certification & renewal
The ITP has a credentialing program called Infant-Toddler Personnel Certification. This certification is required for specified CDSA staff and providers of special instruction services to children enrolled in the ITP. Your local CDSA can tell you if your specific role requires that you become certified. If so follow these steps to certification:meet the standards
Individuals who serve infants and toddlers in the ITP must meet specific standards of competence. They need specialized knowledge and skills. These are necessary in working with the diverse young children, families, caregivers and professionals they will encounter.know the process
There are two types of certificates. The Infant, Toddler and Family Associate (ITFA) is for staff and providers who have an associates degree. The Infant, Toddler and Family Specialist (ITFS) is for those who have a bachelor's degree or higher. Staff and providers submit an application that provides:
- educational background,
- continuing education credits covering specific competency areas,
- and demonstrated competence in the field.
Individuals pursuing a certificate must earn all the required credits within a three (3) year periodcomplete the process
CDSA staff and provider agencies trained in certification guide applicants through the process. Certification must be renewed every year. It remains valid as long as the individual works for the ITP either at a CDSA or at a provider agency.
Provider agencies should contact their CDSA if they have questions about the certification process.Download the full document ITP Guidance for Personnel Certification [PDF 1.38MB] >> Download ITFA Application and Worksheet for Certification [DOC 254KB] >> Download ITFS Application and Worksheet for Certification [DOC 371KB] >>