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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.


Afterschool Essentials

Afterschool Essentials is an accelerated half-year program. Two sessions are offered: one in Fall 2016 and one in Spring 2017 at the Afterschool Professional Learning Strands. It is designed to meet the needs of the professional with limited experience in the afterschool setting. Afterschool Essentials participants bring varied experiences and backgrounds, and look to gain a greater understanding of the field. This program covers a full range of topics, including school-age child development, program development, health and safety issues, and partnerships with families, inclusion and cultural diversity. The program content is delivered via face-to-face discussion and workshops, online learning modules with the Youth Development Institute, self-study, and consultation with a coach.
*NOTE: Afterschool Essentials will benefit the newly hired professional working directly with children, or a new program director who has not worked in this setting before. This course meets some basic training requirements in the afterschool licensing regulations.


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 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

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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