SVRI provides face-to-face, online, and webinar training to rehabilitation professionals, employers, classes, and interested others. Staff members frequently present at conferences in their area of specialty.


Course Offerings
Click on the names of the courses below for more information. 

The Transition Academy 
These courses provide an evidence-based resource with extensive video instruction, knowledge checks, fully indexed search, and other features that personalize the learning experience.

Group rates are offered
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Transition Academy - From School to Adulthood

 Transition Planning for Youth with Disabilities

Effective transition planning helps a student envision a life full of possibilities and obtain skills, services, and supports needed to transition to adulthood. This course, authored by Dr. Paul Wehman and part of the Transition Academy, provides a comprehensive overview of the transition planning process and offers practical guidance about how to develop and implement a plan to meet a specific student's interests, preferences, and needs, increasing their chances of graduation from high school and their chances for sustainable employment. Upon completion of the course, educators and transition coordinators will be able to create an Individual Transition Plan and propose an action plan to assist a student with reaching his or her vision for the future. 

The key skills addressed in this course are: 

  • Best practices in transition planning
  • Transition assessment and person-centered planning
  • Navigating different adult services in the community
  • Interagency collaboration
  • Developing an Individual Transition Plan
  • Implementing an Individual Transition Plan
  • Supporting sustainable employment
Cost: $225.00

Professional Development
  • 15 hours or 1.5 CEUs or 15 CRCs
  • Consistent with the requirements of IDEA, WIOA and other mandates
  • There is no required prerequisite, but special education teaching experience is suggested

Transition Academy - Going to Work: Pathways to Employment

 For Individuals with Disabilities

Adolescents and young adults with disabilities can work in their communities and it's important that they do so for both their own independence and the betterment of their communities. This course, authored by Dr. Paul Wehman, provides an overview of best practices that can be used to help students prepare for and gain competitive employment. Emphasis is placed upon pre-employment transition, supported employment, and customized employment. Upon completion of the course, educators and transition coordinators will have a better understanding of the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and other laws which pertain to employment, best practices and various approaches to assisting a person with a disability in their search for employment, and strategies for working with those in a position to hire a person with a disability. 

Key skills addressed are: 

  • Evidence-based practices and career development for individuals with moderate to sever disabilities
  • Vocational training: Techniques and approaches
  • Pre-employment transition: Internships, work study and apprenticeships
  • Support models for competitive employment
  • Employer engagement
  • The role of vocational rehabilitation 
Cost: $225.00

Professional Development
  • 15 hours or 1.5 CEUs or 15 CRCs
  • Consistent with the requirements of IDEA, WIOA and other mandates
  • There is no required prerequisite but special education teaching experience is suggested 

Transition Academy - The Life Skills Curriculum

 Students with autism and moderate to sever disabilities need to learn functional life skills such as social skills, community living, travel, home living, functional academics, money management, self determination, health and safety, vocational and other skills that will help them increase their independence as they age out of school. This course provides practical information about how to design and implement a life skills curriculum across various domains to assist a student with a moderate to sever disability with developing life skill competencies. Developing these competencies will help students to not only become more competent but to graduate from school and not drop out early. Upon completion of this course, educators and specialists will be able to design a life skills curriculum that is tailored to each child's IEP. 

Coming Soon

Transition Academy - Community Inclusion

 Meaningful friendships and community engagement can be a major challenge for adolescents and adults with Autism or Aspergers once they leave school, often resulting in isolation and lonliness. This course provides a series of instructional techniques and strategies for helping individuals with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome become more connected to their communities. Emphasis is placed upon friendships, social skills, sexuality, supported living, employment and career development, wellness and happiness, technology competence, and post secondary education opportunities. Upon completion of the course, instructional staff in schools and adult programs will be equipped with the skill development techniques to enhance the community integration of persons with Autism and Aspergers.

Coming Soon

Dual Sensory Loss

This course will provide the aspects of:

    • Vision loss
    • Hearing loss
    • Deafblindness

Each disability overview includes a definition, terminology, functional limitations, and vocational/educational considerations. Written material is supplemented with online videos for further clarification.

You will have opportunities to show what you learned through written discussions, case studies, research into resources, and brief quizzes before and after each unit.

Who should take this course?
This course is appropriate for vocational rehabilitation counselors and other service providers who seek additional training for working with consumers who have dual sensory losses.

Cost: $200.00

Course Syllabus

Continuing Education Hours:
This course will take approximately 8 hours to complete and is worth 8 CRC hours and .8 CEUs.

CRC Exam Preparation Workshop

This workshop provides you a unique opportunity to prepare for the CRC exam and practice taking computerized tests similar to the CRC. The online learning format allows you to access material nearly anywhere and anytime Internet access is available.

We have found that many participants would like a longer duration of this course. We are now giving you access to this course for a full 6 months. A facilitator will be available for the first 8 weeks to answer questions and guide you thru the workshop.

With the recent creation of a CRC exam preparation course by CRC, we thought it would be helpful to clearly lay out the differences in the two courses, which you can see in the table below.


SVRI's Course

CRC's Course

Time Available

8 weeks from start date to first exam date.We make two units available per week to keep students on track with their studying.

48 hours

Content/Material to Study

Organized content for each domain including references and additional resources.

No material to study; just a test. Rationale for questions & recommended resources are provided.

Level of Interaction

Personalized facilitation of optional discussions and support provided by an experienced professional who has passed the exam.

no personal contact, no human to ask questions of


Well, they have us here – ours is more at $200, but you get more for your money.



Information on study skills, since passing any exam is easier if you are a good test taker.

Course access for 6 months.


The workshop is offered before each CRC Exam.

Cost: $200.00

Course Syllabus

Continuing education credits are not provided for this workshop.

We recommend that your registration for the CRC exam is confirmed before registering for this workshop. SVRI is not affiliated with CRC and cannot provide you with assistance in applying.

Rehabilitation Ethics

The emphasis of this online course is on real ethical dilemmas provided by people working in the field of vocational rehabilitation. Participants share an ethical dilemma and work through it using the relevant content provided in the course and the assistance of other participants. This approach allows participants to learn about other dilemmas faced in the profession and share their experience to help others. Participants also will explore their own values and perceptions of ethics to determine how that affects their ethical behavior.


  • Basics of ethics and ethical principles
  • Focus on the CRC Code of Professional Ethics
  • Ethical decision making models
  • A discussion of "microaggressions" to promote more culturally sensitive ethical behaviors

Participants will work through these three content areas which will be provided in writing or in interactive Flash tutorials. Discussion activities are all written. Most of the time spent on the course will involve writing responses to discussion activities and reading/responding to others' messages.

The overall objective for this training is to increase sensitivity to ethical problems that are work related and to enhance the practitioners' ethical reasoning ability. Thus the content of this course will focus primarily on ethical awareness and ethical reasoning.

Course Syllabus

To accommodate as many people as possible, we offer two options:

  • 5 hour option: This is for individuals who already have some ethics credits completed and only need a few more -$125.00
  • 10 hour option: This is for individuals who want to complete all of their ethics credits at once. This course fulfills CRC's entire ethics requirement - $250.00

Our Online Courses
while still being accessible to individuals with disabilities,  frequently include video, audio, and interactive tutorials to avoid flat written content as the basis for the course and engage learners on a different level. Asynchronous written discussions facilitated by qualified professionals provide opportunities for practitioners to share their valuable work experiences with each other.  Activities are relevant to practitioners wanting to advance their skills. Course activities are asynchronous, meaning that they can be completed 24/7 as long as they are submitted by assignment due dates established in each course.  Participation in discussions is required and it is recommended that participants login at least twice a week to monitor the discussion.

Our staff is able to provide assistance to people new to online courses to ensure a good experience with the technology.   If you are new to online learning, please visit our Is Online Learning For Me? page to learn more about what to expect.

Supported Browsers

Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.

Canvas supports the last two versions of every browser release. We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up-to-date Flash plug-in.

As of December 15, 2014, we support the most recent versions of Flash and popular web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 10 and 11
  • Chrome 38 and 39
  • Safari 6 and 7
  • Firefox 33 and 34 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 14 and 15 (for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)

Some supported browsers may still produce a banner stating Your browser does not meet the minimum requirements for Canvas. If you have upgraded your browser but you are still seeing the warning banner, try logging out of Canvas and deleting your browser cookies. Click here for help with clearing your cache.

If you are using an unsupported browser, you can update your browser, or you can dismiss the warning banner during the duration of your browser session. For instance, testing centers can dismiss the banner and it won't appear until the next browser session.


What are the online courses like?

These courses are developed specifically for working professionals and focus on direct applications for your work. Courses are asynchronous, which means there are no specific times to log-in; you can work on the course when it's convenient for you. They include hands-on learning activities and case studies to promote learning. You will have opportunities to interact with other training participants through written discussions and a course facilitator is available to provide feedback and assistance. Content is often provided in various modalities such as videos and interactive Flash tutorials to appeal to different learning styles. All courses other than the CRC Exam Preparation Workshop are pre-approved by CRC and CEUs through UW-Stout.

Cancellation Policy/Late Payments

A full refund will be given up to one week after the start of a workshop; after that, no refunds given.
Failure to pay the full workshop fee within 14 days from the start date, we will suspend access to the workshop until payment in full is received.
SVRI will issue a certificate of completion ONLY for those participants who fulfill the expectations of the course. Participants who fail to fulfill the expectations of the course will not receive certificate of completion.
ALL course payments are non-transferrable, and refundable only according to our cancellation policy.



Our online courses are developed with accessibility in mind and we regularly have participants with disabilities. All audio content is also provided in writing and our course management system, Desire to Learn, can be used with screen readers such as JAWS. 

Please send inquires to with accessibility concerns.


Contact Us

Jennifer Gundlach Klatt
Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute
University of Wisconsin-Stout
221 10th Avenue East, RM 101
Menomonie, WI 54751
715-232-2236 (voice)
715-232-5008 (fax)

Courses Open for Registration:

From School to Adulthood: Transition Planning for Youth with Disabilities
12 months of access

Going to Work: Pathways to Employment for Individuals for Individuals with Disabilities
12 months of access

CRC Exam Preparation Workshop
January 5 - March 2, 2017
May 18 - July 13, 2017