Intended Audience Course coordinators and training staff responsible for coordinating and conducting DSP training in your organization. 
Attendance Requirements
  • DHS-approved agency licensed to provide CILA, DT or Child Group Home services.
  • Agency is actively working with its local Independent Service Coordination (ISC) agency to identify potential consumers.
  • Agency person who coordinates the 120-hour DSP training must attend.
  • Attending does not automatically qualify you to be a DSP instructor.  See Checklist I (pdf) (IL462-1282) guidelines.
  • Attendance is not required to teach the DSP curriculum.
Preparing for DSP Course Coordinator Class
  • Print all 6 modules of the curriculum and bring them to class. Each person from your agency will need a copy.
  • Print the Presenter's modules on colored paper, insert Presenter's module (colored) pages immediately before the corresponding DSP module pages.
  • You may view curriculum by saving to a laptop, flash drive, iPad, etc. Access to power outlets in the classroom is not guaranteed.
Materials Needed
Course Offerings
Objectives To prepare course coordinators or training staff to effectively train DSPs.  The training consists of 40 hours of classroom training and 80 hours of on-the-job (OJT) training.  Participants will be taught:
  • components of the DSP training program.
  • approved on-the-job training activities and competency-based training assessments (CBTAs).
  • types of other agency-specific training to incorporate into its DSP training program.
  • DSP training requirements and how to submit appropriate documentation to DHS.
  • how to design and conduct classroom activities, on-the-job training and competency evaluations.
  • how to identify qualified trainers and seek approval through DHS.
  • how to adapt, if necessary, OJTs and CBTAs from the DSP Training Program Approved OJTs and CBTAs (Supersedes Appendix 3 effective 5/1/2013) for use in their agencies.
Course Format

Day-1: Overview of  DSP course coordinator responsibilities for activities such as:

  • Training program approval.
  • Complying with 2-year review requirement.
  • Reporting DSPs to the Health Care Worker Registry.
  • Maintaining records with forms completion requirements
  • Training reimbursement requests.

Day-2: Overview of:

  • All DSP training curriculum modules.
  • Guidance on how to deliver classroom and OJT modules.
  • Effectively using the Instructor Guides.
Continuing Education Credits (CEs)

2 day (12-hour course)

Twelve (12) hours of Continuing Education Credits are being offered for all professional licenses for which the Division of Developmental Disabilities is certified by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to sponsor Continuing Education hours.

QIDPs may also apply this training toward the 12 hours annual continuing education credits requirement.

Presenter Division of Developmental Disabilities
Login ID,

You must pre-register for all training events using your DHS myNetLearning (formerly Student Interface Participant ID) login.

Learn how to use myNetLearning Instructions to locate or request myNetLearning Login ID and other information.

Reference Materials

Rule 50 (Office of Inspector General Investigations of Alleged Abuse or Neglect in State-Operated Facilities and Community Agencies).Not required to print this rule for DSP Course Coordinator training.

DDD Health Information Bulletins - important medical issues in the intellectual disability service system.  Not required to print these for DSP Course Coordinator training.