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Return to Work Disability Manager (RTWDM)

Scope of Practice

Return to Work Disability Managers, RTWDMs have specialized expertise in developing, coordinating and implementing timely and effective individualized return to work programs following illness or injuries, to enable clients to return to productive and meaningful participation in job duties while ensuring their safety and the safety of others in the workplace. Registrants with this specialty possess a unique set of knowledge, experiences, skills, as well as the ability to determine and apply interventions and strategies, which are used to support affected worker, employers, unions, health care providers and any other stakeholder. Registrants with this specialty are responsible for minimizing the impact of illness or injuries on workers, coworkers, employers and organizations while maximizing the recovery of the affected worker.

Areas of Expertise

  • Prevention Programs
  • Health & Wellness
  • Prevention and Safety programs for increase in employee satisfaction & reduction in injury rate & duration
  • Case Management, development & monitoring of return to work programs, increased return to work rate
  • Transitional Work & Accommodation, reduced costs & full compliance with employment-related laws


We are excited to announce the extension of the Grandfathering for the Return to Work Disability Manager (RTWDM) credential!

The RTWDM credential is of continuing interest to applicants & having further access to grandfathering to this credential is a means of enhancing professional qualifications.

After the Grandfathering phase certification eligibility criteria is based on experience &/or formal education as well as the passing of an examination (70%).

Grandfathering is open until June 30, 2023.

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The RTWDM online examination with virtual proctoring is now available. The examination is 1 section in a 3 hour session. It is a competency examination on Disabaility Management, consisting of 180 skill-based, multiple-choice and scenario questions. If a rewrite is required fees are payable to CVRP, the online examination provider and virtual proctor.

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For CEUs that do not appear on the approved CEU list, Registrants & Education Stakeholders can submit a pre or post-approval for an education program.

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If you would like more information about Return to Work Disability Managers, please contact CVRP.