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  Accredited Disability Representative

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Accredited Disability Representative Credential Information

Persons seeking and maintaining the Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) designation must meet the following criteria:

  • ADRs must be a member in good standing with NADR
  •  Members requesting or maintaining ADR status must have 6 CEUs yearly including 1 hour of ethics, or the number of CEUs required by SSA, whichever is greater. Examples of ADR continuing education credit are listed below:

Members must keep up their ADR requirements timely or lose ADR status. This includes:

  1. Annual ADR Credential Renewal Fee ($200 currently) and Attestation Affirmation
  2. Annual Continuing Education Requirement (6 hours or SSA requirement; whichever is greater)
  3. Continued EDPNA Eligibility 
  4. Maintaining Current Liability as Directed by SSA

All ADRs must maintain the Code of Ethics listed below. Anyone suspended from direct withholding by SSA should report to NADR Administrator— re-instatement to be considered with notices from SSA

The NADR Board of Directors reserves the right to deny ADR re-instatement for ethics violations and/or failure to maintain Rules for Representatives as set out in the CFR

In addition, ADRs are encouraged to participate in a yearly conference presentation, community outreach programs, and/or speech or publication of a newsletter article to demonstrate acquired experience.

If an Attorney, see Attorney Accreditation Requirements.


Attestations and Code of Ethics

The overriding philosophy for all Accredited Disability Representatives shall be that any action taken will be in the client's best interests and result in no harm coming to the client. The Representative shall hold their client in the highest regard, with the client's welfare the sole object of the representative's efforts.

Ethics Attestations:

  1. I will comply with the Rules of Conduct and Standards of Responsibility for Representatives (Rules of Conduct) found at 20 C.F.R. 404.1740 and 416.1540.
  2. I will be forthright, professional and respectful in my dealings with adjudicators at all levels of the disability process and assist the adjudicator in the processing of the claim in a timely and efficient manner.
  3. I will develop the competencies necessary to represent my clients appropriately and effectively.
  4. I will treat other disability representatives in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
  5. I will engage in ethical business practices at all times.
  6. I will not actively recruit currently represented clients.
  7. I will be forthright and informative with my clientele and the public.
  8. I will make no promises or state outcomes which cannot be guaranteed.
  9. I will not knowingly engage in any activity which will negatively impact the duration of my client's claim.
  10. In all circumstances, I will attempt to provide the highest standards of conduct for the profession, while striving to maintain the dignity and rights of my clients.


I attest that I am currently eligible for direct fee withholding in accordance with all requirements promulgated by SSA.

I have not been disallowed from practicing before the SSA or any other Federal Agency.

I have not been convicted of a felony since I became eligible for direct fee payment, nor had a judgment or lien assessed against me by a civil court for fraud.


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