Direct Support Professional Training (DDS)


Offered by the state of California Department of Development of Development Services the Direct Support Professional (DSP) Training is a competency-based training program that is mandatory for all direct support staff (and administrators who provide direct support) working in licensed community care facilities. The training is based upon core competencies or skills necessary for satisfactory job performance.

All DSPs and administrators must complete Year 1 and 2 of the Direct Support Professional Training Program. The program is funded by the Department of Developmental Services at no registration cost to the participant.

The DSP Training is divided into two equal segments of 35 hours each to be completed in successive years for a total of 70 hours. Direct Support Professionals who are mandated to meet the training requirement, may opt to meet it by passing a challenge test for each 35-hour training program. Those who pass the challenge test for either segment will not be required to take that specific training segment. Starting September 1, 2007, those taking either the Year 1 or Year 2 challenge test will also be required to demonstrate knowledge of how to properly assist individuals with the self-administration of medication in order to become certified.

Below are links to resources that may assist you in meeting the requirements of the DSP program and the needs of the clients you serve. 

View the DSP Student Resource Guide Year 1
View the DSP Student Resource Guide Year 2

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