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Type of Apprenticeship: Registered

Program Design: Competency

SOC Code: 21-1093.00 - Social and Human Service Assistants

Location: Sedalia

$17.50 / hr

Credentials Received

  • Certificate

Program Description


The Direct Support Professional in Community Living supports the CVA and CHS missions by providing outstanding direct support to Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, while empowering them to achieve their highest level of independence through high-quality and diverse support services.



As a Direct Support Professional, you will:

  • Integrate Individuals by encouraging and facilitating community connections; assisting in building meaningful relationships with others in their community; and encouraging participation in activities and programs which provide opportunities to spend time constructively and enjoyably
  • Empower Individuals by seeking opportunities where Individuals may demonstrate independence; aiding and assisting with skill development in areas of self-help, self-determination, and self-advocacy; and observing, encouraging and recording Individuals’ progress toward established goals
  • Aid Individuals by providing physical and emotional support; and maintaining a safe, clean and comfortable living environment through general housekeeping duties (which may include making beds, cooking meal, laundry, care of equipment, etc.)
  • Support the Health of Individuals by assisting them with personal care and hygiene activities; assisting them with administering medications; and assisting with therapies or other medically related needs.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance by completing required documentation to standard and in a timely fashion within established guidelines; actively participating in trainings and meetings; demonstrating professionalism, reliability, good attendance, and accountability
  • Strengthen positive work culture by participating in effective, courteous and professional communication; showing kindness and patience to Individuals and co-workers; demonstrating respect and responsibility in daily work; and practicing advocacy and encouragement in all aspects of employment


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to complete the essential duties and
responsibilities of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, and meet physical requirements.

Requirements or Restrictions


  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Experience working with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, preferred

Length of Program

1 year

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