Training Approval

The Growing Futures training approval system operates under the direction of the North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) Early Childhood Services division. DHS Early Childhood Services Policy 620-01-90-05 designates the Growing Futures Registry as the system for approval of all training delivered in-state to the early childhood workforce. Only Growing Futures approved training can be accepted toward childcare licensing.

The Growing Futures Registry is not a training organization and does not itself sponsor any training. Rather, the Registry’s role is to sets the standards for approval of training sponsor organizations and trainers, to review training submitted to the Registry to ensure it aligns with the standards, and to provide a training and reporting system for all approved training. The Registry promotes all approved training that is open to public registration on the Statewide Training Calendar, available online 24/7.

Training Levels

Level 1: Basic Licensing

Level 1 courses provide basic information on a topic and apply toward clock hours for childcare license renewal, maintaining Career Pathways Category A placement, and Bright & Early ND Step 1. This level of course is informative but not in-depth. Level 1 courses do not require a demonstration of competence with the course materials and there is no formal assessment. Level 1 courses are usually quick to complete and in the case of online Level 1 courses, the clock hours may post to the individual’s training record immediately upon completion. Previously, this level of course was called “Registered.”

Level 2: Professional Training

Level 2 courses are designed for those seeking to advance on the Career Pathways to Category B or above; participate in Bright & Early at Step 2 or above; or earn or maintain a professional credential. Level 2 courses are more rigorous and usually require completion of assignments, assessment or a test to demonstrate competence before clock hours are awarded. This means that it will take longer for Level 2 courses to appear on an individual’s Growing Futures record. Level 2 courses also fulfill childcare licensing requirements. Previously, this level of course was called “Career Pathways.”

Level 3: For-Credit

Level 3 courses are for the individual working toward a degree in Early Childhood or completing coursework to maintain a professional teaching license. These courses are offered by higher education institutions and will rarely be listed on the Statewide Training Calendar. Rather, these courses are added to an individual’s Growing Futures record after the fact. Level 3 courses also fulfill childcare licensing requirements if the course(s) was completed in the individual’s current licensing year.

How to Determine the Level of a Training Course

The How to Determine the Level of a Training Course (PDF, 99.78 KB) chart will help you determine the training level that fits your goals.

Tools to Develop Effective Training

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