Trainer Registry: Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Trainer Registry?
The overall purpose of the Trainer Registry is to develop a network of trainers who are committed to providing quality adult learning experiences for individuals who work with children and families in South Dakota.
- To enhance availability of professional training for trainers based on core knowledge
and competencies (skills) individuals should have in order to provide quality adult
- To promote accessibility to quality educational opportunities meeting the diverse
professional development needs of all individuals who work in early childhood and
school-age care programs.
- To recognize individuals who complete specialized training and work experiences
promoting their ability to provide quality professional development experiences
- To promote awareness of training opportunities available to practitioners.
- To maintain records of training sessions conducted by registered trainers in
conjunction with the Career Lattice.
Who can participate in the Trainer Registry?
Participation in the Trainer Registry is voluntary. The registry includes three levels of recognition for individuals who provide adult education experiences for early childhood and school-age care practitioners:
- Level I:
Registered trainers are individuals who periodically provide group training
experiences for early childhood and/or school-age practitioners. Early childhood
mentors, advisors, home visitors and parent educators who have completed
specialized training that enables them to provide one-on-one training to practitioners
and parents are eligible.
- Level II:
Validated trainers are individuals who voluntarily complete a review process
that enhances the trainer’s ability to provide quality adult learning experiences.
- Level III:
Master educators are individuals who provide college or university level
early childhood education courses. Master educators are required to complete the
professional development requirements of their respective educational institution.
How does the application process work?
- All individuals who provide adult education experiences for early childhood and
school-age practitioners are encouraged to apply to the Trainer Registry by requesting
an application packet from any of the contacts listed on the back of this booklet.
- The completed Pathways Trainer Application is sent to the appropriate regional Early
Childhood Enrichment Program. The program staff will contact
the trainer to set up a meeting for special instruction and to receive applicable trainer
- The trainer is notified of the Trainer Registry Level she/he has attained and is provided with a Pathways certificate. The certificate is ongoing and trainers are encouraged to
actively pursue additional education in the Core Areas of Knowledge (skills).
All trainers are required to comply to the following additional requirements:
- Register training sessions or events at least four weeks in advance with the regional
Early Childhood Enrichment office.
- Assure training tracking forms are completed correctly and procedures for distribution
and submission are followed.
- Adhere to the core knowledge and competencies as outlined in the “South Dakota
Pathways to Professional Development Core Competencies” guide.
- Promote the Pathway’s Career Lattice at each training event to ensure class
participants have knowledge of the program benefits and understand how to apply for