If you work in a regulated early childhood or afterschool program in Vermont, there are four primary types of trainings that can count toward training hours required by child care licensing.
In Person trainings are held in person, led by a qualified instructor, and completed as a group.
Online Real-Time trainings are held online using real-time technology (like Zoom or Microsoft Teams), led by a qualified instructor, and completed as a group.
Online Anytime trainings are available online at a time that works for you, and are completed on your own.
Online Asynchronous trainings are available online at a time that works for you, led by a qualified instructor on a schedule, and completed on your own as part of a group. Most online college courses use an online asynchronous model.
How to Find Trainings that Count
To find in person and online real-time trainings that count in Vermont, you can check the Northern Lights Training Calendar and the BFIS Course Calendar. Both calendars include all open trainings offered by approved sponsors in Vermont.
To find the list of training organization that are approved in Vermont, visit the Approved Training Organizations page on the Northern Lights website. This is also a great place to look for online anytime trainings as the links to training organizations are provided where available:
The vast majority of online asynchronous professional development opportunities in Vermont are offered by institutions of higher education. Some of these opportunities are available for training hours as well as college credit.