Maximize Your Impact Through Certification

Certifications exist for a growing number of offerings and may open up the door for greater service options and increased rates of reimbursement.

Certification Reimbursements through the State

Certification fees may be reimbursable — check out Senate Bill 18-145 Reimbursement details.

Incentives for DVR Provider Certification

Obtainment of performance-based certifications result in the opportunity for incentive payments. Learn more at DVR.

Stay Tuned for More Certification Opportunities

Expanded certification offerings are in the works. Subscribe to the COEF newsletter to stay informed.

Colorado Profile: Lee Sylvester of Community Link holds certifications in all phases of Customized Employment.

Customized Employment (CE) Certifications

Employment service providers seeking to provide and bill for customized employment services need to initiate performance-based certifications in Discovery, Customized Job Development, as well as Systematic Instruction. For more information about Customized Employment certification and related training requirements, please email

Training and Certification Requirements are Expanding in Colorado

By June 30, 2024, all providers of supported employment services through DVR and to individuals served under a Medicaid waiver will require a nationally-recognized training certificate or nationally-recognized certification in Supported Employment.

Employment providers can earn supported employment certification through Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) and through Individual Placement and Support (IPS).

COEF can help break down the information with you. Get in touch by emailing us at, and we can assist you in creating a training plan for you or your organization.

Interested in learning more about the steps to become certified in benefits planning?
Check out this guide in which two options are overviewed and get in touch with Melanie Honsbruch at if you have any questions.

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The Colorado Office of Employment First sits under JFK Partners, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, a program of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Its creation was envisioned by Colorado Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a multi-state agency and stakeholder-led collaborative, and was made possible, in part, by funding from the Colorado Legislature and generously matched through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).

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