Frequently Asked Questions

Questions?  We have answers! Our FAQs are categorized by CCE Practitioners, Trainers, RBPD Specialists, and PD Sponsor Organizations.  Click the corresponding tab below to view the frequently asked questions for the category you are interested in.

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CCE Practitioner FAQs

Where can I find trainings?

You can search for upcoming approved training events using Develop’s Search for Training feature. This feature allows you to search by:

  • Keywords
  • Location
  • Date
  • Knowledge and Competency Framework Areas (KCF)
  • Language
  • Course types i.e. classroom, web based

The option to register for training online in Develop is not available for all events. Please review the event Registration information for each specific event to learn how to register. In many cases you will need to contact the Training Sponsor Organization listed in the event details to register.

For events that do include the option to Register Online in Develop, you will:

  • Click Register Online
  • Enter your email address and credit card information.
    • Develop accepts: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Diners Club. 
  • Your registration will be confirmed via email.

How do I apply to become a Develop member and get a Career Lattice Step?

Please follow these steps to become a Develop member.

  • Go to Develop
  • Click Login, found at the upper right corner of the screen
  • Enter your Email and Password to sign in
  • Check the Become a Member selection box
  • Click Apply/Renew
  • Fill out the online application.
    • Click Save and Continue after your complete each page.
  • Click Submit
  • Please send your documents within 15 days of your online application submission.
    • Allow up to six weeks from the date we receive your documentation for processing.
  • Your Career Lattice step will be assigned.
    • A Career Lattice step certificate valid for one year will be mailed to your address on file.
    • A Develop Membership card will be mailed to your address on file. Cards are mailed out at the end of each month.

For more information please visit our Individual Membership Quick Guide.

How do I renew my membership and get an updated Career Lattice Step?

Please follow these steps to renew your Develop membership.

  • Go to Develop.
  • Click Login.
    • Found at the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Enter your Email and Password to sign in.
  • Check the Renew your membership selection box.
  • Click Apply/Renew.
  • Review your information throughout the application.
    • Click Save and Continue after you complete each page.
  • Click Submit.
  • Please send your documents within 15 days of your online application submission.
    • Allow up to six weeks from the date we receive your documentation for processing.
  • Your Career Lattice step will be assigned.
    • A Career Lattice step certificate valid for one year will be mailed to your address on file.

For more information please visit our Individual Membership Quick Guide.

What kind of documentation should I send?

Please review our Acceptable Documentation policy to ensure your documents meet the application requirements. Documents will not be returned to you.

  • Renewing members – Review our Acceptable Documentation policy. Send any training certificates (dated within the last five years) that are not showing up as “verified” on your account.
  • New members – Review our Acceptable Documentation policy.
  • Trainer membership – review the Trainer Approval guide for specific requirements.

Official transcripts – must be directly sent to ACHIEVE by your college.

Contact us at support@mncpd.org with any questions.

How do I send in my documentation?

To complete your application, send documents to Achieve. Documents will not be returned to you.

  • Email – include your Develop I.D.# in your email.
  • Mail – include your Develop I.D.# on your documents.
    • Achieve – The MN Center for Professional Development
      2908 Marketplace Drive, Suite 103
      Fitchburg, WI 53719
  • Fax – include your Develop I.D.# on your cover sheet.
    • (877) 379-2467

Official Transcripts – must be directly sent to Achieve by your college using the email or fax options listed above.

I don’t have any documentation to submit for my application. What do I do?

Please follow these steps to let the Develop system know you will not be sending documents.

  • Go to Develop
  • Click Login
    • Found at the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Enter your Email and Password to sign in.
  • Click I have no documentation to submit selection box found on your summary page.
  • Click Confirm.
    • Allow up to six weeks for application processing.

How often can I advance my Career Lattice Step?

Career Lattice Steps are assessed based on the documents received with your application. Please review the requirements for each step on the Minnesota Career Lattice.

If you have additional trainings, college courses or degrees to add to your account that will increase your step, please renew your membership and send Achieve the required documents.

How do I know what training counts towards my licensing?

Please contact your licensor with any questions related to their specific training requirements. The general number for Licensing is (651) 431-6500.

I have a questions about my Parent Aware Rating and my QDP. Who do I contact?

Please contact Parent Aware directly with any questions related to your Parent Aware rating or QDP (Quality Documentation Portfolio). They can be reached by email at support@parentaware.zendesk.com.

How do I print my Learning Record?

Follow the steps below to locate and view your Learning Record.

*Please make sure that you have Adobe Reader downloaded onto your computer.

  • Go to Develop
  • Click Login.
    • Found at the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Enter your Email and Password to sign in.
  • Click the Reports tab
    • Found along the top of your profile.
  • You will see three links:
    • CDA Learning Record
    • Knowledge and Competency Framework Learning Record
    • DHS Licensing Learning Record
  • Click on the Learning Record link you’d like to download to your computer for viewing or printing.

My college has closed. How do I find out where my transcripts are being held?

There are two resources that may help you if your school has closed:

Trainer FAQs

I am a Trainer. Why do I need an individual Membership?

Trainer types are directly tied to the Career Lattice Step assessment based on your individual membership. The individual membership is also needed for trainers to meet renewal requirements. Review the Trainer Approval Guide for more details.

How do I know which Trainer Type to apply for?

Please review our current Trainer types and their requirements in the Trainer Approval Process Guide.

How long does Trainer Approval take?

Your trainer application will be completed within six weeks of receiving your application and documents. You can view the application date we are currently processing on our website.

How do I submit a Trainer application?

Please follow these steps to submit your trainer application:

  • Log in to Develop as an individual.
  • Click Become a Trainer.
    • Click Apply.
  • Enter your information for each tab.
    • Click Save and Continue throughout the application.
  • Click Submit Application.
  • Send all documents needed for the Trainer Type you are applying for.
    • Review our Trainer Approval Guide for a full list of required documents for each available Trainer type. Typically, we’ll need:
      • A copy of your official transcript
      • 2 letters of reference dated in the last six months that speak to your training skills
      • Initialed, signed, and dated Trainer Agreement Form.

After we receive your documents it will take up to six weeks for us to process your trainer approval application.

  • If approved, you will receive:
    • An Approved Trainer Certificate by mail.
    • Access to the Online Course Submission form in Develop.
  • If you do not meet the requirements you will receive:
    • A detailed email outlining the requirements that were not met.

Once approved as an Achieve Trainer, when will my approval expire?

Review our Trainer Approval Guide for more information. We currently offer two types of approval:

  • Full Approval
    • Granted when all requirements are met.
      • Full Approval is valid for three years.
  • Provisional Approval
    • Granted when every requirement is met, except the Adult Learner requirement.
      • Provisional Approval is valid for one year.
      • You must complete the Adult Learner requirement to become fully approved for three years. 

When should I renew my Trainer membership?

Please renew your approved trainer membership 60-90 days prior to the expiration date printed on your certificate. Review our Trainer Approval Guide for more information. For your trainer approval to be fully renewed, you must meet the following renewal requirements.

  • Complete at least 30 hours of related training since your last renewal/approval date.
  • Conduct at least 3 approved training events since your last renewal/approval date.
  • Initial, sign, date and send in a new Trainer Agreement form.

Contact us at support@mncpd.org with any questions.

How do I submit my course for approval?

Please review our Interactive Course Approval Guide to ensure your course submission will meet approval requirements.

To submit a course for approval, please:

  • Log in to your Develop account.
  • Click Training Entry on the left column.
  • Click the Courses tab.
  • Click New Course.
  • Work through the application and enter all information, Save and Continue through each of the 5 tabs until you reach tab 6: Submit for Approval, click Submit.

Your course will be reviewed in date of submission order. You will be notified by email of its approval or if revisions are required within 6 weeks of your course submission.

You can view the submission date we are currently processing on our website.

*The approval process may take longer if course revisions are required. 

How long does it take to have my course approved?

Courses are reviewed in date of submission order. You will be notified by email of its approval or if revisions are required within 6 weeks of your course submission date.

You can view the submission date we are currently processing on our website.

*The approval process may take longer if course revisions are required. 

When will my approved course expire?

Approved courses are valid for five years.

How do I schedule an event?

A future Training Event can be scheduled after your course is approved. To schedule a future Training Event, please:

  • Log in to your Develop account.
  • Click Training Entry on the left column.
  • Click the Courses tab.
  • Find the Course Status drop down menu and select Approved.
  • Click the Filter Courses button (all approved courses will show up below the search box).
  • Click the Course you’d like to create an event for.
  • Click Schedule Event.
  • Work through the event application and enter all information.
    • Save and click Submit.
    • Your event will be assigned an Event ID#.
    • It may take up to 3 days for your event to be approved.

*Make sure to get Develop ID#s from attendees at the Training Event. This will make entering attendance easier. 

My training event is complete. How do I enter attendees?

Attendance must be entered within three days of the Training Event.

To enter attendance, please:

  • Log in to your Develop account.
  • Click Training Entry on the left column.
  • Click the Events tab.
  • Click the Event you need to enter attendees on.
  • Find the Manage Event drop down.
  • Select Manage Roster.
  • Locate: + Attendee to add an attendee.
  • Enter each attendee by Individual ID# or name.
  • Click Complete Registration.

RBPD Specialist FAQs

How do I know if I qualify to become an RBPD Specialist?

Review our current RBPD endorsements and their specific requirements.

I’m interested in becoming an RBPD Specialist, how do I apply?

Please follow these steps to submit an RBPD Specialist application

  • Check to see that you meet the RBPD endorsement requirements.
  • Log in to Develop as an individual.
  • On your Professional Profile Summary page, click the box next to Become an RBPD Specialist.
  • Click Apply/Renew.
  • Enter your information for each tab and click Save and Continue throughout the application.
  • Click Submit Application on the last page of the application.
  • Send us documentation specific to your selected endorsement to complete the application. Email, fax, or mail your documentation to Achieve. Documentation includes your training certificates and educational documents. See the Acceptable Documentation Policy for more information.

Email: support@mncpd.org

Fax: (877) 379-2467

Mail: Achieve – The MN Center for Professional Development
          2908 Marketplace Drive, Suite 103
          Fitchburg, WI 53719

The RBPD Specialist approval process takes up to six weeks.

How long does RBPD approval take?

We will complete your RBPD Specialist application within six weeks of receiving your application documentation.

I’m interested in working with an RBPD Specialist, how can I connect with one?

Please follow these steps to find an RBPD Specialist:

  • Log in to Develop as an individual.
  • Click Search for Training on the left column.
  • Click the Trainer Directory tab.
  • Click the RBPD Specialists tab. A search form will appear.
  • Search by name/ID, assessment, endorsements, county or keyword and click Search for RBPD Specialists.
  • Click on the resulting name for more information about each RBPD Specialist.

Do hours with my coach, consultant or mentor count toward the Career Lattice?

Yes, hours spent with an approved RBPD Specialist count as approved professional development hours. These hours can advance your Career Lattice step. However, hours classified as Technical Assistance will not advance your Career Lattice step.

PD Sponsor Organization FAQs

I‘m planning a conference; how can I ensure it’s approved by Achieve?

When planning your conference, you have two options for getting your conference or institute approved by Achieve. Both options are explained in detail in our Conference Approval Options.

Can I request that an organization be reviewed for Automatic Training approval status?

Yes, individuals and organizations can nominate or request that an organization be reviewed for Automatic Training Approval status. Organizations must provide training related to the early childhood and school-age field to be considered for this status. Achieve will look at the criteria outlined on the Automatic Training Approval Eligibility Criteria Document to determine if Automatic Training Approval status is appropriate.

How do I know if my training organization is automatically approved?

Automatically approved organizations are listed on the Automatic Approval of Training document. Achieve will automatically approve Early Childhood and School-age related training from:

  1. Accredited colleges and universities
  2. Federal and Minnesota State agencies
  3. Organizations offering Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with current International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) accreditation
  4. Nationally recognized organizations listed in the chart on the Automatic Approval Training document
  5. Publishers of curriculum or assessment tools recognized by Parent Aware
  6. Minnesota Independent School Districts and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Recognized Charter Schools

What if I am a training organization and I’m interested in learning more?

The staff at Achieve can share details about how the policy and process applies to you. Contact Achieve at support@mncpd.org or (855) 378-3131.