Direct Support Person Course Coordinator (DSP)

Curriculum Revision
Important Note
The Direct Support Person Course Coordinator (DSP) curriculum is being revised and will not be offered until 2018. Please be keep watching for it in 2018.
Intended Audience Course coordinators and training staff responsible for coordinating and conducting DSP training in your organization.  Please see details below about preparing for class, dates, time, how to register and cancel, materials needed, continuing education credits (CEs) and Certificate of Attendance.
  • 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.
Class start &
end time

Registration: please arrive at least 15 minutes early.  Class starts promptly at the designated times listed below.

Training is provided at no cost to participants.

Snacks or lunch are not provided.

Click on date(s) and time(s) link to register.
  • The Direct Support Person Course Coordinator (DSP) curriculum is being revised.  Watch for the DSP Course Coordinator training events in 2018.
Objectives 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 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 required forms
  • Training reimbursement requests.
  • All DSP training curriculum modules.
  • Guidance on how to deliver classroom and OJT modules.
  • Effectively using the Instructor Guides.
Credits (CEs)

The course is a 12 hour course.  Twelve (12) hours of Continuing Education Credits are being offered for all professional licenses.

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

Presenter Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
  • When you complete required Registration Form for a training event, you will be entered into the IDHS OneNet Learning Module system. 
  • You will receive a registration confirmation at least two days in advance of the class to the email address listed on the online IDHS  OneNet Learning Module Training Registration Form.
Cancel Your
To cancel your registration, please email or (217) 782-9438.
Training Canceled
or Rescheduled
  • The Bureau of Quality Management will notify you by email listed on the online IDHS OneNet Learning Module Training Event Registration Form at least 24 hours prior to the event.
Certificate of Attendance and Training Transcript
  • Upon completion of the DSP Course Coordinator training event the IDHS Presenter will provide registrants with a Certificate of Attendance to maintain as documentation of CEs for the training record files. 
  • DDD is no longer providing transcripts.

Rule 50 (Administrative Rule:  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.