Aloha! Thank you for your interest in the Benefits Planning Certificate Training Program. The Benefits Planning Certificate Training Program is sponsored by Department of Health Developmental Disabilities Division (DDD), and provided by University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies (CDS).

The purpose of the Benefits Planning Certificate Training is to increase capacity and the availability of Benefits Planners in State of Hawaii. This training program leads to a Certificate of Benefits Practitioner, upon successful completion of the 5-day on-site training, online examination as well as a case file review. The timeline below will provide an illustration of the process. After earning your certificate, you will be required to take part in a benefits counseling presentation and two (2) formal mentoring sessions with CDS staff.

Please click here for the DDD Benefits Planning Certificate Training Flyer.

Please note that participation in the Benefits Planning Certificate Training is a long term commitment. The Benefits Planning Certificate Training program will begin in February 2018 and end in July 2018.


  • January 26, 2018: Application Deadline
  • February 2, 2018: Applicants Notified
  • February 26, 2018 to March 2, 2018: 5-Day On-site Training
  • March 5, 2018 to March 16, 2018: 2-Week Study Period
  • March 19, 2018 to March 23, 2018: Examination Period
  • March 26, 2018 to May 4, 2018: Case Review and Benefits Counseling Presentation
  • May 2018 to July 2018: Mentoring Sessions
  • Completion

The following table shows the estimated time requirement to complete each component of the training program:

ActivityEstimated Time Requirement
5-day On-site Training40 hours
2-week Study Period10 - 20 hours
1-week Online Examination15 - 20 hours
Case Review20 - 40 hours
Benefits Counseling Presentation1 - 2 hours
Mentoring Sessions2-4 hours per session


You can download the application form here. Application is due January 26, 2018. We may contact you for clarification on your application. Applicants that are selected will be notified by February 2, 2018.

We will contact accepted applicants to notify the training venue, make travel arrangements (for neighbor island applicants), and request for accommodations.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies
Attn: Hire Abilities Hawaii
1410 Lower Campus Road, Building 171F
Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-9529
Fax: (808) 956-7750 (Attention: Hire Abilities Hawaii)
Email: [email protected]