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Certificate Verification Guide

Guide

This guide provides information on how to determine from a training certificate whether the training is state-approved for licensing credit.

Generally, for a training to be accepted by Bright from the Start for licensing credit, it must meet the following two requirements:

  1. The trainer must be approved and have a unique trainer code (TR-BFTS-###)
  2. The training must be approved and have a unique training code (TG-BFTS-###)

Exceptions are trainings offered as part of an approved conference and trainings offered by Approved Entities, which are assigned unique codes in the formats C-BFTS-XXX and AE-BFTS-XXX, respectively. In summary, you are looking for the following codes on a training certificate:

  • TR-BFTS-### and TG-BFTS-###, OR
  • C-BFTS-###, OR
  • AE-BFTS-###
CPR and First Aid

Georgia Training Approval does not approve CPR and First Aid trainings. The Bright from the Start rules and regulations for child care state the following concerning CPR and First Aid: "The first aid program must be done by certified or licensed health care professionals and must deal with the provision of emergency care to infants and children".

Certificates

The certificate should provide enough information for the consultant to determine that the trainer and training were approved at the time of the training. We ask trainers to include the following information on their certificates:

  • Title of training
  • Trainer code (TR-BFTS-###)* AND Training code (TG-BFTS-###)*
  • Workforce Knowledge and Competency standard(s), approved for each training
  • Number of approved clock hours
  • Location of training
  • Date of training
  • Trainer’s signature
  • Training expiration date
  • A statement to the effect that the class is state-approved by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning for child care providers

*Exceptions: Conference certificates only need a conference code (C-BFTS-###), and approved entity certificates only need an approved entity code (AE-BFTS-###).

Verification

To verify that a trainer, training, or conference is currently state-approved, go to the website www.gapds.decal.ga.gov and follow the instructions below::

Trainer Verification
  1. Click Trainers / Search Approved Trainers from the menu at the top of the page.
  2. Enter search criteria in the fields provided to pull up a list of trainers. Click the checkbox for Include Expired Trainers if you wish to verify a trainer who was previously approved but may be expired. The search results will show basic information about the trainers matching the search criteria.
  3. Click on the trainer name to display additional details for the trainer as well as a list of their approved trainings.
Training Verification
  1. Click Trainings / Search Approved Training from the menu at the top of the page.
  2. Enter search criteria in the fields provided to pull up a list of state approved trainings. Click the checkbox for Include Expired Trainings if you wish to verify a training that was previously approved but may be expired. The search results will show basic information about the trainings matching the search criteria.
  3. Click on the training name to display additional details for the training
Conference Verification
  1. Click Conferences / Find Conferences from the menu at the top of the page.
  2. Enter search criteria in the fields provided to pull up a list of approved conferences. Click the checkbox for Include Past Conferences if you wish to verify a conference that has already occurred. The search results will show basic information about the conferences matching the search criteria.
  3. Click on the conference name to display additional details for the conference.

If you have questions about the approval status of any training, contact Georgia Training Approval at 866-425-0220.

More Information

State-approved trainers are individuals who have been approved to provide clock hour training to child care professionals employed in Georgia's licensed child care learning centers and family child care learning homes. All state-approved trainers must be assigned a designation of Trainer I, Trainer II, Trainer III, or Specialty Trainer. Upon approval, trainers are also assigned an expiration date three or five years (depending on their designation) from the date of approval. Trainers must renew before this expiration date to maintain their state-approved status. Expired trainers may not provide state-approved training.

Conferences approved by Georgia Training Approval will have a code of C-BFTS-###. No more than six (6) hours of state-approved training may be granted for a conference/training event. Individual trainers and trainings involved in the conference do not need to be approved; Georgia Training Approval grants approval status to the entirety of the conference, and approval status is represented by a valid conference code.

An approved entity is a state or government institution or agency, college, or university that has been reviewed and accepted by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning to offer training for child care licensing to early care and education professionals in Georgia. Approval is granted to the entity’s department/program responsible for providing training. Approval status is represented by a valid Approved Entity code: AE-BFTS-###.

Workforce Knowledge and Competencies(WKCs) guide the development and delivery of quality professional learning opportunities for Georgia’s early learning and school age workforce. The WKCs answer the question, “What should early learning and school age professionals working with young children know and do?” There are competencies for the early learning and school age workforce as well as for administrators and directors. WKCs for early learning and school age professionals are designated on certificates by the prefix ECE, followed by a number representing the competency and standard addressed by the training: for example, ECE 1.4. A training may have been approved with multiple competencies. You can review Georgia’s Workforce Knowledge and Competencies here: Georgia's Workforce Knowledge and Competencies.

The competencies for administrators and directors are designated by the prefix ADM, followed by a number representing the competency area: for example, ADM 2. You can review the competencies for Program Administrators here: ADM Competencies. Again, trainings may address more than one competency. Trainings may also address both early learning and administrator competencies.