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ACRE-approved training is offered by educators, who are current ACRE organizational members. Their curriculum has gone through a rigorous curriculum review process. ACRE training is available in several formats: Face-to-face, online, and hybrid (combination of in person & online).

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Community College of Vermont

Organizational Address: 660 Elm Street Montpelier VT 05602

Contact Person: Shanti McKenna

Contact Person Phone Number: 802-786-3825                                               

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Name or Title of ACRE Training: Employment Services Foundational Course   

Description of ACRE Training Program:

This course series is intended to provide the essential processes, tools and resources necessary for staff who are in the early stages of providing employment services to job seekers in Vermont.  This Foundation Course is the initial course in the series and is a prerequisite to the other disability specific introductory courses in the series.

Upon the completion of the foundation course and one of the disability specific introductory courses (Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health or Transition), an ACRE (Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) Certificate of Achievement will be issued.  The completion of the ACRE Certificate and a minimum of 1 year of experience as an Employment Specialist will also prepare one to take the national Certified Employment Support Professionals (CESP) examination and receive the CESP Certificate.

Assisting job seekers from vulnerable populations achieve integrated employment outcomes of their choice requires employment staff to be competent in effective discovery and assessment, job development and placement; employer outreach and negotiation; and workplace supports. This on-line, instructor-led, 9 week, 30 hour Foundation Course provides sufficient depth to be valued across multiple levels of the CWS initiative, specific to the service delivery environment in Vermont; one that will enhance the quality of employment services to local employers; and increase the likelihood of successful employment outcomes. Employment specialists taking advantage this course series will be better equipped to serve as labor market intermediaries - not just assisting the people they serve in obtaining employment, but establishing a return on investment for employers as well.  The Foundation Course consists of the following:

Instructor-Led Modules (4)

1. Application of Core Values and Principles of Practice

2. Individualized Assessment and Employment/Career Planning

3. Community Research and Job Development

4. Workplace and Related Supports

Basic Level or Professional Level:  Basic

UNTWISE Workforce Inclusion and Sustainable Employment

Organizational Address: UNTWISE: 1155 Union Circle #311456, Denton, TX 76203-5017

Contact Person: Lucy Gafford, M.S., CRC

Contact Person Phone Number: 940-565-4000                                               

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Name or Title of ACRE Training: Supported Employment: Discovering Untapped Talent

Description of ACRE Training Program:

The Supported Employment: Discovering Untapped Talent course provides an overview of the principles and practices to assist a person with the most significant disabilities to work.  Drawing on a variety of resources created since supported employment emerged, the participant will walk through the supported employment process, from the moment they meet a candidate seeking a job, through the job search, skills training and integration into the workplace process.

This course has 10 units covering the following topics:

  1. History and Legislation:  Laws that guide Supported Employment, the Supported Employment services value systems and the emergence of Supported Employment as an employment model.
  2. The Supported Employment Process: Understanding Supported Employment, Supported Employment as a process involving several important steps, the support system as the mainstay of the Supported Employment process.
  3. The Employment Team: The importance of a team for employment to be successful, the value of family and natural supports in the employment process, the role of the Supported Employment Specialist.
  4. The Discovery Process: Methods to obtain information about the person that will be helpful in the job search and matching process, the importance of confirming job skills, Person-Centered terms, and the vocational themes technique to guide job exploration.
  5. The Employment Plan: Person-Centered Employment Planning, key players in the planning meeting, negotiable and non-negotiable employment conditions, essential elements of the Employment Plan.
  6. Job Development: Job Development, Individualized Job Development and Customized Job Development, strategies to work with employers, critical components that are the core of all job development strategies, the discovery process to drive the customized job development.
  7. Job Analysis and Job Match: The purpose and method of a job analysis, quality indicators of a good Job Match.
  8. Job Coaching - Teaching the Job:  How to write and modify a task analysis, techniques used in systematic instruction, when to use adaptations or accommodations
  9. Support for Sustainability: The development of natural support in the workplace, coordinating with partner agencies and community resources to facilitate extended long-term supports, both on and off the job site, facilitate planning, communication and coordination with family members and friends who provide support at home and in the community for long-term success,
  10. Funding: Possible funding sources, Social Security resources that support the job seeker, employer and the provider,  the supported employee and their circle of support on financial issues.

This 40 contact hours training is instructor lead and consists of weekly activities that reinforce learning, with individual feedback to strengthen skill attainment. Activities are based on a case study with valuable resource links provided throughout the course.

Basic Level or Professional Level: Basic

Format of Training (Face to Face, Online, Combination/Hybrid): Online

Name the states where the training is offered: nationwide

Names of Trainers:, Norine Jaloway Gill, MSSW, Crystal George, MS, CRC and Freda MacArthur-Lee, MS, CRC

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University offers the ACRE Basic Employment Certificate upon completion of a comprehensive online course.  The course, The Supported Employment Online Certificate Series is a six lesson course that provides 40 hours of training through recorded audio and video lectures, required reading, practical assignments, and online discussions.

This online training is offered twice each year usually in the fall and winter/spring.  The course runs for a total of twelve weeks.  Each lesson is posted for two weeks, and participants can complete the assignments at their convenience.  Instructors manage groups of up to 25 participants and provide mentor support for completing the course and supporting each participants needs.

  • Lesson 1: Historical Perspective and Overview of Employment for People with Disabilities
  • Lesson 2:  Individual Profile, Discovery, and Employment Selection
  • Lesson 3: Organizational Marketing and Job Development
  • Lesson 4: Job-Site Training
  • Lesson 5: Special Topics (e.g., challenging behaviors, physical disabilities, mental illness)
  • Lesson 6: Long-Term Support and Funding

After completing this 40 hour training & assignments, participants will earn the ACRE Basic Employment Certificate & their names will appear on the VCU and ACRE Websites:



To find out more about this online training contact:
Dr. Katherine Inge, or call 804-828-5956.

To learn more about the online certificate series and other online courses, visit


Work Works, Institute on Human Development and Disability, University of Georgia

Organizational Address:  850 College Station Road, Athens, GA  30602

Contact Person:  Phil Chase

Contact Person Phone Number:  706 542-1360                                              

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Name or Title of ACRE Training:  WorkWorks Employment Services

Description of ACRE Training Program:  Program includes 9 units of study and a final competency-based examination.  Online training includes values, applicable laws, disabilities, assessment and discovery, assistive technology, job development, marketing, work skill development, and support needs. 

The program is self-paced and, with good self-discipline, participants can complete the course in 4-5 months.  The program has open enrollment; therefore, accepted students may start when they are ready. 

Each student receives individual feedback from a course instructor throughout the online learning experience. 

Basic Level or Professional Level:  Professional

Where training is available:  Online

Names of Trainers:  Phil Chase and Adele Patrick