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Community Care Facility - Direct Support Professional Training Program

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Since January 1, 1999, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has implemented mandated statewide competency-based training for direct support professionals employed in regional center vendored community care facilities (CCF). This mandate arises out of the conviction that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving residential services are entitled to the highest standard of service and that direct support professionals deserve training and recognition as professionals. Direct Support Professional Training (DSPT) is provided through 4 regional Service Hubs within local communities. DSPT is free to all direct support professional staff currently working in either the first or second year of their employment at one of the regional center vendored CCFs. You should not be charged a fee for DSPT. Any DSPT certification for a fee is not sanctioned by the state and will not meet the statutory requirement.

DSPT REGISTRATION -- THE ONLINE REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION WEBSITE IS TEMPORARILY DOWN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

DSPT registration will soon be available online. DSPT registration opens 30 days prior and closes 7 days before the scheduled Challenge Test or Training Class. Registration is to be completed by the Direct Support Professional (DSP). You must be employed in a CCF vendored by a regional center and have the following information available:

  • Your email address
  • Your phone number
  • Social Security number
  • Facility vendor number
  • Facility email address

If there are any questions while registering call the DSPT Helpline at 1-800-910-4604.

WEBINAR REGISTRATION FOR COMMUNITY CARE FACILITY ADMINISTRATORS

DDS is hosting a series of webinar sessions on the new DPST online registration and certification system for CCF administrators. To register for the webinar click the link below for the session you would like to attend. Register early because space is limited.

September 22, 2015 (morning session)
Please click on the following link for the 10:30 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. webinar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8867575939423867138

September 22, 2015 (afternoon session)
Please click on the following link for the 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m. webinar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/634518632544202498

September 23, 2015 (morning session)
Please click on the following link for the 10:30 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. webinar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4107179873828240898

September 23, 2015 (afternoon session)
Please click on the following link for the 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m. webinar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3117777738504273410

RESULTS NOTIFICATION

Once a DSP completes the Challenge Test or Training Class, the DSP and the administrator of the facility they are employed in will receive an email notification of results. A DSP may receive a Certification Notice, a Certification Notice with Additional Training Needed (ATN), a Failure Notice, or an Incomplete/Failure Notice. All Certification Notices can be accessed at www.dsptrain.org by DSPs, CCF Administrators, and Regional Centers. Failure notifications cannot be accessed online.

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Last Updated: 9/2/2015