Got Questions? We Have Answers.
Posted Thursday, November 17, 2016 by Shelly Nye
Eager to hear more about the upcoming trainer qualification process and approval criteria? We are, too! We know change and the “unknown” can be tough, which is why we’re providing you with ongoing updates. The Registry team has been hard at work creating a framework of criteria all with the goal of creating better outcomes for children through the delivery of high quality training, by highly qualified trainers. The criteria has been vetted through the Trainer Criteria Workgroup and the Registry Advisory Committee and will be unveiled in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we hope this basic information will help lessen some of the understandable jitters these upcoming changes are creating.
Two separate categories of trainers have been created: Early Childhood Trainer and Content/Topic Trainer. The category individual’s will qualify is dependent on his/her educational background in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and/or specialization in specific topics. An individual’s trainer category will be determined by the Registry and will be based on the documentation verified through the application process.
Increased educational requirements will be phased in over a 3-year period for Early Childhood Trainers. Qualification is based on formal education in ECE, direct experience in the field of ECE and previous experience delivering training to adult learners. Individuals with a Career Ladder Level 4 or higher, have already met the formal education requirement. Individuals with less than an Associate’s degree may still qualify depending on the number of ECE credits completed (assuming all other criteria has been met as well).
Content/Topic trainers will be required to meet a minimal educational requirement of a high school diploma/GED, combined with a professional certificate, license, credential, degree and/or documented and applicable experience to validate expertise in specific topics (individuals with 20 or more college credits and/or an AA degree or higher will be permitted to submit college transcripts in lieu of a high school diploma). Note that the trainer approval process does not apply to Instructors of CPR and First Aid. These trainers/instructors are regulated through external certifying entities.
All individuals will be required to apply to qualify as a trainer through a standardized application process. For currently registered ECE trainers, most of the information necessary to complete the application process is already on file and verifiable through your membership account. Content/Topic Trainers will be required to supply the Registry with much more information than what has been required in the past (employment information, educational background, etc.) as this information has not previously been collected.
There are several things you can do now to prepare for the upcoming changes:
- If you are considering applying for trainer approval, make sure your Registry membership is active (if applicable).
- If you possess certifications not previously collected by the Registry (i.e., OSHA certification, Love and Logic Instructor certification, etc.) start gathering those documents as they will need to be included with your application.
- All trainers will be required to provide the contact information of two professional references who have professional knowledge of you, your qualities as a trainer and your ability to deliver training to adult learners. Start thinking about who you’d like to list as references and seek pre-approval from those individuals.
- All trainers will be required to submit a trainer biography of no more than 50 words highlighting his/her training expertise, experience and professional development philosophy. Start drafting your bio now to expedite the application process once it is available.
The Nevada Registry and its partners are very excited about the progress we are making towards creating a new and improved training approval system. An improved system will not only increase the standards for training approval but will ultimately lead to a better prepared and knowledgeable ECE workforce in Nevada. It remains our belief that through the approval and delivery of higher quality professional development to ECE professionals, children will be positively impacted, which is the most important outcome of all.
Stay tuned for more information coming your way very soon!