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Direct Support Professional Short-Term Training

Upcoming Training Sessions

JANUARY 18 - 28, 2021
  • Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5pm

FEBRUARY 15 - 25, 2021
  • Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5pm

MARCH 15 - 25, 2021
  • Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5pm

Training Cost

  • $850 per person
  • Includes all training supplies

Training Location

  • Mt. Pleasant Campus
  • Morey Technical Education Center Room 108

Training Topics & Outcomes

Direct support professionals (DSP) work in a variety of home and community-based settings, and are paid to assist people with their activities of daily living. Work depends on the employer and clients served. For older adults, this may include working at a person's home and providing support with any or all of the following tasks: dressing, bathing, meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, medication reminders, meal preparation, and companionship. In other settings, a DSP may be employed to assist an individual with intellectual or physical disabilities in their day-to-day activities or work.

Training Topics
  • Introduction to Community Residential Services
  • Introduction to the Specialized Needs of Individuals with Developmental Disability or Mental Illness
  • Health Interventions: Hygiene, Infection Control, Nutrition, Food Preparation, Special Diets, Signs & Symptoms of Illness, Vital Signs
    CPR, and First Aid
  • Rights of Recipients of Mental Health Services
  • Safety & Fire Prevention
  • Medications
  • Person-Centered Planning
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Non-Aversive Techniques

How much does it cost?

Currently the program fee is $850, and includes all training supplies. Funding is available for qualified individuals through MI Works! or MI Rehab Services to offset some or all training costs. Contact your area agency to find out if you qualify.

Federal Financial Aid is not available for this training.

Career Outlook


  • Median Pay: $12.15/hour or $25,280/year

Employment Outlook (2019-2029):

  • 34% or Much faster than average

Data sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and valid 2019 through 2029.

Note: Local or area average pay may differ from State or National statistics.

Student Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Negative TB test
  • Clean criminal background record (required)
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