Direct Service Provider I Credential

Next Start TimeDurationFormatCredits
Fall 20241 semesterOnline + Fieldwork7
Spring 20251 semesterOnline + Fieldwork7
direct service provider I


Connect and support your community through a meaningful career! Direct Service Providers I work with individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities to support their full integration into their environments and communities. By completing the Direct Service Provider I microcredential, you can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the field of Disability Support Provision and hands-on skills like helping individuals work toward stated goals and using person-first language through both classroom instruction and meaningful fieldwork. This microcredentials will also result in completion of 15 NADSP Badges.

Searchable job titles may include:

  • Direct Support Professional 
  • Case Management Assistant 
  • Family Engagement Specialist


The Direct Service Provider I Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires students to earn a passing grade in three courses and typically takes one semester to complete. These engaging courses can be taken on their own or as part of the Human Services A.S. or A.A.S. degrees. They are also highly transferable for those seeking to pursue further education in the future. Courses are offered fully online.

  • HUMS 105  Introduction to Human Services (3 credits) 
  • HUMS 107  Introduction to Disability Studies (3 credits) 
  • HUMS 120  Direct Service Provider I Field Work (1 credits)

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Financing your Microcredential

There are many resources available to assist you in paying for your microcredential. Discuss your options with an Admissions representative when you register. 

  • Part-Time TAP for Non-Degree Programs is now available for many microcredentials at TC3! For more information the HESC website. A valid FAFSA must be on file to be eligible. To apply and for questions, contact Associate Director of Financial Aid Sarah Dockstater at
  • Grant money is available through the Tompkins Community Recovery Fund for Tompkins County residents 
  • Grants are available through Tompkins Workforce NY Career Center and Cortland Works Career Center for county residents 
  • Several employers in our community offer tuition reimbursement and sponsorship specifically for microcredentials  
  • Financial aid is available to eligible students who pursue the credential while matriculated in a degree program. 


Fall Session
Fall 2024HUMS105Asynchronous, Online
Fall 2024HUMS107Asynchronous, Online
Fall 2024HUMS120Fieldwork
Spring Session
Spring 2025HUMS105Asynchronous, Online
Spring 2025HUMS107Asynchronous, Online
Spring 2025HUMS120Fieldwork