Professional Development

The following are professional requirements for Employment First Partnership provider staff.  Providers must be dually certified (approved by DODD and OOD) to provide Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services to DD eligible individuals including individuals served through the Ohio Employment First Partnership

Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) and/or

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)

Non-CESP and Non-CRC Staff

Can Provide all VR Services Including SEJD

Can Provide all VR Services Except SEJD

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 CRC regardless of any previous training completed.  CRC and CESP-certified staff may also provide On-The-Job Supports (e.g. job coaching) and other VR services. Providers should submit CRC or CESP documentation to the mailbox.

No further EF Partnership provider training is required; however, the training options listed for Non-CRC and Non-CESP Certified staff are free and available to anyone 

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 (e.g. coaching). These staff must:

  1. obtain a passing score of 75% or higher on the “Orientation to Supported Employment” web course; and
  2. complete follow-up web courses upon obtaining a passing score. The three web courses are: Job Analysis, Task Analysis, and Customizing Jobs



EF Partnership Provider Web-Based Trainings (Required for Non-CESP or Non-CRC staff)

DODD is offering CEUs for successful completion of these web-based trainings. A certificate will be emailed after passing the “Orientation to Supported Employment” post-test and completion of three follow-up web courses. To request CEUs, send certificates to Please indicate if the CEUs will be for Adult Services, SSA, Superintendent or Board Member.

Orientation to Supported Employment


This free web-based training is an introduction to the competencies for effective supported employment. To register, go to:

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

Lessons will cover the following seven 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 usually takes between 12 and 20 hours to complete. May take less time for experienced staff. There is a 1 hour timed post-test measuring core competencies (passing score is 75% or higher).

Orientation to Supported Employment 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 (3 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 should be scheduled with DODD Community Life Engagement staff.  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 Community and Life Engagement staff 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

Three Follow-up web courses:



This free web-based training is for those who have successfully passed the “Orientation to Supported Employment.” Trainee’s will need to send a copy of the certificate verifying passing score of the ‘Orientation to Supported Employment’ course to a special link will be sent to access the 3 follow-up web courses covering the following topics:

  • Task Analysis;
  • Job Analysis; and
  • Customizing Jobs. 

These courses usually take between 1 and 2 hours for each topic to complete. There is no test. These courses should be completed within 6 months of successfully passing the “Orientation to Supported Employment” web course. There is also an Employer Engagement course available at no cost, however it is not required.

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