The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) provides formal recognition for those who have engaged in a voluntary process of ongoing, focused and targeted professional development in the area of Driving and Community Mobility through its Specialty Certification program.

Through a peer-reviewed reflective portfolio, practitioners demonstrate knowledge, critical reasoning, interpersonal skills, performance skills and ethical reasoning as they address established competencies and indicators for occupational therapy practice in the area of Driving and Community Mobility. Certification results in the credential "SCDCM" for occupational therapists and "SCADCM" for occupational therapy assistants.


The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED), a multidisciplinary association, offers the examination to earn the credential Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS). The term Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (DRS) signifies one who "plans, develops, coordinates and implements driver rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities."

The purpose of the ADED certification process is to protect the public by:

  • A. Providing measurement of a standard of current knowledge desirable for individuals practicing driver rehabilitation;
  • B. Encouraging individual growth and study, thereby promoting professionalism among driver rehabilitation specialists;
  • C. Formally recognizing driver rehabilitation specialists who fulfill the requirement for certification.