Direct Support Professional - DSP I

The Direct Support Professional program offers fully-funded training, including tuition, books, and materials through an OPWDD grant. Earn a SUNY Canton DSP I microcredential and NADSP certifications with the opportunity for a $750 incentive at the completion of the program.

What You'll Learn

The Direct Support Professional 1 (DSP1) microcredential will enable students to demonstrate competency in several key areas including understanding human services organization structures and functions, ethical behavior in the workplace, and the importance of interpersonal communication skills.

In addition to working with individuals with developmental disabilities, direct support professionals may work in childcare centers, day treatment programs for persons with mental illness, residential treatment facilities, eldercare and respite programs, jails and alternative correction programs, short-and long-term rehabilitation centers, crisis centers, day habilitation programs, assisted living/skilled nursing facilities and other human service settings. The DSP 1 microcredential provides training to increase the potential for advancement within these organizations.

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1 semester

Estimated Time to Complete

6 credits


Funded via OPWDD grant

Estimated Cost

Required Courses

Skills Covered

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Direct Support Professional I (DSP I)
  • Health Risk Assessments
  • Human Services
  • Mental Health

Stackable to Degrees

Credits earned in the completion of this microcredential can be applied toward completion of a related certificate or degree program. It is a building block that gives you a jump start to education and career success.


SUNY Canton is committed to providing the best education at an affordable cost. Microcredentials are another cost-effective way to build skills with quality courses.

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