed masters or doctoral thesis||50|
|Lecturing for college and university courses earns 2 points for each 60 minutes of lecture.||2 points for each hour|
|Presentation at a professional conference or CE program earns 2 points for each 60 minutes of lecture.||2 points for each hour|
Copy of the publication or a copy of the title page, table of contents, and publication date. If the publication is in the process of being published, a publisher's notice of acceptance is permissible. For presentations, submit evidence of the presentation (e.g., program announcement, brochure) as well as the presentation date, exact number of contact hours, and a letter confirming that the presentation was completed (e.g., a thank you letter.). For peer review, submit a letter of verification from the publisher or journal editor.
(A maximum of 50 points is allowed from this area)
Paid or volunteer: includes professional activities such as service on professional boards, councils, legislative work, standards development, and curriculum development related to vision rehabilitation/education for a professional organization, university program or facility in the field of vision rehabilitation and education.
|International, national or local chapter board chair, committee chair or officer.||10 points per year of service. Participation in a minimum of two meetings, in person or by conference call, per year is required.|
|International, national or local board member or committee member.||Five points per year of service.|
|Service on any committee in a facility.||Minimum of five meetings per year required. Two points per year of service.|
|Practicum, internship, work experience or supervisor programs for students or entry level professionals.||1 clock hour = 0.25 point.|
Letters of verification of service provided by the university personnel or by the employer. Letters of verification documenting the office held and dates held from the board chair, the chair of the committee or the secretary.