Roadmap to Developing a Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Competency Training Program

QWE Practice Guideline: 311 – Progressive: Create community-based infrastructure where none previously existed to enhance opportunities for employees with disabilities

Target group: Any organization employing and/or supporting individuals with disabilities

Practice Description

Competitive integrated employment (CIE) competency training infrastructure to develop and implement for professionals that will be providing CIE services

Resources Needed

Subject matter experts/trainers

  • Staff or consultant with knowledge and experience leading CIE-focused training programs


  • Space for offering trainings
  • Computer and internet access

Labor hours

  • Time for staff to implement and monitor a CIE Competency Training program
    • Time to connect with community supports
    • Time to collaborate and locate funding opportunities


  • Consider ways to redeploy existing resources
  • Connect with local partners and stakeholders

Implementation Process


  • To Note: This program was originally developed for University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities centers, but can be used by any organization looking to provide CIE competency training
  • Begin by reviewing CIE-related trainings that are already offered by your organization and what is accessible in your community
    • Utilize the Key Questions to ask located on page 2 of the Roadmap document linked below
  • Create an internal training team that will guide the development and implementation of the program
  • Establish the purpose of creating your CIE competency training program
    • Why do you want to provide this program?
    • Who will you be serving?
  • Develop a project plan with actions items that can be completed within 3, 6, and 12 months
    • Utilize the question list on page 3 of the Roadmap document linked below
  • Connect with local partners that can support and offer resources
    • Develop a list of key stakeholders, remembering to consider CIE service funding partners, the public education system, and vocational rehabilitation departments
  • The Roadmap document can be found here.


  • SOPs
    • Policies and procedures for implementing and maintaining the program
  • Training
    • Staff training for implementing and maintaining the program
    • Continuing education opportunities for staff leading the trainings



  • Access to trained supports that can help identify CIE opportunities


  • Increased CIE offerings
  • Increased collaboration with local community

NPA: Disability Employment Technical Assistance Center
Date Submitted: 2022

Resources: Quality Work Environment Workbook