Empower employment professionals to support individuals in finding fulfilling competitive integrated employment.  

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The College of Employment Services (CES) curriculum is tailored to employment professionals who work alongside people with disabilities who are seeking competitive integrated employment opportunities. CES promotes a person-centered approach to employment services, honoring individual choices for jobs and careers. 

The CES curriculum is approved and accredited by the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). Learn more about how to obtain ACRE certification using CES.   

CES also follows the national competencies developed by APSE. Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credits are available to those who have their CRC Certification.   

This trusted training ensures that everyone at your organization delivers high-quality, individualized services that are based on best practices, throughout the employment services process.  

 This curriculum is written by staff at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. For nearly 60 years, ICI has partnered with people with disabilities, their families, and communities to advocate for personal choice, self-determination, and social and economic justice.  

CES Plus 

ACRE-Approved Training 

Obtaining an ACRE certification is a 2-part process, and both Part 1 and Part 2 are 100% remote and self-paced. 

What is CES Plus? 

CES Plus is a 2-part training series to achieve an ACRE certification.

  • Part 1
    • Contract directly with Elsevier to subscribe to the College of Employment Services curriculum set.  
    • Complete 11 ACRE-approved College of Employment Services (CES) courses and pass each lesson with a 80% or higher.
  • Part 2: Contract directly with University of Massachussetts-Bostons ICI for the following remote supplemental training needed to earn an ACRE certificate: 
    • 3 instructor-led webinars (virtual, on-demand attendance required)
    • Field assignments (reviewed and approved by an ICI instructor) 
    • Virtual discussion forums with UMB instructors 
    • Case Studies 
    • Access to office hours with ICI employment experts 
  • When Part-1 and Part-2 are completed, U-Mass will send all
    transcripts to ACRE and send your staff back their ACRE credential. 

Learn more and register for the ACRE supplement.  

The CES curriculum is designed to help learners go beyond mandated minimums and focus on setting the highest standards. 

Curriculum Courses

The College of Employment Services features a variety of topics through these courses: 

  • Business Perspectives (ACRE approved) 
  • Customized Employment 
  • Employment for People with Disabilities and Criminal Histories 
  • Employment for People on the Autism Spectrum 
  • Employment Services for People with Mental Health Disabilities 
  • Foundations of Employment Services (ACRE approved) 
  • Funding Employment Services (ACRE approved) 
  • Job Creation (ACRE approved) 
  • Networking (ACRE approved)
  • Performance Coaching and Support  (ACRE approved) 
  • Principles of Career Development (ACRE approved) 
  • Delivering Remote Employment Services 
  • Preparing for a Seamless Move from School to Adult Life, Parts 1 & 2 
  • Strategies for Job Development  (ACRE approved) 
  • Ticket to Work 
  • Transition: Preparing for a Seamless Move from School to Adult Life 
  • Using Work Incentives To Increase Self-Sufficiency (ACRE approved) 

Get more details on each course in our catalog.

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