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Staff and providers who work with families with infants and toddlers enrolled in the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program (ITP) must complete select trainings to ensure that ITP workforce maintains foundational knowledge and skills informed by evidence-based practices necessary to best support our families.

Training and professional development information included on this webpage are updated periodically to include the most up-to-date trainings, resources, and information for our workforce.


Future Training 

  • Orientation to the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program  
  • Introduction to the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)  
  • Infant Mental Health Modules/Competencies  


The ITP’s credential is the Infant, Toddler and Family Certificate. It applies to early intervention service coordination and special instruction services. Follow these steps to obtain your certification:

Meet the Standards

Individuals who serve infants and toddlers in the ITP need specialized knowledge and skills. These are necessary in working with the diverse young children, families, caregivers and professionals they will encounter. Potential certificate awardees must have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in one of the following fields:

  • Birth-Kindergarten Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Special Education
  • Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Child Development
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Counseling
  • Human Development
  • Family Relations
  • Family Studies
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Another human services field

Know the Process

CDSA Early Intervention Service Coordinators and contracted providers of special instruction are eligible to apply for the Infant-Toddler Family Certificate. Complete and submit your application to the CDSA for the county where the services will be provided.

Complete the Process

CDSAs will award or deny the certificate within 30 days of application receipt based on the degree attainment. See specific degrees listed in the

ITP Policy and Procedures for Personnel Certification
Application for Infant, Toddler, and Family Certification 

The North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program (ITP) Guidance for Personnel Certification (Guidance) applies to early intervention service coordination and special instruction services. A Letter of Certification is provided by the Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA) for the county in which services are provided.

Free Continuing Professional Development Opportunities 2020-2023
Free Continuing Professional Development Opportunities (2019 and prior) 

The North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program (ITP) Guidance for Personnel Certification applies to early intervention service coordination and special instruction services. Under this guidance, continuing professional development is required for all Infant, Toddler, and Family Certificate holders. The annual continuing professional development requirement is 10 contact hours (1.0 CEU) per year, to be obtained between January 1 and December 31 of the year. Contact hours/CEU credits must focus on infants and toddlers with or without disabilities, and their families.

N.C. ITP Documentation of Continuing Professional Development 

This is official documentation for continuing professional development, and may be requested by the CDSA for verification of information.

N.C. ITP Continuing Professional Development Organization/Business Request 

The ITP maintains a list of credible organizations and businesses that provide evidence-based trainings relevant to infants and toddlers with or without disabilities, and their families. Use this form to recommend a training organization/business to add to the Continuing Professional Development Approved Entities


Be Early Brochure: provides basic information about the ITP and what to do if there are concerns about a child's development. Also includes a checklist of developmental milestones for the first year of life.

Assistive Technology Loaning Program: provides proper care and cleaning instructions for assistive technology devices.

Eligibility Definition: describes who is eligible for services in the NC Infant Toddler Program under the Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Growing Up Naturally - Early Intervention in Natural Environments: provides practical information and guidance on the rationale behind the "what," "why," and "how" to provide services in a child's natural environment and the benefits to children, families and the programs that serves them.

Guiding Practices for Early Childhood Transitions in NC: provides an outline of activities, timelines, and recommended practices to facilitate a child's transition from the Infant-Toddler Program to the Preschool Program.

Infant Toddler Program Guidance to Personnel Certification 2014: describes the requirements and competencies necessary to be certified in the ITP.

Infant Toddler Program Guide to Reimbursement Procedures: this document serves as a guide to the Children’s Developmental Services Agencies (CDSA) staff for reporting and billing for services.

Technical Assistance Guide for Focused Monitoring of Procedural Safeguards: 

Teleservices Procedures for NC ITP: is a procedural manual for use of teleservices in the NC ITP. 

Teleservices Resources for Early Intervention:  is a list of provider resources for use of teletherapy within Early Intervention.

The Importance of Early Intervention: provides information on the importance, benefits, and the take home messages of early intervention.

Thank you for your interest in employment with North Carolina State Government and the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program.  

You may locate jobs with the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program, including the Children’s Developmental Services Agencies (CDSAs), listed under the category, "Department of Health and Human Services." Examples of positions within the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program include positions such as habilitation specialist, physical therapist, speech and language pathologist, and educational diagnostician, program consultant, and CDSA Director.

State of North Carolina Job Opportunities  

Watch this short video, Be Part of Early Intervention, created by the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children. Early Intervention Needs You!