Professional development: Complete 10 hours of continuing education over a two year period (At least 4 hours in a given year) The following activities are permitted, and may be combined to meet the requirement:

  • Self-study: fill out this WSP Certification Continuing Professional Development form  
  • In-person conferences or congress’s related to wheelchairs and/or assistive technology. 
  • In-person trainings (including internal seminars, presentations) at your employment site or training program related to wheelchairs and/or assistive technology. 
  • ISWP Wheelchair International Network: We offer our own trainings and a list of other online resources. Please note some resources listed (other than those sponsored by ISWP) may require payment to generate a certificate of completion. 
  • Other evidence-based online trainings related to wheelchairs and/or assistive technology. Please note you may want to evaluate the quality of the resource by ensuring it is developed by a credible source with appropriate credentials, the organization behind the source is reputable, the source is current, and the content is validated by academic references or other reputable sources (e.g. World Health Organization). Please be cautious of continuing education which may exhibit commercial bias (e.g., offered by some companies or others with a financial interest). 
  • Supervisor’s letter:  See sample letters below:
  1. Job title; organization and supervisor’s name (include signature) and contact information; employment dates and average hours per week. If applicable: other organizations and countries served. 
  2. Continued practice in wheelchair service provision or related activities.
  3. Acceptable work experience includes one or more of the following activities: 

a. Assessment: needs assessment, physical assessment including body measurements, environment/context assessment, basic manual wheelchair and cushions product trials. 

 b. Prescription: recommendation on basic manual wheelchair and cushion based on individual assessments. 

c. Product preparation: assembly, adjustment, or fabrication/modification of basic manual wheelchairs or cushions. 

 d. Fitting: adjustment of the new basic manual wheelchair and cushion before delivery. 

e. User training: includes training of basic manual wheelchair and cushions users, and their caregivers in topics related to wheelchair handling, skin integrity, safety, prevention of secondary complications, maintenance, postural management, and mobility skills, among others. 

 f. Follow-up, maintenance, and/or repairs: includes community/in-service/telehealth/phone follow up activities and maintenance and repairs of basic manual wheelchairs and cushions. 

 g. Teaching: providing basic wheelchair related teaching at the university and/or community based levels. See ISWP training recognition for more information. 

 h. Management, supervision, mentorship, consulting for providers, professional societies, and/or private companies. This may include advocacy activities including active engagement with decision-makers at the organization/local/national level to promote appropriate basic manual wheelchair provision. 

i. User-centered basic manual wheelchair product and cushion development. 

j. Research: collecting and analyzing quantitative or qualitative data related to basic manual wheelchair provision. (Consider utilizing ISWP’s Minimum Uniform Dataset as an outcome measure in your research or clinical practice.)

Sample Letter for Re-Certification

Template for Recording Mentoring

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