Central to the NAC mission and objectives is training and career development for the professionalization of the workforce. ANCOR has partnered with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) to create new career development opportunities for DSPs.
In 2010 ANCOR, in collaboration with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administrations (DOLETA) Office of Apprenticeship, launched the Direct Support Professional Registered Apprenticeship Program.
The Registered Apprenticeship program requires training for DSPs that focuses on supporting people as they live healthy and active lives in their communities. The program is based on NADSP’s Competencies and Code of Ethics and aligns with the nationwide voluntary NADSP credentialing program. DSP apprentices engage in one-the-job and classroom learning to develop skills in assisting people to realize their personal potential and enabling them to participate fully in social and civic life.
In 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor adopted the NADSP Competency set as its Model for Long-Term Care Supports and Services. This is the same set, created by NADSP and ANCOR, that is the basis for the NADSP Credentialing Program and the U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program for DSPs.
These competencies define the skills that Direct Support Professionals need in order to support people with disabilities in leading self-directed lives, contributing to their communities and encouraging the attitudes and behaviors that enhance community inclusion.