U.S. Rehab understands the importance of properly trained personnel, including your wheelchair repair technicians.
U.S. Rehab Tech Training is two-day, 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.
NOTE: In order to attend on-site Tech Training, you must be a member of VGM or U.S. Rehab
Upcoming Dates and Locations for Tech Training
- June 16–17, 2020: Heartland Conference, Waterloo, Iowa
- Oct. 13–14, 2020: Austin, Texas
Cost for Tech Training
- U.S. Rehab Members: $450
- VGM Members: $500
- 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.
How Do You Know Which Tech Training Track To Take?
Beginner Track - Best suited for techs with less than one year of experience
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.
Intermediate Track - Best suited for techs who have been in the industry for 12 months and are looking at moving into a rehab tech position
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.
Advanced Track - Best suited for experienced techs and prospective ATPs
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.
Manufacturer Parts Discount
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
DMERT is a one-day, in-person seminar meant to set the benchmark for DME and Complex Rehab repair training standards through industry collaboration. U.S. Rehab and FIOS DME Repair Training are teaming up to complete the in-person testing exams. DMERT Level 1 and DMERT Level 2 exams will be available
Cost for DMERT Certification
- DMERT Level 1: $350
- DMERT Level 2: $400
Upcoming Dates and Locations for DMERT Training Level 1 and 2
More information coming soon!
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.