toothy groupNADE is committed to furthering the art and science of disability evaluation and the professional recognition of its members.

To that end, NADE is proud of its certification program which has been in existence since 1971. The program recognizes experience and training of its members involved in the disability program. NADE periodically reviews its certification requirements and recently developed a re-certification program.

We are proud to recognize the efforts of our members as they enhance their knowledge base,  develop their professional expertise and further the enhancement of the disability profession through training and education.

The NADE Board has adopted specific criteria for certification of its members in three different categories: as a disability professional, disability support professional or disability medical consultant. Minimum standards must be met to be eligible for consideration for certification. Education, training and experience in the disability program are considered. NADE members who meet the specific criteria will be granted a certificate. These certificates expire three years after issuance and a member must submit confirmation of continuing education hours to continue to be certified. Re-certification certificates will be granted to members who confirm the requisite additional continuing education credit hours required for their certification category. See links below for the specific requirements for certification and re-certification in category of certification you are seeking.

If you have any questions, please contact the Professional Development chair:

Sharon Bland-Brady
Phone: 313.410.1653 │ Email: sharon.bland-brady@ssa.gov

Certification Criteria

The Certification criteria were established and approved by the NADE Executive Board of Directors and the delegate assembly at the 1971 national conference held in Chicago, Illinois.  The requirements for certification were updated at the 1978 national conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Article 4 was further updated by action of the NADE Executive Board in Austin, Texas, October 1984.  All applications will be reviewed by the Professional Development Committee in accordance with the following established criteria:

  1. A minimum period of three years successful practice as a Disability Examiner is necessary prior to becoming eligible for certification.  Successful practice is herein defined as the performance of at least satisfactory work and the Disability Examiner not be in a probationary or conditional status with the employing Agency.
  2. A minimum of Baccalaureate degree is necessary unless the employing agency has a policy requiring or permitting other basic education as an equivalency.
  3. A minimum of 36 hours of medical training; 24 hours of vocational training; and 12 hours of technical training must be satisfactorily completed.  This training should be in an organized course of instruction presented under the supervision of, or by the approval of, the employing agency.  (This does not equate with college hours.)
  4. A Disability Examiner must be a full member in good standing of NADE which requires current membership in the organization.
  5. The Disability Examiner will subscribe to the NADE Code of Ethics.

Upon receipt of sufficient documentation that the individual Examiner meets all of the above stipulated requirements, a certificate will be printed and issued.  The review of submitted credentials and issuance of  the certificates will require several weeks time.

The special form, NADE 101 National Association of Disability Examiners Application for Certification, is available from the Professional Development Committee Chairperson or the NADE website @ www.nade.org

All applications will be reviewed by the Professional Development Committee with the following established criteria:

  1. A minimum period of three years successful practice as a Disability Support Professional is necessary prior to becoming eligible for certification.  Successful Practice is herein defined as the performance of at least satisfactory work with the Disability Support Professional applying not in a probationary or conditional status with the employing agency.
  2. A minimum of a high school diploma is necessary unless the employing agency Has a policy requiring or permitting other basic education as an equivalency.
  3. A minimum of 6 hours of medical training; 12 hours of interpersonal Communications training and 36 hours of technical training must be satisfactorily completed.  This training should be in an organized course of instruction presented under the supervision of, or the approval of the employing agency.  (This does not equate with college hours.)
  4. A Disability Support Professional must be a full member in good standing of NADE which requires current membership in the organization.
  5. The Disability Support Professional will subscribe to the NADE Code of Ethics.

Upon receipt of sufficient documentation that the individual Support Professional meets all of the above stipulated requirements, a certificate will be printed and issued.  The review of submitted credentials and issuance of the certificates will require several weeks time.

The special form, NADE 101 National Association of Disability Examiners application for certification, is available from the Professional Development Committee Chairperson or the NADE website @ www.nade.org

Certification criteria for agency medical consultant staff was established and approved by the NADE Executive Board of Directors at the 2000 national conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The certification of medical consultants are limited to those employed by the Social Security Disability Agencies only.  Consultants who perform examinations for the Social Security Disability Program are not included.  All applications will be reviewed by the Professional Development Committee with the following established criteria:

  1. A minimum period of three years successful practice as a Disability Medical Consultant is necessary prior to becoming eligible for certification.  Successful Practice is herein defined as the performance of at least satisfactory work and The Medical Consultant must not be in a probationary or conditional status with the employing agency.
  2. The Disability Medical Consultant should be currently licensed in the state in which they are in practice.
  3. A Disability Medical Consultant must be a full member in good standing of NADE, which requires current membership in the organization.
  4. The Disability Medical Consultant will subscribe to the NADE Code of Ethics.

Upon receipt of sufficient documentation that the individual Medical Consultant meets all of the above stipulated requirements, a certificate will be printed and issued.  The review of submitted credentials and issuance of the certificates will require several weeks time.

The special form, NADE 101 National Association of Disability Examiners application for certification, is available from the Professional Development Committee Chairperson or the NADE website @ www.nade.org

Re-certification criteria was established and approved by the NADE Executive Board of Directors at the 2001 national training conference in Austin, Texas.  Certifications are good for a three year period.  This process is designed to place emphasis on NADE’s commitment to ensuring that members who are certified continue to remain current and up to date on the latest developments in their profession.  The recertification criteria:

  1. Disability Examiners and Medical Consultants will be required to obtain 25 continuing education credits within a three year period.
  2. Support Professionals will be required to obtain 15 continuing education credits within a three year period.
  3. ALL training related to professional development will be eligible for continuing education credits.  One hour of training will equal one CE credit.
  4. The certified Examiner, Medical Consultant, or Support Professional must be a full member in good standing of NADE, and will subscribe to the NADE Code of Ethics.

Upon receipt of sufficient documentation that the individual meets all of the above stipulated requirements, a certificate will be printed and issued.  The review of submitted credentials and issuance of the certificates will require several weeks time.

The recertification application is available from the Professional Development Committee Chairperson.

Application for Certification

Download the Certification Application in PDF Format

Application for Re-Certification

Download the Re-Certification Application in PDF Format