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Certificates and Credentials

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

Designed to support and recognize the professional development of Vermont’s entry-level afterschool professionals during the first two years of employment.
Download the application in MS Word: 2017 Foundations Application

Vermont Afterschool Professional Credential

The Vermont Afterschool Professional Credential is designed for those 18 years or older who provide services for children and youth (ages 5-12) through a variety of activities outside the regular school hours.
Download the application in MS Word: 2017 Credential Application

For questions on either the Foundations Certificate or Professional Credential, please contact Tricia Pawlik-York, Workforce and Program Improvement Coach at triciapawlikyork@vermontafterschool.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: file_acrobat Career Advising Guide
  • Learn how to put together an Individual Professional Development Plan here: file_acrobat IPDP

For information on the On The Job Training Program for Afterschool Professionals contact the Vermont Child Care Industries and Careers Council. Phone: 802-985-2700.

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 Career Development Center.

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