Employment Specialist Training

Employment Specialist Training

Indiana employment professionals who participate in Employment Specialist Training open doors for themselves and for the job seekers with disabilities they serve. Offered by the Center on Community Living and Careers, this training introduces new employment specialists, consultants, job developers and others involved in training, hiring, inclusion, and job placement, to the field of community employment services. 

This multi-format training usually consists of online coursework and two, face-to-face meetings in Indianapolis. (Due to current pandemic precautions, we are replacing the face-to-face meetings with several virtual meetings. See dates and times, below.) Estimated training completion time is 40 hours.

Employment Specialist Training content includes:

  • Laws and policy
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Person-centered planning
  • Strategic plan development
  • Job development
  • Worksite analysis
  • Resource mapping
  • Task anlaysis
  • Assistive technology
  • VR's order of selection
  • Job supports

Employment Specialist Training prepares participants for the Certified Employment Specialist Certification (CESP) exam. Center on Community Living and Careers staff oversee ACRE-approved Employment Specialist Training instruction. Individuals who participate in all training components and successfully complete all online assignments receive a competency-based certificate from Indiana University.

February-March 2021 Employment Specialist Training

February 2 through March 31, Online content and Zoom sessions.

Zoom meeting dates and topics:

  • February 2, Introduction, Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation 101, and Using Canvas 
  • February 3, Employment Services Model, Discovery
  • February 4, WorkOne
  • February 23, Transition, Pre-Employment Transition Services, and IEPs
  • February 24, Customized Employment
  • February 25, Goal Writing, Data Collection, and Final Q&A

All Zoom sessions are 10 a.m. to noon, Eastern Time. 

Cost is $225 per person.

See the IU Events Calendar listing for more information and to register.