U.S. Rehab is proud to offer wheelchair repair technician training to U.S. Rehab and VGM members
U.S. Rehab understands the importance of properly trained personnel, including your wheelchair repair technicians. U.S. Rehab Tech Training is an in-person seminar about power and manual wheelchair repair. Technical trainers from MK Battery, Motion Concepts, Permobil, Permobil Manual Wheelchairs (TiLite), Sunrise Medical, FIOS DME Repair Training and Avid Rehab will present product specifics, basic repair strategies, troubleshooting, and programming. Tech Training attendees will have the choice between a beginner track, an intermediate track and an advanced track.
Upcoming Dates and Locations for 2019
New Changes in 2019
U.S. Rehab will plan to implement some changes to Tech Training, including shortening the length and layout of the seminars, implementing a reimbursement session with expert Dan Fedor, and inviting additional manufacturers to present on their equipment.
- This year, U.S. Rehab hopes to shorten the seminar from 3 days down to 2 days.
- The different levels of the seminar will change from Beginning and Advanced to include an Intermediate level.
Dan Fedor’s Reimbursement Session
U.S. Rehab is also bringing Director of Reimbursement Dan Fedor to present on “Documentation for Repairs” as part of the seminar. In this section, Dan will discuss how to effectively AND efficiently document the repair (parts, labor and "loaner" if applicable) to ensure maximum reimbursement.
Dan said, "Let's face it - time is limited and the tech is there to repair the wheelchair and not write documentation. However, there are certain things that must be noted in order for the supplier to get paid for the repair."
In the past, U.S. Rehab has invited trainers from Permobil, Sunrise Medical, Motion Concepts, MK Battery, Avid Rehab, and FIOS DME Repair Training to present on their products. This year, U.S. Rehab is inviting a few more manufacturers to best serve the techs at these trainings. Some of the invited manufacturers include Pride Mobility and Permobil Manual Wheelchairs (TiLite).
- Identify the tools that a wheelchair technician needs to rapidly correctly diagnose and perform repairs on manual and power wheelchairs.
- Explain the operation of the major electrical components used in wheelchair controllers.
- Demonstrate the procedures necessary to trouble shoot electrical issues with wheelchair electronics.
- Select and inspect batteries for the DME industry.
VGM Education is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this program. Class size is limited to ensure one-on-one intensive training.
*NOTE: In order to attend on-site Tech Training, you must be a member of VGM or U.S. Rehab
Cost for Tech Training
U.S. Rehab Members: $450
VGM Members: $500
Click here to learn why you should attend this Tech Training
How do you know which track to take?
The beginner track provides a basic foundation training for new technicians. The beginner track contains information on:
- Manual equipment: Repairs, adjustments and other major aspects
- Power foundations: Electronics basics, battery theory and troubleshooting tactics
- Power equipment: Basic programming of power chair electronics, acceleration, speed, and other foundational programming tools.
This is best suited for technicians that have less than one year of experience in the industry.
*NOTE: Before registering for the beginner session, we recommend that technicians FIRST take our online course. Click here for more information on "The Fundamentals of Repair."
The intermediate track provides an overview for seating and positioning, CRT wheelchairs, and power programming introduction. This track contains information on:
- CRT manual equipment: Aspects of proper set up and adjustments to CRT rigid frame wheelchairs
- Seating basics: Evaluate potential seating issues and adjusting equipment appropriately based on evaluation.
- Power programming: Electronics programming for various electronic platforms and programming features.
This is best suited for techs who have been in the industry for 12 months and are looking at moving into a rehab tech position.
The advanced track provides an extensive in-depth program for experienced rehab techs with an understanding of basic electronics, programming, seating and positioning. This track contains information on:
- Power equipment: Programming specifics for various electronics platforms and set up for complex rehab settings from proportional controls to switch controls, drive systems and external control options and set up.
This track is for technicians and prospective ATPs. This track can also be for current ATPs looking for in-depth technical training on how to set up complex rehab electronics on major manufactured power chair bases.
Additional parts discounts are available to members who have sent a tech to Tech Training:
- MK Battery: Additional 5%
- Motion Concepts: Additional secondary discount of 5% if paid within terms*
- Permobil: Additional 6% on parts, not to exceed 16%*
*Denotes U.S. Rehab exclusive vendor
Online Tech Training
If sending techs to an onsite training is not an option, U.S. Rehab provides an alternative with our online Tech Training programs.
This new online training has been developed into three different parts to accommodate the three training levels of the DMERT certification. To obtain each level certification, technicians must pass an online theory exam and in-person competency exam.
Click here to learn more about Online Tech Training.