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Domain 1 Application of Core Values and Principles to Practice

1A All people having the right to work and being entitled to equal access to employment in the general workforce (zero exclusion)
1B All people have the right to earn wages commensurate with wages earned by others in similar positions in similar industries in the general workforce
1C Disability etiquette
1D People First Language
1E Job seeker strengths, interests, and talents
1F Full inclusion in the general workforce
1G Self-determination and empowerment
1H Providing community-based services outside institutional, group, and pre-vocational settings
1I Involvement of job seeker in the employment process as a collaborative effort that includes paid and non-paid supports
1J Impact of employment services history on current practice
1K Legislation and regulations related to employment
1L Funding sources for employment services
Number of questions on the exam linked to Domain 1: 22

Domain 2 Individualized Employment and Career Planning

2A Counseling job seeker on rights and responsibilities, including rights to, and process of, disability disclosure
2B Practices unique to school-to-work
2C Rapid engagement of job seeker in the employment process
2D Limitations of traditional vocational evaluation for job seeker with significant disabilities
2E Motivational interviewing techniques
2F Interviews with job seeker and others familiar with his/her abilities and work history
2G Impact of job seeker demographic background
2H Reviewing job seeker information to identify the most important factors for successful employment
2I Familiarity with job seeker current daily routines and environments
2J Benefit analysis for job seeker
2K Strategies to support job seeker to become economically self-sufficient
2L Non-work needs that may impact successful employment (e.g., transportation, counseling, food assistance, financial housing)
2M Job seeker’s skills and talents, modes of communication, and preferred style of learning
2N Integration of relevant employment information into a vocational profile that reflect job seeker’s interests, goals, and aspirations
2O Community-based work assessment
2P Paid work trials and job tryouts
2Q Volunteering as a bridge to competitive, integrated employment
2R Job shadowing
2S Informational interviews
2T Self-employment resources for job seeker
2U Referrals to appropriate agencies, organizations, and networks based on career plans
2V Scope and limitation of funding sources for ongoing support
2W Access to community resources and supports (e.g., transportation, counseling, and additional benefits)
Number of questions on the exam linked to Domain 2: 31

Domain 3 Community Research and Job Development

3A Gathering and analyzing labor market information
3B Identifying patterns in job markets
3C Maintaining updated information on businesses, type of jobs available, and locations of jobs within the community
3D Developing and communicating effective marketing and messaging tools for employment
3E Explaining the scope of services provided by employment support professionals
3F Targeting message to specific audience
3G Using language and images that highlight abilities and interests of job seekers
3H Developing job seeker portfolios and visual resumes
3I Facilitating informational interviews with businesses
3J Sensitivity and awareness of workplace culture and climate
3K Strategies for job matching
3L Effective strategies for contacting and communicating with businesses
3M Employment proposals based on business and the job seeker's preferences
3N Responding to business' concerns about the job seeker's abilities and interests
3O Responding to business' concerns about the job seeker's disabilities
3P Incentives to businesses when hiring a job seeker with disabilities (e.g., tax credits, on-the-job training, diversity goals)
Number of questions on the exam linked to Domain 3: 22

Domain 4 Workplace and Related Supports

4A Communicating with job seeker/employee and integrating natural and paid supports
4B Impact of earned income on benefits
4C Transportation for work
4D Collaborating with housing/residential staff
4E Gathering clear job expectations from businesses
4F Preparing and coordinating for the first day on the job
4G Developing and implementing a job analysis
4H Ensuring the employee is provided typical employer orientation/training
4I Ensuring introduction of employee to co-workers
4J Supporting the employee to meet employer expectations
4K Fostering co-worker relationships and workplace connections
4L Supporting the employee through the employer’s training process and adapting if needed
4M Recognizing and adapting supports to individual learning styles and needs
4N Baseline assessment from a task analysis
4O Formal educational programs and apprenticeships
4P Supporting the employee to understand and follow employer's policies and procedures
4Q Ensuring the employee receives job performance feedback from the employer
4R Use of data collection to monitor job performance
4S Collaborating with employee, employer, co-workers, and support team to develop and implement a plan and strategies for fading supports
4T Adapting and recommending accommodations to support job performance
4U Promoting the use of universal design principles
4V Impact on benefits as earned income changes and ongoing access to benefits counseling (e.g., Community Work Incentive Coordinators)
4W Collaboration with the employee, employer, and natural supports to ensure successful employment
4X Support the employee for job and/or career advancement
Number of questions on the exam linked to Domain 4: 40
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