To provide certification and recertification to ensure the competence of those who provide disability management services.
The CDMS Commission has a rich history that spans 30 years. Offering the only independent, nationally accredited program that certifies disability management specialists, the Certification of Disability Management Specialists (CDMS) credential is the gold standard in workplace solutions and has long been recognized for excellence. It promotes competence, high professional standards, and ethical practice in the field.
To serve those who contribute to the health and well-being of organizations through integrated ability management.
From its inception, the Commission has been focused on providing value and enhanced expertise to those practicing in the field. From advancing professional development to equipping employers and employees with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist individuals to remain at or return to work, the Commission is steadfast in its commitment to meeting the demands of the industry.
The Core Knowledge Curriculum (CKC) and complement of continuing education products incorporate subject matter relevant to today’s disability management professionals who are involved in a variety of practice disciplines, including rehabilitation counseling, nursing, safety, risk management, and human resources.
Code of Professional Conduct
As a CDMS, your goal is to facilitate an employee's physical recovery, rehabilitation, and return-to-work process while seeking to control the escalating costs of injury, disability, and absence for employers, insurance carriers, and government. As a CDMS certificant you must also function in an objective and ethical fashion within a context of competing interests.
Each CDMS must abide by The CDMS Code of Professional Conduct. Certified professionals must also adhere to any other professional codes of conduct to which they are bound.
To support and guide CDMS certificants, the CDMS Code of Professional Conduct is a vital resource in daily practice and sets the tone for determining how to approach ethical conflicts. The Code also puts forth a grievance and appeals process to protect the consumer. Complainants may use the CDMS Complaint Form to submit a grievance to the CDMS Commission for consideration.
Download a copy of The CDMS Code of Professional Conduct.
The CDMS Credential Protects the Consumer
The primary purpose of certification is to protect the consumer. CDMS certification attests that those who practice in the field have the required competence, knowledge, and expertise.
The CDMS credential draws together practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines. Common practice standards are set. Certified professionals are required to stay current through continuing education and must adhere to a strict Code of Professional Conduct.
The CDMS Code of Professional Conduct is a vital resource to support and guide Certified Disability Management Specialists in their daily practice and in determining how to approach ethical conflicts. The Code also puts forth a grievance and appeals process to protect the consumer. Complainants must use the CDMS Complaint Form to submit a grievance to the CDMS Commission for consideration.
Competency. Collaboration. Assurance. This is the CDMS promise to consumers.
Utilizing common practice standards, the CDMS credential draws together practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines. Additionally, certified professionals must remain current in their field, through ongoing continuing education, and they must adhere to a strict Code of Professional Conduct. These requirements continuously remind CDMS certificants of their obligation to the individuals who are ill, injured, and/or have disabilities.
Underscoring the importance of consumer protection is accreditation of the CDMS certification process by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The role of the NCCA is to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through accreditation of certification programs and organizations that assess professional competence.
Learn more about how certification promotes consumer protection.
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