Continuing Education Courses

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do they cost?

Our courses are FREE for everyone!

Where are courses located?

The NRTC has our courses in our new learning management system, Canvas. We are excited about using Canvas, given their reputation for accessibility.

What browsers can I use?

The following are supported screen reader and browser combinations for courses:

  • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
  • PC: JAWS and NVDA (latest version for Firefox)

Internet Explorer is not supported. If you are not using a screen reader or browser, you can also use Safari, Firefox, or Google Chrome.

What are the keyboard shortcuts for Canvas?

If a Canvas screen has keyboard shortcuts on it, you can view the list of shortcuts by pressing the comma key or <shift> + <?>, which will trigger a popup window with the shortcuts in it. Press the esc key to close the popup window.

What type of credit is available?

Currently, we offer continuing education (CE) credit from:

  • Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)
  • Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals(ACVREP)
  • National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB)
  • Continuing Education Units

The specific course page in our NRTC Catalog provides information about the type of credit available for that course.

How do I register for courses?

To enroll in a course

  1. Visit https://nrtc.catalog.instructure.com/
  2. Select a course that interests you
  3. Click “Enroll”
  4. Fill out the form and click “Enroll in Course”
  5. You will receive an email to register with Canvas.
  6. Follow the directions in the email to create a Canvas profile.
  7. After you register, you will receive an additional emailing notifying you that you have successfully enrolled in the course
  8. You are now free to enroll in any courses we offer.

What does the start date mean?

Each course will show a start date, but that is simply the date courses were made available to the public. They are self-paced, so, they do not have an end date.

How do I get credit?

To get credit, you must:

  • View the instructions page
  • View course materials
  • Pass the quiz (80% correct or higher)
  • Complete a course evaluation.

When can I expect my quiz or assignments to be graded?

Most quizzes and assignments are automatically graded through Canvas. If you do not receive a grade immediately, our policy is to grade them within seven days of the assignment submission.

I failed too many times. Can you re-open the quiz?

Our policy is that course quizzes can be taken up to four times with a time limit of 120 minutes each. We will not open the quiz again for a fifth time.

I forgot my Canvas password. Can you help?

Yes. If you forgot your Canvas password, we can reset it for you. Please contact smarcy@colled.msstate.edu via email with your request.

I am taking this for credit. How do I print my certificate?

To download your certificate (which hosts the course credit information) after completing all the course requirements:

  1. Visit nrtc.catalog.instructure.com/Links to an external site.
  2. Select "Student Dashboard" on the top right of the screen (where your email is listed)
  3. Select "Completed" courses
  4. To view the certificate, click the "View" or to download select the "Download" link.

I have a different question. Who can I contact?

For more assistance, email Simon Marcy at smarcy@colled.msstate.edu


Improving Business Development Skills: A Training for Rehabilitation Professionals

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act emphasizes the importance of working with and providing services to businesses. Most vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors are expected to work with businesses as part of their jobs, yet many counselors are not comfortable with this activity and do very little business development. Many counselors have told us that not only are they uncomfortable with business development, they also do not have the knowledge or skills needed to be successful at business development. This course was created to address these problems and improve counselors’ knowledge and skills related to engaging with employers. Business development is more of an art than a science, but some specific methods can be used to provide structure to this activity and help people learn how to be successful at it.

The course consists of 26 modules broken into five major sections, plus a resources section. You may complete only the modules you are interested in, but continuing education credits (CRC) are available based on the completion of an entire section, rather than by module. Up to 17.25 CRC credits are available if you complete the entire course (including 11 credits for passing quizzes and 6.25 for enrichment activities).

This course is only available for CRC credit. To access this training, visit our course page.


Enhancing Employment Outcomes for Persons with Blindness or Low Vision

These courses share information about employment-related research results and discuss the implications of the research findings for professionals who work with people who are blind or have low vision. To access these courses, visit our course page. Each course lists the amount of CRC, ACVREP, and/or NBPCB credit available.

  1. Career Advancement and Job Retention: Information Concerning Persons with Vision Loss
  2. Employer Attitudes toward Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  3. Employment Mentoring for College Students with Visual Impairment
  4. Employment Outcomes of SSDI Beneficiaries
  5. Understanding and Overcoming Transportation Barriers
  6. Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Consumers who are Deaf-Blind
  7. Working with Employers: Why it is Important and What Successful Agencies Do


Introduction Courses

These introductory courses provide basic information for rehabilitation professionals. To access these courses, visit our course page. Each course lists the amount of CRC, ACVREP, and/or NBPCB credit available.

  1. Adjustment and Acceptance of Blindness and Low Vision
  2. An Overview of Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye
  3. Basics of Blindness and Low Vision
  4. How to Read an Eye Report
  5. Introduction to Blindness and Low Vision

Working with Older Individuals who are Blind

These courses were developed by the Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance and Training Center (OIB-TAC) located at the National Research & Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University. The OIB-TAC provides training and technical assistance to designated state agencies and others serving older individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The OIB-TAC is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and receives project support from American Foundation for the Blind, Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults, Hadley Institute of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and VisionServe Alliance. For a list of other courses that may be useful to staff working with older individuals who are blind, look on our Community of Practice website. The amount of CRCC, ACVREP, or NBPCB credit available is listed on the page for each course.

To access these courses, visit our course page.

  1. Adaptive Skills & Techniques for Older Person with Visual Impairment
  2. Basics in Evaluation of Programs for Older Individuals who are Blind
  3. Basics of Blindness and Low Vision
  4. Best Practices in the Administration of the OIB Program
  5. Cardiovascular Disease and Aging
  6. Case Documentation for Professionals Working with Individuals who are Visually Impaired
  7. Community Outreach: An Overview
  8. Community Outreach: Creating Targeted and Accessible Presentations
  9. Cultural Diversity and Competence
  10. Diabetes & Visual Impairment
  11. Identifying Mental Health Impairments in Seniors
  12. Introduction to Best Practices for Older Individuals who are Blind Programs
  13. Introduction to the Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB) Program
  14. Pulmonary Conditions Affecting Older Persons
  15. Strategies for Teaching Older Adults with Vision Loss
  16. The Role of the Family of an Older Individual with Vision Loss
  17. Vision and Hearing Loss

Special Topics

These courses provide basic information on specialized topics for rehabilitation professionals. To access these courses, visit our course page. Each course lists the amount of CRC, ACVREP, and/or NBPCB credit available.

  1. Ethics 1: Ethics for Professionals Working with People who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  2. Ethics 2: Ethics for Professionals Working with People who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  3. Overview of Assistive Technology for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  4. The Basics of Brain Injury and Vision Loss
  5. The Low Down on Low Vision
  6. Understanding Social Security Work Incentives: It's Easier Than You Think

Common Eye Conditions

These units are taught by a non-physician and are a basic overview of the eye conditions from a rehabilitation professional's point of view. Questions concerning specific individuals should be directed to a qualified personal eye care physician. To access these courses, visit our course page. Each course lists the amount of CRC, ACVREP, and/or NBPCB credit available.

  1. Common Adult Eye Conditions
  2. Common Children's Eye Conditions

Randolph-Sheppard Staff Training

The National Online Training Curriculum for Randolph-Sheppard (R-S) Business Enterprise Program (BEP) Staff is designed to help orient new BEP staff members to the Randolph-Sheppard Program, although anyone, including blind entrepreneurs and vocational rehabilitation staff, are welcome to use the curriculum. The curriculum is composed of 16 individual modules, each covering an important aspect of the R-S program. There is no fee associated with taking and completing individual modules or the entire curriculum.

No continuing education credits are offered for modules in this section. To access this training, visit our course page.