Why is Wilson Reading System (WRS) Certification Important?

Critical factors for student success are teacher knowledge and skill. Teachers must have an in-depth knowledge of language structure and master multisensory and diagnostic instructional techniques in order to meet the needs of dyslexic students.

To achieve this, Wilson Language Training® provides extensive teacher training in the Wilson Reading System® by offering supervised certification programs.

What is Involved in Achieving WRS Certification?

WRS Workshop Instruction

  • The WRS Level I Certification program includes 90 hours of online coursework and an intensive 60-lesson supervised practicum with a Wilson Trainer.

  • The time, effort, and study involved with the WRS Certification program is considerable. Each trainee is expected to:

    • Acquire a very sophisticated working knowledge of the sound-symbol system of English (phonology) and its structure (morphology).

    • Use specific diagnostic techniques in the teaching of reading and spelling to an individual with a significant reading disability.

    • Demonstrate explicit teaching of fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

  • WRS Level I Certification prepares teachers to use the program with individual students.

  • Wilson Language Training also offers WRS Level II Certification to prepare teachers to successfully deliver the program to groups of students as well as teach advanced concepts of language structure.

How Do I Know if an Educator is WRS Certified?

We strongly recommend that students needing intense remediation with the Wilson Reading System receive instruction from a WRS certified teacher.

To verify that a teacher or tutor is WRS certified or to find a WRS certified instructor in your area, please contact us or call the Wilson Customer Support Center at 800.899.8454 (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm ET).

While some teachers with multisensory, structured language training have been able to use the WRS program and materials with a degree of success after attending the three-day WRS Introductory Workshop, they are not considered trained in the Wilson Reading System. Our policy to recommend only WRS Level I or Level II Certified teachers is our way of assuring the integrity of the program and that it is being implemented in the way it was designed. Only Level I or Level II Certified individuals can represent themselves as WRS certified teachers.