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Director Credential

Child Care Standards

65C-22.001(6), Florida Administrative Code

Pursuant to Section 402.305(2)(f), F.S., every child care facility must have a director with a Director Credential.

How do I apply for a Director Credential?

ONLINE:

Upload documents via the Credential Application Portal on your Child Care Training System Student Account. To learn more about applying online, visit the CAP web page.

MAIL:

Download and complete the Director Credential Application and mail to the address listed on the application.

What is required for a Director Credential?

Core Requirements

  1. Active Staff Credential (Excluding Employment Recognition Exemption)
  2. AND
  3. Other Core Requirements:
    • Accredited High School Diploma or G.E.D.
    • 30-Hour Part I Department of Children and Families (DCF) Introductory Child Care Training
    • 8 hours of in-service training regarding children with Disabilities (DCF's Special Needs Appropriate Practices course will meet this requirement.)

In addition to the core requirements, please submit the documentation for the requirements of one of the following three different levels of a Director Credential based on your education and work experience.

Level I

**Only transcripts from courses on this approved "Overview of Child Care Management" course list will be accepted for issuance of a Florida Director's Credential.

Level II

  • Core Requirements
  • AND
  • Completion of an approved "Overview of Child Care Management" course
    OR a Director Credential issued by another state
  • AND
  • Minimum of one year experience as on-site child care director in a licensed child care facility or a child care facility that is legally exempt from licensure. Documentation includes a letter from the owner of the facility or a copy of the facility license.

**Only transcripts from courses on this approved "Overview of Child Care Management" course list will be accepted for issuance of a Florida Director's Credential.

Advanced Level

  • Core Requirements
  • AND
  • Minimum of two years’ experience as on-site child care director in a licensed child care facility or child care facility that is legally exempt from licensure. Documentation includes a letter from the owner of the facility or a copy of the facility license.
    AND
    Complete one of the following:
    • An approved "Overview of Child Care Management" course (course may be substituted by successfully completing a three credit college level course in Child Care Administration, Business Administration, or Education Administration, if all other requirements are met), OR
    • Director Credential issued by another state
    AND
    Complete one of the following:
    • Associates Degree or higher, OR
    • At least two three college credit courses in one of the following curriculum areas:
      • Child Care and Education Organizational Leadership
      • Child Care Educational Financial and Legal Issues
      • Child Care Education Programming

**Only transcripts from courses on this approved "Overview of Child Care Management" course list will be accepted for issuance of a Florida Director's Credential.

Do I need a VPK Endorsement?

If you are the director of a private prekindergarten provider delivering the VPK program, you must have a VPK Director Endorsement.

What is the Trauma Endorsement?

The Trauma Endorsement for Director Credential is a voluntary endorsement for child care professionals with an active Director Credential.

Does my Director Credential have to be renewed?

Yes, the Director Credential must be renewed every five years

ONLINE:

Upload documents via the Credential Application Portal on your Child Care Training System Student Account.

MAIL:

Download and review Sections 6, 7, 8, and 9 of the Director Credential Application for information on renewal requirements. Mail to the address listed on the application.

View information regarding acceptable CEUs for renewing the Director Credential.

View information regarding Professional Contribution Recognition for renewing the Director Credential.

Updated February 2022