Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council

Certificates of Proficiency

The Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council, Inc. (VCCICC) is eager to assist students enrolled in Human Service programs at technical centers in earning Certificates of Proficiency during the school year. Certificates of Proficiency are formal, industry-recognized certificates awarded to students who demonstrate competencies in specific skills, such as engaging a child in conversation and proper hand washing. These skills are crucial to supporting the healthy growth and development of young children. Based on national standards, the Certificates of Proficiency were developed and are administered in partnership with Vermont child care employers, independent industry representatives, and career and technical centers.

Certificates of Proficiency:

  • Expose students to professional standards required by employers in the field
  • Clearly state the knowledge and skill demonstrated by the student during an on-site observation and assessment
  • Can complement a student’s professional path towards achieving the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and/or Career Level Certificates that include on-site observation, as outlined by the Northern Lights Career Development Center
  • Afford students the opportunity to interact with a child care industry-approved independent assessor who will provide an unbiased assessment of skills
  • Encourage students to build confidence in their knowledge and skills
  • Are recognized for advanced standing in the Vermont Department of Labor approved Registered Child Care Apprenticeship Program
  • Are signed by the Governor, Commissioners of the Department of Labor and the Department for Children and Families, and the Board President of VCCICC

VCCICC provides materials and works with the instructor, the student’s on-site child care supervisor, independent assessors, and the State of Vermont to award these Certificates. The process meets the gold standard for quality as defined by the U.S. Department of Education and meets the requirements of 2006 Perkins legislation for certificates of this type.

If you are a director, teacher, or student in a Human Service/Early Childhood program at a technical center, please contact VCCICC for more information. We would be happy to meet with you and/or your students to provide more information about this unique opportunity. VCCICC staff is available to present this information to current or potential students in your program. To schedule a meeting or for general questions, please contact VCCICC at 802-985-2700. Our goal is to complement your program in preparing students for success in the early education field. Thank you for your support of students interested in entering Vermont’s child care workforce!