Core Knowledge Curriculum (CKC)

The CKC is the first comprehensive online learning program focused solely on disability management and leaves of absence in the workplace.


As the gap in disability management learning resources was identified, we began investigating the possibility of offering a curriculum for current and prospective practitioners. That process led to the development of the CDMS Core Knowledge Curriculum or CKC for short.

Subject-matter experts, handpicked for their experience and expertise, created this resource for their colleagues' use and the future of the profession. In collaboration with CDMS leadership, Spring Consulting Group LLC and COPE & Associates developed the case-based curriculum design and online delivery platform.

Although we do not endorse any particular study materials or preparation courses, the CDMS leadership realized a need to provide disability management professionals with educational material to deepen their understanding of the field.

Pathway to ADMS Designation

The CDMS CKC opens the door to disability management professionals who do not meet the eligibility criteria for CDMS certification. It paves the way for achieving ADMS designation.

Those applying for CDMS certification may find the CKC a useful supplement in their preparation for the exam.

Please Note: Some may use CKC to supplement their preparation for the CDMS certification exam, however completion of the CKC does not guarantee a passing grade on the exam.

Core Knowledge Curriculum (CKC)

Implemented in 2011, the CKC consists of an introductory module and four domain modules, each reflecting an area of practice identified in the CDMS Commission's 2009 Role & Function Study. These areas of practice have recently been confirmed in the 2014 Role & Function Study.

  • Introductory Module: Introduction to Core Competencies
  • Module 1: Domain for Disability and Work Interruption Case Management
  • Module 2: Domain for Workplace Intervention for Disability Prevention
  • Module 3: Domain for Program Development, Management, and Evaluation
  • Module 4: Domain for Employment Leaves and Benefits Administration

Each curriculum module consists of skill tools, interactive exercises, and case studies. Pre- and post-tests assess knowledge and measure improvement. For more information on the modules/domains, review the ADMS Guide for Candidate Designation and Renewal or the CKC practice domains.

Easy Access, Self-Paced Study

The CKC may be purchased through the CDMS online store. Once purchased, online access to the CKC is available for 120 days, offering you the flexibility to study at your own pace.

Additional Learning Modules Offering CEs

CDMS offers continuing education through the Core Knowledge Curriculum (CKC)CDMS Aging and ADAAA/IDM/FMLA learning modules as well as the Webinar Recordings on these subjects.

In addition, the Commission does have additional educational opportunities through CCMC's CMLearning Network