Professional Development

Employment First Partnership Provider Staff Professional Development Checklist

Providers must be dually certified (approved by DODD & OOD) to provide Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services to individuals eligible for DD services- Becoming an Employment First Partnership Provider


Option 1: Staff Credentials

Each individual staff providing Supported Employment Job Development (SEJD) services through OOD must have successfully passed the Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) exam through the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) and/or have their Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification regardless of any previous training completed. CRC and CESP-certified staff may also provide other VR services, including on-the-job supports.

  • Verify that staff has one of the following credentials
    • Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP)


  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
  • Providers submit CESP or CRC documentation to the mailbox.

If CESP or CRC documentation is submitted, no additional EF Partnership training is required; however, the training options listed below for Non-CRC and Non-CESP Certified staff are free and available to anyone.


Option 2: Supported Employment Training


Staff who do not have their CRC and/or are not CESP-certified are not permitted to provide Supported Employment Job Development (SEJD), but can provide the other VR services including On-The-Job Supports. These staff must complete the following web-based trainings, which are available free of charge:

  • The Orientation to Supported Employment online course in DODD MyLearning
    • Create account or log in to DODD MyLearning
    • To receive credit for this course, learners must complete all eight modules and pass each module quiz with a grade of 80% or greater.
    • For technical issues with this and other DODD MyLearning courses, contact the ITS Help Desk at 1-800-617-6733 or
    • Select at minimum one course in each of the 3 topic areas (column) available in DirectCourse

Identifying & Providing On-the-Job Supports


Choose at least 1 course, all lessons must be completed within chosen course

Employer Engagement & Customized Employment


Choose at least 1 course, all lessons must be completed within chosen course(s)

Career Planning and Development


Choose at least 1 course, all lessons must be completed within chosen course

  • Performance Coaching and Support: Part 1
  • Performance Coaching and Support: Part 2


  • Strategies for Job Development: Part 2
  • Business Perspective
  • Networking & Job Creation (Both courses required if chosen)


  • Principles of Career Development
  • Strategies for Job Development: Part 1
  • Using Work Incentives to Increase Self-Sufficiency
  • Employment Supports for People with Disabilities: Exploring Individual Preferences for Job Attainment

Please email with any questions or concerns regarding any of the training requirements.