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Residential Services Curriculum 40 Hour Core Training

Residential Services Curriculum 40 Hour Core Training Flier

All classroom trainings have been suspended at this time, however virtual opportunities are now available. Please contact with questions or for additional details. This website will be updated when trainings resume.


PSRS has moved to an asynchronous process for teaching the 40 Hour Core Basic training to ensure the health and safety for all students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will complete the majority of training through Moodle, our Learning Management System (LMS). 

Students are required to attend a kick-off session via Zoom to receive an introduction to the LMS. Following the kick-off session, students will be able to login and begin the training in their established account. We will meet twice more for check-in sessions to review the information and to have discussions to enhance the information that they have already reviewed. Finally, students will schedule time to meet with the trainer to complete the in-person skills requirements that cannot be completed virtually. The skills lab requirement can be completed in roughly one hour with time at the beginning and end for a short briefing on the lab and COVID-19 safety as well as sanitizing/cleaning.

Office hours will also be available to provide any technical assistance or guidance necessary for students. Office hours are optional for all students, and times are subject to change.

We are now accepting registrations for enrollment in the 40 Hour Core Basic Training. Please note: there are limited spots available, and priority will be provided to PSRS employees.


2021 Course Dates

Course Dates: October 4 – November 5

Kick Off Session (Zoom):     
October 4 2pm-4pm

Check In Session #1:        
October 18 11am-1pm
Chapters 1-4, 13, 13

Check In Session #2:        
October 28 2pm-4pm
Chapters 5-8, 11

Skills Lab Dates:            
October 29
November 1
November 5
Time will be scheduled directly with student following kick off session.


Course Dates: November 8 – December 10

Kick Off Session (Zoom):     
November 8 2pm-4pm

Check In Session #1:        
November 22 10am-12pm
Chapters 1-4, 13, 13

Check In Session #2:        
December 7 2pm-4pm
Chapters 5-8, 11

Skills Lab Dates:            
December 9
December 10
Time will be scheduled directly with student following kick off session.


This course provides an in-depth look at the supports provided to individuals with I/DD in Washington State. We will provide training on Residential Services Guidelines, Individual Plans, Behavior Support, Mandated Reporting, and much more through the use of interactive learning and personal experiences. 

This course will not teach you everything you need to know as a DSP. That requires time and real experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 40hr course helps provide a foundation of knowledge and skill to build from, as well as the basic credentials you need to work in this field.

The Residential Services Curriculum meets the requirements set forth in WAC 388-829, including the Personal Skills Acquisition and Support course.

*This class is also offered exclusively for Deaf staff – depending on the number of registered participants, PSRS will determine if a full deaf class is needed, or if Deaf participants will attend the class with interpreters.  

To Register
Please contact Krista Nieman at or to request more information. Please be sure to include the dates of the training in which you are interested.

No charge to agency for DDA contracted agency employees attended the course in it's entirety. This includes all virtual chapters as they are scheduled and then attendance to a scheduled in-person Skills Lab when social distancing guidelines allow students to meet.
Individual Provider (IP) = $240

Students attending individual chapters = $6 per CE hour

Continuing Education: CE credits may be obtained for partial attendance on a case by case basis. Please contact or 206.772.5700 x 112 to discuss.

About the Trainer
Krista Nieman is the Training Resource Manager for Puget Sound Regional Services. She has been in the field since 2000, starting as a Direct Support Professional in residential and vocational settings. Krista is an experienced trainer who believes in bringing fun and real-life experiences to her classes.


Here’s what participants are saying

“Everything was very engaging and fun! This is the best training class I’ve attended by far.”

“This training has prepared me to better support my client every day.”

“The instructor is very nice and helpful. She had lots of great tips and scenarios.”

“This training was probably one of the best I’ve had! It was fun and something I looked forward to all week long.”