Accelerated Pathway for the ATP

Accelerated Pathway for the Assistive Technology Professional™ (ATP®) Certification – Jumpstart Your Assistive Technology Career

You may be closer to ATP®  certification than you think. If you are still in the process of earning the required education and work experience to be eligible for ATP® certification, opting into the accelerated candidate programme may allow you to sit for the ATP® exam sooner and expedite your pathway to ATP® certification.

Eligible candidates for the accelerated pathway are able to take the ATP® exam prior to completing the experience and the education requirements for ATP®  certification.

Accelerated Pathway

  1. Complete the Accelerated Candidate Application. Candidates must outline their steps to completing the remaining education and experience requirements post-exam. RESNA will review your application in 3-5 weeks upon receipt. There is no cost for application review.

    Register and Schedule your Exam. Approved applications for the Accelerated Candidate Pathway will receive emailed instructions for creating your RESNA online account and paying the $500 USD exam fee. Confirmation of exam purchase will be sent to you via email and will include a unique link/identifier and instructions to be used to schedule your exam.
  2. The ATP® exam is delivered by Prometric, a leading provider of global, computer-based testing for certification and licensure exams. You can find details on testing locations, policies, accommodations and more on their website
  3. Pass the ATP® exam. Upon successful completion of the ATP® exam, you are NOT an ATP certificant. You will have up to six years upon successful completion of the exam to complete the certification process. Accelerated candidates are required to demonstrate professional development through AT-related education every two years to maintain their accelerated candidate status:

    a. 20 hours of AT-related training (in-person and/or online courses, seminars, and workshops), to include 1.0 CEU (10 hours) minimum AND 10 CECs / contact hours or additional CEUs
  4. Complete the application for ATP® certification. Pay the $100 USD application fee (Free for RESNA members). Following payment, you'll be provided the application and additional instructions. Please complete the application and submit this to RESNA's Certification Team.