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Posted November 30, 2016

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National Certification for Members of Transition Services Staff

Four employees passed the Certified Employment Support Professional exam.

Albuquerque Public Schools' Transition Services Program is pleased to congratulate the following professionals for passing the Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) examination, the first national certification program for employment support professionals:

  • Donna Crockett- Albuquerque Public Schools, District Resource Teacher, Transition Service
  • Tammy Davis– Albuquerque Public Schools, Community Support Liaison, UNMH Project SEARCH, Transition Services
  • Yvonne Gallegos– Albuquerque Public Schools, Community Support Liaison, Transition Services
  • Brian Schobel – Albuquerque Public Schools, Transition Teacher, Transition Services
  • Amy Owens – Albuquerque Public Schools, Transition Specialist, Transition Services

APSE, the Association of People Supporting Employment First, created the CESP certification which is the first in the nation to create national guidelines to validate and support the training currently provided in the field.

Unlike training programs that provide a certificate of completion, the CESP certification sets a standard of knowledge and distinguishes employment support professionals who have shown they have the skill and competence to perform the requirements of the job. The CESP exam seeks to define the benchmarks for knowledge and competency in the field in the following areas: 1) Application of Core Values and Principles to Practice & Legislation and Funding; 2) Individualized Assessment and Employment/Career Planning; 3) Community Research and Job Development; 4) Workplace and Related Supports and 5) Ongoing Supports.

Partners for Employment, a collaboration between the UMN/CDD, DDSD and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) worked with APSE to bring the CESP certification exam to New Mexico. Offering this examination is an important step towards advancing best practices for inclusive employment of people with disabilities throughout New Mexico. To learn more about upcoming certification opportunities, sign up for Partners for Employment’s newsletter.

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