National certification initiative for employment support professionals: Promoting quality integrated employment services

Jeanne Novak, Wendy Parent-Johnson, Laura A. Owens, Patricia Keul
2014 Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation  
This article describes a recent certification initiative to build an international network of professionals who have the knowledge and skills to provide quality integrated employment services to individuals with a variety of disabilities. An overview of the history and conceptual framework guiding the development of the Employment Support Professional Certification Program will be followed by a presentation of findings from a preliminary survey study of 93 professionals who have been certified.
more » ... ave been certified. Survey respondents identified both personal and professional motivations for pursuing the Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) designation, including the desire to (a) achieve a sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction, (b) demonstrate a professional standard of competence and commitment to the profession, and (c) garner professional credibility and enhanced opportunities for career advancement. The authors describe ongoing efforts and recommendations for validating the credentialing program and CESP 2 for increasing the number of certified professionals equipped to establish and expand equitable employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
doi:10.3233/jvr-140679 fatcat:57sk5cqq5zemzdsxnvs3kkkz74