Core Competencies

Core Competencies


The Core Competencies adopted by the NYS Talent Development Consortium apply to all DSPs. 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. The seven Competency Goal areas are:

  • 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. Please visit the Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation website for more information.



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