DSP-Registered Information


Registered DSP Seal and Certificate


This is the first level of credential offered. The DSP-R is intended to recognize people who have entered the profession and desire to have careers in the field of community human services. It is not intended to be a credential for which NADSP prescribes or sanctions DSP competence. DSP-R applications that are complete and include payment will be reviewed within 6 weeks of receipt. Applications will not be reviewed until payment has been received. Applicants should ensure they meet the following criteria before applying.

   Required elements:

  1. Documentation showing a cleared criminal background check within the past twelve months in the state the DSP is employed (there is some variation by state);
  2. Letter from employer indicating that the DSP:
    1. has completed all required training and orientation as prescribed by the state and an employer in community human services or a person who self-directs her or his own services and supports;
    2. has six months continuous and current employment with an employer in community human services or a person who self-directs his or her own services and supports;
    3. is an employee in good standing and legally able to work in the United States
  3. Letter of intended professional commitment from the DSP which describes the DSP’s values, commitment to and purpose for entering the profession; and
  4. Signed and dated commitment to adhere to NADSP’s Code of Ethics.

Recognized award:

  1. Officially embossed certificate that identifies the DSP as a DSP- Registered;
  2. Lapel pin that says “Direct Support Professional - Registered,”
  3. Personalized letter from NADSP congratulating the DSP on committing to the profession of direct support.

Fee: $50; Re-certification: Requied Annually; one-time appplication fee, no renewal fee. Click here for the DSP-R Annual Renewal form. 

What happens after I apply?

Your DSP-Registration application packet will be reviewed by NADSP within 4-6 weeks after the date that we receive it. If your application meets the criteria for the DSP-R credential, you will receive your DSP-Registered recognition package.

Once you become credentialed at the DSP-Registered level, you will be eligible to move forward to additional levels of credentialing that recognize your skill-based competency in providing direct support to individuals who use community human services.

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