2014 Certification Handbook is now available. Visit the CDRS Exam Handbook Page for more information.
NEXT CERTIFICATION DATE: August 5, 2014 Buffalo, NY
Driver Rehabilitation Specialist Certification Exam (CDRS)
1. Definition of a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist
The term Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (DRS) signifies one who 'plans, develops, coordinates and implements driver rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities.'
2. Objectives of Certification
The purpose of the certification process is to protect the public by:
A. providing measurement of a standard of current knowledge desirable for individuals practicing driver rehabilitation;
B. encouraging individual growth and study, thereby promoting professionalism among driver rehabilitation specialists;
C. formally recognizing driver rehabilitation specialists who fulfill the requirement for certification.
Candidates may take the certification examination if they meet the education and/or experience requirements listed below.
A. An undergraduate degree or higher in a health related** area of study with 1 year full time experience in degree area of study and an additional 1 year full time experience in the field of Driver Rehabilitation.*
B. Four year undergraduate degree*** or higher with a major or minor in Traffic Safety and/or a Driver and Traffic Safety Endorsement with 1 year full time experience in Traffic Safety and an additional 2 years of full time experience in the field of Driver Rehabilitation.*
C. Two year degree in a health related** area of study with 1 year experience in degree area of study and an additional 3 years full time experience in the field of Driver Rehabilitation.*
D. Five years of full time work experience in the field of Driver Rehabilitation.*
Full time means for ADED purpose 32 hours per week.
* In the field of Driver Rehabilitation means for ADED purpose: Direct hands-on delivery of clinical (pre- driving evaluations) and/or behind the wheel evaluations and training with the client.
** Health related degree means for ADED purpose: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Kineseotherapy, Speech Therapy, Therapeutic Recreational Therapy, or other areas as approved by the Certification Committee.
*** Undergraduate degree areas of study means for ADED pupose: Social Work, Vocational Rehabilitation, Health and Physical Education, Counseling, Psychology, or other areas as approved by the Certification Committee.
The Application Processing Fee is non-refundable. The Examination Fee is refundable if the applicant does not meet the criteria.
Application Processing Fee $50.00
Examination Fee $400.00
Total Fees $450
5. Length of Certification
Certification is effective for 3 years beginning the 1st of January AFTER the successful completion of the examination, and ending on December 31st of the 3rd year.
6. Test Site
The certification examination is administered in conjunction with the ADED annual conference.
In order to maintain the certification, successful candidates will be required to accumulate continuing education credits (points). A point system which assigns a specific number of points to each of a wide variety of professional activities has been established for this purpose. Applicants who are successful in passing the certification examination will receive a detailed description of the process and the activities which will be accepted toward this goal.
Application for CDRS Exam: Application is available on the website.
All current ADED members who are not certified will be notified by mail of the upcoming testing date, deadline for applicaion and instructions on where to download the handbook. The handbook will also be available upon request for mailing. Please contact (877) 529-1830 for more information.
Strategies for test taking: ExamStrategies
Resource List for CDRS Exam
Disclaimer: Attending and/or reviewing these materials does not ensure a passing score on the certification exam.
ADED Courses: (generally offered prior to Annual Conference). Contact ADED office for other potential dates.
Traffic Safety and Driver Education for the Driver Rehabilitation Specialist
Disabilities, Vision, Aging and their Relationship to Driving
Application of Vehicle Modifications
Introduction to Driver Rehabilitation
Driver Rehabilitation Books available through AOTA (www.aota.org):
Driver Rehabilitation Across Age and Disability: An Occupational Therapy Guide by Sue Redepenning, OTR/L, CDRS- ISBN # 1-56900-214-2
Edited by Mary Jo McGuire, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, and Elin Schold Davis, OTR/L, CDRS ISBN #: 0-32302-937-X
AOTA Continuing Education/Online Courses (available through www.aota.org):
Driving and Community Mobility for Older Adults: Occupational Therapy Roles, by Susan Pierce OTR, CDRS and Linda Hunt PhD, OTR/L
Presented by Miriam Monahan, MS, OTR, CDRS, CDI
Presented by Linda A. Hunt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Driving & Community Mobility: Occupational Therapy Strategies Across the Lifespan Mary Jo McGuire, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, and Elin Schold Davis, OTR/L, CDRS
Other Driver Rehabilitation Books/Manuals:
**know of a good resource? PLEASE let us know!~ E-mail ADED
The following resources are available through the NHTSA website (http://www.nhtsa.gov/):
"Safe Mobility for a Maturing Society: Challenges and Opportunities" US Department of Transportation Nov. 2003
"Intersection Negotiation Problems of Older Drivers" Volume I and II: Technical Report
"Model Driver Screening and Evaluation Program" Final Technical Report Volume I and II
"Medical Conditions and Driving: A Review of the Literature” (1960 - 2000)
"Physicians Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers"
Adaptive Mobility Services, Inc-Educational Offerings
Ongoing Online Courses:
Course 101: Building Blocks for Starting a Driving Program
Course 102: The Occupation of Driving and an OT Practice Framework for a Driver Evaluation
Course 103: Evaluation of Physical Performance Skills for Driving
Course 104: Evaluation of Visual Performance Skills for Driving
Course 105: Liability Considerations and Risk Management Strategies for a Driver Rehabilitation Program
Annual Live Workshops:
Workshop 200: Building Blocks for Becoming a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist
Workshop 300: Take the Wheel: A Driver Education Course for the Therapist
For more information, visit www.adaptivemobility.com
Contact Persons: Susan Pierce or Carol Blackburn. Phone: (407) 426-8020
Driver Education Books:
AAA How to Drive, 12th Edition, 2001.
AAA Traffic Safety, 1000 AAA Drive Heathrow, FL.
Drive Right A Responsible Approach, 9 Edition (January 1993), Scott, Foresman and Company, Glenview, IL.
Responsible Driving, Glenco McGraw-Hill; Copyright 2000, AAA
License to Drive, (Copyright 2000) by Alliance for Safe Driving Delmar Publishers 3 Circle; Albany, NY 12212-5015
Driver Rehabilitation: A Guide for Assessment and Intervention, by Wendy Stav ISBN# 0-76164-125-4
For further information contact:
ADED / CDRS
200 1st Ave N.W. Suite 505
Hickory, North Carolina 28601