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NRRTS pins future of complex rehab on new program

NRRTS pins future of complex rehab on new program But the organization needs help to complete it

LUBBOCK, Texas – NRRTS seeks “visionaries” to help the organization complete a new 14-course supplier-specific certification program. 

The organization completed the first course of the CRT Supplier Certification Program late last year, is nearly complete with the second course and has started on the third course, says Weesie Walker, executive director. 

“We need the help of the CRT industry,” she said. “Obviously, developing a program like this is not inexpensive.” 

NRRTS, which is working with an instructional designer, estimates the certification program will cost about $240,000 to complete, even with countless hours from volunteers. The organization has spent about $40,000 on the program so far and seeks to raise the remaining $200,000. 

Walker considers the program a wise investment, as it will develop a pathway that will help to guarantee a steady stream of new professionals entering what can be a niche specialty. 

“The need (for the program) is emphasized by the shortage of qualified suppliers,” she said. “I’ve heard there are some suppliers reaching that age of retirement, and there is a greater need for CRT due to aging baby boomers.” 

The program will also help to guarantee a “baseline” of competency among complex rehab professionals, Walker says. 

“The successful person who completes this – they’ll be able to show their certificate to their employer and then their employer will know exactly what the person’s knowledge is,” she said. 

Longer term, with more certificate holders in the field, the industry will see improved performances by professionals and improved outcomes for clients, as well as the accelerated development of professionals, leading to other skills like molded seating and alternative drives, Walker says. 

“I think you would say that’s a win-win-win,” she said. 

If that’s not enough, Walker says the “visionaries” who support the program will also receive, depending on the amount of their pledges, one or more free “seats” to the full program or free access to the first course.  

“We’re hoping (people will) consider it as (they) look toward the future,” she said. “Where are the new RTSs coming from? How do we find them? We think this is what the industry has needed for a very long time.” 


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