How to Achieve Certification

You must be a member of the Society before you can apply for Certification. If you are not a member you can join here. Once you have joined the SCR you an apply for certification online.

The following outlines the application materials that must be submitted as part of the certification process along with the instructions for completing each step.


  1. Application Form
    Complete the application form, answering all questions.

  2. Diplomas
    Submit a copy of graduate and undergraduate diplomas.

  3. Vitae or Resume
    Submit an updated professional vitae. This should particularly include previous employment history and a listing of continuing education in the field of CRT.

  4. Credentials
    Submit copies of license, certificate or registration.

  5. Verification of Supervised Work Experience Form
    The Verification of Supervised Work Experience must be completed by the qualified professional(s) who supervised the work experience(s) you are submitting to meet certification requirements. You may use persons listed as references (they complete both forms). Qualified supervisors are those who:
    • Preferably are certified by SCR, but minimally possess licensure, certification or registration in their field of study and are considered "Qualified Independent Practitioners".
    • Minimally have five years of clinical work experience in the field of Cognitive Rehabilitation.
    • For supervisors who do not meet the above criteria, SCR will consider a special review of the supervisor's credentials, upon submission of the vitae and a $10.00 processing fee. Please indicate on the application any request for special review.

  6. Reference Forms
    Submit two references from professionals who are familiar with your work as a CRT Therapist. These persons may be supervisors, instructors or colleagues. References must be submitted on the SCR Professional Reference forms.

  7. Work Samples
    To enable SCR to evaluate your CRT skills, we request that you choose one client for whom you are presently providing CRT, and submit the following samples of your work with the client:

    1. Case Report - Conceptualization and documentation skills are important parts of providing CRT. In order to evaluate these skills, we are asking that you write a report on a client you are presently seeing, and include the information requested on the Clinical Work Sample: Case Report form. The report should reflect what you consider to be representative of your best work as a CRT therapist, and you should closely follow the guidelines given. The report must cover a sufficient number of sessions to effectively address the client's progress and prognosis, and may be a maximum of 10 typed, double-spaced pages in length.

    2. Video Clinical Work Sample - Structure of the session, relationship with the client, and clinical skills are critical parts of CRT. To help SCR evaluate these areas, please submit a video sample of your work with the client discussed in your Case Report. The sample may be on CD-ROM or DVD -R, and must be clearly visible and audible. The video must be of an actual individual CRT session, a maximum of 35 minutes in length.* The client and the therapist should be easily discernible. The session should not be an intake (initial evaluation) or discharge session.
      * Please be aware that video content beyond the 35 minute mark will not be reviewed in consideration of your application.

    3. Clinical Work Sample: Video Critique - The video critique form must be completed by the applicant, based on the video work sample. Feel free to use additional pages if necessary, but each page must be labeled and attached to the original form. Only answer the questions asked on the form. Additional information provided by applicants will not be reviewed.

    4. Release of Information Forms (Client and Clinician) - The applicant must obtain the signature of the client used in the Case Report and on the Video Clinical Work Sample using the Release of Information - Client Form, and then submit this form to SCR. The applicant must clearly describe the use of the report and video to the client and ascertain his or her understanding prior to initiating the video session. Client data (reports or videos) submitted without the Release of Information forms will not be reviewed.

    Note: Work samples will not be returned to the applicant.

  8. Application Fee

    A non-refundable application fee of $150.00 US Dollars must accompany the application.

Other Recommendations

Each applicant should retain copies of all materials sent for certification review, including forms, case report and video. This will provide protection against damage to or loss of the materials sent.


Use the application checklist to ensure that all required items are included in the completed application.


The SCR highly recommends that applicants for certification maintain SCR membership on a yearly basis. As an SCR member, you will have access to educational programs, a member list serve, the member section of this website and advice from experts in the field of Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy. For more information, see our Membership page.


Review Process

After SCR receives all application materials, the review process will take approximately 12 - 16 weeks to be completed. The process will not begin until all application materials are received by SCR. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials are complete. The review process involves:


  1. Review of application materials to determine that the applicant meets minimal requirements for education, credentials, work experience and supervision.
  2. Review of the clinical work samples by a panel of judges. Work samples are rated for evidence of skills, competency, effectiveness and efficiency. Following review, the judges will issue their recommendations for certification or denial.
  3. Notification to the applicant of acceptance or non-acceptance. If accepted, the applicant will be mailed certification materials. If not accepted, SCR will explain what steps the applicant may undertake so that the materials may be re-evaluated. If not accepted, the applicant may also appeal the decision in writing within 30 days of the denial. The appeals process provides an independent, complete review of the facts and ensures due process. The appeals process is not designed to give the applicant additional time to acquire necessary education, work experience or supervision.

Please review SCR Credentialing Application Policies for further clarification on submission and review of materials.


Requirements to Maintain Certification

Certification is in effect for a five-year period. To maintain certification in good standing with SCR, the applicant is required to:


  1. Practice CRT in accordance with the SCR Code of Ethics.
  2. Maintain current licensure, other certifications, or registration required to practice.
  3. Remain in good standing with SCR, state regulation agencies and other professional organizations.
  4. Apply for recertification. At the end of each five-year period, the applicant must become recertified. The requirements for recertification include:
    • Submission of the recertification fee. Fees are due yearly. Annual reminders will be sent out along with SCR membership renewal/application information.
    • Submission of proof of participation in 50 hours of continuing education during the five-year period. Continuing education may be in the form of seminars, conferences, workshops or individualized training. The applicant must submit continuing education credits to SCR at the end of the five-year period. Content of continuing education must be related directly to CRT services.


Please note that all materials should be uploaded to SCR via the membership area of this website.

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