Accreditation Applications

Why should your professional development program be accredited by NADSP? 

By seeking NADSP Accreditation your agency/program is demonstrating its commitment to excellence, reflection and continual improvement in the areas of Direct Support Professional (DSP) education and training. NADSP urges you to consider the accreditation process as a journey that you and your team will take to strengthen and align your DSP education and training programs with the highest standards in the country. 

If your professional development program can effectively prepare DSPs for the NADSP credential, then you have the opportunity for your program to become accredited. NADSP accreditation assures that all learners who successfully complete your program are eligible for national credentialing, and ready to deliver the highest quality support. 

Accreditation involves four steps. 

Step 1: Application, $250 
Step 2: Provisional Accreditation, $750 
Step 3: Full Accreditation, $1000 
Step 4: Site Visit, cost varies 

Total Cost: $2000* + Cost of Site Visit 

*Please note that this is a cost estimate and does not take into account the cost of re-submission should your organization not pass a particular level of accreditation. 

For complete information about the Accreditation process, please download the Accreditation Guidebook from the tab on the right. This packet contains the following documents:

  • NADSP Accreditation Achievement Standards
  • NADSP Competency Areas and Corresponding Skill Statements
  • NADSP Accreditation Application
  • NADSP Accreditation Applicant Process
  • NADSP Accreditation Grievance Process 
If you have questions about Accreditation, please send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Grievance Process 

The NADSP is committed to assuring a fair, valid and reliable accreditation process. To fulfill this commitment NADSP has established an Accreditation Grievance Process to assure that all applicants have an opportunity to obtain a fair and impartial review of the decisions rendered to applicants in the NADSP Accreditation process. For more information on the Grievance Process, please view the documents posted below: 

NADSP National Partners

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