Trainer and training approval
The Department of Early Learning (DEL) recently implemented a new trainer approval process for Washington to promote quality training opportunities around the state and establish a consistent process for reviewing all trainers. State-approved trainers will be able to offer trainings that meet the required STARS 10-hour continuing education and 20-hour basic trainings.
All new trainers are required to go through the new trainer approval process.
Prospective trainers must apply through MERIT, our state’s online professional development registry, to determine their trainer level:
MERIT will display approved trainers, their contact information, areas of expertise, geographic availability and training philosophy. All trainers are required to align trainings to Washington's core competency.
Why become an approved trainer?
- The integrity and quality of training sets the foundation for early care and education and school-age professionals.
- Approved trainers are able to advertise trainings around the state.
- Approved trainers can keep track of attendance and completion of training in MERIT.
- Approved trainers help to highlight the leadership and importance of trainers in our professional development system.
How do I apply?
- All prospective trainers must complete a trainer application online through MERIT, as well as a professional development unit example. Please reference the trainer level requirements to select the level of trainer you are applying for.
- All trainers must complete the six online modules that will set a foundation for training consistency around the state.
- Trainers must submit accompanying documents to complete the application including proof of education/credentials, current resume, letters of reference and proof of completion for online modules.
How do I offer trainings after I am approved trainer?
- Once you are an approved trainer, you are able to enter trainings into the system.
- In order to add a training, you must complete the online training session application. This application includes relevant information that will help a professional decide whether the training meets his or her needs.
- Once the form is complete, the training will automatically be added to the training calendar and search features within MERIT.
- Although individual trainings do not go through a formal approval process, all trainings are subject to ongoing monitoring including on-site review.
- Each training session application is valid for three years.
DEL supports state-approved trainers who provide quality educational opportunities to Washington’s early care and education and school-age professionals. Financial resources are available to support trainiers' career growth. This application is available in MERIT.