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        Train to become a Vision Rehabilitation Specialist

To join RWPN's professional register of Vision Rehabilitation Specialists, practitioners must have passed a specified qualification.  Qualification is set at Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) level 5 in England and Wales and SCQF level 8 in Scotland.  This equates to a Foundation Degree or the apprenticeship standard approved by the Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education. The apprenticeship route is only available in England.

Qualification is currently available via two centres of learning:

1) Birmingham City University (for the Foundation Degree or apprenticeship route);  2) Vision Rehabilitation Training (for the apprenticeship route only).

For more information about the Rehabilitation Worker Apprenticeship Standard go the Apprenticeship Standard tab on this website.

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Studying to Degree level

Although not mandatory for practice, qualified Vision Rehabilitation Specialists can now study to honours degree level. Birmingham City University currently runs two level 6 top-up qualifications for people who have already qualified with the Foundation Degree. The details of these two are below:
This part time course is designed for qualified Vision Rehabilitation Specialists who are currently working with children and young people who have a visual impairment or are looking to specialise in this area in the future.Complex needs top-up

This course is designed for qualified Vision Rehabilitation Specialists who wish to take their expertise to the next level. . Students will learn specialist techniques toenhance their practice with adults who have a wide range of additional complex needs including deafblindness, dementia, mental health conditions and learning disability.  Contact BCU for further details.

Train to become a Qualified Habilitation Specialist

There are two qualification routes to qualify to become a Qualified Habilitation Specialist, both of which are set at level 6.  

Birmingham City University  This route is for those from within the profession who already hold a Foundation Degree (or equivalent) in vision rehabilitation.

University College London  This post-graduate diploma route is for those coming from outside the profession who already hold a degree-level qualification.

Monitoring the Quality of Training Courses  

From 2024 RWPN will start to monitor the content of courses which lead to qualification as a Vision Rehabilitation or Qualified Habilitation Specialist, so that the public and employers can be sure that professionals can meet the standards expected to deliver safe and effective services. Read about how we intend to do this.

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