Santa Barbara County Education Office
4400 Cathedral Oaks Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93160-6307
Santa Barbara County ROP/CTE Regional Occupational Program
Career Technical Education for High School Students

Direct Support Profession Training (DSP)

The Department of Developmental Services of the State of California is committed to continuously improving service quality to ensure that individual health and safety is protected and needs are met.  Recognizing that direct support staff are key to the provision of quality services, the Department has established 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 Direct Support Professional (DSP) Training is based upon core competencies or skills necessary for satisfactory job performance.

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.

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