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    Danae Hammitt   
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Vocational Providers

Do I have to register as a vocational assistance provider?

Do I have to be certified to provide vocational assistance?

What types of certification are there?

Can I provide some services without being certified?

Do I have to renew my certification?

How do I get approval to provide training for CEUs?

What are professional standards?

oregonvocassist@cbs.state.or.us
Salem: 503-947-7816 or 800-452-0288
Medford: 541-776-6032 or 800-696-7161

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Related links:
    Bulletin 112 - Reimbursement of injured workers' travel, food, and lodging costs
    Bulletin 124 - Required forms and procedures under rules governing vocational assistance to injured workers -- Revised 10/10/12; Addendum to Bulletin 124 -- Revised 5/28/14
    Bulletin 151 - List of registered vocational rehabilitation providers
    Forms for vocational assistance
    Online training opportunities
    Resources

Do I have to register as a vocational assistance provider?
Yes. “Vocational Assistance Provider” means an insurer or other public or private organization registered with the Workers’ Compensation Division to provide vocational assistance to injured workers. Applicants must submit a completed Registration of Vocational Assistance Provider Application (Form 2814) to become registered. The application must include a description of the vocational services to be provided, verification of staff certification, a plan for supervising and training staff, and evidence that the applicant is in compliance with all applicable state and federal requirements. See OAR 436-120 for more detailed requirements. A listing of registered vocational rehabilitation provider facilities is located in Bulletin 151.

Do I have to be certified to provide vocational assistance?
Yes. Individuals determining workers' eligibility and providing vocational assistance must be certified by the director and on staff of a registered vocational assistance provider, insurer or self-insured employer. To become certified, applicants must submit a completed Vocational Assistance Certification Program Individual Certification application (Form 1880) demonstrating their qualifications for the specific classification of certification they are requesting. These classifications include Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Vocational Rehabilitation Interns, and Return-to-Work Specialists. Each class of certification has specific requirements, described in OAR 436-120.

What types of certification are there?
1) Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor – allows the individual to determine eligibility and provide vocational assistance services.
2) Vocational Rehabilitation Intern – allows the individual to gain direct experience. The intern must be supervised by a certified vocational rehabilitation counselor.
3) Return-to-Work Specialist – allows the individual to provide job search skills instruction, job development, return-to-work follow up, labor market research, and to determine eligibility for vocational assistance in most circumstances.

Can I provide some services without being certified?
Certification is not required for individuals conducting only labor market research and/or job development. A certified vocational counselor must supervise these individuals.

Do I have to renew my certification?
Yes. A certified individual must renew their certification every 5 years. During the 5 year certification period, the certified individual is expected to attend training for a certain number of hours and for certain topics, see OAR 436-120-0820 for specific information.

How do I get approval to provide training for CEUs?
If you are a certified individual and want to provide training for continuing education credits (units), submit Form 4619 to the division with a complete description of the training plan. If you have a power point presentation, attach it to the form. The division will review the training plan and determine how many, if any, continuing education credits will be approved. Make sure you provide a certificate of completion to those that attend your training.

What are professional standards?
Injured workers have the right to be treated in an ethical manner by those providing vocational services to them. These rights include being fully informed of services available to them under the vocational assistance and reemployment rules; being fully informed of the purpose and results of testing and evaluation, except as limited by ORS 192.525; and being recommended only for suitable employment.

Registered vocational assistance providers and certified individuals will comply with the generally accepted standards for the vocational rehabilitation profession. They will not violate any applicable state or federal civil rights law; engage in or tolerate sexual harassment of a worker, enter into a relationship with the worker to promote personal gain or for the gain of a person or organization in which they have an interest. They will not commit fraud, misrepresent, or make a serious error or omission, in connection with an application for registration or certification; in their reports or return to work plans, or vocational assistance activities or responsibilities as a vocational assistance provider.


If you have questions about this webpage, please contact Danae Hammitt, 503-947-7018.