Colleges and organizations all over the world offer online trainings. You can browse pre-approved online training modules and workshops on this site that may count toward the training hours you need for your role at work.
Find the Training You Need
- A wide array of trainings are available in the Northern Lights training calendar.
- Pre-approved trainings offered by Sponsors are listed in the BFIS Course Calendar.
- Detail about the various training requirements from the Child Development Division are available here.
Most webinars don’t meet training criteria because webinars lack interaction between instructors and participants, and they don’t evaluate whether the learning objectives have been met. If you have a question about a specific webinar, please contact your Resource Advisor.
Approved Online Training Organizations
For an online training to count toward professional development hours in Vermont, the online training organization must be reviewed and approved by Northern Lights. The online training organizations currently approved by Northern Lights are listed below. Please read each description carefully as some only provide BASIC modules (these are marked) and some have limitations on which modules are approved in Vermont. Once you have completed an online training, be sure to submit your training certificate to Northern Lights to be added to your BFIS Quality and Credential account. If you are unsure if an online training will count toward your training hours, please contact Northern Lights for support.
Becoming an Approved Online Training Organization
If you are interested in becoming an approved online training organization recognized in Vermont, please download the Review and Approval of Online Non-Credit Trainings document. When you’re ready to apply, you can visit this link to submit your Request for Approval.
AIR Training Solutions is accredited by IACET and provides over 100 hours of online professional development. Students can start, stop, and resume courses at any time. AIR Training Solutions can accommodate training needs varying from individual trainings to CDA packages. Costs range from $12-$15 per hour of training.
Better Kid Care’s On Demand system for online learning offers more than 100 lessons on a variety of topics for early childhood and school-age professionals and directors. It’s free to preview the content of all lessons. To take the final lesson assessment and receive a Certificate of Completion, you will pay $5 per lesson.
IMPORTANT: ONLY lessons that are 2 hours or longer are approved. State-specific trainings for any state other than Vermont do not count toward training hours and do not meet the orientation requirement.
SPECIAL NOTE: For the Vermont Orientation offered by Better Kid Care, you do not need to submit a certificate to Northern Lights, but you must be sure to enter your BFIS Quality and Credential account number when you create an account – otherwise we cannot credit you for your orientation.
The Stern Center’s BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY® online program provides research-based early literacy strategies in a 9 hour, self-paced course for early care and education providers, early educators, and parents of preschoolers.
Care Courses are designed for early childhood professionals and directors who wish to obtain and renew the CDA national credential. More than 70 courses of various lengths cover a wide variety of topics. Costs are determined by course length (example: $18 for 2-hour and $57 for 20-hour). All courses are available in book format and most are available in online format. Access to your instructor is available by phone and email.
The Child Care Aware Training Academy™ is the Child Care Aware® of America online education resource and offers professional development courses for early childhood professionals. Programs are self-paced, costs start at $35, and they are available in both English and Spanish. Learners have access to their courseware for a year. PLEASE NOTE: The Child Care Aware Training Academy is currently unavailable while they conduct a revision of their training materials. Check their website for more information.
Online professional development training for child care professionals and teachers. Classes are self-study and always available. Available topics include child care, development, and program administration.
Cost: Prices vary; average cost $6/training hour
Child Care Resocurses, Inc.(CCRI) works with child care programs and early educators to build knowledge and skills that can improve teaching practices and learning environments, resulting in higher quality care for children served. CCRI is based in North Carolina but online training is open to early childhood educators in the U.S.
Cost: $15 per two hours.
ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) offers over 100 online professional development courses, plus a course of study to help you earn certificates such as the Child Development Associate (CDA), Early Childhood Credential (ECC) and others. CCEI is accredited and approved to award International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
IMPORTANT: For CCEI courses to be verified in Vermont, you must submit the certificate of completion AND a description of the module to Northern Lights.
continu ed® Early Childhood Education is accredited by IACET and offers a growing library of courses designed for early childhood professionals working with children 0-5 years old in all settings, with offerings at introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. Courses are taught by expert presenters, delivered 100% online and available on mobile devices. Costs are $99 per year for unlimited trainings. Group rates may be available on request.
Cypherworx offers hundreds of online modules – however only the 36 Out of School Time Workshop modules are approved in Vermont. Each 2-hour module is designed specifically for afterschool professionals; Modules 1-24 are for afterschool professionals working with children in their programs, and Modules 25-36 are designed for afterschool directors and staff. Each module is $15, or $150 to access to all modules for one year.
IMPORTANT: Only the 36 Out of School Time numbered workshop modules are approved in Vermont
The mission of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) is to promote social and emotional development, foster resilience, and build skills for school and life success in children birth through school-age. FLIP IT — a 2.5 hour, self-paced, interactive training – teaches strategies to support social and emotional development of young children 3-8 years old and reduce instances of challenging behaviors. The cost of the course is $30, volume discounts available.
IMPORTANT: Only the course titled “FLIP IT! Online Course Competency Certificate” is approved in Vermont. Be sure you select the correct course.
Early Care Evolution offers comprehensive training courses and educational support for change initiatives and ongoing development for all early child care professionals.
Cost: Varies; average $8/training hour
Early Sprouts offers three approved trainings that include comprehensive information and practices that support nutrition and physical activities for the preschool child: 1) Early Sprouts, a 10 hour comprehensive curricula for $80 per student (group discount); 2) Growing Healthy Eaters, 7 hour series for $35 per student; and 3) Active Play Everyday, a 6.5 hour module for $35 per student. Each module provides information on child development, as well as tools and resources based on current research and effective practices.
The Pyramid Model Consortium offers research-based trainings on the Pyramid Model for staff and directors of center based programs, child care consultants, home visitors, and family child care program staff. Three packages with 3 modules per package have been approved for professional development hours in Vermont:
- Infant Toddler ePyramid Model Package;
- Preschool ePyramid Model Package; and
- Birth-Five ePyramid Model Package.
A free, 2-hour online module for child care programs of all types and sizes that provides knowledge and tools to analyze hazards and threats at your child care site, develop a plan to address them, and update and practice your emergency plan. This training meets the Vermont child care program licensing regulations requirement for training in emergency preparedness.
Enhance your knowledge around family homelessness and the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Act’s definition of “homeless” as it refers to children and youth. Review other relevant federal regulations for Head Start, Early Head Start, and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)-subsidized programs. Learn how to identify families experiencing homelessness, conduct community outreach, and much more.
This training meets the requirements identified in Sec. 98.51 of the CCDF regulations.
IMPORTANT: In order to count toward annual training requirements for the Vermont Child Development Division and to count toward Advanced Specialized Care training criteria, you must submit completion certificates for all modules together in one batch to Northern Lights.
H&H Child Care Training provides online pre-service and continued education for child care professionals.
Cost varies: $5-$10/training hour
IMPORTANT: Trainings must award IACET CEU’s to count toward annual training requirements in Vermont
In Safe Hands provides a range of online child protection and safety training. Note: credits noted on training description are not college-level credits and are not equal to clock hours. Read descriptions to determine clock hours.
Cost varies: $10-$45 per training hour
KIT provides online training to help educators meaningfully include children with disabilities or complex needs and create inclusive environments in which all children can thrive.
Cost: $99 subscription per year for unlimited training.
IMPORTANT: Trainings must award IACET CEUs to count toward annual training requirements in Vermont
ProSolutions Training (PST) offers more than 100 online courses, multi-course packages, and certificates in early care and education. Most courses are available in Spanish. Cost-effective annual subscription packages are available for groups and individuals to meet their training goals. A CDA® Gold Standard certified organization, PST offers a 120-hour online CDA training curriculum that meets the formal education requirements for the Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential™ of the Council for Professional Recognition.
IMPORTANT: Trainings must award IACET CEUs to count for professional development hours in Vermont.
Quorum Learning course are for teachers and leaders in the early childhood field, with special tracks on working with infants and toddlers. Each 2-4 hour course may be completed at your own pace. A Quorum membership allows access to many courses at no additional charge.
SafeGard Classes Online is accredited by IACET and offers more than 200 child care courses in a wide range of subjects, from behavior management to administration and professionalism. All classes are online and accessible on any device, including phones and tablets. SafeGard Classes Online also offers comprehensive training packages for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credentials. Costs average $10 per hour of training.
IMPORTANT: For SafeGard Classes Online courses to be verified in Vermont, you must submit the certificate of completion AND a description of the leaning outcomes to Northern Lights.
Smart Horizons provides professional development and certification programs for the early childhood and school-age workforce. Web-based, self-paced courses start at $10. They are available in both English and Spanish, and learners have access to their courseware for a year. Smart Horizons offers purchase options for centers and organizations, allowing program administrators, directors, or training coordinators to track and report on student progress in real time.
Starr Commonwealth’s Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools is a 6-hour training that teaches school professionals how to create trauma-informed schools and classrooms. The training focuses on resilience, exploring the core values and beliefs of educators, and places an emphasis on understanding how trauma impacts children and their school experience.
Cost: Free for a limited time
Successful Solutions offers over 100 online workshops for early childhood professionals as well as afterschool staff and program directors. Most modules are 1-4 hours but there are longer series, including those that support your meeting requirements for the CDA credential from the Council for Professional Recognition. A live instructor is available via chat and email, to answer questions and to review all assignments before successful completion of the module.
IMPORTANT: “STARS” mentioned in these modules do NOT refer to the STARS program in Vermont.
Teaching Strategies, LLC, is accredited by IACET and provides online, on-demand trainings for teachers and administrators. Participants can access all courses in the Teaching Strategies library with an online professional development subscription.
Cost $165 annual subscription
IMPORTANT: Trainings must award IACET CEUs to count for professional development hours in Vermont. Non-CEU trainings and tutorials do not count for Vermont training hours.
One approved course: Early Childhood Development 101
Cost: $65 for 8-hour training
IMPORTANT: Early Childhood Development 101 is the only training at Universal Class that counts toward annual training requirements in Vermont
The Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership offers two free online trainings:
• Foundations Certificate in Trauma Informed Practice (11 online modules)
• Foundations Certificate in Adoption Competency (4 online modules)
Modules are self-guided and include videos, resources, readings, and quizzes. Successful participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of each module.
Protecting Vermont’s Children: Reporting Abuse and Neglect. This free 2.5 hour training was created by KidSafe Collaborative Inc. and is supported by the Vermont Children’s Justice Act funding and the Vermont Center for Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Abuse. It meets the Vermont Child Care Program regulations requirement for training in mandated reporting and is part of the Basic Specialized Care training requirement.
Vermont PBS has a professional development online workshop series for early educators and families with young children. Each 8-hour module focuses on creative, safe, and healthy ways to use technology with children from preschool to grade 12.
- Module 1: Becoming a Media Mentor (preschool)
- Module 2: Tech Savvy (PreK-grade 12)
Becoming a Media Mentor – an 8-hour, self-guided, online training – covers strategies for teachers and families to know, understand, and use technology as a relationship-focused tool beyond screens and screen time. Early Educators can use this training to meet Technology Requirements for Teacher Licensure (Vermont Agency of Education 9/2019).
The cost of the training is $75. Contact Heather Duhamel, Digital Media Certified Instructor and Guide (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions about the training and local VT scholarship opportunities.
IMPORTANT: Vermont PBS trainings are available for free during the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information contact Heather Duhamel email@example.com
Watch Me! is designed to help child care providers working with children ages birth to five to use developmental milestones in order to track development and talk to families. The 4 modules, together take about an hour to complete. You must successfully complete the final quiz in order to download the certificate of completion.
The Youth Development Institute offers online training courses for youth-serving paraprofessionals and volunteers seeking to increase their knowledge and enhance their skills. 16 different courses each take 1-2 hours to complete and contains links to outside reading materials, websites and video clips that illustrate the main concepts. A Community Forum allows users to share ideas with other course-takers. Courses are self-directed, allowing users to stop and start at their convenience. Individual courses are $15 each or you can buy the full package of 16 courses for $149.
IMPORTANT: Vermont Afterschool uses some of these modules as part of the Afterschool Essentials training course. Certificates from YDI courses must indicate that the individual has earned at least an 80% score to be verified in VT.
Online courses for professionals working with early child care (0-5) to school age children (5-12).
Cost varies. $5-20/training hour
IMPORTANT: Trainings must be at least one hour to count toward annual training requirements in Vermont.