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Welcome to ADED's Badge and Micro-credential Program page. By adding recognition of professional development we are empowering ADED members to show pride in their driver rehabilitation knowledge and skills. We are excited to share with you some information about this new program that will enhance driver rehabilitation education and elevate your professional development.

ADED provides a pathway of educational programs that develop and recognize specific areas and/or level(s) of competency/knowledge within the scope of practice of Driver Rehabilitation.


Badges, micro-credentials and certification are a way to showcase your skills, broadcast your potential and display your professional journey. These achievements are not self-claimed titles or self-appointed skills. These credentials are earned, endorsed by ADED and verifiable. The verifiable data tells a viewer what the earner did, how they did it and if they are still in good standing.


The digital icons issued for your achievements are an outward symbol of your skills, abilities and accomplishments. They are meant to be shared digitally in email signatures, on business cards, on web pages, on social media, and on resumes. They work to signify to colleagues, employers and the public your comment to excellence in the field of driver rehabilitation.

 
What is a badge?
 

An ADED-issued badge is an accolade that attests to qualifications, competencies, and knowledge or skill attainment within a relatively small scope of the practice of driver rehabilitation. Badges may be stackable or part of a sequence that can be accumulated overtime.

   
What is a micro-credential?
 
 

The micro-credential soon to be offered by ADED represents a professional in the field of driver rehab who, through successful completion of specific training courses, is equipped to provide service within basic and low-tech programs as per the Spectrum of Driver Rehabilitation Program Services. A micro-credential holder is obligated to follow ADED’s Best Practices Guidelines to keep driver evaluations standardized, formalized and objective, and attests they will adhere to the ADED’s Code of Ethics. The micro-credential requires continuing education to ensure continued growth and current knowledge in the field.

   
What is a credential?
 
 

The Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS®) is a credential offered by ADED representing advanced experience and expertise in diverse areas within the field.  A CDRS® is an experienced practitioner in the field of driver rehabilitation who, through successful completion of a formal certification examination, has proven their capacity to provide services within the full spectrum of driver rehabilitation services. The CDRS® is considered by ADED to be the gold-standard in terms of driver rehabilitation service provision.  A CDRS® is obligated to follow ADED’s Best Practice Guidelines to keep driver evaluations standardized, formalized and objective, and attests they will adhere to the ADED’s Code of Ethics. The CDRS® credential has maintenance requirements. Click here for the CDRS® matrix.

   
FAQS - Frequently asked questions

Why has ADED chosen to create a badge and micro-credential program? ADED serves distinct groups of driver rehabilitation professionals: individuals just starting out and new to industry (looking for foundational learning), those in the prime of their careers (keeping on the forefront of professional practice and technology), and seasoned professionals (looking for continued growth and advancement). Our goal is to offer individualized learning pathways that fulfill career needs in driver rehabilitation education while acknowledging prior knowledge, skills, and experience. This method of professional development involves connecting existing competencies to evolving knowledge, skills and abilities through effective, multimodal ways of learning. ADED’s badge and micro-credential program is designed to realize practitioner potential, improve practice, and enhance career development.


Who will benefit from badge and micro-credential program? These programs will be available to all ADED members. Our goal is to provide a thorough mix of multiple offerings that will be applicable to varying levels in the driver rehabilitation profession: entry level, intermediate, and advanced. Our badges will focus on specific topics related to the practice of driver rehabilitation and each badge will concentrate on a relatively small scope of the field. The micro-credential will establish an education path so an earner is equipped to provide service within basic and low-tech programs as per the Spectrum of Driver Services and Driver Rehabilitation Programs. The requirements for each badge and micro-credential will be clearly posted on our program portal so potential badge earners have a road map of the education and proficiencies needed to earn each accolade. 

 

How will ADED execute the badge and micro-credential program? The programs will formalize educational pathways into distinctive frameworks of knowledge, skills, abilities and practices. ADED’s learning platform offers the adaptation and innovation necessary to accommodate a multimodal design that will incorporate live, online, and on-demand educational components. These programs are designed for experiential learning combining theory, research, problem solving, and critical thinking with ethical integration and best practices.

 

What are the benefits of earning a badge? An ADED-issued badge is an accolade that attests to qualifications, competencies, and knowledge or skill attainment within a relatively small scope of the practice of driver rehabilitation. Badges may be stackable or part of a sequence that can be accumulated over time. Upon successful completion of requirements, a badge earner will be provided an iconic symbol for use in identifying themselves as having earned that accolade. The badge’s symbol will link back to an electronic verification system on the ADED platform that allows consumers, employers, referral sources, and colleagues to view and confirm the educational achievement awarded to the badge earner. Badges are highly-visual and shareable online. Digital badges help individuals gain recognition for their achievements and make those achievements portable, verifiable, and discoverable. Digital badges are easily posted on websites, social media, professional networks, resumes and in email signatures. Publicly displaying earned badges enables employers, colleagues, and clients the ability to discover and verify an individual’s training and skills, which can lead to increased career opportunities.

 

What are the benefits of earning a micro-credential? Earning a micro-credential verifies that you have earned skills that differentiate you academically and professionally. Mastering professionally recognized competencies and skills keeps you at the leading edge of your profession. Micro-credentials are visualized through issuance of a digital iconic symbol, which offer a highly-recognizable way to showcase one’s achievements. The symbol links back to ADED verification system displaying the metadata which details the requirements an individual has satisfied to earn the credential along with the evidence that a specific individual has indeed satisfied those requirements. This will provide communication of your knowledge, skills, achievements, and competencies to employers, colleagues, peers, and the public.

 

What about the CDRS® credential? ADED’s CDRS® remains the gold-standard in terms of driver rehabilitation service provision. A CDRS® is an experienced practitioner in the field of driver rehabilitation who, through successful completion of a formal certification examination, has proven their capacity to provide services within the full spectrum of driver rehabilitation services. One goal of the badge and micro-credential program is to provide an educational pathway of progressive proficiency for those working towards earning their CDRS®. If you have already earned and are actively maintaining your CDRS® we appreciate your commitment to the driver rehabilitation profession and are planning to offer advanced badges to assist you in continued educational and professional advancement.

 

Is there any more information? ADED’s Badge Program is outlined in ADED Policy 505. We are planning a segmented roll out of the programs with the badge program launching in the Summer of 2019, the micro-credential program launching early in 2020, and the advanced badges launching in 2021. We will be sending announcements as more information becomes available. We look forward to offering this program to personalize your learning and elevate your professional pride.

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