Through Vermont’s Agency of Human Services, Child Development Division, those working with children and youth outside of school hours can tie into a statewide career development system that includes: core competencies for the afterschool professional, an afterschool professional credential, and an on-the-job training program.

Vermont Afterschool Foundations Certificate

The Foundations Certificate is designed to support and recognize the professional development of Vermont’s entry-level afterschool professionals during the first two years of employment. Applicants must show 16 hours of professional development connected to the Vermont Core Competencies for Afterschool and submit a current Individual Professional Development Plan with an application.

Vermont Afterschool Professional Credential

The Professional Credential is a way to formally recognize the professional competency and accomplishments of afterschool professionals who demonstrate a depth of experience, coursework, and training. In addition to submitting a thorough portfolio, the application process for the Professional Credential requires applicants to document 46 training hours across the five core competency knowledge areas. There is a $50 application fee for the Professional Credential with a $500 bonus for those who qualify.

For questions on either the Foundations Certificate or Professional Credential, please contact Tricia Pawlik-York at triciapawlikyork@nullvermontafterschool.org or 802-448-3464.


Core Competencies for Afterschool Professionals

Developed by a team of afterschool providers, partners, leaders, advocates, and directors, the Core Competencies for Afterschool Professionals were officially released in February 2007. A pdf version of the revised 2015 Afterschool Core Competencies is now available.

  • Download a copy of the Vermont Career Advising Guide for Early Childhood and Afterschool Professionals:  Career Advising Guide
  • Learn how to put together an Individual Professional Development Plan here:  IPDP

For more information about any of the above programs or for career development resources designed specifically for those working with school-age children (ages 5-12) in the afterschool hours, visit Northern Lights at CCV.