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Frequently Asked Questions – PEQA Certification Program

Thank you for your interest in the Certification on Vocational Rehabilitation Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance. We are pleased to provide answers to some of your most frequently asked questions.

You can also find out more about the Certification Program or contact us with additional questions.

Space is limited in the program; therefore, only one application per state program will be accepted at this time.

We encourage you to review the participant selection criteria, as well as the “Is Online Learning for Me?” section on our certification training page, and submit the applicant you believe would be most qualified for participation.

Fees associated with participating in the online courses are being paid directly by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), as is the registration fee for the Council of State Vocational Rehabilitation Administration (CSAVR) conference being held in Bethesda, MD in early April, 2017, where the cohort kickoff will take place.

However, the participant’s agency will be required to support the participant by providing:

  • Technology adequate to participate in online courses
  • Access to the Internet
  • Time to complete the online courses
  • The ability to design and implement the final capstone project within their agency
  • The time and financial resources needed to participate in cohort initiation and graduation. The cohort initiation will be at the Council of State Vocational Rehabilitation Administration (CSAVR) conference being held in Bethesda, MD in early April. You can learn more about this conference by visiting the CSAVR website.

    Graduation will be at the VR Summit Group conference (location changes annually).

  • Travel expenses (such as airfare or mileage, hotel, per diem meals, ground transport to and from airport) related to attending the initiation and graduation.
The next cohort will “kick-off” at the CSAVR conference being held in Bethesda, MD in early April, 2017. This event will end by noon ( so folks can catch flights home). This event will provide an opportunity for training participants to get an introduction to PEQA and other Cohort participants along with a chance to ask questions about the training.

However, the online coursework is scheduled to begin May 1, 2016.

The online certificate program is designed to take about 12 months and also involves a capstone project at the end which may take a little longer. The capstone projects will be a great opportunity for participants to take what they’ve learned through the courses and design/implement an evaluation pilot in their state agency with guidance from an evaluation mentor.

The online program covers information across 5 key evaluation and quality assurance domains and involves the following content:

  • Theories of Evaluation
  • Professional and Ethical Considerations
  • Project Management
  • Data Collection
  • Quality Assurance
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Team and Client Communication
Check our training certification program page for updates on the application process and training schedule.
At this time, we only ask that online cohort participants travel to the kick-off at the CSAVR conference and graduation held at the annual Summit conference. This year, the kickoff is taking place at the CSAVR conference being held in Bethesda, MD in early April, 2017. The Summit Conference rotates based on which state VR agency is hosting the event.
The following basic eligibility criteria are required:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Excel
  • Comfortable using basic/intermediate math skills
  • Current position within state VR program responsible for coordinating and/or working with the agency’s data collection and reporting system (e.g. Aware, state-designed, other)
  • Employed in current position for at least 6 months
While graduate level credits are not specifically provided, we can work with other accredited institutions of higher education to provide documentation highlighting program content and hours on an as-needed basis. CRC and CEU credits will be available to all participants.
While a specific requirement for remaining employed with their state agency is not present, it is highly recommended that participants continue in a position related to program evaluation/quality assurance with their state VR program for at least 12 months following completion of the capstone project. One of the primary goals of PEQA is to build capacity and enhance knowledge and skills in the state programs and having an opportunity to apply what is learned through the online courses is important.
The online courses will be delivered over the course of 12 months. It is estimated that individuals will need about 5-6 hours per week to stay actively engaged in the learning and participation requirements.