Direct Support Professional

Health Sciences

This 41-hour online certificate program prepares you to be an ethical, capable and compassionate caregiver in the Direct Support Professional (DSP) industry. Demand for trained DSPs is strong and projected to increase substantially. You will learn about disabilities, the rights and responsibilities of individuals with disabilities, how to work with families and support networks, and issues surrounding inclusion. You will also be prepared to know and understand basic industry practices such as professional documentation, effective communication, functional assessments and methods of positive behavior support. Employer partners are seeking qualified people to work in this field so put yourself at the front of the line for hiring! Financial assistance is available for eligible individuals.

Award: Career Pathway Certificate
Credits: Noncredit
Locations: Online

Paying for the Program


You may qualify to earn a Career Pathway Certificate at no cost if you meet all eligibility requirements.

Register and pay now to get started or contact a Business and Community Solutions College and Career Coach to apply for tuition assistance by completing the following:

  • Tuition Assistance Program Application
  • An Assessment
  • Interview with NICC staff
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Mental Health/Disability Services of East Central Region

Funds are available through the Mental Health/Disability Services of East Central Region by request for providers to use for training stipends for employees who complete the DSP certificate. This project is offered in part through the support of the Mental Health/Disability Services of East Central Region. For more information, please visit