How to Use the Growing Futures Training Calendar

The Training Calendar lists all training that is approved for the early childhood workforce in North Dakota. If a training course is listed on the Training Calendar, you know it will be accepted for annual license renewal.

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On the Training Calendar, you can search for training by location, topic, or delivery method. You will find licensed required training, such as the 15-hour Getting Started course and SIDS course, as well as courses that can be applied to career development. Look for the training level to determine if the course will meet your needs.  Be sure to read the training description and additional information.  NOTE:  The word "classroom" is used to describe both in-person and virtual training held in real time. It does not necessarily mean that the training will be held face-to-face in one location.  Check the training information for details.   

Level 1 Basic Licensing

Level 1 Basic Licensing training is approved for annual child care license renewal. This level of training typically does not include an assessment of learning or other evaluative components, and therefore may be completed more quickly. Level 1 training applies to Career Pathways placement in Category A and participation in Bright & Early ND Step 1. Prior to July 1, 2019, Level 1 was called Registered tier.

Level 2 Professional Training

Level 2 Professional Training is approved for licensing as well as advancement on the Career Pathways in Categories B-F, completion and renewal of your CDA Credential, and participation in Bright & Early ND Steps 2-4.This level of training always includes a measurable assessment of learning, including assignments and content review. Generally, there is instructor feedback as well. Because Level 2 training is more intentional and meaningful, it will always take longer to complete. Prior to July 1, 2019, this Level 2 training was called Career Pathways tier.

Level 3 For-Credit

Level 3 For-Credit is coursework completed at an accredited college or university and is added to your Learning Record after the fact when you have an official transcript sent to the Registry from the school that issued the credits. Only coursework specific to Early Childhood is added or factored into your Career Pathways placement. Level 3 training applies to annual child care licensing clock hours as well if the course(s) was completed in your licensing year.

Every training on the calendar is sponsored by an independent training organization. Sponsors include child care associations, licensed programs, Head Start programs, USDA food programs, Extension, state agencies, Child Care Aware® ND, and more. You will find the contact information for the training organization in the course description. This is who to call if you have questions or problems with a course.