The Direct Support Professional Training (DSPT) is a competency-based training program that is mandatory for all Direct Support Professionals (DSP) working in licensed community care facilities vendored by regional centers. The DSPT is divided into two equal segments of 35 hours each to be completed in successive years for a total of 70 hours. DSPs who are mandated to meet the training requirement, may opt to meet it by passing the Challenge Test for each 35-hour training program.
For additional information regarding DSPT, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. For technical assistance and other concerns, please contact the DSPT helpdesk at email@example.com or call (800)-910-4604.
NOTE: As of 2017, the direct support professional training now includes training on Seven Rights instead of Five Rights. We have added in the curriculum the “Right Reason” and the “Right Documentation.” The medication skill check for the Training Class and Challenge Test will now include the two new rights. For additional information and the medication skill check on the 2 new rights see the Trainer Guide – Year 1 session 4 and Year 2 session 3.
If you need assistance with registration, please contact the eDSPT Helpline at 800-910-4604. To register, DSPs must have the following information:
- Your email address
- Your phone number
- Social Security number
- Facility vendor number
- Facility email address
If you are a regional center vendor, you can create a “Vendor Administration” account at www.dsptrain.org to access results for your employees.
Certification Notice with ATN
A Certification Notice with ATN means that the DSP has MET the training requirements for that year of training AND the DSP must complete additional training in the areas identified on the Certification Notice as needing improvements. Vendors are responsible for developing a plan to meet this training requirement. A list of curriculum content is provided for reference.
Notice of Failure
A Failure Notice means that the DSP was not successful in their attempt to pass the DSPT. Therefore they must register and retake that year of training again until the DSP receives a Certification Notice or Certification Notice with ATN. DSPs must work under the supervision of a DSP who has successfully completed the DSPT requirement.
Notice of Incomplete/Failure
An Incomplete/Failure Notice means that the DSP was not successful in their attempt to pass the DSPT. Therefore they must register and retake that year of training again until the DSP receives a Certification Notice or Certification Notice with ATN.
Last modified: April 8, 2021