COVID-19 Training Guidelines

Training Types and Criteria

Becky Millard

If you work in a regulated early childhood or afterschool program in Vermont, there are four 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, must be pre-approved by Northern Lights at CCV, 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 online anytime trainings, visit the Online Anytime Training page on the Northern Lights website. Online anytime trainings must be pre-approved so you should always check this page before completing an online anytime training to be sure it will count.

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. Criteria for online asynchronous trainings in Vermont offered by other entities is under development with the BBF PPD Committee.