Professional Development and Training For Disability Employment Support

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Customised Employment – CDERP Certified Professional (CCEP) ©

This certificate provides 120 hours of comprehensive training in Customised Employment and Discovery designed to meet the needs of employment professionals delivering employment services with fidelity to practice evidence. The program is detailed and provides an understanding of Customised Employment practices using the contextualised version of Discovery developed specifically for the Australian setting. The program has been developed and extensively used in Australia to ensure that it meets our funding settings for disability employment practice.


Customised Employment – Stage Four. Families, Benefit Planning and Self-Employment

This credential builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in Customised Employment stage 3. The focus is on understanding how to fund the employment journey, the various supports to consider, the role of benefits planning, along with how to engage families in the employment process. Families are crucial to employment success.

The course can be taken as a stand-alone program.


Customised Employment – Stage Three. Job Development, Employers and Career Support

In this credential, you will build on the knowledge and skills acquired in Customised Employment stage 2. The focus is on unmet needs in the workplace, matching the participant’s skills and interests to the business culture and setting. By understanding the unmet needs and culture of the business you can create conditions of mutuality in the workplace that meets the participant's ideal conditions of employment while addressing an identified business need.

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Customised Employment and Discovery Overview

This short course provides a brief introduction to Customised Employment and Discovery. This includes fundamental principles, key characteristics, links with NDIS employment strategy and pricing guide and information about what our programs deliver.

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Person-Centred Employment Practice

Develop an understanding of person-centred practice as it is applied in disability employment at an individual and service provider level.


Individual Place and Support for Employment Professionals

Designed for employment consultants who wish to deliver IPS in non-clinical settings where mental health support isn't readily available.


Engaging with Employers – Building an Alliance of Mutuality

Gain insight into the employer perspective about what they need from employment services.

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Job Development – Disability Employment

This course will take you through the six stages of job development and a basic understanding of systematic instruction.

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Glide In (School to Work Transition)

Glide In is an innovative transition from school program focusing on building the capacity to self-determine and self-advocate.


Job Analysis

Job Analysis is the systematic study of a job, a critical skillset essential for job development.


Job Carving

Job Carving creates employment opportunities for people with barriers to employment.

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Task Analysis

Task Analysis (TA) is the breaking down of complex or "chained" skills into smaller components to teach a skill.


Individual Employment Practice Models

Explore two accepted approaches to individualised employment support; Individual Place and Support, and Customised Employment.


Customised Employment Stage One – Discovery

Customised Employment: Stage One introduces the origins of Customised Employment and Discovery, along with starting Discovery Stage One. Completely revised for 2024.


Customised Employment Stage Two – Discovery

Customised Employment Stage Two completes the basic training in Discovery and equips you with the skills and knowledge to undertake Discovery. You will develop the capacity to understand the client and create a vocational pathway to guide job development, while engaging with employers.


Work Experience

This course is designed to illuminate the myriad benefits of work experience while emphasising its instrumental role in bolstering client capabilities and competencies. 

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Certified Disability Employment Specialist

The CDERP Certified Disability Employment Specialist has the knowledge and capacity to meet the demanding needs of a multi-focused disability employment system that demands an understanding of open and supported disability employment systems.


The Employment Counsellor

This course is designed to give employment specialists an understanding of counselling, the underpinning skills and knowledge to apply the skills in day-to-day employment practice. Employment Counselling skills are essential knowledge and tools to support clients with barriers to employment.


Social Capital and Employment

Social capital is an essential resource critical for connecting people with job opportunities.


Self Determination and Career Planning

The capacity to self-determine underpins good job and career design. This course supports you to acquire valuable skills to support client outcomes.


Introduction to Self-Advocacy: Empowering Voices in Australia

Self-Advocacy Basics provides an overview of self-advocacy, starting with its history and going through practice elements that you can use to support a client in developing the capacity to self-advocate.


Customised Employment and Models of Disability

This short course provides an understanding of Customised Employment and the various models of disability, along with their impact on practice.


Customised Employment – Discovery Professional

The CDERP Customised Employment – Discovery Professional program is the next evolution in person-centred employment practice. We’ve taken what we’ve learned from practice and research and evolved Discovery to meet your needs and those of the people we work with, as well as the disability employment systems that support what we do.


Motivation – Theory and Practice

We explore how the principles of motivation are applied in the context of employment practice. Whether it's designing incentive systems to boost employee performance, fostering a motivating work environment, or understanding the role of intrinsic and extrinsic rewards, we harness the power of motivation in driving productivity, engagement, and job satisfaction.


Mindfulness – Work and Life

Understanding mindfulness can be invaluable for job seekers as it equips them with essential tools and skills to manage stress, stay focused, build resilience, communicate effectively, and navigate the complexities of the job search process with confidence and clarity.


Recovery Coaching

In this short course, we will explore the origins, models, and practical applications of recovery coaching specifically tailored to individuals with mental illness.


Disability Employment Basics 101 Annual Subscription

"Disability Employment Basics 101," a resource designed for professional disability employment support.

What Our Students Have to Say

“I found the content of the course very thorough and felt it covered all necessary bases. I honestly don’t really have any suggestions or feedback other than that we really enjoyed it and felt it was really helpful. We particularly liked all the resources and visuals which we could use to be able to create our own documentation in the near future.”
ADE Operations Manager - Windarring
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, Australia
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