DSP: Direct Support Professional Training

The Department of Developmental Services of the State of California is committed to continuously improving service quality to ensure that individual health and safety is protected and needs are met. Recognizing that direct support staff are key to the provision of quality services, the Department has established a competency-based training program that is mandatory for all direct support staff (and administrators who provide direct support) working in licensed community care facilities. The Direct Support Professional (DSP) Training is based upon core competencies or skills necessary for satisfactory job performance.

The DSP Training is divided into two equal segments of 35 hours each to be completed in successive years for a total of 70 hours. Direct Support Professionals, who are mandated to meet the training requirement, may opt to meet it by passing a challenge test for reach 35-hour training program. Those who pass the challenge test for either segment will not be required to take that specific training segment. Starting September 1, 2007, those taking either the Year 1 or Year 2 challenge test will also be required to demonstrate knowledge of how to properly assist individuals with the self-administration of medication in order to become certified.

Thirty-five Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (ROCPs) offer the DSP Training in their respective communities at no cost to enrollees. ROCPs provide vocational training in a wide variety of occupations for high school students and adults throughout the state. ROCP trainers for the DSP Training are selected based on their education and/or experience in developmental services. Of the 80 trainers currently conducting training, approximately 11 percent are licensed health care professionals, 33 percent special education teachers, and 56 percent regional center service providers.

Download the Hayward 2015 Schedule: 2015 DSP Training Schedule – Hayward Center

Download 2015 South San Francisco Schedule:  2015 South San Francisco DSP Training Schedule

Download: DSP Registration Form Year 1

Download: DSP Registration Form Year 2

For Questions or more Information contact Mercedes Henderson at mhenderson@edenrop.org or at (510) 293-2916.

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