sional nurse in rehabilitation nursing within the previous 5 years are eligible to take the examination. The certification is valid for 5 years. Renewal or certification may be obtained by reexamination or by achieving points of credit through a combination of continuing education, formal course work, professional publication, presentations, or submission of test items for the CRRN examination.
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology of North America (RESNA) administers a credentialing program for rehabilitation professionals involved in assistive technology or rehabilitation engineering service delivery. Individuals with degrees in rehabilitation science who, in addition, have work experience related to assistive technology are eligible to take the credentialing examination. A rehabilitation science degree is defined as a degree in one of the following: occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech or language pathology, special education, medical doctor, nursing, rehabilitation counseling, orthotics, or prosthetics. RESNA offers two credentials: assistive technology practitioner, for service providers most frequently involved in a assessment of a consumer's need or training in the use of a particular device, and assistive technology supplier, for service providers most frequently involved in the sale and service of assistive technology devices. Requirements for credentialing are a combination of education, field of study, and work experience specific to client service in the area of assistive technology. RESNA's Rehabilitation Engineering Professional Specialty Group is in the process of developing the requirements for a rehabilitation engineer credential.
The Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) is a not-for-profit corporation that is the accrediting body for master's degree programs in rehabilitation counselor education. The purpose of CORE accreditation of rehabilitation counselor education programs is to promote the effective delivery of rehabilitation services to individuals with disabling conditions by promoting and fostering continuing review and improvement of master's degree-level rehabilitation counselor education programs. Another goal is to meet the personnel needs of both public and private rehabilitation agencies by providing graduates who have the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to provide rehabilitation counselor services to individuals with physical, mental, or emotional needs. There are 84 accredited master's degree programs in rehabilitation counselor education.