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.

  • Individuals who achieve WRS Certification are eligible to receive professional credentials from Wilson Language Training.

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 provide a list of only WRS certified individuals who are currently credentialed as a Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner or Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist is our way of assuring the integrity of the program.