Job & Family Services Early Learning and Development
Specialized Training



Research confirms that formal education and on-going professional development are linked to positive outcomes for children.

As a result, Ohio has included specialized training as one of the five benchmarks that programs must meet in order to achieve a Star Rating.


   approval process  


Individuals seeking to be approved trainers and training approvals must be recognized as Ohio Approved. All instructors must submit their application through the Training Approval and Scheduling Center.  Information regarding Ohio Approved professional development can be found on the Early Childhood Ohio Website: http://www.earlychildhoodohio.org/ohioapproved.stm

As of June 1, 2016, all requests for Ohio Approved professional development and study groups/community of learners are now being processed through the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR).  To submit a conference or study group/community of learners please create a Registry profile or sign in to your profile at https://www.occrra.org/user/login.  

The OPR Instructor, Training Organization Guide will assist you in completing the necessary steps. The Guide can be found at:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4XzmZ82ldilRV9kRnpIbGQ4ZTQ/view?usp=sharing

Questions pertaining to the approval process should contact approval@occrra.org.     

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