2006 RESNA Annual Conference
Hyatt Regency, Atlanta GA
Saturday, June 24, 2006
4:45 to 5:45pm
Nomination and Election of Vice-Chair
I will seal the room until a Vice-Chair has been elected. (Reminiscent of a
Conclave of Cardinals to elect the next Pope! )
Grandfathering Clause Discussion:
The criteria for eligibility for taking the RET credentialing examination
included a grandfathering clause to allow those without engineering degrees who
had been practicing rehabilitation engineers to sit for the exam. The original
clause period was designed to be 5 years, and expired last fall. Due to delays
in implementing the RET credential, the group petitioned the board to extend
the clause period until 2008. This date represented 5 years from the actual
date of certification implementation, as originally intended. The board
approved this item.
Conversation surrounding this topic indicates that some members of the PSG
feel that there is no reason for the grandfather clause to expire, and the
eligibility criteria should be changed to allow those without engineering
degrees to sit for the exam following a certain period of practice.
Action Item: A discussion group needs to be established to further
discuss this and make a recommendation to the board before the extension
expiration date. An individual is needed to organized and conduct this
"ATP in Waiting" Discussion
Members of the PSG who had recently finished degrees and were waiting to be
eligible to take the ATP/RET have expressed concern about their employability
prior to eligibility.
Action Item: A discussion group will be established to determine what
issue exist surrounding this item, and what action steps may alleviate these
issues. New graduates are strongly encouraged to participate in this
RET Practice Exam Development
One of RESNA's self-identified goals, as evidenced by the 2006-2008 Long Range
Plan, is to be identified as the primary credentialing program for the
Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering fields. Several objectives
of this goal center on maintenance and development of the credentialing tests,
expansion of the target populations for the tests, and continued education of
With the RET credential in place, the RE&T PSG hopes to focus on these
objectives in their activities during the coming years. As a launch-point for
member education, the PSG would like to establish a practice exam for the RET
Credential. Several PSG members have come forward to work on this goal, and
some questions for the exam have been developed.
Action Item: Members of a working group must be established to
continue working on developing a practice exam.
Re-issuing Salary Survey
Interest has been expressed re-issuing the salary survey. A member of the PSG
is needed to handle issuing the survey and managing salary data.
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