Dedication from the start.

DirectCourse is an online training curriculum designed to empower support and care professionals to help others lead meaningful lives within their communities. Every course and lesson is developed within a consistent and cohesive framework, through long-standing partnerships with thought leaders in the field.

The idea behind DirectCourse was conceived because of the need for reliable, standardized training. With the idea that we all want the best for our loved ones, DirectCourse started as a way to give direct support professionals the training they need to deliver the best support for every family.

I was often told by parents of individuals with ID/DD that they had no faith in our support system. It became apparent to me that the only way to address this concern was to build a stronger Direct Support workforce – better supporting those who serve and those served. –Bill Tapp Founder of College of Direct Support

The College of Direct Support was born in 2002 – in collaboration with the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota, a national leader in research supporting people with developmental disabilities. By starting as a Project of National Significance with support of the United States Department of Health & Human Services Administration on Disabilities, we made commitments to training – ones we still hold today.

Since then, the DirectCourse family has grown as the need for training in other areas expanded. It now includes the College of Employment Services, the College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving, and the College of Recovery and Community Inclusion. Like the College of Direct Support, each of these curricula are authored by the leading university-based Research and Training Centers in that field.

Today, DirectCourse is proud to bring best practices and the highest training standards across sectors with our university partners. Together with our content authors, national advisory boards, national editorial boards, and partners, we are a team comprised of parents and families of people with disabilities, former direct support professionals and researchers, so our content is created for the community, by the community.


College of Direct Support

Support more fulfilling, more rewarding lives.

College of Employment Services

Build better outcomes through enriching careers.

College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving

Hone your skills caring for people living in the community.

College of Recovery and Community Inclusion

Lead the way toward community living.

Our Commitments

  • Continuously update our online courses with the latest research
  • Maintain and build our relationships with content developers from each university
  • Offer content based on specific skills and competencies with clear on-the-job training
  • Encourage connections between families, providers, board members, supervisors and everyone in the support industry

DirectCourse is a product of Elsevier – a world leader with more than 150 years of experience delivering the best healthcare content. Together, we’re able to deliver trusted content to improve care and support while empowering organizations with the ability to track, measure and prove knowledge and competency.

To see how DirectCourse can help your organization, learn more about our solutions.

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.

Request a free trial today