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Training for Current License Holders

​After July 1, 2015, current license holders must have a total of 16 hours of training annually. The 16 hours of training must include but is not limited to the following training:

1. Child Growth and Development/Behavior Guidance
Based on the classes that are currently available and the current core competencies* identified with many training classes, we have determined the following:

  • If a provider takes a training class that is identified as meeting Core Competency IV (interactions with Children) for two hours, that class will meet the requirement for BOTH Child Growth & Development/Behavior Guidance. The provider will have then met the requirement for these topics.
  • If a provider takes a training class that is identified as meeting only Core Competency I (Child Growth and Development) for two hours, that class will meet the requirement for Child Growth and Development ONLY. The provider then would also be required to take another class that is identified as meeting Core Competency IV (Interactions with Children) for two more hours. Then, the provider will have met the requirement for these topics.


Either option may be accepted for completion of this requirement and will be either two or four hours of the annual 16 hours of required training.

As stated above, these courses can be in person or online as long as the training is approved by DHS through the MN Center for Professional Development.

2. Supervision for Safety (2 hours yearly)
3. CPR (every 2 year)
4. First Aid (every 2 years)
5. SUID (online or in person class every two years, view videos in the “off” year)
6. AHT (online or in person class every two years, view videos in the “off” year)
7. Child Passenger Restraint (every 5 years if transporting children)

*Core Competencies refers to the Minnesota Core Competency Content Areas, the state’s standard areas for child care providers’ professional growth. They are denoted by a “cc” followed by the corresponding Roman numeral in the MNstreams Catalog. To learn more, visit the Minnesota Center for Professional Development website.

See Training Resources for links to the Department of Human Services, the MNstreams catalog, the Minnesota Center for Professional Development, Eager-to-Learn, Think Small and  Child Care Aware.


Last updated: 3/16/2015 10:24 AM