15 Competency Areas of Direct Support Professionals

The following is a list of fifteen competency areas that have been approved by the NADSP Executive Committee. Each Competency area has corresponding skill statements. These skill statements describe the knowledge and skills DSPs must have to demonstrate competency in each area.

In deciding on which competency areas to focus, applicants should think about the things they currently do in their everyday work or areas in which they would like to become more knowledgeable and skillful. Through each competency area, DSPs have the opportunities to address challenges, work on issues identified by the person they support or assist a person in looking in a particular goal.

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