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Florida CRC - Value & Criticality of this Credentialing

The Florida Statute 440.491 was changed in the recent Florida Legislative Session that finally ended the weekend of May 6, 2011.

One of the last items that passed through the House and Senate was a revision regarding regulatory monitoring and qualification for Vocational Evaluators with forensic practice in the Workers Compensation area. Specifically, Senate Bill 2150, which was a revision of the House Bill 7157 that passed 116 to 0 in the Florida House of Representatives.

FS 440.491 now requires that Rehabilitation Providers have one or more "national Credentials", including the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential to provide Rehabilitation Services, conduct Reemployment Assessments and/or provide Expert Testimony before any of the 33 Florida Judges of Compensation Claims or the 1st District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee.

As a result of changes to Florida Statute 440.491 in the session of the Florida legislature ending May 2011, it is now required that Rehabilitation Providers have one or more "national Credentials", including the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential to provide Rehabilitation Services, conduct Reemployment Assessments and/or provide Expert Testimony before any of the 33 Florida Judges of Compensation Claims or the 1st District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee.

Some companies are going so far as to offer new employees bonuses or raises upon successful completion of the CRC Exam. The CRC is also recognized by the Department of Labor for practice with Federal Employees.