NADSP Training: Understanding and Implementing Career Ladders

There are many issues affecting the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce, including high turnover, low financial compensation, limited benefits, decreased job satisfaction, lacking employee appreciation, and more. Evidence suggests that employees who complete rigorous workforce development programs will stay on the job longer and provide a higher quality of support for people. In this session, NADSP staff will share the importance of competency-based career ladders for DSPs. The NADSP E-Badge Academy will also be explained and explored.


  • Learn the best practices and possible challenges in establishing a successful career ladder program
  • Introduce why competency-based training, development and evaluation can improve outcomes for direct support professionals and people with disabilities
  • Explore the NADSP E-Badge Academy and how this certification program can enhance a career ladder process in any organization

Cost: This costs money to use

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