DSP-Registered

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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:

  • Completed NADSP application form
  • Commitment to adhere to NADSP’s Code of Ethics
  •  Statement of professional commitment from the applicant which describes their values, commitment to, and purpose for entering the profession
  • Letter from the employer indicating that the applicant –
    • has completed all required training and orientation as prescribed by the jurisdiction in which they work and an employer in community human services or a person who self-directs her or his own services and supports,
    • 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,
    • has no substantiated cases of abuse, neglect or exploitation,
    • has a criminal background check with results that meet the standards of employer and the jurisdiction in which they work.

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: Required to maintain certification current.  Due the last day of February annually after the first full year of being certified; there is 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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