DSP-Certified I & II

dsp-cThe second  level of certification recognizes Direct Support Professionals who have demonstrated competence that is measured and approved by the NADSP and is split between two levels; Direct Support Professional Certified-I and Direct Support Professional Certified-II.

These certifications sets this group of direct support professionals apart from other direct support professionals in that they have demonstrated skills that typical entry level direct support professionals would not have acquired. As the primary competence credential for direct support practice, the DSP-Certified Level 1 and Level 2 credential is the core of our credentialing program.

Regardless of specialization, every DSP approved as a DSP-Certified Level I and Level II has demonstrated skills and knowledge that enable him or her to practice high quality direct support.

NADSP DSP Certified-I:

  • Title Page: A cover page that contains information to identify the applicant. The title page typically includes the applicant’s name, address, phone number, and email address as well as the name, address, phone number and website of the organization employing the applicant,
  • Table of Contents: An organizational page that shows how sections are arranged and the pages where sections are located. For electronic portfolios, this element may be replaced with hyperlinks to other parts of the portfolio, or a well-organized directory
    structure,
  • Completed NADSP Application Form,
  • Statement of Professional Commitment: Provides the reviewers with a statement of the applicant’s professional goals and personal views on community human services. This statement can be updated (if necessary) from the statement written during the NADSP Registered (DSP-R) application process,
  • Resume: An organized summary of the applicant’s work history, including the places worked and positions held within specific organizations,
  • Communication of Support: At least one letter (or other communication) of support from a person the applicant supports, or in some situations, a family member or guardian,
  • Commitment to the NADSP Code of Ethics: A signed and dated re-commitment agreeing to continue to adhere to NADSP’s Code of Ethics,
  • Releases of Information: Permission forms from people identified in the portfolio (or a guardian if one has been appointed) indicating what information may be shared with NADSP. If no permission is granted, all identifying information must be removed. This may involve referring to individuals by a different name, redacting documentation, and blurring or obscuring faces in photographs.
  • Training/Education Records: Documentation of the applicant’s training/education from an NADSP accredited program and related activities demonstrating that she or he has met the requirement of 100 hours of related instruction.
  • Authentic Work Samples with Reflective Statements: A set of samples of the applicant’s hands-on work that demonstrates competence in 4 of the 15 NADSP competency areas,
    • Each work sample includes evidence of work sample completion and reflective statements describing the process of completing the work, including the applicant’s thoughts and feelings about the work they are submitting. The applicant’s reflection on their own work is key to NADSP’s evaluation of the work sample.

Fee: $150.00

 

NADSP DSP Certified-II:

  • Title Page: A cover page that contains information to identify the applicant. The title page typically includes the applicant’s name, address, phone number, and email address as well as the name, address, phone number and website of the organization employing the applicant,
  • Table of Contents: An organizational page that shows how sections are arranged and the pages where sections are located. For electronic portfolios, this element may be replaced with hyperlinks to other parts of the portfolio, or a well-organized directory structure,
  • Completed NADSP Application Form,
  • Statement of Professional Commitment: Provides the reviewers with a statement of the applicant’s professional goals and personal views on community human services. This statement can be updated (if necessary) from the statement used for the DSP-I portfolio.
  • Resume: An organized summary of the applicant’s work history, including the places worked and positions held within specific organizations,
  • Communication of Support: At least one letter (or other communication) of support from a person the applicant supports, or in some situations, a family member or guardian,
  • Commitment to the NADSP Code of Ethics: A signed and dated re-commitment agreeing to continue to adhere to NADSP’s Code of Ethics,
  • Releases of Information: Permission forms from individuals identified in the portfolio (or a guardian if one has been appointed) indicating what information may be shared with NADSP. If no permission is granted, all identifying information must be removed. This may involve referring to the individuals by a different name, redacting documentation, and blurring or obscuring faces in photographs.
  • Training/Education Records: Documentation of the applicant’s training/education from an NADSP accredited program and related activities demonstrating that she or he has met the requirement of an additional 100 hours of related instruction.
  • Authentic Work Samples with Reflective Statements: A set of samples of the applicant’s hands-on work that demonstrates competence in 4 of the 15 NADSP competency areas. (The work samples in the DSP-II portfolio must not be directed at competencies already addressed in the applicant’s DSP-I portfolio.) Each work sample includes evidence of work sample completion and reflective statements describing the process of completing the work, including the applicant’s thoughts and feelings about the work they are submitting. The applicant’s reflection on their own work is key to NADSP’s evaluation of the work sample.

Fee: $100.00

 

Re-certification

For re-certification at the DSP-I or DSP-II level, the following is a list of requirements for NADSP Certification renewal that must be met every two years after NADSP Certification has been awarded:
▪ Completed NADSP Application form
▪ The completion of 20 hours of continuing education in the area of community human services
• Documentation of the completion of all continuing education is required (The date(s) and topic or title of the training, number of training hours, and the name and title of the presenter/trainer), but Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are NOT required. The training must have been completed during the two year period since the most recent certification.
• Up to 8 hours can include employer-required re-certifications. Examples might include: CPR, First Aid, Abuse and neglect or mandated reporter trainings,  Medication administration, Required training/education on behavior support and intervention, Required safety trainings such as blood-borne pathogens or fire safety
• The remaining 12 (or more) hours may include advanced professional development
courses of the applicant’s choosing, for example: Participation in local, state, and national I/DD conferences, including the NADSP
Annual Conference, Online course completion on topics pertaining to human services, College coursework completion on a relevant topic in human services, Completion of workshops or webinars offered by professional human service organizations on relevant topics, including those offered by NADSP.
▪ Signed and dated re-commitment to adhere to the NADSP Code of Ethics.

Fee: $50.00

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