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  • Program-Specific Requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation (Blind)

    The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan [13] must include the following descriptions and estimates, as required by section 101(a) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of WIOA:

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    [13] Sec. 102(b)(2)(D)(iii) of WIOA

    • i. Comprehensive System of Personnel Development; Data System on Personnel and Personnel Development

      Describe the designated State agency's procedures and activities to establish and maintain a comprehensive system of personnel development designed to ensure an adequate supply of qualified State rehabilitation professional and paraprofessional personnel for the designated State unit, including the following:

      • 3. Personnel Standards

        Describe the State agency's policies and procedures for the establishment and maintenance of personnel standards consistent with section 101(a)(7)(B) to ensure that designated State unit professional and paraprofessional personnel are adequately trained and prepared, including:

i. 3. A. Standards that are consistent with any national or State-approved or -recognized certification, licensing, registration, or other comparable requirements that apply to the profession or discipline in which such personnel are providing VR services; and

Current Narrative:

Personnel Standards

Due to difficulty in hiring individuals who meet current CRC certification standards, the Division routinely hires those who meet the academic standards. The following table illustrates the required qualifications for vocational rehabilitation staff by position title.

Figure 10.04
FDBS Personnel Standards by Position
State Fiscal Year 2018-2019

Position TitleMinimum Qualifications
Word ProcessorOne year operating word processing equipment; or 2 years of secretarial or clerical work; or completion of 720 classroom hours of vocational/technical training in word processing; or possession of a Certified Professional Secretary Certificate; or college education; or vocational/technical training in secretarial science or office/business studies; or high school diploma/GED + 1 year of secretarial or clerical experience
Senior Word ProcessorTwo years operating word processing equipment; or 3 years of secretarial or clerical work; or possession of a Certified Professional Secretary Certificate; or completion of 720 classroom hours of vocational/technical training in word processing + 1 year operating word processing equipment; or college education + 1-2 years secretarial or clerical experience; or college education + 1 year operating word processing equipment; or vocational/technical training in secretarial science or office/business studies at 720 hours rate + 1-2 years secretarial or clerical experience; or vocational/technical training in secretarial science or office/business studies at 720 hours rate + 1 year operating word processing equipment; or high school diploma/GED + 2 years secretarial or clerical experience
Staff AssistantThree years secretarial or clerical experience; or college education + 0-2 years secretarial or clerical experience; or vocational/technical training in secretarial science or office/business studies + 0-2 years secretarial or clerical experience; or high school diploma/GED + 2 years secretarial or clerical experience
Rehabilitation TechnicianBachelor’s degree or high school diploma/GED + 4 years of professional or nonprofessional experience in health, social, economic or rehabilitation programs
Rehabilitation Specialist (Employment Placement Specialist)Master’s degree + 2 years of professional experience in health, social, economic; or rehabilitation programs or Bachelor’s degree + 3 years of professional experience in health, social, economic or rehabilitation programs; or  7 years of professional or nonprofessional experience in health, social, economic or rehabilitation programs
Human Services Program Consultant (VR Counselor)Master’s degree + 3 years of professional experience in social, economic, health or rehabilitation programs; or Bachelor’s degree + 4 years of professional experience in social, economic, health or rehabilitation programs; or 8 years of professional or nonprofessional experience in social, economic, health or rehabilitation programs
Assistant District Administrator and District AdministratorRequirements of the VR counselors + one or more years of supervisory experience