The NADSP E-Badge Academyget credit for competency.
The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has launched The NADSP E-Badge Academy, which offers Direct Support Professionals the ability to earn electronic badges as a way to demonstrate the acquisition and development of knowledge, skills, and values. The use of electronic badges recognizes and celebrates this progress that would otherwise go unacknowledged.
With E-Badges through the online platform Web Courseworks, professionals can submit specific examples, experience, and education that displays their achievements and contributions to human services. Whether DSPs set up their own personal online account, or human service organizations establish administrative accounts, users can upload evidence of their accomplishments for review, and then share the resulting E-Badges with others.
Why are E-Badges important?
For DSPs, this is the opportunity to share your aptitude, where at a nationally-recognized level, you will get credit for competency. You can demonstrate that you have an up-to-date and relevant skill set, highlight your professional achievements with peers and employers, build upon your professional portfolio, and spread the value that you bring to daily supports and services.
For agencies, this is the way to demonstrate your appreciation for DSPs, support their professional development, and acknowledge the impact that they are having on the people they support, not only in principle, but also in practice. Agencies also benefit because in an environment of challenging recruitment and low retention of their DSP workforce, they can prominently display the competencies and contributions of their staff involving people’s lives.
What types of E-Badges can DSPs earn?
Following the acquisition of the Code of Ethics Commitment E-Badge, The NADSP E-Badge Academy is currently divided into two types of E-Badge achievements. These two categories are focused on quality of life Core Competency areas and ongoing Accredited Education. In both types, there needs to be specific evidence and examples of how the DSP is embracing and carrying out those efforts. When the DSP demonstrates that their professional skill and value meets a specified set of criteria, they can earn E-Badges to display their competency in that particular quality of life area.
What are the next steps?
- Your organization should contact NADSP to learn more about purchasing an E-Badge Academy subscription.
- Your organization and NADSP will work together to launch the E-Badge Academy at your organization.
- Identify other areas of expertise, experience, and education where you would like to highlight achievement
- Share your accomplishments with others to demonstrate the impact you are having on people supported
- Seek out more E-Badges to build upon your online folio and continue your professional development
How do I set up an E-Badge Academy account with Web Courseworks?
Your organization will provide NADSP with your contact information. Using that information, NADSP will send you an email invitation to participate through your personal email address. The email will originate from the NADSP E-Badge Academy, so check your spam and junk folders if you don’t receive it. Once you receive the message be sure to add “NADSP E-Badge Academy” to your safe senders list.
What is the first badge that I need earn?
The first badge you will need earn is the Code of Ethics Commitment Badge. This badge will be automatically awarded when NADSP receives your information from your employer. In accepting the badge, you are committing to the NADSP Code of Ethics.
How do I demonstrate participation in the NADSP Learning Annex and Let’s Talk webinars?
Click here for the form you will need to complete in its entirety and submit with badge application.