Training for your staff to help individuals lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives in the community.

Broaden the world of possibilities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ensuring each person lives their best life possible. The College of Direct Support provides the training your organization needs to help your workforce make life in the community a priority for the people they support.

This curriculum is developed by the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota – leading experts in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Editorial Board is comprised of subject matter experts to ensure the content offers nationally recognized, current best practices.

By combining the latest research, competency-based training, and an advanced learning management tool, training your direct support staff can be a natural part of your current workflow.

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Surpass compliance and ensure competency.

Fully accredited by the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP), this competency-based training is designed to prepare your direct support workforce to go above and beyond compliance. The education can help your organization achieve the Council on Quality and Leadership Accreditation and ensure that you are ready to meet other national competency-based credentials. Build a permanent, verifiable record of training for your staff and feel confident they are ready to deliver the best quality support to meet and exceed state compliance.

Train efficiently and standardize support.

Standardized training and education help to improve your staff’s confidence and competence, which can lead to higher retention rates and improved outcomes. Enable learners to meet training objectives at their own pace, empower team leaders to mitigate risk, demonstrate compliance, and improve the learning process of every staff member. Training can be accessed at any time through the Elsevier Performance Manager (LMS), and supervisors can add customized content to integrate training into their learner’s current workflow.

Reduce costs.

Improve organizational efficiencies with online training. You can customize the content to fit your agency’s specific needs to ensure you get the most out of the curriculum. With a workforce trained in nationally validated standards, you can reduce the costs associated with errors and inadequate support.

Why DirectCourse?

The best content.

DirectCourse College of Direct Support (CDS) content is developed by the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota, leading experts in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The College of Direct Support Editorial Board is comprised of subject matter experts who review and contribute to the development of courses to ensure that every course for direct support professionals offers leading insight and nationally recognized best practices. With CDS, you can trust that you’re providing your staff with the most recent, most trusted information available.

A trusted platform.

We deliver our content through Elsevier Performance Manager, a premier learning management tool. The platform enables learners to access courses online at any time, and it allows training supervisors to add customized content so you can integrate training into everyone’s current workflow. Elsevier Performance Manager enables learners to meet training objectives at their own pace, empowering team leaders to mitigate risk, demonstrate compliance and improve the learning process of every staff member.

Improvement for all.

By combining the latest research, competency-based training and an advanced learning management tool, we’ve built an outstanding interactive training solution. Instead of being a burden, training your direct support staff can be a natural part of your current workflow.

Educate. Enrich. Inspire.

That’s our mission. We want to give you everything your organization needs so you can educate your staff, enrich their knowledge and help them inspire everyone they work with on a daily basis.

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