Specialty Certification in Driving and Community Mobility

The AOTA Specialty Certification in Driving and Community Mobility (SCDCM) focuses on practitioners enabling a client to be mobile in his or her community environment, whether that is via driving, public transportation, walking, school bus, etc. 

While influencing access to community mobility is one expectation for SCDCM specialists, initial certification for SCDCM should be practice focused. It is not a certification that is granted for advocacy alone, but rather the facilitation of clients’ community mobility.

Practitioners who seek certification should be involved in all facets of ensuring full occupational engagement regarding the community mobility of their clients. For occupational therapists, this means being involved in synthesizing all assessment results in order to prioritize and make well-reasoned recommendations regarding community mobility. Practitioners do not necessarily need to address driving specifically if this is not part of their practice. For example, practitioners who focus on school bus access and safety for children with disabilities might apply for SCDCM. It is important, however, that each applicant clearly communicate how their experience directly relates to and meets the requirements of the identified criteria.

If an occupational therapist is in fact involved in driving and making driving recommendations, he or she needs to be able to oversee all aspects of the process, including the on-the-road assessment when appropriate. The on-road assessment can either be provided specifically by the applicant, another OT or OTA trained in driving, or through another party with whom the applicant has a relationship.  The expectation of an SCDCM occupational therapist specialist, however, is that he or she would direct or collaborate with the other party regarding the factors that are to be assessed on the road, review and interpret the results, and incorporate them as appropriate in final recommendations that are made. This approach is similar to that of an OT asking an OTA to perform an assessment, and the OT using the results of that assessment to finalize their evaluation and intervention plan.


Download the overview. The completed application will consist of two parts: the pdf application (Part 1), and the portfolio evidence forms (Part 2). Examples are also provided to help applicants better understand how to complete the various portfolio evidence forms. Please follow the instructions in Part 1 of the application itself for submitting your completed application.

Occupational Therapist (OT)

SCDCM-A Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)


Download the overview. Parts 1 and 2 will make up the application. Please follow the instructions in Part 1 for submitting your completed application.