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  1. What is the Oregon Registry Trainer Program?
  2. What are the benefits of being a certified Oregon Registry Trainer?
  3. Must I be certified by the Oregon Registry Trainer Program in order to offer training to childhood care & education professionals in Oregon?
  4. What are the advantages to participants when they take training from a certified trainer?
  5. What are “Sets”?
  6. What are the differences between Standardized, Community, and Master Trainers?
  7. What are the qualifications for Standardized Trainers?
  8. What are the qualifications for Community Trainers?
  9. What are the qualifications for Master Trainers?
  10. How can I become a Standardized Trainer for a particular curriculum?
  11. What training can I offer if I am a Standardized Trainer?
  12. If I am certified in a Standardized Training curriculum and decide that I don’t want to offer that training anymore, can I pass the trainer guide on to another person to use?
  13. How can I become a Community Trainer or Master Trainer?
  14. What training can I offer if I am a certified Community Trainer?
  15. What training can I offer if I am a certified Master Trainer?
  16. If my education or expertise is outside the field of childcare or education, can I become an Oregon Registry trainer?
  17. May I offer training in languages other than English?
  18. How can I obtain the adult education hours required to become a Master Trainer?
  19. Does my trainer certification ever expire?
  20. What if my contact information changes?
  21. What if I no longer wish to be a certified trainer?
  22. Once I am certified by the Oregon Registry Trainer Program, where can I offer training?
  23. Does anyone keep a list of certified trainers?
  24. Can I expect to be compensated for my training?
  25. What if I have more questions about Oregon Registry Trainers?
  26. What if I have a complaint about an Oregon Registry Trainer?

Q: What is the Oregon Registry Trainer Program?

The Oregon Registry Trainer Program offers voluntary certification for trainers and adult educators in the childhood care and education profession. It is housed at the Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care & Education at Portland State University.

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Q: What are the benefits of being a certified Oregon Registry Trainer?

Certification through the Oregon Registry Trainer Program assures that trainers are offering training that meets the standards for the knowledge sets of the Core Body of Knowledge and is connected to the Oregon Registry Steps. Certified trainers also may request technical assistance from the Oregon Registry Trainer Program staff with training techniques and session development. Certificates issued by certified trainers include the set (Set One, Set Two, or Set Three) and are considered to be “good to go” when presented as training documentation for the Oregon Registry and for Child Care Division licensing renewals

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Q: Must I be certified by the Oregon Registry Trainer Program in order to offer training to childhood care & education professionals in Oregon?

Being certified is voluntary. Oregon’s professional development system accepts introductory training provided by certified trainers as well as trainers who are not certified by the Oregon Registry Trainer Program.

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Q: What are the advantages to participants when they take training from a certified trainer?

Participants can be assured that the set designation of the training, the assigned core knowledge categories, and standards for sound adult education practices are included and are being met. Training by certified trainers is considered to be “good to go” for the Oregon Registry and for Child Care Division training requirements for licensing.

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Q: What are “Sets”?

The Core Body of Knowledge for Oregon’s Childhood Care & Education Professionals outlines three levels or “Sets” of knowledge for each of ten core knowledge categories. Set One is introductory level training that forms the foundation of knowledge. Set Two training is based upon the prior knowledge and provides intermediate level of training. Set Three is the highest level of knowledge and is offered to professionals who have had extensive training and education in the topic of the training session.

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Q: What are the differences between Standardized, Community, and Master Trainers?

Standardized Trainers are specifically qualified and approved to deliver one or more of the Standardized Training Curricula, which are packaged curricula that have been developed to meet the training needs of professionals statewide. Community Trainers and Master Trainers are qualified and approved to deliver training sessions that they have developed themselves. Qualifications for each trainer type are based on one’s experience as a trainer, experience in the field, and education in the field and are increasingly more rigorous from the Standardized to Master Trainer types.

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Q: What are the qualifications for Standardized Trainers?

Standardized trainers qualify in one of three ways: 1) their previous experience as trainers; 2) their training and experience in the field or training topic; or 3) their education in the field.

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Q: What are the qualifications for Community Trainers?

Community Trainers must have at least a CDA or a Step 7 on the Oregon Registry. They must have at least three years of experience in the field. In addition, they must have 20 clock hours of training in adult education or adult development OR have conducted at least 60 clock hours of training within the past 5 years OR must be in a co-training or mentoring relationship with an experienced trainer.

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Q: What are the qualifications for Master Trainers?

Master Trainers must have at least a bachelor’s degree in the field or a Step 10 on the Oregon Registry. They must have at least three years of experience in the field. They must have 20 clock hours of training in adult education or adult development AND have conducted at least 60 clock hours of training within the past 5 years.

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Q: How can I become a Standardized Trainer for a particular curriculum?

Standardized trainers are recruited as needed to offer the standardized training curricula. Recruitment announcements and application packets, which include a description of qualifications, are posted on the Oregon Center for Career Development Childhood Care and Education website, www.centerline.pdx.edu, when there is a scheduled training of trainers. OCCD does not accept applications for Standardized Trainers at other times. Community Trainers and Master Trainers may also apply to offer standardized training curricula.

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Q: What training can I offer if I am a Standardized Trainer?

The Oregon Registry approved trainings you can offer are the approved standardized training sessions for which you have been trained and certified.

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Q: If I am certified in a Standardized Training curriculum and decide that I don’t want to offer that training anymore, can I pass the trainer guide on to another person to use?

No. The trainer guide and accompanying trainer materials are to be used only by trainers certified by OCCD to offer that specific curriculum. If you no longer wish to provide the training, please contact OCCD at occdtrainer@pdx.edu.

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Q: How can I become a Community Trainer or Master Trainer?

Persons who are qualified through their experience as a trainer, experience in the field, and education in the field may apply to be a Community or Master Trainer at any time by completing a trainer application. Descriptions of the qualifications for Master and Community Trainers and the application forms are available on the Oregon Registry Trainer Program page of the OCCD website.

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Q: What training can I offer if I am a certified Community Trainer?

As a certified Community Trainer you can offer your own independently developed training sessions that meet the Core Body of Knowledge standards for Set One. As a certified Community Trainer, you also may apply to offer Standardized Training curricula.

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Q: What training can I offer if I am a certified Master Trainer?

As a certified Master Trainer you can offer your own independently developed training sessions that meet the Core Body of Knowledge standards for Sets One, Two, or Three. As a certified Master Trainer you may also apply to offer Standardized Training curricula, and you may offer train-the-trainer sessions.

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Q: If my education or expertise is outside the field of childcare or education, can I become an Oregon Registry trainer?

Yes. If you have expertise that is out of the field of childhood care and education (such as business or health) and would like to offer relevant training to those in the field, you may qualify to be either a Specialty Community Trainer or Specialty Master Trainer.

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Q: May I offer training in languages other than English?

Yes. We actively seek trainers who are fluent in other languages, especially Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Chinese. Trainers must be fully bilingual in their training language and in English in order to be certified trainers.

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Q: How can I obtain the adult education hours required to become a Master Trainer?

Many applicants have already had coursework as a part of their degree programs that included content in adult education or adult development or may have attended training of trainers classes or other training sessions that focus on adult education or adult development. For more information see "Training in Adult Education and Development" found in our Forms and Resources. You are encouraged to consult with Oregon Registry Trainer Program staff before enrolling in classes or trainings in order to determine whether your selection will meet the adult education/adult development requirement.

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Q: Does my trainer certification ever expire?

Your trainer certification is up for renewal every three years. You will receive a communication from OCCD six months before your renewal date. You will be asked to return an update form at that time. To assure that certified trainers are continuing in their own professional development, trainers must attend at least six (6) clock hours of continuing education in adult education, adult development, or any topic that increases depth of knowledge in any core knowledge category within each 3 year review period.

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Q: What if my contact information changes?

Please let us know right away if you have changes in your name, address, phone numbers, FAX number, or email address. Simply send us an email at occdtrainer@pdx.edu.

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Q: What if I no longer wish to be a certified trainer?

Simply call or contact OCCD and ask to be inactivated. If you are certified in a Standardized curriculum, you may be asked to return your training materials.

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Q: Once I am certified by the Oregon Registry Trainer Program, where can I offer training?

Many certified trainers are affiliated with non-profit or for-profit organizations, training institutions such as child care resource and referral organizations, or professional organizations, and offer training through those venues. If you are an independent trainer, you are free to market your services as an Oregon Registry trainer and enter into training contracts or agreements. Your training may be offered anywhere you wish to audiences of childhood care & education professionals.

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Q: Does anyone keep a list of certified trainers?

OCCD keeps an updated list of certified trainers. You will find trainers listed by thru various Standardized Curricula, Community Trainers, and Master Trainers: 

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Q: Can I expect to be compensated for my training?

This is often decided by the organization for which you are offering the training. If you are contracting with an organization, you may be able to negotiate your rates. As an independent trainer offering training on your own, you have the right to set your own rates.

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Q: What if I have more questions about Oregon Registry Trainers?

Send an email to occdtrainer@pdx.edu, or call toll free at 1-877-725-5430. We are happy to help.

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Q: What if I have a complaint about an Oregon Registry Trainer?

Contact the Oregon Registry Trainer Program Staff:

Toll free: (877) 725-8535; Direct: (503) 725-8535
Fax: (503) 725-5430; Email: occdtrainer@pdx.edu

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