Online Curriculum for Professionals

Guiding people toward rewarding jobs with the power of education.

The College of Employment Services (CES) is a DirectCourse online curriculum designed for the professionals who guide people with disabilities toward fulfilling jobs.

Each lesson in the CES is focused on a specific facet of employment where staff will learn what they need for the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) Certificate.

Available online 24/7 through the Elsevier Performance Manager, the courses have been proven to increase retention and provide effective assessment and tracking tools.

The courses are built on the same core competencies covered in the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) National Certification Exam ​​– CESP™.


Key topics covered include


Core Values

  • Etiquette and people-first language
  • Zero exclusion
  • Self-determination
  • Legislation and regulations

Job Development

  • Providing employment services
  • Promoting and mentoring job seekers
  • Building base of employers and relationships

Individualized Career Planning

  • Disclosing disabilities
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Analyzing benefits


Access to CES is FREE for

  • People with disabilities
  • Family members/caregivers
  • Person-directed services
  • Providers currently using College of Direct Support (CDS)
  • IM4Q programs
  • Administrative Entities
  • Support Coordination Organizations
  • Office of Developmental Programs


To Register for the Courses, Contact:
215-204-1356 (voice)

DirectCourse is a collaboration between Elsevier and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living.

The College of Employment Services is administered in Pennsylvania by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education and Human Development.

Funded through the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs, Department of Human Services.