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Trainer’s Credential

The administrative regulatio922 KAR 2:240 establishes the requirements for an individual to obtain a Kentucky Early Care and Education Trainer’s Credential. Credentialed trainers promote high-quality professional development resulting in a transfer of learning and positive outcomes for young children and families. Training provided by a credential trainer meets the requirements for child care licensing, All STARS Quality Rating System, Commonwealth Child Care Credential renewal, and the Trainer’s Credential Renewal.

Important Update from the Division of Child Care

Trainer’s Credential
Regulation Update

The Division of Child Care announced that on June 16, 2021 at the Health, Welfare, and Family Services legislative committee meeting new child care regulations were passed. Specifically, several changes that affect the Trainer’s Credential regulation.

2021 Regulation Changes Tip Sheet

Highlights recent regulatory changes for Kentucky Credentialed Trainers

Got questions? Contact the Training Coach in your region. Coaches are available to:

Got questions? Contact the Training Coach in your region. Coaches are available to:

✔️ Guide potential trainers through the application process
✔️ Assist Kentucky Credentialed Trainers with instructional design and development

Where is the online application located?

The application is located on ECE-TRIS. Log into your account and locate Trainer Credential Applications.

Don’t Have an ECE-TRIS Account?

Register online to create an account.

Locate a Credential Trainer

Locate approved trainers in your region or statewide by visiting the Trainer Search area in ECE-TRIS

Steps to Becoming a Credentialed Trainer

💻 Training can be taken in any order

FET & Intro to Resources

To register for the Fundamentals of Effective Training and/or Introduction to Resources in Kentucky for Early Care and Education Trainers. Please note that FET slots tend to fill quickly. If an event is sold out, you can email to be put on a wait list and alerted when registration opens up for the next FET session.


ECE-TRIS Data Entry Training

This course meets the requirement for the cabinet’s designated database training and must be completed by all potential trainers. Visit ECE-TRIS for registration instructions.


FET 370

Potential trainers and credentialed trainers conducting online trainings or webinars must complete FET 370: Introduction to Developing and Facilitating Online Training

Log into your ECE-TRIS account and locate the Trainer Credential Applications area. Complete the application and upload all supporting documentation. Reference: Tip Sheet for Submitting Initial Trainer Application online located below.

Initial Application

Renewal Application

Frequently Asked Questions

Downloadable Documents

Policy Clarifications

Credentialed Trainers

To receive important information regarding your credential, please ensure your email address is up-to-date. Email updates can be sent to and don’t forget to update your ECE-TRIS account. Log into ECE-TRIS and update using Manage My Personal Information.

Division of Child Care Updates

The Division of Child Care has announced that trainers may resume conducting in-person training. Please be advised that you will need to follow the Healthy at Work guidelines during the training.

For information relating to the Healthy at Work guidelines visit:

Professional Development for Trainers

Did you know we have a series of courses for trainers that meet the requirement for how to train other adults and other hours, called Beyond Fundamentals? To learn more about this series visit HDI Learning.

Join the Trainer’s Facebook Group

Join the Training Coaches in a private Facebook group specifically designed for Kentucky’s Credentialed Trainers to connect. Also, you will be kept up to date on training announcements and the latest Division of Child Care updates. Visit

Join the Trainer Connections Group

Trainer Connections are a series of ongoing events planned for Trainers, by Trainers, and held throughout Kentucky. They are opportunities for Trainers to get together, share resources, ideas, and network.  Trainer Connections may be hosted online or in-person in various regions based on the needs of each community of Trainers. Unable to make it? All sessions are archived. Visit HDI Learning and add FET: Trainer Connection Online Community to your cart. Check out, explore the archives, and learn.

Read the Trainer Talk Newsletter

Trainer Talk is an electronic newsletter published quarterly and distributed via email to all ECE Credentialed Trainers. It is written and edited by Training Coaches and contains news, notes, and brief articles of professional interest to trainers, as well as a calendar of upcoming/future professional development opportunities.

Trainer Talk: January 2022 Edition

Trainer Talk: October 2021 Edition

Trainer Talk: July 2021 Edition

Trainer Talk: April 2021 Edition

Trainer Talk: January 2021 Edition

Trainer Talk: October 2020 Edition

Trainer Talk: July 2020 Edition

Trainer Talk: April 2020 Edition