Hadley - NABM Business Enterprise Program Licensee Training (BEPLT)

Hadley'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. Hadley offers the online portion of this program exclusively to state licensing agency staff, current Randolph-Sheppard vendors, and those seeking to become Randolph-Sheppard vendors once a state agency has paid the National Association of Blind Merchants (NABM) and approval is obtained from NABM.

What is the Hadley - NABM BEPLT?

The BEPLT consists of a series of 12 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.

Who can enroll?

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.

How much does it cost?

There is no direct cost to any enrollee.

  • For Randolph-Sheppard vendor trainees, the referring State Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor authorizes and pays a fee of $3,499.00 per trainee to the National Association of Blind Merchants (NABM) for enrollment.
  • State Licensing Agency (SLA) staff and licensed Randolph-Sheppard vendors are also encouraged to complete the training. If you are an SLA staff member or a current Randolph-Sheppard vendor, you may enroll in either the full BEPLT package or in individual BEPLT modules. For enrollment in the full package, the SLA pays the full fee to NABM. For enrollment in individual modules, the SLA pays a fee of $500 per module to NABM.

In any of the above cases, Hadley will enroll students once NABM confirms the receipt of payment.

How are modules taught?

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.

Learn more about the Hadley - NABM BEPLT modules

How to enroll?

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.

BEPLT Academic Achievement Disclosure

Since 2015, 165 students have successfully completed all BEPLT modules and passed the final examinations. The program currently has over a 95% completion rate and has scored over 95% in satisfaction ratings on its student evaluations.

This program is accredited by the Distance Education and Accrediting Commission (DEAC).