What is Stride?

Stride is considered the first step in training for a career in the Disability Service Sector. This in-house training provides Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to promote choice, independence, and quality of life for the people they support. In order to provide this training to your staff, your organization must first have a certified Stride Trainer.

History of Stride

From 2000 – 2019, SARC provided Basic Skills Training, or BST, to Direct Support Professionals in the Disability Service sector. However, as processes, best practices, and supports evolved within the sector, SARC identified that updates and changes to this program were needed, and underwent a lengthy review and revision of content. Part of that update was the recognition that were was nothing ‘basic’ about the comprehensive training being provided to DSPs, so the name of the training was also changed to Stride – Expertise in Disability Service. This program is intended for people who are committed to a career in the Disability Service sector.


What you can expect from Stride:

  • A blended learning approach where learning will consist of both online and in-person components.
  • A new platform that is easy to use.
  • Revised and updated content to reflect best practices and language in the Disability Service sector.

Although some things will be new, some things will remain the same, such as:

  • Trainers will continue to support Learners and have administrative requirements for the program.
  • Modules will continue to be competency-based.
  • The hands-on demonstration of knowledge learned will continue to be an integral component of the program.

Taking Stride is part of a DSPs path to expertise in the Disability Service sector.

How to Become a Stride Trainer

In order to enroll Learners to take Stride, your organization must first have a Stride Trainer.

In order to become a Stride Trainer, you must complete two steps.

Step 1: Enroll in and take the Stride Train-the-Trainer course online, which should take you approximately four hours to complete.

Step 2: Complete the online Stride Training. This allows you to become familiar with the content and process, before training the Direct Support Professionals, or DSPs in your organization. After all, how can you train something unless you’ve gone through it yourself?

Upon successfully completing both of these steps, you will receive your Stride Trainer Certification. Once you are a Stride Trainer, you must train:

  • A minimum of one group of Learners within the first year of your certification.
  • A minimum of one group of Learners every two years following, in order to maintain your Trainer status.

If you are unable to meet this requirement, your access to the Trainer portal will be suspended, and you will be required to take the Stride training again to be re-certified as a Trainer.

After you have completed the steps above, you will be able to enroll Learners into Stride.

Pricing for Stride is as follows:

Learner Registration

  • SARC Members: $300
  • Other Organizations:$395 plus GST

Trainer Registration

  • SARC Members: $350
  • Other Organizations: $435 plus GST

If you are a COMPASS eligible organization, make sure to use your COMPASS promo/coupon code at checkout to access the training at no-cost.

What are the benefits of training Stride at your organization?

  • It builds employee knowledge that is based on choice, dignity, and respect for the individuals your organization supports.
  • The program is skill based, hands-on, and appeals to the various adult learning styles.
  • The evaluation components consist of written comprehension, application, attitude, and skill.
  • The training builds staff confidence and promotes success.
  • It is offered completely in-house.
  • The material can be augmented with information specific to your organization.
  • It is a COMPASS eligible program – Learners and Trainers from COMPASS eligible organizations are able to access this training at no cost.
  • Trainer support is available through SARC.
  • Upon the successful completion of Stride, Saskatchewan Polytechnic will grant ten credit units in the Disability Support Worker Certificate Program to both Trainers and Learners.
  • Providing professional development to your staff, leads to higher retention of employees.

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  • "The Stride Training will help ensure that Direct Support Professionals are trained to the highest degree so that the people we support are supported in a caring and professional way."

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