IDD/MI Dual Diagnosis DSP Certification

Developed in association with The National Association of State
Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)

NADD developed the NADD Competency-Based IDD/MI Dual Diagnosis Direct Support Professional Certification Program to certify the competency of DSPs who support people with dual diagnosis. 

DSP certification validates and provides assurance to individuals served, colleagues, and employers that a direct support professional has met the standards established by NADD for providing services to individuals with IDD/MI. 

DSPs who receive NADD certification will be entitled to use “NADD-DSP” as a credential.

In general, DSPs spend more time with the person with IDD/MI than any other professional. The competence of the DSP can make a big difference in the quality of life for people. DSPs are often the ones charged with supporting skill building. They help the person engage in recommended therapies on a day-to-day basis.  This work requires an advanced level of skill and knowledge to do well. 

An overview of the DSP Certification Program is available in the Executive Summary. For greater detail, see the Program Manual

The DSP seeking certification is required to demonstrate mastery of five competency areas.

NADD Membership Requirement

Organizations seeking accreditation and individuals seeking certification must have NADD membership in order to qualify.

Individuals who work for an organization that has a NADD organizational membership are considered members for this requirement. 

Be sure to have your individual or organizational NADD membership number when you are completing your application.  If you do not know your membership number, you may call the NADD office (800-331-5362) for assistance. 

Cost

The cost of DSP Certification is payable in the form of a non-refundable application/exam fee, as follows: 

  • $30 for employees of a NADD-Accredited Organization
  • $60 for employees of an organization that is not NADD-Accredited

Renewal cost is as follows:

  • $15 for employees of a NADD-Accredited Organization
  • $30 for employees of an organization that is not NADD-Accredited

 

DSP Certification is valid for two years