CDERP College

CDERP College is where we translate our research and evidence driven focus into practice. Where Person-Centred Practice is real and not just a buzzword. Customised Employment, Discovery and Employment Counselling knowledge and skills to support meaningful employment outcomes. Evidence based, practice informed real world guidance and skills development. Self-paced online, face to face or live via Zoom, we can deliver world class training and development to you in a format that works for you. Need something special, choose from our extensive menu of lessons to create bespoke training to suit your purposes.

Customised Employment, Discovery and Employment Counselling Training               and Development

In an era where workplace diversity and inclusion are crucial, the demand for skilled professionals in disability employment support is undeniable. CDERP College stands out with its unique training and professional development programs, specifically designed for disability employment professionals, advocates, and families. These programs offer a comprehensive understanding of the field, equipping participants with the necessary skills to excel in their roles. At the core of our business ethos is a commitment to providing practical skills and knowledge essential for delivering person-centred services within the dynamic field of disability employment. Developed in collaboration with pioneering technical partners Griffin Hammis Associates and drawing upon insights from leading researchers, Work First NDIS Employment and service providers nationally and globally, our programs foster a sense of community and collaboration. This ensures that participants benefit from locally relevant content while leveraging the expertise garnered from a diverse array of international perspectives. Our programs are developed with practitioners, academics, families, and employers and are based on practice-informed research. We aren't people who spend our days admiring the problems; we do the work, feel it, and find solutions to make practice more effective.

Actionable Training

Evidence-based Practice Informed training that works everyday. We don't simply write and teach, we deliver it everyday through our Work First Employment program.

Learning that Builds Skills

Our training isn't about just passing a course to get some letters after your name. It's about building your knowledge and skills for the real world.


It's not just about theory; on demand mentoring and the Customised Employment Community of Practice ensure that you get real life support and timely mentoring from experts and peers alike.

Professional Development and Training For Disability Employment Advocates, Families and Consultants

Our programs stand as a beacon of excellence in the field. They serve as the premier resource for Customised Employment and Discovery Professionals seeking to elevate their practice to new heights. Founded on evidence-based practices and bolstered by real-world experience, our courses offer invaluable insights and strategies for navigating the complexities of disability employment support. With the development of our unique Employment Counselling program that supports a holistic approach to employment, we're at the forefront of evolving best practices. These developments underpin the Work First Way model of practice that is increasingly being adopted by service providers looking to deliver actual person-centred practice. With a focus on customisation and inclusivity, our leading-edge programs cater to the unique needs and aspirations of Open and Supported Employment Staff and Families. Whether you are embarking on a career in disability employment support or seeking to enhance your existing skills, our comprehensive curriculum ensures that you are equipped with the tools and confidence needed to make a meaningful impact in the lives of individuals with disabilities. By joining us, you are not just learning, but also becoming a catalyst for positive change in the disability employment landscape.

Our programs allow you to build the skills necessary to deliver meaningful employment services, particularly for people interested in delivering person-centred services with an emphasis on Customised Employment and Discovery. Based on the best available evidence for practice.

We offer you the opportunity to engage with up to date material and resources to make your learning journey easy and accessible. Our LMS is intuitive and well supported. Courses are complete with downable resources and video materials.

Our staff don’t just teach you new skills, they use them daily with clients, service providers, business and government.    Learn from people locally and internationally who have global experience and support  to nuance the training to our culture and context.

What Our Students Have to Say

I just finished the latest CDERP podcast and wanted to check in to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed the recent training sessions. It’s reinvigorated my interest in employment outcomes for people living with disability and reminded me why I started working in this field in the first place. Redefining purpose seems to benefit from these accidental moments, and while my current role only briefly scratches the surface, it has me thinking about the future again through a changed lens.
From Tasmania
I really enjoyed the CDERP course because of its person-centred approach to employment, which really aligns with my values. It looks at the person as a whole and aims to create a role with longevity and career development based on their particular skills and attributes. The course gives you a great understanding of the structure and steps involved in the customised employment process, but also allows for the flexibility and fluidity needed when dealing with individuals with complex needs. It was helpful to use real examples and being able to access the course facilitators for mentoring throughout the course has been really valuable.
From Perth
I am really enjoying the Customised Employment Course. It is easy to study, interesting and practical. If we go by the responses of the people I told about the Customised Employment, there is a demand for it in Kenya. I have so many questions about how this can be contextualised for a low income country with high unemployment rate, no disability benefits, difficulty finding jobs even for people with minor disabilities.
From Kenya
I just think that the impact of this first part of Discovery on you is quite significant and I would be right in saying that the outcomes that you would assume for clients would be so different to what you might have considered in the past.
Provider Staff Participant
From Canberra
I guess I never really appreciated how much a job means to guys like Billy. I just took it for granted and looked at it from a perspective of paying the bills and making an impact in small ways when I am allowed to. With this training I feel inspired and motivated to work on a different level and have a bigger impact at empowering people with a disability. Before Covid one night at soccer Billy comes up to me and tells me that he might have a job in a recycling yard. He seemed so proud and happy. I gave it some thought and felt a little flattered that he would share this good news with me and then well you know the story. On my informational interview with him I asked him how many friends he had apart from Tom at the soccer and he said "no one really" and that felt so sad. So to have the experience and training to be able to help him it almost brings a tear to me eye and I feel very blessed.
From Perth

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