Florida School-Age Child Care Professional Credential

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Child Care Standards

65C-22.003(7)(a)2.e and 65C-20.013(5)(a)5, Florida Administrative Codesb

Until Further Notice! 
Effective immediately, the fee to renew the School-Age Credential is not required.

Notice! 
As of June 30, 2005 all individuals working in a child care facility with a School-Age or National Credential must complete the renewal process every five (5) years to maintain an active credential. 

Additionally, after December 31, 2008, any individual with an expired School-Age or National Credential will not be eligible to be counted as a credentialed staff person for the purpose of meeting licensing standards.

School-Age Credential Training Program and Requirements

Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC)," pursuant to Section 402.305(3)(b), F.S., is a department approved training program that consists of a minimum of 120 hours of early childhood instruction, 480 contact hours with children ages birth through eight (8) and at least two (2) methods of formal assessment that offers two (2) areas of certification; "Birth Through Five (formerly the department approved CDA Equivalency training programs)" and "School-Age (formerly the Florida School-Age Certification)." A list of approved and recognized School-Age Crededtial programs may be obtained below.

To acquire a School-Age Credential certificate, select, attend and graduate from an approved program, (includes both Department of Children and Families and Department of Education training programs.) View a list of approved agencies that offer the Florida School-Age Certification Training Program.

What are the two levels of the School-Age Credential Training Program?

The School-Age Credential may be earned by completing Level I or both Levels I and II of the School-Age Credential training program. Level I is a prerequisite of Level II.

Level I

Demonstration and documentation of competency as outlined in the School-Age Credential Training Program Competency Standards through the following:

  1. Development and review of a Portfolio and Resource File containing an autobiographical statement, written examples demonstrating mastery of each of the school-age competency subject areas, and a collection of resource materials related to the candidate's work;
  2. Participation in an oral interview conducted by a qualified advisor;
  3. Participation in formal observations working with children in a school-age setting during the course of the program by a qualified advisor.

Level II

Demonstration and documentation of competency as outlined in the School-Age Credential Training Program Competency Standards through the following:

  1. Completion of Level I requirements;
  2. Completion of Parental Feedback Questionnaires;
  3. Participation in an oral interview conducted by a qualified school-age representative;
  4. Participation in formal observations working with children in a school-age setting during the course of the program by a qualified school-age representative;
  5. Participation in a local assessment team meeting.

School-Age Credential Renewal Program and Application

Download a copy of the Department of Education School-Age Credential Renewal Application, CF-FSP 5211, March 2009.

VPK and the School-Age Credential

The School-Age Credential will not be accepted to meet the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) requirements.

For more information, please contact
Child Care Training Information Center (CCTIC) 
Telephone: 1-888-FL-CCTIC (1-888-352-2842)