Supported Employment Web-Based Certificate Series

Upcoming offerings:

Dates   Register
August 17 - November 9, 2015   


Individual rate: $325 per person
Group rate: $1300 for 5 registrants


Participant cancellations will be accepted during the first week of the course with a full refund of the registration fee. There will be NO refunds or participant substitutions after the first week.

For the course section beginning on August 17, 2015, the final day to request a refund will be August 21, 2015.

Sessions will include information on these important employment strategies:

  • assistive technology evaluation and application,
  • developing business partnerships,
  • career development,
  • compensatory strategies,
  • customer choice,
  • instruction in the workplace,
  • marketing and job development,
  • job restructuring,
  • person-centered planning,
  • positive behavior supports,
  • self-employment,
  • social security work incentives, and
  • workplace / coworker supports.

Learning Objectives: After taking this certificate series, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the federal policy and historical overview of supported employment.
  • Define the components of a customer profile to include situational assessments, vocational evaluations, and functional resumes.
  • Illustrate an understanding of job development for career paths by developing a job search plan for a potential supported employment customer.
  • Match a customer's strengths with the prospective employer's business needs.
  • Discuss the various job-site training strategies (e.g., natural cues, workplace supports, compensatory strategies, instructional strategies, assistive technology) and their applications.
  • Define the features of a high quality long-term support plan.
  • Describe the various alternative funding sources for supported employment.

ALL instruction is web based. The lectures are in audio format and you MUST meet the system requirements listed below to benefit from the series. The series will consist of six sessions. All participants will be assigned to discussion groups. These groups will be asked to correspond with each other to discuss the session assignments. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to post comments on the course bulletin boards and ask questions of nationally known experts in supported employment. Each participant will receive a manual on supported employment.

Session 1: Federal Policy and Historical Perspective

Session 2: Customer Profile and Employment Selection

Session 3: Organizational Marketing and Job Development

Session 4: Job-Site Training

Session 5: Long-Term Support

Session 6: Funding

Sample Course Lectures:

  • Quality Indicators of Supported Employment: Dr. Paul Wehman
  • Marketing and Job Development: Howard Green & Pam Targett
  • Job Development in Rural Communities: Cary Griffin
  • Job Restructuring: Connie Ferrell
  • Self-determination: Dr. Michael Wehmeyer
  • Compensatory Strategies: Dr. Katherine Inge
  • Job Site Training: Valerie Brooke
  • Social Security Work Incentives: Jennifer McDonough

Course Structure: The course consists of six lessons, each of which lasts two weeks, giving participants ample time to complete the assignments. A new lesson is made available every other Monday morning by 9:00 a.m. ET. The course web site is always available, and you may log into the course at any time in order to view content, listen to the lectures, and complete the assignments. Each lesson will require 6 - 8 hours of staff time to complete. Please note that our online offerings are intensive, and we do not recommend taking more than one of these courses concurrently.

Course Credit: Participants can earn 3.5 CEUs or 35 CRCs upon course completion. Also, a certificate of completion will be issued to all participants who complete all course assignments. If a participant wishes to earn the ACRE certificate, an additional 5 hours of training is required beyond the basic certificate. Everyone who completes the basic certificate will receive information on how to earn these extra 5 hours of training.

Technical Requirements: Your computer must have Adobe Acrobat Reader (free software), and Flash Player (free software). You will be able to log on to the course at any time of the day and access the audio lectures. Each person MUST have an individual e-mail account, or we cannot accept your registration. If the individual does not already have an account, a free one can be set up through We send updates on the course activities and feedback on course activities through e-mail contact. Participants must be able to receive and send messages in order to benefit from this online experience. We cannot correspond with participants through an e-mail address that is assigned to another person.

If you have questions about the technology applications, please contact Andy Grizzard at (804) 827-1434. If you have content questions, please email Katherine Inge.