Training Types


Online, Self-Paced 
Online, self-paced courses are available 24/7 and include a quiz or an Evidence of Learning for you to apply your skills and knowledge.

  • Is Online, Self-Paced Training Right for You?
  • Online, self-paced training might be a good fit if you:
    • Have access to reliable internet and have basic technology skills (A basic knowledge of personal computers is expected of online learners. If you do not have a basic proficiency with computers, we encourage you to either find someone to assist you with the course or pursue face-to-face training.)
    • Have the time required to complete the course
    • Like to complete trainings on your own schedule and at your own pace

  • System Requirements
  • If you are using a Windows computer, use any of:
    • Google Chrome (latest version)
    • Firefox (latest version)
    • Microsoft Edge (latest version)

    If you are using a Mac computer, use any of:
    • Safari (latest version)
    • Google Chrome (latest version)
    • Firefox (latest version)

    If you are using a mobile device, use any of:
    • Safari in Apple iOS 8 or later
    • Google Chrome in Apple iOS 8 or later
    • Google Chrome in Android OS 4.1 or later

    Due to the wide variety of mobile devices and software, we cannot guarantee compatibility. While more and more courses are becoming mobile-compatible, the best learning experience requires a larger screen than most smartphones or small tablets. We recommend a desktop or laptop computer for all courses.

  • Receiving Credit
  • Level 1 Training

    • Level 1 courses include quiz questions that are automatically scored. You must achieve a score of 80% or higher to receive credit.
    • Upon achieving a passing score, credit will automatically be awarded and appear on your Learning Record.

  • Level 2 Training

    • An instructor-graded Evidence of Learning (EOL) is required in order to receive credit for any Level 2 training. You will complete the EOL throughout the course.
    • You are expected to complete and submit your own work. Collaboration and discussion between learners is encouraged, but your EOL must be written in your own words.
    • Please allow up to 10 business days from the time you submit your training to receive your score and feedback from an instructor. Upon achieving a passing score, credit will be awarded and the course will appear on your Learning Record.
    • If your EOL does not meet expectations, you will be notified via the notes section of your Interactive Classroom. You will have one opportunity to resubmit your revised work before your course expires. If your EOL is still insufficient after you resubmit, you will not receive credit for completing the training and you will need to re-register and complete the training again. Previously completed sections of expired courses will not be marked as complete.

  • Certificates will not be given. Your Growing Futures Learning Record or DHS Licensing Training Record will serve as proof of verified training.

  • Extensions and Transfers
  • No transfers are granted for online, self-paced courses. You have three months from the date of registration to complete any online, self-paced course, including any necessary retakes. If you do not complete all coursework within this time, you will need to re-register and start the course from the beginning. Extensions will not be granted.


Online, Instructor-Led 
Online, instructor-led courses include weekly chat sessions, message board postings, as well as reading and writing assignments.

  • Is Online, Instructor-Led Training Right for You?
  • Online, instructor-led training might be a good fit if you:
    • Have access to reliable internet and have basic technology skills (A basic knowledge of personal computers is expected of online learners. If you do not have a basic proficiency with computers, we encourage you to either find someone to assist you with the course or pursue face-to-face training.)
    • Have strong reading comprehension and writing skills
    • Want to take a deeper dive into topics that interest you

  • System Requirements
  • If you are using a Windows computer, use any of:
    • Google Chrome (latest version)
    • Firefox (latest version)
    • Microsoft Edge (latest version)

    If you are using a Mac computer, use any of:
    • Safari (latest version)
    • Google Chrome (latest version)
    • Firefox (latest version)

    If you are using a mobile device, use any of:
    • Safari in Apple iOS 8 or later
    • Google Chrome in Apple iOS 8 or later
    • Google Chrome in Android OS 4.1 or later

    Due to the wide variety of mobile devices and software, we cannot guarantee compatibility. While more and more courses are becoming mobile-compatible, the best learning experience requires a larger screen than most smartphones or small tablets. We recommend a desktop or laptop computer for all courses.

  • Receiving Credit
  • Online, instructor-led courses include a series of activities that you will complete using an Interactive Classroom. Upon successful completion of all course requirements, credit will be awarded to your Growing Futures Learning Record.

    Certificates will not be given. Your Growing Futures Learning Record or DHS Licensing Training Record will serve as proof of verified training.

  • Cancellations
  • Events with low registration at the registration deadline will be canceled. The registration deadline for most online, instructor-led training events is 14 days prior to the first chat session. You may transfer to a different training if Child Care Aware® cancels a training due to low registration.


Virtual 
Virtual events give you the opportunity to interact with leading experts in the early care and education field as they present the latest trends, research, and hot topics through online sessions conducted via video conference.

  • Is Virtual Training Right for You?

    Virtual events might be a good fit if you:
    • Have access to reliable internet and have basic technology skills (A basic knowledge of personal computers is expected of online learners.
    • Enjoy the group discussions of a typical classroom experience
    • Have a hard time focusing without interactions with others
    • Have the time and resources to attend a training conducted via video conference

  • Virtual events might be a good fit if you:
    • Have access to reliable internet and have basic technology skills (A basic knowledge of personal computers is expected of online learners.
    • Enjoy the group discussions of a typical classroom experience
    • Have a hard time focusing without interactions with others
    • Have the time and resources to attend a training conducted via video conference

  • System Requirements
  • If you are using a Windows computer, use any of:
    • Google Chrome (latest version)
    • Firefox (latest version)
    • Microsoft Edge (latest version)

    If you are using a Mac computer, use any of:
    • Safari (latest version)
    • Google Chrome (latest version)
    • Firefox (latest version)

    If you are using a mobile device, use any of:
    • Safari in Apple iOS 8 or later
    • Google Chrome in Apple iOS 8 or later
    • Google Chrome in Android OS 4.1 or later

    Due to the wide variety of mobile devices and software, we cannot guarantee compatibility. While more and more courses are becoming mobile-compatible, the best learning experience requires a larger screen than most smartphones or small tablets. We recommend a desktop or laptop computer for all courses.

  • Receiving Credit
  • Virtual events will be conducted via video conference on a scheduled date and time. Following the training, you will be sent a link to a quiz. You must receive a score of 80% or higher to receive credit for the training. Upon successful completion of all course requirements, credit will be awarded to your Growing Futures Learning Record.

    Certificates will not be given. Your Growing Futures Learning Record or DHS Licensing Training Record will serve as proof of verified training.

  • Cancellations
  • Events with low registration at the registration deadline will be canceled. The registration deadline for virtual training events without books is 7 days prior to the event. The registration deadline for virtual training events with books is 14 days prior to the event. If the event requires a book, it will be noted in the course description. You may transfer to a different training if Child Care Aware® cancels a training due to low registration.


Face-to-Face 

Face-to-face training has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.
Face-to-face events give you the opportunity to interact with leading experts in the early care and education field as they present the latest trends, research, and hot topics.