Profectum Registered Developmental Technician (PRDT) Course

Starting this September!


What is a Profectum Registered Developmental Technician?

A Profectum Registered Developmental Technician (PRDT™) is a paraprofessional who has completed the Profectum curriculum and passed a final exam in the DIR® and FCD approach. PRDT™’s assist in delivering developmental services under the direction and close supervision of a DIR® or DIR-FCD certified clinician or educator, who is responsible for all work PRDT™’s perform. PRDT™ training was developed to provide quality training to individuals who support clinicians and educators in the home, school, and clinical settings. 

The role of a PRDT™ is to implement the goals of a developmental program identified by their certified supervisor. PRDT™’s are trained in the principles and strategies of the DIR® model, but are not qualified to do assessments, set goals, or supervise others. To maintain a PRDT™ Certificate of Completion, individuals must be employed by and working under a certified supervisor in a school, clinic, or home program. 

The Profectum Registered Developmental Technician Certificate of Completion confirms that you have met the requirements of the course and passed the final exam. 

Advanced Levels / Micro-Credentials may be acquired by meeting additional requirements.

Why should you become a Profectum Registered Developmental Technician?

There are many benefits to becoming a PRDT™, including:

  • It shows that you have met certain requirements that are critical in delivering supportive developmental services.
  • You will acquire state-of-the-art training tailored to the population you serve.
    • We understand the principles and strategies of working in different settings, and with varying ages of children can change dramatically. Therefore, we provide a choice of webcasts tailored to your needs, including: 
      • Early Intervention, Clinics, and Home Programs
      • Pre-K and Elementary School
      • Middle School and High School
      • Adult Programs
  • You will learn skills to effectively and ethically collaborate with parents and co-workers to improve intervention outcomes for the individuals you work with
  • Your certificate of completion is issued by Profectum Foundation, a widely recognized and respected leading DIR® and FCD training organization
  • In obtaining your certificate of completion, you are able to be listed on Profectum’s Professional Directory as a PRDT™. Additional credentials can be obtained and listed in the directory.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old. 
  • Have completed high school-level education or equivalent. 
  • Be working with individuals with developmental needs in early intervention, clinics, schools and home programs who are in Pre-K and Elementary School, Middle and High School and Adult Program settings.

How to Get Started

  • Download and review the PRDT Course Manual [ link to manual ]
  • Submit your application. [ link to application ]
  • Register and pay for the course. [ Coming this September ]
    • Individuals: $250
    • Groups of 5-10: $200
    • Groups of 11+: $150

The PRDT course is open to individuals and groups. You can start the self-guided course at any time!

Paraprofessionals may go through the course and join other paraprofessional students in the monthly online classes. Groups of 10 or more from schools, agencies, and clinics follow the same curriculum but have the option of scheduling their own monthly online classes.

Course Completion Criteria

You must have completed specific requirements including passing the PRDT™ final exam. These requirements were established to ensure that entry-level developmental technicians have obtained the knowledge necessary for delivering developmental and educational support services under the supervision of a qualified supervisor. 

  • Meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Complete the required coursework and quizzes within a 4-month period. If requested and approved, you could take an additional 2-months to complete coursework and online classes.
  • Attended four, 2-hour online classes within a 4-month period. If requested and approved, you could take an additional 2-months to complete coursework and online classes.
  • Successfully pass the PRDT™ final exam

Bi-Annual Certificate Renewal Process/Maintenance

To renew your PRDT Certificate of Completion, you must:

  • Receive ongoing supervision that meets the PRDT™ supervision, supervisor, and self-reporting requirements as applicable. Review the course manual for details.
  • Complete surveys listing the school or agency you are employed by and confirmation of your supervision hours if applicable. Review the course manual for details.
  • Adhere to the PRDT™ Code of Ethics.
  • Complete a PRDT™ renewal application every 2 years.
  • Pass a PRDT™ renewal exam.
  • Submit a $75 renewal fee.

Advanced Levels / Micro-Credentials Criteria

PRDT Level 2 Micro-Credential:

  • View the Profectum Parent Toolbox© webcast series
  • Complete and pass quizzes
  • Fee $50

PRDT Level 3 Micro-Credential:

  • View the DIR-FCD Goal Bank© webcast series
  • Complete and pass quizzes
  • Fee $135  (Includes access to the DIR-FCD Goal Bank) 

20 Supervision Hours Micro-Credential:

  • Complete 20 hours of online supervision sessions after you pass your initial final exam
  • Fee for each 2-hour online supervision session is $40

Important Disclaimer

Completing the PRDT™️ course and passing the final exam allows you to add your profile to the Profectum Provider Directory. As a PRDT™️ you must be supervised by a certified teacher or licensed clinical professional who is responsible for the assessments, goals setting, and program management of any individuals you work with. Your role as a PRDT™️ is to carry out direct intervention or support intervention under the direction and monitoring of this supervisor.

This course has not been submitted for approval for training credit to any national, state, or local entities. If you wish to use this course to meet a mandated training requirement, please check with those regulators to ensure it meets their requirements prior to beginning the course. Your PRDT™️ Certificate of Completion must be renewed bi-annually by meeting continuing education and supervision requirements.

Technology Considerations

To make our training available to as broad a group as possible regardless of geography or time zones, Profectum uses video streaming and video conferencing as our standard technology tools. The course relies on you watching webcasts on your own and joining class discussions using video conferencing.  You will need a relatively modern PC/MAC and modern broadband internet access.  While Wi-fi can work if your home/office has excellent connectivity, a wired internet connection to your PC/MAC is highly recommended.

Profectum Foundation reserves the right to modify course descriptions and requirements as needed.