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Education, Training, and Experience
Vocational evaluators must have one of the following
- Master's degree in Vocational Evaluation;
- Master's degree in a related field (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Education, etc.) and one year full-time experience as a vocational evaluator, preferably in vocational rehabilitation working with individuals who have visual disabilities and/or other disabilities;
- Bachelor's degree in Vocational Evaluation and one year full-time experience as a vocational evaluator, preferably in vocational rehabilitation working with individuals who have visual disabilities and/or other disabilities; or
- Bachelor's degree in a related field (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Education, etc.) and two years full-time experience performing vocational evaluation services with individuals who have visual disabilities and/or other disabilities.
Each person who administers vocational tests, batteries, and/or related instruments that require certification must be certified by the appropriate entity. Examples of these tests or batteries include the Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation System (CVES), the McCarron Dial System (MDS), psychological tests, etc.
Services must not begin until DBS has issued a service authorization and/or purchase order.
Providers must have written authorization from DBS before the provider's employee provides services to DBS consumers. No service provided by a provider's employee will be paid if the service is provided before DBS written authorization is received.
Vocational evaluations must be performed by a vocational evaluator who meets the criteria described in this manual or a psychologist who is licensed and certified in the state of Texas.
For the purpose of conducting vocational evaluations, the staff-to-consumer ratio must not exceed one staff member to three consumers (1:3). If the number of DBS consumers receiving vocational evaluation services at the same time is more than three but less than seven—in other words, a maximum of six consumers—a competent aide (technician) under the supervision of the vocational evaluator may be used to ensure the staff-to-consumer ratio does not exceed one to three (1:3).