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Specialist Certification

A new specialist’s Child Welfare journey consists of 3 Phases during which the specialist is assigned a gradual caseload and upon completion of the third Phase, is considered Certified. Here is that process broken down by Phase:

Phase 1

Attend CORE Mods 1-4

Mod 4 contains a simulated interviewing experience This is where the specialist will complete an adult interview, a child interview, and the AOCS.

The interviews and the AOCS will be rated based on “grading sheets” and the specialist will receive a finding of: Meets, Needs Improvement, or Does Not Meet.

Specialists who receive Meets Standards and Needs Improvement findings will immediately move on to Mod 5 and Mod 6 (program specific).

Specialists who receive a Does Not Meet Standards finding need more support before moving on to the next module. In order to support their development, they will return to their county office and work with their supervisor for 30 days. During that 30 day period, the specialist will complete 4 Adult Interviews and 4 Child Interviews. Once the supervisor determines that the specialist is developmentally on target, the specialist will then proceed to Mod 5 and Mod 6 (program specific). See Child Welfare Specialist Handbook for required documentation.

Following the completion of Mods 5 and/or 6, the specialist will be considered “Provisionally Certified” and will receive a 50% caseload. This completes Phase 1.

Phase 2

During Phase 2, the specialist is adjusting to the pace of their workload and their supervisor continues to assist with their overall development, especially related to interviewing. This process is designed to occur over a 90 day period. In addition, a coaching plan is created by the supervisor and the specialist. See Specialist Certification Handbook for further details.

Month 1 & 2
Complete live interviews: 4 adult interviews and 4 child interviews
Month 3
Supervisor is rating the specialist based on the grading sheets. The specialist needs to receive a Meets Standards or Needs Improvement finding on 2 out of 3 adult interviews and 2 out of 3 child interviews.

Once all documentation is provided and surveys are complete, the specialist will be eligible to receive a 75% caseload. This completes Phase 2.

Phase 3

Phase 3 is the same as Phase 2. Once the documentation is received by the training unit, the specialist is eligible for a full caseload (100%) and completes Phase 3. This is when the specialist is considered to be Certified.

For specific information related to required documentation, the field observation “grading” sheets, and other Certification needs, please click below on the Certification Handbook.

Resource Documents:

Specialist Certification Grading Sheets