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Ethics and Certification: An Update on Raising the Bar of Professionalism

Program ID Number: CRS000483
CEU Course ID: P254.13
Webinar Length of Time: 1.25 hour

Recorded Date: March 9, 2013

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Carmen P. Digiovine, PhD, ATP/SMS, RET
The Ohio State University,
Columbus, OH, United States

Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS
Pride Mobility Products,
Exeter, PA, United States

Mike Seidel, ATP CRTS
United Seating & Mobility,
Kansas City, KS, United States

Stefanie Laurence, B.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Motion Specialties,
Toronto, ON, Canada

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.
* No conflicts have been disclosed.


The RESNA credentialing process began in 1992. On October 23, 1996, when the first test was administered with 64 candidates, it was unclear where the Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) credential would lead the Assistive Technology (AT) industry. Since then the Professional Standards Board (PSB) has established a complaints review process, consolidated the Assistive Technology Provider and Assistive Technology Supplier into a single unified ATP certification, rewritten the exam, moved to computer based testing and launched advanced certification exams, including the Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS) exam. With more than 3700 individuals currently holding the ATP credential, the stakes have increased significantly and the complaints review process has become an active cornerstone of the credentialing process.

The promise of RESNA certification for the consumer is that those that achieve it maintain the highest ethical standards and promote RESNA’s code of ethics. The complaints policy, available on the RESNA website, is one way that we ensure that promise. This policy, which incorporates the RESNA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, is provided to every certification candidate and is promoted and communicated to every ATP and SMS certificate holder. It allows the Complaints Review Committee, which is under the Professional Standards Board, to take action to protect the integrity of the certification process and the resulting credentials, up to and including revocation of the credentials. Therefore, the purpose of this workshop is to review the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, the process for filing a complaint, and case examples based on actual complaints. The workshop will identify the importance of the complaint review process, illustrating the range of unscrupulous practices and the actions which have been taken by the CRC to address these practices.

Learning Objectives

Upon attending this lecture/seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify three goals of the RESNA Standards of Practice.
  2. Identify three goals of the RESNA Code of Ethics.
  3. List five RESNA Standards of Practice and how they may be violated.


CEU Registration and Cost

0.125 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for viewing 1.25 hours of instruction.

The cost for the webinar is $59.00

Before viewing the program

You will receive a payment confirmation via e-mail. (Please allow 30 minutes for the database to process your payment and send the confirmation e-mail). You may view the webinar for free but to access the post test and evaluation to receive CEU's you must paid for the course.

After viewing the program

If you have paid for the course please follow the steps below, if you have not paid and want to receive CEU's please see the information above in the (Before viewing the program) section.

  1. Select the Sign Into RSTCE Database
  2. Log-in as Registered User
    (this is your user information and password that you created prior to the viewing).
  3. Select Post Tests and Evaluations
  4. Select and complete the course post test and evaluation
  5. Select Submit

You will receive your CEU Certificate via e-mailed as a pdf file (Please allow 30 minutes for the database to process your certificate and send it to your e-mail).

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

The University of Pittsburgh is certifying the educational contact hours of this program and by doing so is in no way endorsing any specific content, company, or product. The information presented in this program may represent only a sample of appropriate interventions.


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Updated | 08.26.2013