IDDSI Competencies Training

From Basic to Champion – An education series for professionals that develops and refines skills on multiple facets of the IDDSI diet

Objective

To educate and train individuals on the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) based upon their required level of understanding.

IDDSI Competencies – The 4 Tiers

Each competency will be taught and evaluated by an individual with a champion IDDSI understanding.

Materials and requirements for each competency can be found below on each of the tier pages and in the Master Resources list.

Tier 1: Basic Level

For: Individuals NOT preparing or serving IDDSI foods/drinks.

Examples: Administrator, patient/resident, PT/OT, social services, non-direct care staff, and/or family members.

Competency Structure:

  1. Required learning materials (see Tier 1: Basic Level Scoring Sheet)
  2. General Knowledge Quiz

Tier 2: Intermediate Level

For: Individuals involved with SERVING IDDSI foods/drinks.

Examples: Patient/resident/family, nursing assistants, dietary aides, activities.

Competency Structure:

  1. Completion of Tier 1: Basic Level
  2. Additional required learning materials (see Tier 2: Intermediate Scoring Sheet)
  3. Tier 2 Specific Skills Testing and Quiz

Tier 3: Advanced Level

For: Individuals involved with PREPARING IDDSI foods/drinks.

Examples: Cooks, SLP (Speech Language Pathologist), nursing, patient/resident/family.

Competency Structure:

  1. Completion of Tiers 1 and 2
  2. Additional required learning materials (see Tier 3: Advanced Level Scoring Sheet)
  3. Tier 3 Specific Skills Testing and Quiz

Tier 4: Champion Level

For: Individuals overseeing the IDDSI program and training others.

Examples: include CDM (Certified Dietary Manager), RD (Registered Dietitian), SDC (Staff Development Coordinator), SLP (Speech Language Pathologist)

Competency Structure:

  1. Completion of Tiers 1-3
  2. Additional required learning materials (see Tier 4: Champion Level Scoring Sheet)
  3. Full understanding of IDDSI.org and where to find resources, updates, etc.
  4. IDDSI Website Navigation Quiz
  5. Tier 4 Comprehensive Skills Testing

A competency completion Score Sheet for each tier achieved is to be completed and reviewed by an IDDSI Champion before including in an employee personnel file.