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Certified Employment Support Professional™ Credential

Professionals certified as Certified Employment Support Professional™ (CESP)  have demonstrated a sufficient level of knowledge and skill to provide integrated employment services to a variety of populations.

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APSE Conversations with the National Board: Tricia Jones

July 20, 2021

Meet the APSE National Board of Directors and their newest members. Tricia Jones joins from the state of Utah. Tricia shares her background in finding the direct support professional (DSP) role and how it led to her work at the University of Utah and her passion for advocacy. Erica and Tricia talk about the way professionals find the field of employment and the importance of the voices from lived experiences. Tricia is the incoming delegate for the Rocky Mountain region, serving chapters in Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Tricia will be serving on the Professional Development and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committees with APSE.

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Action Alert: We need to hear from you!

July 14, 2021

It’s been one year since APSE launched the first COVID impact survey. Survey data has been a critical piece of our policy & advocacy work. This survey will take 10-15…

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CESP Certified: Congratulations!

July 12, 2021

The Certified Employment Support Professional™ (CESP) highlights and supports those who have earned and maintained the credential!

The following lists CESPs who successfully recertified their credential from April – June 2021, plus new CESPs in May – June 2021. View the full CESP Directory online.

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APSE in Your Community

APSE — the Association of People Supporting Employment First

  • 3,000+ members and growing national non-profit membership organization
  • Chapters in 39 states and the District of Columbia, with members from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and several foreign countries
  • Members include individuals with disabilities, families, disability professionals, and businesses
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APSE Established 1988

The only national organization to focus exclusively on inclusive employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.