Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I get certified?

 Individuals serving as Qualified Intellectual Disability Professionals (QIDPs, also known as QDDPs, QMRPs, and case managers) frequently function as key staff members in the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities, regardless of setting or community.  Historically, guidelines from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require only that QIDPs have a degree in a human service field and one year experience, and many states have no additional training requirements beyond this minimal federal standard. 

Given their range of responsibilities, it is essential that QIDPs have knowledge of the best, most promising practices, as well as an understanding of the basic principles of quality services and supports.  The QIDP Certification Program provides this training and offers a nationally-recognized learning curriculum relevant across states and service populations.  This signature credential 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.

 How much does it cost?

The NAQ certification course is available for a reasonable cost of $950.00 (includes the application fee and all coursework).  Note that the required NAQ membership of $55.00 is not included in this total.  Some employers may be willing to assist you with payment under tuition reimbursement programs, subject to availability of funds and company policies.

How long is the certification period?

QIDP certification is valid for four years.  After four years, a recertification fee of $100.00 and 36 CEUs (18 of which must be completed in the 1st 2 years and 18 of which must be completed in the 2nd 2 years) are required.  NAQ reserves the right to modify certification requirements at any time, as long as candidates are provided with advanced notice of those changes.