Wilson Professional Credentials

Wilson® Professional Credentials recognize the importance of ongoing development in the field of reading instruction and high standards of practice within the Wilson community. Our policy to provide a list of only Wilson Reading System® 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.

Types of Credentials

Wilson has established the following professional credentials:

Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P.)

A WRS Level I Certified individual is eligible for the Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P.) credential. This credential recognizes individuals as prepared to diagnostically teach students identified with a language‐based learning disability, such as dyslexia, at the beginning levels of encoding and reading. This W.D.P. credential is valid for five years and must be renewed every five years after successfully completing re‑credentialing activities and coursework.

Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist (W.D.T.)

A WRS Level II Certified individual is eligible for the Wilson Dyslexia Therapist (W.D.T.) credential. This credential recognizes individuals as prepared to diagnostically teach students identified with a language‐based learning disability, such as dyslexia, at advanced levels of encoding and reading and in group settings. This W.D.T. credential is valid for five years and must be renewed every five years after successfully completing re‑credentialing activities and coursework.

Wilson® Credentialed Trainer (W.C.T.)

A Wilson Credentialed Trainer (W.C.T.) certificate will be issued to all individuals who have maintained their Wilson Trainer credentials with Wilson Language Training. A Wilson Credentialed Trainer is highly qualified to supervise individuals in Wilson Reading System® (WRS) professional learning programs that prepare these individuals to teach students with a language‐based learning disability, such as dyslexia. This professional designation can be used, including the initials W.C.T., as long as the trainer re‑credentials every two years, and according to Wilson Language Training’s policies.

Claiming and Maintaining Credentials

Individuals must claim new professional credentials in our system before they can begin using the professional designation of Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P.) or Wilson Dyslexia Therapist (W.D.T.) and be included in Wilson’s Directory of WRS Certified Professionals.

Maintaining a Wilson® Professional Credential requires a current Wilson Academy® Intensive Learning Community Membership (which is available with no annual fee) and renewing the credential requires the accumulation of the Wilson‐approved continuing education hours according to Wilson Language Training requirements.