Before services are provided to DARS consumers, the staff person overseeing the provider's SE services (director, program manager, supervisor, etc.) must complete the Provider Orientation and Training, which is provided by the DARS contract manager and the regional program support specialist for DBS. The training focuses on the SE outcome-based standards, forms, contract compliance, and Quality Criteria. After being trained, this person must provide similar training to the staff members who will provide direct services to DARS consumers, as well as document the training in the personnel files.

 

Employment Specialist

An employment specialist must meet the education and experience qualifications in one of the following three options:

Option 1

  • a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation, business, marketing, or related human services; and
  • one year's documented experience in a professional or personal setting routinely working with people with disabilities.

Option 2

  • an associate's degree in rehabilitation, business, marketing, or related human services; and
  • two years' documented experience in a professional or personal setting routinely working with people with disabilities.

Option 3

  • a high school diploma or GED; and
  • three years' documented experience in a professional or personal setting routinely working with people with disabilities.

 

UNT Certification Required of Employment Specialists

(Revised 08/12, 12/14)

In addition to the Provider Orientation and Training described above, employment specialists must have the UNT Certification for SE specialists. Completion of certification must be documented in the contract files.

All employment specialists are encouraged to attend at least one continuing education class per year to increase their skills in placing consumers in the job market.

 

Job Skills Trainer

A job skills trainer must have

  • a high school diploma or GED, and
  • one year of experience of working with people who have disabilities.

In addition to the Provider Orientation and Training described above, job skills trainers must complete the UNT Certification for job skills trainer. Completion of training must be documented in the contract files. It is a best practice for the job skills trainer to work under the direction of the SE specialist.