Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired's Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship and the National Association of Blind Merchants and National Federation of the Blind's Entrepreneurs Initiative (NABM/NFBEI) are pleased to offer a national curriculum consisting of online business modules specifically designed to train people who are blind or visually impaired to become Randolph-Sheppard vendors.
The BEPLT consists of a series of 11 Hadley online business modules, that cover the classroom portion of Business Enterprise Program training. The online curriculum is meant to maximize hands-on practice and to minimize classroom time. Trainees must earn a minimum grade of 75% to pass each module as well as to pass the cumulative final exam. Trainees will take the cumulative final exam after completing the final module in the series. Failure to earn a minimum of 75% in one module in the series or on the cumulative final exam will result in program termination. When a trainee completes the BEPLT, Hadley will notify NABM as well as the trainee's referring agency.
A vendor who wishes to transfer the BEPLT credential to another state should first contact the SLA in that state for consideration of the BEPLT credential. In order to ensure a comprehensive training experience, we recommend that the SLA provide hands-on training to supplement the BEPLT, as well as educate the vendor on local state regulations before issuing a license.
Candidates must meet the national eligibility requirements of the Randolph-Sheppard program and must understand modules written in English at the high school level in order to enroll. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors must refer and authorize each candidate to participate in the program. Before enrolling in the program, we recommend that candidates consider the following minimum requirements.
The tuition is $3,499.00 for each trainee. SLA staff are also encouraged to complete the training.
If you are a current Randolph-Sheppard vendor or a rehabilitation professional, you may enroll in individual BEPLT courses at a cost of $500.00 per course. Please contact Karen Woodfork at 847-784-2846 and ask to enroll in individual HIPS versions of courses under the BEPLT curriculum.
Before beginning the first module, a student must complete a short Entrance Assignment online. The Entrance Assignment is similar to many Hadley lesson assignments, and is a good orientation on how distance education works. Upon successfully completing the Entrance Assignment, a student will be automatically enrolled in the first module.
All modules are taught online only through distance education. Study anytime, anywhere. A credentialed instructor will grade each lesson assignment and provide feedback. The Hadley instructor is available through email and by a toll-free phone number to help with any course-related questions.
Candidates can complete the online student enrollment form; however, NABM must receive a signed authorization form from the referring Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor before a trainee can begin the course of study with Hadley. If you are a current Randolph-Sheppard vendor or rehabilitation professional wishing to enroll in individual modules, NABM must receive your payment prior to beginning your study.
Please submit the enrollment application ONLY if you are enrolling in your first NABM BEPLT module. When you are ready to enroll in another course or module, enroll by contacting the Student Services Department.