Training & Credentials

Training Requirements

North Dakota law states that child care providers and their employees must complete specific trainings to become licensed or work in an early childhood setting. Some cities/counties also require additional trainings beyond state requirements. Contact your local County Social Services Office to verify training requirements for your location.

The First Three Months
All North Dakota child care operators and employees are required to complete Getting Started, a 15-hour basic child care course, within the first three months of becoming licensed or employed. This training counts toward your annual training requirements.

First Aid and CPR Training
First Aid and CPR training must be completed prior to being licensed or employed. Recertification is required for licensing, but First Aid and CPR do not count toward your annual training hours. Child Care Aware® does not provide these trainings. Contact your local Social Services office for more information on finding First Aid and CPR training providers.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) 
Providers caring for infants are required to take a Department of Human Services-approved SIDS training annually. Child Care Aware® offers a free e-Learning course to fulfill this requirement: Safe Sleep and Reducing the Risk of SIDS. Search and register for this course.

Training Hours to Satisfy Licensing Requirements
Child care operators and employees must complete a minimum number of approved training hours each licensing year. The number of training hours needed depends on the document type or license type and number of hours worked. Staff should check with their supervisors to determine their program license type and specific licensing period.

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