Candidates who take the new, updated ATP exam between July 1 and October 31 2016 will receive a $100 discount off of the regular $500 exam fee. The exam has been updated to reflect current assistive technology practice.
During the past two years, volunteer subject matter experts representing a variety of AT specialty areas, practice settings and different professional backgrounds have contributed their time and expertise as part of the rigorous process to update the exam. At every step of the way, efforts were taken to ensure the new exam reflects the broad diversity of current assistive technology practice. The exam was last updated in 2009.
The new ATP exam remains the same length and scope. There are 200 multiple-choice questions that test overall knowledge of the assistive technology service delivery process, including the application and evaluation of a variety of solutions, and the RESNA code of ethics. In keeping with the growing internationalization of assistive technology practice, the new ATP exam no longer includes U.S.-centric funding questions.
The ATP certification recognizes professionals who have experience working directly with consumers, who have demonstrated a broad knowledge of the interdisciplinary field assistive technology, and who agree to abide by RESNA’s code of ethics and standards of practice. The ATP certification is accredited by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), demonstrating the program’s compliance with the highest quality standards in professional certification.
“We’re grateful to all of the AT professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds who participated in the exam update. Hundreds of AT practitioners participated in the job validation survey alone, “ said Daniel Cochrane, MA, MS, ATP and chair of RESNA’s Professional Standards Board. “Ensuring that the exam is representative of the diversity of current AT practice is critical to maintaining the ATP certification program’s high standards.”
Until March 15th, candidates can choose whether to apply for the old exam or the new exam. The discount only applies to the new exam. After March 15th, candidates can only apply for the new exam, which will be offered July 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016. For more information, visit www.resna.org/certification.
Related materials: Information Bulletin for Prospective Canadian ATP Exam Candidates