Human Development Center

Employment First Initiative

HDC Employment First Initiative


Employment First 40-Hour Core Training 

HDC has moved the Employment First training programs to an online platform. The 40-Hour Core Training is intended for Employment Support Professionals in their first 6 months of providing employment support services. Alternatively, you can take each day as a 5.0-hour Continuing Education Credit. See your two options below and click the button to register.

LSU Health Human Development Center is one of 68 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service across the United States.  HDC has been providing training and technical assistance throughout Louisiana for decades. This online training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules.

The fee for the entire session is $500 and includes online training materials, presentations, and access to resources. A certificate of completion for 40 hours will be issued once all sessions, course assignments, and session test(s) have been completed and reviewed. 

This comprehensive training incorporates national APSE's Universal Employment Competencies and includes online sessions, fieldwork assignments, and online quizzes. Training topics include a variety of essential components and topics including; job development/marketing, assessment/discovery, job-site training, fading supports, WIOA, CMS Medicaid settings rule, and SSA benefits & impact of earnings. 

The next scheduled Live Virtual Trainings:

Class hours will be 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM and take place online via Zoom.

List of training topics:

Day 1: Tuesday

Day 2: Wednesday

Day 3: Thursday

REGISTER for 40-Hour Training 


Continuing Education 5.0-Hour Classes

Each day of our Core Training counts as 5.0 hours of Continuing Education for LRS/LWC, OCDD/Medicaid, and CESP renewal accreditation. Or, you can take all three days for 20 hours Continuing Education. The LRS requirement for staff for renewal of vendorship is 20 hours every two years. The fee for these classes is $125 per 5.0-Hour (one-day) training class.

REGISTER for 5.0-Hour Continuing Education


If you have any questions, please send an email to Sue Killam or Laura Stazio.