DirectCourse: CDS/CFSM & NADSP E-Badge Crosswalk

Overview of Using DirectCourse to Earn NADSP E-Badges

The College of Direct Support (CDS) and the College of Frontline Supervision, Management, and Leadership (CFSM) curricula are accredited by the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP), meaning that every lesson in the CDS and the CFSM is developed in alignment with the NADSP Code of Ethics . Content in both curricula provide competency-based training that can help learners earn the NADSP E-Badges. These web pages are intended to illustrate which DirectCourse lessons align with each NADSP E-Badge, each CMS-DSW Competency, and each National Frontline Supervisor Competency.

Use the navigation bar on the left to navigate to the desired competency or NADSP E-Badge. Note that learners can personalize their training plan to best suit their training needs by choosing which lessons they will take to meet each e-badge.

To learn more about using DirectCourse in your organization, see the DirectCourse website. For more information about implementing a credentialing program or other direct support workforce solutions, contact us at dswsolutions@umn.edu.

For more information and to learn how to earn the NADSP E-Badges, see the NADSP E-Badge Academy.

The College of Direct Support (CDS)

Lessons in the CDS are based on the competencies developed for the direct service workforce (DSW) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The NADSP Direct Support Professional (DSP) E-Badges are linked to CMS competencies as well. You can learn more about specific lessons that are connected to e-badges on the page, Recommended Lessons from the College of Direct Support (CDS) to Earn NADSP E-Badges. You may also want to review the full set of CMS-DSW competencies PDF .

The College of Frontline Supervision, Management, and Leadership (CFSM)

Lessons in the CFSM are based on the National Frontline Supervisor (NFS) competencies, developed to reflect best practice in the supervision of the direct service workforce. The NADSP Frontline Supervisor (FLS) E-Badges are linked to NFS competencies, as well. You can learn more about specific lessons that are connected to e-badges on the page, Recommended Lessons from the College of Frontline Supervision, Management, and Leadership (CFSM) to Earn NADSP E-Badges. You may also want to review the full set of NFS competencies PDF .