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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, and the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

The California Department of Developmental Services has established a mandated statewide competency-based training program for direct support professionals employed in regional center vendored community care facilities (CCF). This mandate arises out of the conviction that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving residential services are entitled to the highest standard of service, and that direct support professionals deserve training and recognition as professionals.

The Direct Support Professional (DSP) Training is based upon core competencies or skills necessary for satisfactory job performance. Training and tests are offered at no charge.


All DSPT registration is completed online at DSPT registration opens 30 days prior and closes 7 days before the scheduled Challenge Test or Training Class. Registration must be completed by the DSP who is employed in a CCF vendored center.

The following information will be required to register:

  • DSP's personal email address
  • DSP's personal phone number
  • DSP's Social Security number
  • DSP's Social Security number
  • Facility vendor number
  • Facility email address

If you are a regional center vendor, you can create a “Vendor Administration” account at to access results for your employees.

For additional assistance, please call the DSP helpline at (800) 910-4604

If you have any questions regarding the schedule above please contact Kim Owens at 925-297-9207


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For questions or more information contact Kim Owens at
or at (925) 297-9207

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Page updated on: December 20, 2017

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