The QDDP / QIDP position provides direction, development and implementation, direct supervision and monitoring (observation and evaluation of staff implementing care, service plans & interacting with individuals receiving services) to the service provided. This position has responsibility for approving assessments and individual service plans or treatment plans to ensure that appropriate services are provided to meet the needs of the individuals serviced. They must have documented experience developing, conducting, and approving assessments and individual service plans treatment plan.


The QDDP / QIDP must possess at least one year of documented experience working directly with individuals who have intellectual disability or other developmental disabilities and one of the following credentials:  a doctor of medicine or osteopathy licensed in Virginia,  a registered nurse licensed in Virginia, or (completion of at least a bachelor's degree in a human services field.


The QDDP / QIDP requirements may be me with equivalent experience, defined as five years of paid experience in providing direction, development and implementation, direct supervision and monitoring (observation and evaluation of staff implementing care, service plans & interacting with clients) to the service provided.  


This course  provides advanced training and knowledge acquisition for people working with individuals with intellectual and / or developmental disabilities working as or interested in pursuing QDDP / QIDP crenentials . It is is based on the values and principles of person-centered planning, self determination, positive behavior support, family support, individual responsibility, and the prevention of abuse and neglect.

Individuals serving as Qualified Developmental Disability Professionals or Qualified Intellectual Disability Professionals function as key supports and advocates in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities.  


You are participating in QIDP training so that you may support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities effectively as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional. QIDPs are responsible for many tasks including ensuring that the people they serve receive individualized, appropriate, and person-centered services. 

This training is designed to give you an overview of the QIDP role as well as helpful tools, tips and resources. 

 This course describes guidelines for program development and monitoring; record keeping; behavior intervention; staff development; policies, procedures, and regulations; and what to do in a leadership role. 

The Core Competencies Checklist was developed by professionals with knowledge in best practices and in accordance with established orientation requirements for Virginia’s DD waivers per 12VAC30-120-515.  The three competency areas are: 

1. Demonstrates person-centered skills, values and attitudes.

 2. Understands and follows service requirements.

3. Demonstrates abilities that improve or maintain the health and wellness of those they support.

The focus of this course is the ability for the QDDP / QIDP  to meet the requirements of the DD waivers and to support individuals to have a life that includes what’s important TO each person based on his or her own desires and what’s important FOR each person in terms of health, safety and value in the community. 

 The QDDP / QIDP must perform their duties with the strongest possible commitment to personal and professional ethics and standards of conduct.  To assess, understand and support people in achieving important outcomes and goals in their lives, it is necessary to understand the responsibilities and values of one’s profession. 

This course provides a model for person-centered planning and the provision of person-centered supports; criteria for evaluating person-centered supports; and strategies for shifting power and control to people with developmental disabilities through the person-centered planning process.

This course describes the factors most frequently considered barriers to achieving goals and strategies to counter barriers. Describes basic strategies for achieving personal outcomes, effective instructional strategies for individuals with intellectual disabilities, the role of staff in facilitating learning. Explains task analysis, response chaining, shaping and other teaching techniques. Explains reinforcement techniques and other positive behavioral supports. 

WAMS Training for the QIDP

Training manual designed to help QDDPs / QIDPS work with team members to ensure that people with disabilities exceed expectations and lead enviable lives. Content includes strategies for building connections, understanding family expectations, identifying roles and responsibilities, and collaborative problem solving.