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CORE Learning

CORE is required training for all newly hired Child Welfare Specialists.

Training consists of Pre-CORE, CORE, KIDS Training and On the Job Training (OJT).  Pre-CORE requirements are listed in the CORE Companion Guide, the OJT Workbook (for Specialists) and OJT Guide for Supervisors.  Pre-CORE activity completion is indicated within the LMS.  After completing each Pre-CORE activity, the Specialist will verify completion within the LMS and the Supervisor will “witness” the completion within the LMS.  The same process occurs for OJT activity completion.

CORE training is delivered through a blended learning format.  This means that there are online learning modules that are required to be completed prior to attending in person or virtual classroom seminars.

CORE training currently consists of six modules followed by Post CORE Required Levels courses, which are program specific (CPS, FCS, PP, FC./A).   For more information specific to CORE Modules, please review the CORE Companion Guide.

CORE Enrollment Information

CORE Online Enrollment Request

Upon confirmation of enrollment, the Specialist will be assigned Pre-CORE, KIDS Training, and OJT in the LMS.  In order to enroll a Specialist, they must have the following:

  • PeopleSoft ID (ability to log into the LMS)
  • U Number
  • Access to either a laptop or a desktop computer

There are required Pre-CORE activities that must be completed prior to beginning Mod 1.  See CORE Companion Guide for details.

Core Schedule FY 2020

Attendance Information

All in person modules begin on day one at 10:00 a.m.  Remaining classroom days begin at 8:00 a.m. Exceptions to this are Mock Court, which begins at 10:30 a.m.

Provisional Certification days begin at 8:00 a.m. and Specialists are assigned specific times for each of their assessments.

Attendance & Timeliness: Child Welfare Specialists should plan to be on time and attend each day of CORE learning. Tardiness creates a disruption and will be discussed with the Child Welfare Specialists’ supervisor. Absences are approved by the Training Unit on a case by case basis.

Approval of Leave: Any leave requests will be directed to the Child Welfare Specialists’ supervisor for approval. Annual leave should not be approved during CORE Learning. Any CW Specialist with planned leave will be required to wait until the next available CW Specialist CORE Learning Session. Child Welfare Specialists who miss any portion of CORE due to emergencies or other unforeseen circumstances may also have to wait until the next scheduled CORE group to attend training.

Inclement Weather: Under no circumstance should CW Specialists feel forced to travel in inclement weather if he/she feels uncomfortable or unsafe in doing so. If CW Specialists choose not to attend due to inclement weather, he/she are expected to contact his/her (their) supervisor to discuss plans to return to the county office or take appropriate leave. If he/she have questions, he/she needs to call the CORE Coordinator. Information regarding closing or delays will be listed as soon as a decision is made on our website in the News & Updates Section.

Make-up Days: The decision to make up days due to emergencies or inclement weather will be made on an individual basis. The decision will be based on the amount of time missed, the content missed, and the CW Specialist’s progress.

The Modules are:

Module 1

Preparing for Child Welfare Work

Module 2

Engaging Children and Families

Module 3

Interviewing Children and Families for Safety, Permanency, and Well-being

Module 4

Assessing and Planning for Safety, Permanency, and Well-being

Module 5

Introduction to Child Welfare and the Legal System

Module 6

Putting It All Together: Provisional Certification

This Module includes the AOCS Assessment, KIDS Assessment, Child Interview and Adult Interview.  Interviews are determined by the Specialist’s Program (CPS, FCS, PP, FC/A, Comp)

All reinstated CWS Ⅰs and Ⅱs are required to complete a Mod 6 assessment that includes:  AOCS assessment, Child and Adult Interview Assessments.  The Training Unit highly recommends that any reinstated employee be enrolled in Mod 3, as there are basic Motivational Interviewing skills introduced in this module, which the Specialist will be evaluated for during their Provisional Certification Interview assessments.

On the Job Training

On the Job Training occurs throughout the Specialist’s time in CORE.  OJT is intended to be flexible so that the Supervisor may work with their team and schedule the Specialist to shadow OJT events as they arise.  Best Practice would be to schedule OJT activities for Module 1 after Module 1 has been completed, however that is not a requirement.

The On the Job (OJT) Workbook for Supervisors is still in remediation.  For a copy, please request at Child Welfare Training.

Resource Documents

CORE Activities & Checklists

Pre-CORE activities are listed within the CORE Companion Guide and the LMS.  OJT activities are listed in the OJT Workbook and OJT Supervisor’s Guide.  The completion of these activities is indicated within the LMS.

The OJT Workbook for Specialists provides clear instructions and directions for the Specialist for each OJT activity.  Specialists will need to use the workbook  to provide instructions for each activity and to answer questions about the activites, including while shadowing, and refer to their answers when debriefing with their Supervisor.

Supervisors are expected to schedule and structure their Specialist’s OJT activities and debrief activities with their Specialist weekly.

AOCS Examples

The AOCS Examples are listed below:


Questions about New Specialist Certification?
Contact the New Specialist Certification Coordinator