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Director, Student Programs

DSP Training Specialist


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Direct Support Professional Training (DSPT)

About DSPT

DSPT meds trainingDirect Support Professional Training (DSPT) is provided in cooperation with the state of California Department of Developmental Services, the Department of Education, and the Contra Costa County Office of Education ROP. This two-year, 70-hour standardized statewide competency-based training program is mandatory for all direct support staff (and administrators who provide direct support) working in licensed community care facilities. The DSPT program is divided into two equal segments of 35 hours, Year 1 and Year 2, each to be completed in successive years for a total of 70 hours. At the conclusion of each 35 hours of training, the direct support professional will complete a skill check(s) and take a test to verify completion.

Community Care Facilities (CCFs) are licensed by the Department of Social Services and administered by regional centers to provide residential services and support to people with developmental disabilities. Currently, in the state of California, there are approximately 23,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities residing in 5,214 CCFs.

The DSPT program ensures that each recipient of residential services will be treated with the highest standard of service, and that direct support professionals receive training and recognition as professionals.

Contra Costa County ROP provides the DSPT program at no cost to direct support professionals working in CCFs.

Below is a list of transition activities and dates for the DSPT project:

  • August 2015 – NO DSPT OFFERED. Service providers will need to plan accordingly.
  • September 1, 2015 – Implementation of new statewide online registration and certification system. Four Service Hubs will coordinate the DSPT statewide.
  • September 2015 – DDS will conduct Webinars for regional center staff and service providers regarding the DSPT project changes and use of the new online registration and certification system. DDS will send out notifications for the Webinars to regional center staff, as well as service providers.
  • Ongoing – Project updates posted on the DDS website. Please check in for the latest information on the DSPT Home Page.



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For questions or more information contact Kim Owens at
or at (925) 942-3442

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Page updated on: September 28, 2015

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