Online Training and Coursework

Colleges and other sponsors of professional development all over the world offer online training.  Some class sessions are only available online and some are hybrid, meaning the class sessions include both face to face meetings and online sessions.

To successfully complete online training students need:

  • High Speed internet access, an email account and up-to-date programs on your computer
  • Skills and experience in computer use
  • Time to take the class
  • To work and learn alone and independently
  • To learn by reading and thinking and writing
  • $ to pay for the module or course

Northern Lights Career Development Center reviews and approves sponsors of online training that is not for college credit.

Go to the approved sponsors and their website links. These online training  modules and workshops may count as training hours, once the documentation is submitted and verified by Northern Lights and entered into individual BFIS credential accounts.  Please read the description under each sponsor carefully.

  • Some sponsors only provide BASIC modules – these are marked
  • Some  sponsors have limitations on which modules are approved in Vermont
  • Documentation of all training must be submitted to Northern Lights in order to verify online training and post them in your BFIS Quality and Credential Account.  Please use this cover page when submitting documents.

Chart of all currently approved sponsors of training not for college credit

The criteria for approval of these sponsors is very similar to the approval criteria for sponsors of traditional, face to face group training.

Online training and coursework may be used for one or more of these:

  • Training hours to meet Vermont child care program licensing annual hours; training hours for Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS) – staff qualifications/professional development arena; initial Child Development Associate (CDA) credential required training, Agency of Education training to renew educator licensure, and more.  Be sure to follow the specific training requirements of the program or credential.
  • College credit (undergraduate or graduate).  Online courses from colleges and universities are approved and verified the same way as traditional face to face courses.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEU) are a measure of approved training (usually one unit = 10 hours).  Approved CEUs are only offered by a) some colleges and universities, b) organizations accredited by IACET (International Association of Continuing Education and Training)  or c) professional organizations such as the Mental Health Counselors.  CEUs are often required for renewal of professional licensure. They are not required in order to renew Vermont Agency of Education educator licensure. or to renew a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA).

About Webinars: A webinar is a presentation that people watch and listen to through the computer screen.   Most webinars have no requirement to participate or interact with the presenter or other students, and no requirement that the participant’s learning is evaluated.  For these reasons in Vermont webinars are not approved training hours.   The only exception to this is if one of the following criteria are met:

a) the webinar is used as part of the content of a group training led by an approved instructor  OR

b) the webinar is designed to include assessment of successful completion by each participant in meeting the learning objectives This kind of webinar would need to be approved by Northern Lights.