Information for Independent Providers

An independent provider is a self-employed person who provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

  • Independent providers must be certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
  • And they provide those services directly; they cannot employ someone else to provide services on their behalf.

Interested in becoming an Independent Provider?

Download a PDF Copy of These Steps

Step 1: Complete the Independent Provider Orientation

  • The orientation takes about 20 minutes to complete.
  • This interactive overview is required before beginning Provider Certification.
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Step 2: Gather your documents

You will need the following documents:

  • Verification of age: All provider applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma/GED: Except for persons who held provider certification or who were employed by a certified agency provider on September 30, 2009
  • State Identification: Valid driver's license or other government-issued photo identification
  • Social Security Card: A copy will be required with your application
    Need a new, corrected or replacement card? Some businesses offer Social Security name changes or cards for a fee. Social Security provides those services and more for free. 
  • Current report from the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII): Your County Board of Developmental Disabilities can assist you in finding local organizations that offer BCII and FBI criminal background checks
    Find more organizations that offer Web Check  on the Ohio Attorney Generals' website.
  • First Aid Certification: Valid American Red Cross or equivalent certification in First Aid
    In-person training required Find an American Red Cross First Aid training near you.
  • CPR Certification: Valid American Red Cross or equivalent certification in CPR – In-person training required Find an American Red Cross CPR training near you.
  • Provider Initial Certification Training: Evidence of completion of the required eight hour initial provider training – This may include a certificate provided upon completion of all eight hours of Initial Provider training.

Step 3: Create an account

Request a new provider account  with DODD by entering your contact information.


Independent providers renew their DODD provider certification every three years. Follow these steps to renew your certification.