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Education or Equivalent Qualifications

Education Requirement

To receive direct fee payment, the PRA requires you to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education or a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate and equivalent qualifications derived from training and work experience. You must provide proof of your education, appropriate training, or work experience after you pass the examination. The kinds of proof we accept to verify the education requirement include, but are not limited to copies of an official college, or high school transcript, copies of an Internal Revenue Service Form W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement), or letter from an applicant's employer verifying the length and type of employment.

Equivalent Qualifications

If you do not have a bachelor's degree, you must demonstrate that you have at least four years of relevant professional experience and either a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate. We consider relevant professional experience to be work through which you demonstrate familiarity with medical reports and the ability to describe and assess mental or physical limitations. You may have gained this kind of experience in fields such as teaching, counseling or guidance, social work, personnel management, public employment service, nursing, or health care professions. We will also consider relevant professional experience to include work involving claims for benefits under titles II and XVI of the Act.

Eligibility Requirement

If you want to take the examination, you must indicate that you meet the education or equivalent qualifications requirement on your application. We require documentation that you meet the education or equivalent qualifications after you pass the examination. You will not qualify for direct fee payment until you submit proof that you meet the education requirement to us. If you do not meet the education or equivalent qualifications requirement, you will not qualify for direct fee payment.