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Access the CDS-PA website log-in page
(User ID and Password required to log into site)

Access CDS-PA Featured Lesson resources
(includes materials that organizations and learners can use to reinforce the concepts presented in selected College of Direct Support lessons)

Access CDS-PA tutorial webcasts
(includes tutorials for CDS-PA learners and ones for CDS Administrators/Sub-Administrators)

Contact the CDS-PA helpdesk
(for CDS-PA questions and registration information)

The College of Direct Support (CDS) is a nationally recognized web-based training curriculum that provides learning opportunities on many topics of importance to people with developmental disabilities and those who support them. Since 2003, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of Developmental Programs has supported the use of the CDS as a way to offer effective, consistent training to Direct Support Professionals, Supports Coordinators, supervisory and managerial staff, self-advocates, families and other interested parties across the Commonwealth.

You can also learn more about the CDS curriculum by visiting the CDS national website.

Please Note* As you use resources from the following DirectCourse curriculums – College of Direct Support (CDS) and, College of Frontline Supervision, Management, and College of Employment Services (CES), please be aware that Elsevier removed Flash from all DirectCourse content as Adobe was retired at the end of 2020. The majority of the content will remain in the same format. The changes will not affect your assignments or learning plans.  Additionally, the following course titles will no longer be available as they are being replaced with new content:

  • Any level 0 or Intro lessons
  • CFSM – Intervention Plan
  • CFSM – Preparing for the Supervisor’s Job
  • CFSM – The First Few Weeks and Months as a Supervisor

Last modified: Thursday, July 1, 2021, 1:00 PM