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Specialist Certification Overview

Provisional Certification Testing for Child Welfare Specialists is comprised of four skills-based components structured to support the successful execution of the Pinnacle Plan.  Performance reached through Provisional Certification is directly linked to Child Welfare Services’ goal of improving outcomes for the children and families we serve.  CW Specialists will achieve Provisional Certification once they have demonstrated skills on all four components; child interview, adult interview, safety assessment, and KIDS navigation.

The testing certification is completed during Module 4 of Child Welfare Specialist academy, CORE.  Supervisors are required to complete supporting documentation and provide to the Training Unit in order for the Child Welfare Specialist (CW Specialist) to move forward in his/her certification process.

Certification Testing Phases

Pinnacle Plan Point 3 Initiative 7:

Effective September 1, 2012, training for new Child Welfare Specialists (CW Specialist) requires successful completion of a performance competency evaluation prior to caseload assignment.

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