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Competency Exams

Child Care Standards

65C-22.001(6) and 65C-20.008(6), Florida Administrative Code

Passage of competency exams with a score of 70 or higher are required for successful completion of the introductory training for child care personnel, family day care home operators, and large family child care home operators and employees.

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Child Care Competency Exam Fact Sheet (English) (Spanish) includes important information about competency exams including scheduling, costs and payments, cancellation policies, required forms of identification, and special ccommodations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where are the exams offered?
A. The exams are offered at approved exam sites throughout the Contact your local child care training coordinators with questions regarding exam sites.

Q. How often are exams offered?
A. Exams are offered a minimum of two (2) Saturdays per month with many areas of the state offering exams on other days as To view exam availability, log into your Child Care Training System account, verify your demographics, and select the “Competency Exam Enroll” option from the Personal Menu.

Q. Do you have to register to take an exam?
A. Yes, you must register prior to taking a competency exam. Exams must be scheduled at least seven (7) days prior to the date you wish to take the exam. Exams registration is limited so it is important to register early. Once an exam site is full, no additional registrations will be allowed.

Q. Do you have to take a training course before taking an exam?
A. For online and instructor-led courses, you can take the exam once before you take the course to see if you can be exempt from the course. If you do not pass the exemption exam, you will have to complete the course before you can retake the Please keep in mind, you must pay for each exam attempt. Registration for child care exemption exams must be made through the Child Care Training Information Center by calling 1-888-FL-CCTIC (1-888-352-2842) between the hours of 8am – 5pm EST Monday – Friday.

Q. Once you complete a course, how many times can you take the exams?
A. There is no limit to the number of times you can take the exam once you complete the course. However, please keep in mind you must pay for each exam attempt.

Q. Where do you find information about your scheduled competency exam?
A. Your Exam Confirmation Letter provides information about your scheduled competency exam, including the date, time, location, directions to the exam site, payment instructions, and information about the identification requirements.

You can find your Exam Confirmation Letter by logging into the Child Care Training System and selecting “My Student Information” and then selecting the “My Confirmations” tab.

Q. What should I bring to my competency exam?
A. Please bring your Exam Confirmation Letter along with your signed Code of Conduct.

Q. Who do you contact for competency exam questions related to your specific exam?
A. The Exam Confirmation Letter on your transcript should answer most of your questions; however, local child care training coordinators can assist you with specific questions regarding your competency exam, payment arrangements, and special accommodations.

Q. I understand the exams are offered in only English and Spanish. Is there any assistance available for students taking the exams whose primary language is neither English nor Spanish?
A. Students whose primary language is neither English nor Spanish may use a pocketsize paperback foreign language translation dictionary during the exam. The translation dictionary must be in a language other than the language in which the test is being administered.

Q. If I fail a competency exam, can I see what questions I missed?
A. No, you cannot view missed questions. Exam questions are kept confidential.

Q. Will I receive a certificate for passing an exam?
A. No, you will not receive a certificate. When a competency exam is passed, your DCF transcript will automatically update to reflect your completion of the training course.

Q. If I do not cancel an exam session on time or do not show up to the exam, what happens?
A. You must cancel an exam at least seven (7) days before your exam. If you do not cancel or do not show up to your scheduled exam, you will have to pay for the missed exam before rescheduling your new exam.