certification & renewal
The ITP’s credential is the Infant, Toddler and Family Certificate. It applies to early intervention service coordination and special instruction services. Follow these steps to obtain your certification:meet the standards
Individuals who serve infants and toddlers in the ITP need specialized knowledge and skills. These are necessary in working with the diverse young children, families, caregivers and professionals they will encounter. Potential certificate awardees must have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in one of the following fields:
- Birth-Kindergarten Education/Early Childhood Special Education/Special Education/ Education
- Child Development/Human Development/Family Relations/Family Studies/Family and Consumer Sciences
- Social Work
CDSA Early Intervention Service Coordinators and contracted providers of special instruction are eligible to apply for the Infant-Toddler Family Certificate. Complete and submit your application to the CDSA for the county where the services will be provided.complete the process
CDSAs will award or deny the certificate within 30 days of application receipt based on the degree attainment. See specific degrees listed in the
ITP Guidance for Personnel Certification [PDF 73KB].
The North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program (ITP) Guidance for Personnel Certification (Guidance) applies to early intervention service coordination and special instruction services. Certificates are granted by the Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA) for the county in which services are provided.
Free Continuing Professional Development Opportunities [PDF 548KB]
The North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program (ITP) Guidance for Personnel Certification applies to early intervention service coordination and special instruction services. Under this guidance, continuing professional development is required for all Infant, Toddler, and Family Certificate holders. The annual continuing professional development requirement is 10 contact hours (1.0 CEU) per year, to be obtained between January 1 and December 31 of the year. Contact hours/CEU credits must focus on infants and toddlers with or without disabilities, and their families.
N.C. ITP Documentation of Continuing Professional Development [Word 97KB]
This is official documentation for continuing professional development, and may be requested by the CDSA for verification of information.
N.C. ITP Continuing Professional Development Organization/Business Request [Word 48KB]
The ITP maintains a list of credible organizations and businesses that provide evidence-based trainings relevant to infants and toddlers with or without disabilities, and their families. Use this form to recommend a training organization/business to add to the Continuing Professional Development Approved Entities [PDB 229KB] list.