DSP and SC Training Requirements

55 Pa. Code Chapter 6100 and Chapter 6400 Training Requirements for Direct Support Professionals (DSP) and Supports Coordinators (SC):

Under the 55 Pa. Code Chapters 6100 and 6400, DSPs and SCs must complete the following training requirements:

  • Orientation completed within 30 days after hire and prior to working alone with individuals
  • Twenty-four hours of training related to job skills and knowledge per fiscal year

NOTE: 15 hours of SC Orientation can be put towards fiscal year training requirements in which they were hired

The College of Direct Support (CDS) offers many training modules that will satisfy these training requirements.

The College of Direct Support (CDS) is an online curriculum designed for those who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The courses are presented by DirectCourse, and the CDS is administered in Pennsylvania by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.

55 Pa. Code Chapters 6100 and 6400 training requirements encompass ten topic areas.

Listed for each topic area are suggested CDS courses:

Topic Areas and CDS Equivalents

Full Descriptions

Read full descriptions of each lesson in each course in the Direct Course Catalog.

Questions? Contact Us​

Mary Kay Cunningham and Raquel Mangual​

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University​
Email: CDSPA@temple.edu
Phone: 215-204-1356