Direct Support Professional Credential

direct support student

Direct Support Professionals work with individuals with physical and/or intellectual challenges to become more integrated into their environments and communities.


Thank you to the Racker Center for helping create this microcredential. Our industry and community partners are vital to the success of our microcredential programs and many are leading employers of our graduates.


The Direct Support Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires completion of four courses.
Printable version of credential checklist

ENGL 100  Academic Writing I (3 credits)
HUMS 105  Introduction to Human Services (3 credits)
HUMS 107  Introduction to Disability Studies (3 credits)
HUMS 128  The Family: Strength-Based Intervention (3 credits)


There are many resources available to assist you in paying for your microcredential. The College has received a generous grant through the Tompkins Community Recovery Fund to provide funding for Tompkins County residents to earn microcredentials. Our partners at Tompkins Workforce NY Career Center and Cortland Works Career Center have grant opportunities available to financially assist residents in earning a microcredential. Several businesses in our community sponsor their employees. Financial aid is available to students that pursue the credential while matriculated in a degree program. These four courses can be applied towards the Human Services A.S. or A.A.S. degree.