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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions about the CSRS™.


Below we answer commonly-asked questions about the CSRS.™ You can always email us if you have additional questions.

How much do the courses cost?

Our courses cost $225/course when you register for all four courses ($900.00 total). Although we provide you with a wealth of materials provided by 3 highly-experienced faculty, the cost per course is extremely competitive with other national CEU courses.

Where have you hosted the courses previously? Where will you host courses in the future?

We host about one CSRS per month.  Our previous course locations have included Las Vegas, NV, Indianapolis, IN, Chicago, IL, Seattle, WA, Houston, TX, Jacksonville, FL, Ranchos Los Amigos (CA), Louisville, KY, Charleston, SC, Tampa, FL, Raleigh, NC, Charleston, SC, Tulsa, OK, Rochester, NY, Miami, FL, and Salem, NH (just north of Boston, MA), to name just a few.

Course locations are always listed on the website as soon as we have confirmed them. Other sites are almost always under consideration but we will not post them on the site until they are confirmed.

We tend to alternate regions in the United States from year to year, but will occasionally repeat a location

Is the CSRS® “recognized” by professional organizations?  Is it approved by professional organizations? What do I do to ensure the course counts toward my credentialing?

Professional organizations like the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association don’t formally “recognize” courses, although they do sometimes promote certain courses or certifications (e.g., their annual conferences; their specialty certifications). So the CSRS® is not “recognized,” since no such recognition exists by these organizations.

We do, however, have CEU approval from states that pre-approve courses.  Most pre-approval states approve each day of training for 6-7 hours of credit. We are also an AOTA-approved provider. AOTA approves the CSRS for 28 credit units. In some states it is incumbent on the licensee to take CE courses that meet the requirements of their state rules. Attendees are encouraged to check with their state licensure boards for specific requirements. While attendees from US territories (e.g. Guam, Puerto Rico, etc.) as well as Canada are eligible to take the training and the exam, we do not provide any pre-approved CEUs for these areas.  Attendees from these areas are encouraged to check with their licensure boards for specific requirements. Licensed OTs or PTs from other countries are welcome to register for the CSRS, but we do not provide any pre-approved CEUs for other countries.

Why don’t you offer the CSRS® for speech therapists, nurses, recreation therapists, or other allied health professionals?

Our CSRS instructors are PTs and OT’s. The knowledge and scope of practice between these two disciplines are similar (and in some cases overlapping) and it is usual for CEU courses to be offered to these two groups. Because of these similarities, the course covers content pertaining to theories, assessments, and treatments that mostly pertain to these two related areas. In contrast, other allied health professions’ scopes of practice are sufficiently different from these fields that a separate course series would be needed to provide an advanced certification for these professionals at adequate depth.

Are OTA’s and PTA’s permitted to complete the certification?

Yes.  All licensed OTs, OTAs, PTs and PTAs are eligible to take the course.

Do you offer private CSRS® courses to specific facilities?

Yes. Please use the “contact us” page to inquire about this possibility.

If you are interested in one of our team members coming to your facility and providing tailor-made content to your group – which could include materials from the CSRS – check out our stroke recovery sampler option.

Do you offer the course in a distance-based format?

Normally, the CSRS is not offered in a distance-based format.  In situations where presenting “live” is not possible (e.g., pandemic; instructor illness), we may provide portions or the entirety of a course virtually. We will only offer courses remotely when these situations arise.

Is it true that all course materials are electronic? 

Yes; before the course, you will be given a log in address and password where you can obtain all of the course materials in pdf format. Use of this format offers several advantages over printed course booklets: (a)  the electronic format that we use allows you to download and print the course materials, if you wish. However, you can also keep the files electronically, and view course materials on a smartphone, tablet, or computer from virtually anywhere and without a bulky booklet. (b) You can enlarge or shrink your view of the materials, as well as searching the documents for particular terms or concepts. These capabilities are simply not possible when traditional paper formats are used with bulky books. (c) using electronic materials also saves money that would otherwise be spent on the costs of printing and shipping the books to each course site. This is how we are able to remain competitive with the costs of other courses (about $225/course), yet include 3 different, senior level speakers and a wealth of materials; (c) this practice saves paper; (d) The electronic portal that we use also lets us provide attendees with extra materials such as movies, mp3 audio files, and other materials that will enhance understanding of the course. We can upload these materials – or other materials that attendees request – during the course with a few keystrokes.  Course materials are available for an additional 6 months after the course completion date.

If I take the exam, is there a separate certification fee?

Yes. Much like the fee that you pay for your therapy licensure and license renewal, there is a fee for obtaining the certification and for when you renew (every 2 years).

How do I become Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist?
Once you complete the four days of training, you may choose to take the exam to become certified as a Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist. The cost to take the exam is $150. An invite to take the exam is sent once all 4 days of training is completed. A Certificate of Achievement is provided upon passing the exam. The online exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions from a bank of over 300 questions. Participants have 3 hours to complete the exam and must get 80% correct to pass. Participants are allowed to take the exam twice, if they fail to pass on the first attempt.  Participants have up to 3 months from the conclusion of their four day training session to complete take the exam.

How do I access the Login function of the website?
The login feature of our website is only used by participants currently going through a CSRS course.  These participants have to log in to access their Day 1 online training and complete it prior to attending the live portion of their course on Days 2, 3 and 4.  If you are a current CSRS participant, you will receive information for accessing your Day 1 Online training 3 weeks prior to your live course starting.  During that time, you must complete your one day of online training.  If you get locked out of your account, you will have to wait 30 minutes to retry your login.  To reset your password use the password lost link.  The course materials are available to participants for an additional 6 months on our site post the course training completion.

Do I have to complete the Day 1 training prior to attending my live course session? 
Yes, you must complete all of Day 1 training in order to be admitted to the live instructor led session.  Day 1 training is posted under the My Courses tab and information emailed out to participants 3 weeks prior to the live instructor led session.  The Day 1 training is approximately 9 hours of informational videos.  Video progression is monitored by the online system.  Please watch each video to it’s completion before going back and forth to review any sections.

The CSRS Course seems to be in high demand how can register and secure a spot?
First: Request to be on our email list for new course information.  Approximately 4-14 days before registration opens for new courses, people on the email list are notified.  The notification tells them the time and date the registration will open.  Send an email to to get added to the email list.
Second: We recommend being on our site a few minutes before registration opens on the seminar page for which you want to register and refresh your page so you can see as soon as the registration form opens.
Third: The registration form requires information such as your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, OT or PT license number and credit card information. Therefore, using a device that you purchase from often and that has your personal information like name, email, mailing address, phone number and credit card information stored on it, will allow you to auto populated these fields.  This seems to be the way people are able to enter their information so quickly and get a spot.

As registration is competitive, can I prepay for a course?
No, we do not accept prepayments.  In order to allow everyone the same opportunity to register, registrations are on a first come first register.

How will I know that I successfully registered for a course?
After filling out the registration form and payment method, if you secured a spot in the course, the website will indicate you have successfully registered.  You will then receive an email confirmation and receipt.  These may go into your spam/junk folder.  Also, as registrations fill very quickly their could be a slight delay in your confirmation email.

Can I be on a waiting list in case someone cancels?
Yes, after the course has sold out, we take the first 30 names per course for a waiting list.  Simply send an email to and indicate which course you would like to be on the waiting list for.  If we have a cancellation in the course, we offer the spot to people on our waiting list.  Please note that being on the waiting list is not a guarantee you will get into the course, as it we can only offer spots if there are cancellations in that course.

How do I get listed in the Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist directory?
After someone passes the CSRS exam, an email is sent to them within 7-14 days asking them to fill out the attached form if they would like to be listed in the directory.  These lists are then updated in the directory about every 2 weeks.  As this email may have gone to spam, you can contact us to be listed.  Send an email to and indicated you would like to be added to the Specialist Directory.  We will need to know the year you took the CSRS, so we can verify you are certified.  Also, you will need to include:  Your name with any credentials you want listed, your facilities name, your facilities mailing address, if you are an OT or PT and your email/phone number (only if you want those two items listed).