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.
Why become credentialed? Having a DSP-R is a wonderful thing that helps fund NADSP. We are happy to have people register for DSP-Rs and just stop there. Many interpret getting a DSP-R as a stepping stone towards national certification but it is also just a great way to be registered in good standing with NADSP. It is never required to continue on to the Credential.
- 1Completed NADSP application form
- 2Commitment to adhere to NADSP’s Code of Ethics
- 3Statement of professional commitment from the applicant which describes their values, commitment to, and purpose for entering the profession
- 4Letter 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.
- Officially embossed certificate that identifies the DSP as a DSP- Registered;
- Lapel pin that says “Direct Support Professional – Registered”
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.