What are the Core Competencies?

The Core Competencies adopted by the NYS Talent Development Consortium apply to all Direct Support Professional's across the state, working at state-operated and voluntary programs. 

Coupled with the Code of Ethics for Direct Support Professionals, these values-based competencies and skills are the foundation of person-centered supports for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. 

The competencies are broken down into seven goal areas covering all aspects of the individual’s life, while also including the professionalism of direct support.

  • Putting People First
  • Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships
  • Demonstrating Professionalism
  • Supporting Good Health
  • Supporting Safety
  • Having a Home
  • Being Active and Productive in Society

Within each goal, there are competency areas that are defined by specific skills that can be demonstrated by a DSP in their work.

These skills include a wide range of technical skills, such as Medication Administration, as well as value based skills, such as advocating with the individual being supported.


Training Guidelines

In addition to the competencies, there are numerous tools available to help agencies implement the new competencies.

Agencies are not expected to revamp their training programs, but rather, should compare their current training to the Core Competencies and cross-walk the training criteria.

Agencies may identify a need for additional training for DSPs who have not had the opportunity to apply some of the skills in their own practice prior to these competencies.

To help agencies meet this potential need, a learning resources document has been developed that lists hundreds of available learning resources.  

In addition, the DSP Competencies Tool Kit includes many resources, such as videos, manuals, and other tools, developed specifically for the implementation of the DSP Core Competencies.

To find these resources and much more please visit www.workforcetransformation.org