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Trainer’s Credential

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 (i.e., mandatory masking, appropriate social distancing) during the training.

For information relating to the Healthy at Work guidelines visit:

Annual Training Hours

From DCC – All staff members will begin a new year of training hours on July 1st, 2020, and they must complete their training by June 30th, 2021. This will be a permanent change due to new regulatory changes to 922 KAR 2:090 Child Care Center Licensure and to 922 KAR 2:100 Certification of Child Care Homes that will go into effect in June 2020. Instead of tracking staff training hours by hire date, all staff members will have the same beginning and end dates for annual training hours.


In August 2000, as a component of KIDS Now, the Early Childhood Development Authority accepted the recommendations of the Professional Development Council and the Credentials Work Group, establishing a new Early Childhood Trainer’s Credential.


In April 2003, the first Early Care and Education Trainer’s Credential was issued. Since then, approximately 2,050 credentials have been issued to 1,170 trainers. Currently, there are over 600 active trainers.


Award Hours Towards:
✔️ Child Care Licensure
✔️ All STARS Quality Ratings System
✔️ Trainer’s Credential Renewal

The administrative regulation 922 KAR 2:240 establishes the requirements for an individual to obtain a Kentucky Early Care and Education Trainer’s Credential. The goal is to provide quality professional development that is based on a performance approach to training, which emphasizes the transfer of training to the early care and education workplace.


For questions contact the training coach in your area.


Or the Trainers Credential Coordinator:
☎️ Call (859) 257-1267
📧 Email:

Where is the online application located?

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

Don’t Have an ECE-TRIS Account?

Complete a Personal-Information Form

Initial Application

Renewal Application

Frequently Asked Questions


💻 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

To register for the ECE-TRIS data entry training.


Apply Online

To apply online login to your ECE-TRIS account and click on Trainer Credential Applications. Complete the application and upload all supporting documentation. Reference the Tip sheet for submitting the application online located in the documents section.

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 click Manage My Personal Information.

Trainer Connection

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 can vary region by region based upon the needs of each community of Trainers.  Additional information can be located at Trainer Connections.

Trainer Talk

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: April 2021 Edition

Trainer Talk: January 2021 Edition

Trainer Talk: October 2020 Edition

Trainer Talk: July 2020 Edition

Trainer Talk: April 2020 Edition