A Registry approved Trainer is required for each training event submitted through the Registry Professional Development Approval System (PDASystem). All Registry approved training is accepted by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families toward continuing education hours for child care and education professionals.
Registry Trainer Types
A Registry approved Trainer is required for each training event submitted through the Registry Professional Development Approval System (PDASystem). All training that is Registry approved is accepted by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families toward continuing education hours for child care and education professionals.
There are seven different Registry approved trainer types.
- Tier 1
- Tier 2
- Tier 3
- Specialist 1—National Training Organizations
- Specialist 2—Wisconsin Expertise
- Specialist 3—Content Expertise
Trainers are approved through their experience and education in the field. Check out the T-TAP Requirements Chart to see how you might qualify. If you are proficient in another language, consider getting the language endorsement in addition to your Trainer endorsement.
Adult Education Requirement
All individuals seeking the Tier Trainer endorsement must complete the following T-TAP Courses or an adult education course equivalency:
- Foundations: non-credit, 7-hour course
- Training Professional: non-credit, 7-hour course + 1 hour of homework
- Adult Education Course Equivalency:
- First time Tier Trainer applicants are waived from the requirement of completing the Foundations course and the Training Professional course if they have official documentation of completion for a 15-hour (minimum) non-credit adult education or for-credit college adult education course. The adult education course must include content specific to adult learning concepts and/or theory.
- Currently employed higher education faculty who are first time Tier Trainer applicants are waived from the requirement of completing the Foundations course and the Training Professional course.
To find upcoming T-TAP Course offerings, search the Statewide Training Calendar using the Filter Training menu on the left side of the screen. You may also contact the following agencies:
- Work and Family Consulting
- 4C for Children
Becoming a Registry Approved Trainer
We highly recommend consulting the listed resources and following the guides included in each step below.
Step #1: Get Ready
Requirements are different for each Trainer endorsement so be sure to review the T-TAP Requirements Chart to see what is needed for the application process. During the application process, documents can be uploaded to meet endorsement requirements if not already verified on your Registry profile.
Prepare any of the following documents applicable to the endorsement you are applying for before you begin your Registry application:
- Obtain a Criminal Background Check Record or DCF Final Eligibility Letter dated within the last 5 years. The Wisconsin Registry requires a name-based criminal background record check for all Registered, Tiered, and Specialist 2 & 3 Trainers. This requirement will help maintain the integrity of the Wisconsin Registry and the community of approved Trainers.
- Documentation of training hours of experience. This information is self-reported. One’s entire history of experience is not needed – just a list that demonstrates the minimum requirement has been met.
- The Wisconsin Registry accepts an itemized list of each training provided that should include the following:
- Date of training
- Length of time of the training
- Training topic
- Content area of the training
- Documentation of two years of professional development of others, if applicable. This requirement is met if you have supervised student teachers, served as a mentor, held the position of a director of a center, etc. You can write a letter for your file to serve as documentation.
- Adult education course equivalency (training certificate or official transcript with course description), if applicable.
- Certificates of additional endorsements or specialty areas, if applicable.
Step #2: Registry Membership
Becoming a Trainer starts with a Registry membership.
- If your Registry membership is current and will not expire in the next 30 days, you can add the Trainer endorsement.
- If you do not have a Registry membership, you will need to apply for membership to add the endorsement.
- If your Registry membership is expired, you will need to renew your membership to add the endorsement.
- There is a one-time fee of $15 to add the Trainer endorsement.
- Be sure to set aside plenty of time to complete the application process online. If you are short on time or need to gather more information, you can save and continue later. Check out the guide How to Become a Trainer for step-by-step instructions for filling out the online application.
Step #3: Submit Documentation
During the application process, upload all necessary documents if possible. If documentation is missing, the application is incomplete and cannot be processed. After submitting your application, send all remaining documentation and request official transcripts be sent directly to the Wisconsin Registry, if applicable.
Complete applications are processed in date order. A complete application includes submitting a Registry membership application with the Trainer endorsement online, payment of the application fees, and submitting all required documentation. Standard processing time for Trainer applications is 2-4 weeks from the date the documentation is received by the Wisconsin Registry. When your application is processed, you will receive an email notification. You will then be able to log in to your Registry account to access your membership certificate and the PDASystem.
Step #4: Approval
An individual is approved at the highest endorsement level he/she qualifies for. If an individual is missing a requirement, the Wisconsin Registry will communicate with the individual what requirement is missing to reach an endorsement goal. If necessary, an individual can begin as a Registered Trainer while completing any missing requirements with the goal of becoming a Tier 3 Trainer in the future.
Be sure to review the Registry T-TAP Agreement to fully understand the Registry Trainer and Technical Assistance Professional code of conduct which includes ethical obligations, professional responsibilities, and the misconduct process.
Becoming a Trainer for Specific Training
To become a Trainer for the following training, there may be some additional requirements. Please review the information listed below:
Abusive Head Trauma
Contact the Department of Children and Families (DCF): https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/ccic/aht-training
Review the approved list of CPR/AED providers and courses:
Contact the WI Alliance for Infant Mental Health (WI-AIHM): https://wiaimh.org/connect-with-your-regional-lead
Contact the Wisconsin Registry.
Wisconsin Early Learning Standards
Contact Collaborating Partners.