Welcome to the official website for the Direct Support Professional Training & Testing Program serving people on the coast from San Jose to Los Angeles.

    This training program is offered by the College and Career Readiness/Career Technical Education Program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office. We provide training and testing for people who work in a wide variety of group homes.

    Direct Support Professional Training & Testing is a mandatory statewide program for direct-support professionals, supervisors, and administrators who provide direct care in licensed Community Care Facilities.

    We follow the procedures and instructions set by DDS and CDE for implementing the Direct Support Professional Training. 


    Only direct support staff, including supervisors and administrators who provide direct care, currently employed in Community Care Facilities (CCFs) vendored by the regional center are eligible to take the Direct Support Professional Training (DSPT). Registration for DSPT must be completed using the eDSPT online registration and certification system. DSPs must create their own account.

    To register go to www.dsptrain.org. Have the following information available:

    • Personal Email Address
    • Phone Number
    • Social Security Number
    • Facility Vendor Number (where employed)
    • Facility or Administration email address (where employed)

    For assistance with registration, call the DSPT Helpine at 1.800.910.4604

    DSPT Attendance Policy

    Training Class attendance is very important. Direct support staff may not miss more than 6 hours of classroom instruction. If more than 6 hours of instruction is missed, the system will automatically drop the DSP and the DSP must take the entire year of training again.

    Results Notification

    Approximately 20 business days after completion of the Training Class or Challenge Test, direct support staff and the administrator of the facility they are employed in will receive an email notification of results (a Certification Notice, a Certification Notice with Additional Training Needed, a Failure Notice, or an Incomplete/Failure Notice). All Certification Notices can be accessed online at www.dsptrain.org. Failure notifications cannot be accessed online. Paper certificates will no longer be issued.


    2019/20 Regional Advisory Meetings:

        Monday, February 24 San Andreas RC, Salinas 

         Tuesday, February 25, Tri-Counties RC, San Luis Obispo

         Monday, March 9, Eastern LARC

         Tuesday, March 10, South Central RC

        Wednesday, March 11, Westside RC, Culver City

         Thursday, March 12, Harbor RC, Torrance

         Tuesday, April 14, Lanterman RC (Postponed until further notice)

         Friday, May 1, Northern LARC (Postponed until further notice)


    For more information about DSPT, you can go to the Department of Development Service’s (DDS) website at http://www.dds.ca.gov/dspt/, email ccfdsp@dds.ca.gov, or call the toll free number at 1.800.622.8904.

    For questions regarding DSPT registration or Results Notification contact the eDSPT Helpline at 1.800.910.4604

    For DSPT implementation concerns, contact California Department of Education (CDE):

    DSPT Project Monitor
    Tara Neilson

    DSPT Fiscal Monitor
    Lisa Schiro


    Vera Owens, Senior Administrative Assistant, DSPT
    Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Phone 1.805.964.4710 extension 4462