Role & Function Study

To ensure that the CDMS certification examination content continues to cover the knowledge, skills and abilities required for competent practice, the CDMS conducts a Role & Function Study (job task analysis) every five years.

The most recent CDMS Role & Function Study was conducted in 2014 with an upcoming study scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019. In 2014, the study commenced with bringing together CDMS subject matter experts (SME), staff from the CDMS certification examination testing company, Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc. (SMT) for a facilitated weekend workshop in Chicago. SMEs participated in preliminary research which included the review of the current task/competency list and development of a survey rating scale and demographic questions. SMT used the results and input from the SMEs to develop an online survey.

Validation of the preliminary research was conducted via online survey deployment from June 20, 2014 through August 8, 2014. A call was sent out to CDMS certificants and non-CDMS disability management professionals to participate in the survey. Participation was conducted through an online survey which was designed to define the practice of a minimally-competent, entry-level disability management specialist and create a blueprint for developing the Certified Disability Management Specialist (CDMS) examination. All respondents were required to currently be working in the field of disability management. Data collected from the survey was analyzed to:

  • Develop a profile of the CDMS and the environment in which they practice
  • Identify essential tasks within practice domains and the importance of being able to perform the task competently
  • Review assigned weights to each of the four practice domains and determine the distribution of content on the exam
  • Uncover additional tasks or knowledge that were identified by the respondents
  • The Role & Function Study validated the essential competencies as defined through the four knowledge domains required for practice by a board-certified disability management specialist (CDMS). The 2014 Role & Function Study did not identify any new content tasks.