Professional Development

The following professional development activities are required to provide services to the individuals served through the Partnership for Employment First.

Orientation to Supported Employment Web Course

This Web-based training is an introduction to the competencies for effective supported employment. Please follow this link to register:

You will need to create an account, then return to the form, login, and you will be taken directly to Ohio’s course.

Seven lessons will cover the following topics:

  • Values, Definitions, History
  • Legislation, Funding, Ohio’s Employment First
  • Roles and Rights
  • Supported Employment Process and Benefits
  • Career Planning, Discovery, Vocational Profile
  • Marketing and Job Development
  • Job Design and Training, Natural Supports

This course should take between 12-20 hours to complete over a three-week period. It may take less time for experienced staff. There is a one-hour timed post-test to measure core competencies (75% or higher). DODD will offer 12 CEUs for Adult Services Staff, SSAs, Superintendents and Board Members.

Web course re-take policy: 

  • If a trainee does not receive a passing score of 75% or higher on the post-test, they will have an opportunity to review the course immediately and then re-take the test after reviewing the course content during their initial course access period.
  • If the trainee fails the test a second time, they must wait until their course has expired (three weeks from initial registration) in order to re-take the course and test.
  • Following a second failed attempt to achieve a passing score (4 tests total), the option of completing an in person written test will be made available. This test will be scheduled with the Employment First Program Manager.  The Employment First Program Manager will schedule computer access to the course four weeks prior to scheduled test date.  The trainee will be required to submit the completed “STUDY GUIDE - Ohio’s Orientation to Supported Employment” prior to taking the in person written test.
  • Finally, upon failing to receive a passing score of 75% on the in person written test, a personal conversation with the Employment First Program Manager and the trainee will take place to consider possible additional accommodations.
  • Should you have questions regarding being locked out or needing to retake the test, please send emails to

CEUs: DODD is offering 12 CEUs for successful completion of the Web course. To apply for the CEUs, you will need to e-mail your certificate (certificate will be emailed to you after passing the post test) to and request your CEUs. Please indicate if the CEUs will be for Adult Services, SSA, Superintendent or Board Member.

Additional Training requirements:

In an effort to improve the accessibility and ongoing support for our providers we have restructured the Employment First Partnership training requirements for FY 2017.  The former “Marketing and Employer Engagement” and “Worksite Supports and Training” requirements have been changed into a one day in person “Implementing Quality Employment First practices” training and four follow up web courses.  Minimizing travel and related costs for providers.  Those who have completed the one day in person training will be sent a special link for completion of the web courses covering the following topics: Employment First, Job Analysis and Task Analysis, Systematic Instruction and Employer Engagement.  Please email with any questions or concerns.  Please note that if you have already successfully completed the previous 2 day training you do not need to complete the new training format.


The next scheduled Implementing Quality Employment First practices is August 30, 2018 in Columbus, OH. Register at one of the links below for the date you are interested in attending:

Implementing Quality Employment First practices registration page

Future in person training dates:

August 30, 2018

November 28, 2018

March 7, 2019

May 30, 2019

August 29, 2019