The Minnesota Department of Human Services, in an effort to support individuals, families, providers and community members, provides access to free and low-cost online training courses through DirectCourse. Through a partnership with the University of Minnesota and Elsevier, DHS provides access to:
College of Direct Support (unlimited)
Person-Centered Counseling Program (unlimited)
College of Employment Services (limited access)
College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving (full)
College of Recovery and Community Inclusion (full)
What is DirectCourse?
Direct Course is an online staff-training resource for your agency built on the latest research. It is a high-quality resource for people with disabilities who want to have a more self-directed life. It provides customized and accessible training for individuals and agencies. Read more about DirectCourse and its online classes at the DirectCourse web site (external link).
What does it cost?
With DirectCourse, people can access training 24 hours a day and complete courses at their own pace. This makes it more cost-effective than traditional classroom training. For providers, cost is based on how many people they serve. Cost is free for small providers, social service professionals, people with disabilities, their families and state, county and tribal employees. More information about cost is available in the cost tab for each of the course areas.
What makes DirectCourse different?
Courses are competency-based and available online
DirectCourse helps to train staff to improve the lives of the people they work with and support, while meeting compliance requirements and reducing liability
Courses go through a rigorous development process with nationally recognized experts
By discussing options with a learning administrator, learners are able to select which courses they want to take, allowing for individualized learning opportunities.
Find out More
Visit the pages below to find out more about the free and low-cost DirectCourse online classes: