Six-hour DASA Training Required for New York State Certification:

As of January 1, 2014 New York State requires all individuals applying for certification to complete a six-hour course in DASA. This requirement applies to all New York State education-related certifications titles including teacher; teaching assistant; administration and coaching. (The coaching certification requirement applies to some, but not all coaches-coaches should speak with the state or their athletic director to determine if they need this course).

The six-hour training will cover many topics including identifying the characteristics of the bully and the bullied; overview of DASA regulations; reporting requirements; understanding the distinction between conflict and bullying; brain research related to bullying and cyber-bullying; bias and its effect on reporting; and the role of each educator in bullying prevention.

There will be two portions of the six-hour class. The first three hours will be offered online, and the last three hours will be offered in person from 8-11 a.m. at the Administrative Office Building on the third floor at 420 E. German St. in Herkimer (UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED). Until further notice the in person portion will be held virtually via a zoom meeting.

The upcoming dates for the three-hour, virtual portion of the course are 4-7 p.m. on the following dates in 2021: Jan. 25, May 3 and Aug. 11.

You need only to attend one in-person portion following the successful completion of the online portion of the course.

Directions to register and pay are as follows:

Registration: To register, please click HERE and search "DASA" for all available training. You must register through MyLearningPlan to reserve your space in the selected course.

Cost: Free for employees of Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES and component districts subscribing to the Health and Safety Service.

For all others: $90. Please make checks payable to Herkimer BOCES, and write "Dignity Act Certification Course" in the memo section. Please mail payment to:

Adam Hutchinson
Herkimer BOCES
Safety Service Coordinator
352 Gros Blvd.
Herkimer, NY 13350

At this time, we are only able to accept checks or money orders.

To be fully prepared to complete this course, PRIOR to attending the in-person portion, please log on to: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html. Choose: “I wish to proceed," choose a BIAS test - complete and bring the results with you to discuss during this course.


  • Christy Harlander (315-867-2034)
  • Sarah Trunfio (315-867-2201)

Upon completion of both portions of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. BOCES will upload the required completion information to the TEACH system, as per the NYSED requirements. In order for it to upload correctly you do need to have a TEACH account.

Questions Regarding DASA and Certification Requirements:

If you have questions about whether or not you need to take the DASA Training for your certification, you can contact the Regional Certification at ONC BOCES or the NYSED Office of Teaching. The Regional Certification Office serves as an extension of the Teacher Certification Division of the New York State Education Department. The office provides evaluative and consultant services to component school districts and HFHO BOCES on New York State teacher and coaching certification requirements.

Regional Certification Office - HFHO BOCES
Diana Cassidy, Regional Certification Specialist
Email: dcassidy@herkimer-boces.org
Phone: 315-867-2018
Fax: (315) 867-2002