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ESO Certification

“Employment services organization” means an organization that provides community-based employment services to individuals with disabilities that is an approved Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited vendor of the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.

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To apply for ESO Certification, you will need to:

  1. Complete an ESO Certification Application, found here:
  2. Get the ESO Application notarized.
  3. Collect copies of the Required Supporting Documentation, list below:
    • Copy of Certification letter or Certificate from Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
    • Copy of Certification letter or Certificate from CARF
    • Copy of IRS Form 990 of most current year
    • Copy of Organization By-laws
  4. Click on the link below to go to the Application Portal:
  5. Follow the Directions on that page for Registering, or if you have already registered in the new Application Portal, log in with your username and password
  6. Click “+Add New Application”
  7. If you already have a certification record tracking number for your application that does not include “ESO-“:
    1. Click “Yes” when it asks “Has your firm ever applied for SWaM or DBE certification in the past?”
    2. Enter the Tax ID and certification number that was previously associated with your application and click Submit
      • -Otherwise-
    3. If you already have a certification record tracking number for your application that does include “ESO-“, click “No” when it asks “Has your firm ever applied for SWaM or DBE certification in the past?”
  8. Click on the edit icon (pencil) on the green side of your business’ application in your Application Queue or if you answered “No” to “Has your firm ever applied for SWaM or DBE certification in the past?”, you will go straight to filling out the application information
  9. Select ESO from the Certification types and fill out the rest of the online application information, then click Next
    • If Next cannot be clicked, click the Save button, enter an update reason in the box that pops up (i.e., apply for certification, reapply, etc.), Submit, then the Next button will be able to be clicked
  10. Upload all of the required documents to their respective Upload sections and click Submit or Resubmit
Address:
101 N. 14th Street, 11th Floor Richmond, VA 23219
Phone:
1(804) 786-6585
Email:
sbsd@sbsd.virginia.gov
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