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Employment Services with an Emphasis on Customized Employment On-Line Course 2023

18 Apr 2023 @ 9:00am EDT
25 Oct 2023 @ 11:00am EDT

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The Employment Services Certificate is being offered by Incompass Michigan and is based on a curriculum developed by TransCen, Inc.

The certificate curriculum is endorsed by Association for Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). In order to promote best practices in the field of employment, ACRE encourages the use of competency-based training. The competencies on which this training is based are a melding of ACRE's original Employment Services competencies with the Essential Elements of Customized Employment. Click to view a list of these competencies

This Employment Services Certificate is comprised of an initial 12 hours of either an in-person or synchronous online training Workshop and a 28-hour online Certificate Course that includes coursework, support from instructors, and field-based assignments.

The ACRE Employment Services certificate helps to build a foundation of knowledge and skills, including those used in customized employment, to assist people with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment.  VR is currently developing additional training requirements for providers specializing in customized employment. This curriculum may not align with VR expectations for credentialed staff providing Customized Employment to MRS or BSBP - Incompass Michigan will continue to work with our VR partners to establish a sustainable credentialing process for customized employment practitioners.

Modules include:

  1. Application of Core Values and Principles of Practice
  2. Individualized Assessment and Employment/Career Planning
  3. Community Research and Job Development
  4. Workplace and Related Supports



All sessions are Virtual, Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00am ET

  • April 18– Module 1 
  • April 25 – Module 2 
  • May 2 – Module 2 
  • May 9 – Module 3 
  • May 16 – Module 3 
  • May 23 – Module 4 



This is a 2 day in-person workshop, pricing includes meals. 

  • July 10 - July 11, each day 9am-4pm



All Virtually, Wednesdays, 9am-11am (must complete the Workshop first, space is limited and available on first come basis)

  • July 12 - Module 1
  • July 26 - Module 2
  • August 9 - Module 2
  • August 23 - Module 3 
  • September 6 - Module 3 
  • September 20 - Module 4
  • October 11 - Module 4 
  • October 25 - Make up Session

Participant Time Commitment

Participants are required to attend all of the sessions in full.

  • Any makeup sessions requested will incur additional fees.
  • As part of the registration process, the supervisor of participants must sign and submit the Supervisor Form of Commitment by April 10, agreeing that the registered participant will be authorized to devote an average of four hours per week to attend trainings and complete quizzes, discussion boards, activities and field assignments. Submit by April 10 2022 or contact for more information.

Participant Accountability

To earn an Employment Services Certificate with an Emphasis on Customized Employment each participant will:

  1. Attend all sessions of the Workshop in full
  2. Attend all sessions of the Certificate Course with instructor-led trainings in full.
  3. Complete readings, assignments, and quizzes to the satisfaction of the instructor.
  4. Post discussion boards, activities, assignments and quizzes by date assigned.

Assignment due dates will be established by the instructor. It is the responsibility of the participant to communicate with instructor and facilitator if there are problems with meeting the requirements and due dates of the certificate program.

The quizzes can be taken multiple times until all the questions are answered correctly.

No activities/assignments will be accepted past the course end date.


About the Instructors:

Lead Instructor - Heather Barsy of Integrated Services of Kalamazoo.

In-Person Assistant Instructor - Marcia Ransom of Work Skills.


Materials Needed:

For virtual sessions, it is recommended you have access to a working computer, microphone, camera, and access to our Learning Management System.

For in-person sessions, please ensure you have transportation and any learning materials you may need.

Please contact Katie Kinde with any questions at


Workshop Online only:
Incompass Michigan Members: $149.00
Non Members: $199.00

Workshop In-Person only:
Incompass Michigan Members: $199.00
Non Members: $249.00

Full Certificate Course if registering by July 1 (includes Workshop and Certificate Course) 40 hours:

Incompass Michigan Members $349.00
Nonmembers $399.00

If a participant completes the Workshop and then decides to add the additional 28-hour Certificate Course, session fees for the Certificate Course are $249 for members and $299 for non-members.

Please contact Katie Kinde with any questions at

Incompass Michigan is a statewide network of comprehensive human service providers working together to develop independence and achieve inclusive communities.

TransCen, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving educational and employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Our work is driven by the belief that there is a job for everyone who wants one, regardless of the nature of their disability, or other barriers to employment, their need for workplace support and accommodation, or economic circumstance. Our associates develop, implement, and research innovative practices regarding school-to-adult life transition, career and workforce development, and inclusive community participation

Advocacy, public policy, education and training of community rehabilitation personnel to enhance employment outcomes of persons with disabilities

  1. Advocacy: promoting national personnel standards and quality services for individuals with disabilities
  2. Public policy: promoting the employment and training of qualified personnel in community rehabilitation programs
  3. Education and training: based on a set of competencies to provide consistency and quality across the nation


  • primary focus is on training and education of community rehabilitation personnel
  • seeks to improve outcomes and quality of life for persons with disabilities who receive community-based rehabilitation services by increasing the competence of personnel and quality of service they provide
  • seeks to increase the effectiveness of community rehabilitation programs to work in partnership with persons with disabilities to achieve meaningful employment outcomes
  • pursues collaborative relationships with national and state rehabilitation organizations and education and training programs to further develop needed service resources
  • seeks to improve the outcomes from community rehabilitation services by working collaboratively to enhance public policy and funding

Employment Services Certificate

The Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) awards nationally recognized Certificates of Achievement to providers of employment services to people with disabilities. This Certificate documents that the provider has satisfactorily completed a minimum of 40 hours of training or professional development provided by an ACRE-approved training resource.

Policy on Masks and other Preventative Measures:

Incompass Michigan is committed to the health and safety of all attendees, exhibitors and staff. We acknowledge that the policies and protocols of the host venue, as well as local regulations and CDC guidance, may shift before our June event. Because these factors are frequently changing, we will continue to update this page as new guidance is developed.

By registering for this training, you agree to follow all local and Incompass Michigan event safety protocols in place at the time of the event. You also voluntarily accept the inherent risk of exposure to communicable diseases and agree to not hold Incompass Michigan or its representatives liable for any illness related to that risk. Registered attendees will be notified of any changes to this policy.

COVID-19 Community Levels are a tool established by the CDC to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. We will expect attendees to take precautions to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in the area where the event will be held.

What Prevention Steps Should You Take Based on Your COVID-19 Community Level?




People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask. Masks are required on public transportation and may be required in other places by local or state authorities.

If you are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease, learn more about how to protect yourself with additional CDC recommendations for each COVID-19 Community Level.


Please click here for non-COVID related event policies.


Contact with questions. 

Having issues? Click here, and scroll down to see our FAQ on registration and accommodations. 

"No-Shows" will not be eligible for a refund. If you register and are unable to attend, please contact Katie Kinde at least one week before the event. All of our event policies can be accessed by clicking here.

Refund requests are subject to a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be given 2 weeks before the event begins. Substitutions for those who attend are permitted with prior notice.

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Online Workshop Only - Incompass Member
11 Apr 2023
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Online Workshop Only - Non Member 10 Apr 2023 $199.00
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Full Certificate Course - Non Member 10 Apr 2023 $399.00
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