Direct Support Professional Training

Direct Support Professional Training

Institute for Career Development (ICD)
Job Training
Who is this opportunity for?
Adults, People with disabilities
To obtain more information, ask questions or sign up please contact:
Institute for Career Development (ICD)
Phone: 212-585-6000

ICD’s Human Services vertical offers an innovative training program where people with disabilities can earn industry-recognized skills and certifications.

The Direct Support Professional program is a five-month, hands-on training that prepares students for employment in paraprofessional positions to support individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities by teaching them how to build trusted relationships, promote the health and safety of their clients, and apply a person-centered approach to a client’s well-being. The program includes accessible classroom instruction, hands-on activities, work readiness training, a pathway to CPR and Mandated Report (Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect) certifications, and connection to employment opportunities.

In the program, students receive:

  • Robust classroom instruction
  • Work readiness training
  • Internship experiences
  • CPR certification and a Certificate of Completion in Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment
  • Job placement and retention support 

Graduates will be ready for entry-level positions as Direct Support Professionals, including: Community Habilitation Specialist, Job Coach, Community Support Worker, and more.


You may qualify if you:

  • Are a New York State resident
  • Have a documented disability
  • Are unemployed or underemployed
  • Have an 8th grade reading and writing level on TABE
  • Have a 6th grade math level on TABE
  • Have a High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Have excellent emotional maturity, responsibility, and ability to tolerate stress
  • Are able to commit to the five-month training without missing a class
  • Are legally authorized to work in the U.S.A.

Other factors may impact your eligibility.

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