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Thank you for your interest in NAQs Developmental Disability Professional Certificate Program.  To get started, you'll need to complete a DDP Certificate Program Application.  Before beginning the application process, please ensure that you have the following information available for upload as you will not be able to save a partially completed form.

1.  Resume
2.  Three professional letters of recommendations

3.  A completed Background Screening Consent form.  While you are free to complete the form in typed format, you are required to provide a manual signature (electronic signatures are not accepted).  

When we have received your completed application, we will email you an invoice for the $150 non-refundable application fee.  Once payment is received, we'll process your application and begin your background screening.  While we are waiting for those results, you should prepare and submit the following:

1.  A 1-2 page essay of introduction.  In 1 to 1½ pages describe why you are hoping to achieve certification as a DDP (for example, career implications, personal growth, and professional advancement). 

2.  A 3-5 page essay on topic of choice.  In 3 to 5 pages, address one of the following issues: a) Self-determination; b) Program participant-based services and supports; c) Values-based services; d) Facilitation of creative services and supports; e) Improving services for people with substantial intellectual disabilities; f) Social capital and community change; g) Why compassion is not enough; h) Knowing what’s important. This essay must include: a) A description of the meaning or historical development of the philosophy or concept; b) A summary of how you have applied the concept in your personal work. c) Your opinion regarding how a service provider should apply the concept in its clinical practices; or an exploration of the strengths and weaknesses of the perspective; and d) A summary statement.  

3.  Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you attended.  The transcripts should be sent to the following address directly from the institutions of higher learning.                                 

NAQ
Attn. Connie Melvin
101 Hempstead Place Suite 1B
Joliet, IL 60433

Some institutions are now using electronic transcripts which are also acceptable.  Again, transcripts should be sent directly from the institutions of higher learning to [email protected]  

4.  NAQ membership is required for candidates.  The membership application and dues payment are completed online.    

Once we have received your background screening results, supporting documents, and membership application, NAQ will be in contact to discuss next steps.   If you are accepted into the program, you will be emailed an invoice for $800 for the online coursework.  Once payment is received you will be set up on the online learning program and receive additional instructions.