Minnesota Professional Development System

Achieve supports the statewide trainer approval system for professional development trainers in the field of childhood care and education. Available training event opportunities are offered by our Approved Trainers for training and professional development. Achieve growth with our accessible and high quality training events.

September

7

Trainer Approval
Processing Time

September

23

Course Proposal Approval Processing Time

Interested in helping others achieve? Click here to apply to become an Achieve approved trainer. Our Trainer Approval Process Guide highlights multiple trainer types available to you. Use this guide to review specific requirements for each trainer type. Become an Achieve Approved Trainer to share your expertise and support MN’s Childhood Care and Education Workforce!

Explore trainer guides, policies, and procedures related to trainer and course approval.

Our course approval process promotes quality training for the Childhood Care and Education Workforce statewide. Achieve reviews courses to ensure they:

  • follow best practices in the field.
  • are based on developmentally appropriate practices and theories of child development.

This system supports practical application for CCE Practitioners and increases the learning and development for children in Minnesota.

Achieve trainings have key objectives that directly relate to specific learning outcomes; link training to Minnesota’s Knowledge and Competency Framework for Early Childhood Professionals; and incorporate principles of adult learning.

Questions?

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Contact

MNCPD Staff - Contact Us

PHONE: 1-855-378-3131
EMAIL: support@mncpd.org

FAQs

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

An Individual Membership is used to track your education and experience. During Trainer Renewal, we will review your Learning Record to verify that you have completed the 30 hours of continuing education requirement.

How do I know which Trainer Type to apply for?

Please review our current Trainer types and their requirements here.

How long does Trainer Approval take?

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

How do I submit a Trainer application?

Please follow these steps to submit your trainer application:

  • Log in to Develop as an individual.
  • On your Account Summary page, click the box next to Become a Trainer, then click on the Apply button.
  • 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 to complete the application.
    • Documentation we need depends on the Trainer type you are applying for.
    • Review our Trainer Approval Guide for a full list of required documentation. Typically, we’ll need:
      • 2 letters of reference dated in the last six months that speak to your training skills
      • Initialed, signed, and dated Trainer Agreement Form

The trainer approval process takes up to six weeks. If approved, you will receive:

  • An Approved Trainer Certificate by mail.
  • Access to the Online Course Submission form on Develop

Once approved as an Achieve (MNCPD) trainer, when will my approval expire?

We currently offer two types of approval:

  • Full Approval – Granted when all requirements are met. This approval is valid for three years.
  • Provisional Approval – Granted when all requirements except the Adult Learner requirement have been met. This approval is valid for one year, in that time the Adult Learner requirement must be met to receive the full three-year approval.

When should I renew my trainer membership?

Renew your approved trainer type membership 60-90 days prior to the expiration date printed on your certificate. At that time, you will need to 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.

How do I submit a course for approval?

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.

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

How long does it take to have my course approved?

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.

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

When will my approved course expire?

Approved courses are valid for five years.

My course is approved. Now what?

After your course is approved, a future Training Event can be created. To create a future Training Event please:

  • Log in to your Develop account.
  • Click Training Entry on the left column.
  • Click the Courses tab.
  • Locate the Course Status drop down menu and select Approved.
  • Click the blue 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.

*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.
  • Locate the blue Manage Event drop down.
  • Select Manage Roster.
  • Locate: + Attendee to add an attendee.
  • Enter each attendee by Individual ID# or name.
  • Click Complete Registration.
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KCF CONTENT AREACORE COMPETENCY (OLD)CDA CONTENT AREA
I: Child Development and LearningI: Child Growth & Development8: Principles of Child Development and Learning
II.A: Creating Positive Learning ExperiencesIIa: Creating the Learning Environment2: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
II.B: Promoting Cognitive DevelopmentIIc: Language and Literacy IId: Cognitive Development2: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional DevelopmentIIe: Personal and Social Development IV: Interactions with Children3: Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development
II.D: Promoting Physical DevelopmentIIb: Physical Development2: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
II.E: Promoting Creative DevelopmentIIf: Creativity and the Arts2: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
III: Relationships with FamiliesV: Families and Communities4:Strategies to establish productive relationships with families
IV.A: Observing, Recording and Assessing DevelopmentIII: Assessment and Planning for Individual Needs7: Observing and recording children’s behavior
IV.B: Assessing and Using Information to PlanIII: Assessment and Planning for Individual Needs7: Observing and recording children’s behavior
IV.C: Assessing and Using Information to Enhance and Maintain Program QualityVII: Program Planning and Evaluation5: Strategies to manage effective program operation
V: Historical and Contemporary Development of Early Childhood EducationN/A6: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
VI: ProfessionalismVIII: Professional Development and Leadership6: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
VII.A: Establishing Healthy PracticesVI: Health, Safety and Nutrition
1: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
VII.B: Ensuring SafetyVI: Health, Safety and Nutrition
1: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
VII.C: Providing Healthy NutritionVI: Health, Safety and Nutrition
1: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
VIII: Application through Clinical ExperiencesN/A6: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism