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****Our current estimated turnaround time for the Early Childhood Professional Credential is twelve weeks.****

IMPORTANT NOTE: We will be prioritizing Credential reviews and temporarily not answering calls or emails on Wednesdays. We will return them as soon as possible on the following Thursday. Please view our Help Desk page for help around our most frequently asked questions.

Early Childhood Professional Credential 2.0

The Early Childhood Professional Credential has been revised to support the career development of a broader spectrum of early childhood professionals, recognize alternative pathways that lead to expertise in early childhood education, create more achievable increments between levels, align with the new Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System, and unify multiple credentialing systems.  

To apply, you must be registered in the PDIS.  In the 'My Profile' section, click on 'Colorado EC Professional Credential 2.0' and follow the steps.  Need a step-by-step guide?  See page 17 of the Five Steps to PDIS Success How to Guide.

For information on Credential turnaround time, click HERE.

New Ongoing Professional Development Documentation Requirements

EC Professional Credential Overview

EC Professional Credential Worksheet

EC Professional Credential Definitions

Experience Documentation Worksheet

Coaching Verification Letter

Demonstrated Competencies 

Credential Equivalency Chart for Child Care Licensing Requirements
(Please note: The credential is an additional pathway to meet these licensing requirements and not required.  Please contact Child Care Licensing at the Office of Early Childhood or your Licensing Specialist for further information.)

Credential Components Graphic

Credential 2.0 FAQs

Credential Appeal Process

Finding and Understanding Your Credential Points Document

Early Childhood Professional Credential by Level

Credential Professionals by Level by Year

Formal Education Courses Aligned to Competency

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