The Assistive Technology Professional Certification Exam (ATP) was created by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) in 1994. Experts in the field of assistive technology developed a knowledge and skills blueprint identifying the competencies an entry-level assistive technology professional should have. A practice survey completed by approximately 4,000 individuals working in the field helped to refine the test blueprint, and test questions matching this blueprint were developed and validated by panels of experts. Periodic updates have kept the examination current with the present state of the field of assistive technology.
Function of the Test
The ATP certification is a nationally-recognized credential for assistive technology professionals who analyze the needs of customers with disabilities, aid them in the selection of appropriate assistive technology, and train them in the use of the selected device(s). These professionals also identify and account for the possible future needs of patients, assess the physical and social environmental impact of selected assistive technologies, and refer to and work with other professionals where appropriate.
Eligibility for taking the ATP exam depends on level of education, work experience, and (in some cases) the completion of additional training and education. There are eight different routes for gaining eligibility to take the ATP exam, ranging from candidates with a high school diploma or GED to candidates with a Master's Degree or higher. In brief, candidates with lower levels of education are required to complete more hours of work experience before attaining eligibility.
As a professional certification, the ATP certification recognizes the candidate's competence and ability in the field. Certification helps candidates demonstrate a commitment to professional development, life-long learning, and meeting a high standard of professional practice.
RESNA does not appear to publish statistics regarding the number of candidates who take the ATP exam each year or what the pass rate is.
The ATP exam is a computer-based test offered at Prometric testing centers. It is offered year-round, but in four "windows." The first window is January 1 to March 31; the second window is April 1 to June 30; the third window is July 31 to September 30; and the fourth window is October 1 to December 31. Candidates must apply in advance to take the exam. For example, candidates who wish to take the exam during the summer window (July-September) must apply between before May 31, or before June 15 with a late fee.
The fee to register for the exam is $500. A late registration fee of $50 applies for candidates who register after the normal registration window. Candidates retaking the exam within 1 calendar year of their previous exam date only need to pay $250.
Candidates who wish to retake the examination must wait at least 90 days prior to retaking the exam. There is no limit to the number of times a candidate may retake the exam. Additionally, candidates who wish to retake the examination do not need to resubmit a full application; they only need to e-mail RESNA to declare their intention to retake the examination and also submit the appropriate payment.
Candidates with disabilities who require special accommodations should contact RESNA directly with documented evidence of their disability signed by a qualified healthcare professional.
|Sections of the RESNA Test|
|RESNA Test Subject Areas||% of Exam|
|Assessments of Need||27%|
|Development of Intervention Strategies - Action Plan||34%|
|Implementation of Intervention (Once Funded)||26%|
|Evaluation of Intervention (Follow-Up)||10%|
ATP Certification takes place at Prometric Testing Centers. There, candidates will be expected to arrive at least fifteen minutes early from their scheduled test. For admission, a valid, government issued, photo ID will be required. It must match the name exactly that was used to register with Prometric. Items such as cell phones, cameras, or other electronics are not allowed in the testing room. A locker will be provided to store all prohibited personal items.
The ATP exam tests candidates over the broad practice of assistive technology. In the exam, there will be 200 multiple-choice questions that have to do with five major domains: Assessment of Need; Development of Intervention Strategies; Implementation of Intervention; Evaluation of Intervention; and, lastly, Professional Conduct. The time allotted to complete the exam is four hours.
The ATP exam comprises 200 multiple choice questions. The questions are divided into the following areas of practice:
|Distribution of questions on the ATP exam|
|Area of practice||Percent of exam|
|Assessments of need||27%|
| Development of intervention
strategies - action plan
| Implementation of intervention
| Evaluation of intervention
RESNA reports that the passing score for the ATP exam is 69%, but no other information regarding scoring methodologies appears to be available. The fact that the passing score is given as a percentage implies that scores are not scaled and that candidates must answer a flat 138 out of 200 questions correctly in order to pass the exam.
- RESNA 2014 Certification Policies and Procedures Handbook October 19 2014
- RESNA: Candidate's Information Bulletin: Assistive Technology Professional Certification (ATP) October 19 2014
- RESNA: Frequently Asked Questions - ATP October 19 2014
- ATP Candidate's Information Bulletin 17 October 2014
- ATP Exam Outline 17 October 2014
- RESNA: ATP Exam Outline October 19 2014