Training and First/Aid CPR Requirements


As a Professional Development Specialist, when you submit your scores, you will need to verify that the Candidate's training and first aid/CPR meet the Council's requirements.

Formal Training

Candidates must complete 120 hours of formal early childhood education training, covering the growth and development of children aged from birth to 5 years, with no fewer than 10 training hours in each of the following subject areas:

- Planning a safe and healthy learning environment
- Advancing children's physical and intellectual development
- Supporting children's social and emotional development
- Building productive relationships with families
- Managing an effective program operation
- Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
- Observing and recording children's behavior
- Understanding principles of child development and learning

While formal education hours can be for credit or noncredit, they must be earned through an agency or organization with expertise in early childhood teacher preparation. The agency or organization must verify the Candidate's education in the form of an official transcript, certificate, or letter.

First Aid/CPR

You must check for a valid and current certificates of completion or cards from a) any first aid course and b) an infant/child (pediatric) CPR course offered by a nationally-recognized training organization (such as the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association). Online training is not acceptable for this requirement.