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Child Welfare

Child Welfare Renewal Information as of 2-3-14 

Renewal is officially closed.   

Starting February 1, 2014, child welfare staff cannot reinstate any of the following credentials:

a.       Child Welfare Protective Investigator Supervisor or Specialist

b.      Child Welfare Case Manager Supervisor or Specialist

c.       Child Welfare Licensing Supervisor or Specialist

d.      Child Protection Professional

e.      Child Welfare Trainer

Starting February 1, 2014, child welfare staff can seek reinstatement of the following credentials:

a.       Child Welfare Protective Investigator (CWPI)

b.      Child Welfare Case Manager (CWCM) 

c.       Child Welfare Licensing Counselor (CWLC)

 

The Child Welfare reinstatement policy and application can be downloaded here.

 

 

The FCB offers two routes to Child Welfare certification:  Employer Sponsored Application or Independent Application.

 

The Child Welfare Employer Sponsored Application is only for individuals who are currently employed in a position requiring certification by any of the following employer groups:

1.       Florida Department of Children and Families

2.       A Sheriff Office conducting Protective Investigations

3.       A Community Based Care Lead Agency

4.       An agency contracted by a Community Based Care Lead Agency to provide child welfare-related services

Download the Child Welfare Employer Sponsored Application for certification application policy, procedure and required forms.

Important Information for Employer-Sponsored Applicants:

1.     Provisional certification is valid for a maximum of 12-months; from the date a passing score was earned on the written exam.  Provisional certification will not be extended to reflect the Provisional Certification application submission date. 

2.     Provisional certification will not be awarded until the following have been received and verified by the FCB:

a.       Certification Registration

b.      Provisional Certification Application

c.       Verification of Education, Training, Testing and Criminal Background Attestation Form

d.      Certification fee ($100)

3.     On-the-job experience and direct supervision requirements must be completed and an application for Full Certification must be submitted to the FCB within 12-months from the date a passing score was earned on the written exam.

Educational Waiver:  Employer-sponsored applicants may be eligible for an educational waiver.  Educational waivers are requested by the employing agency and approved by DCF.  DO NOT SEND educational waiver requests to the FCB.  Please carefully read the Educational Waiver Policy.  Click here to download the Educational Waiver Application only. 

 

Provisional Certification Extension Application: Provisional certification is valid for a 12-month period; starting on the date a passing score was earned on the written child welfare exam. Within the 12-month period, provisionally certified individuals are supposed to complete additional requirements, apply for and hold full certification. Individuals able to demonstrate extenuating circumstances may apply for a one-time extension to complete full certification requirements. Download the Child Welfare Provisional Certification Extension Policy and Application for details and the application forms.

 

The Child Welfare Independent Application is for individuals who are not currently employed in a position requiring certification.  Download the Child Welfare Independent Application for certification application policy, procedure and required forms.

 

Child Welfare Reciprocity:  If you hold a current (non-expired) DCF/USF issued child welfare credential, you may transfer the credential to the FCB.  Please carefully review the Child Welfare Reciprocity Policy and complete the application, which you may download here. 

Maintaining Child Welfare Certification:

Continuing Education

The FCB requires all certified professionals to complete a specific number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs)/in-service training hours each year. 

Individuals who earned their credential through the Employer Sponsored or Independent Application routes are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education the first 12-months the credential is held and an additional 20 hours the second 12-months the credential is held for a total of 40 hours that are due on the October 31st renewal date.  Please read the CEU-Inservice Training Hour Policy for additional information. 

 

Child Welfare Renewal

Child Welfare credentials are valid for a maximum of 2 years and expire on October 31 of the calendar year renewal is due.  The certification cycle for child welfare may be slightly less than two-years when an initial certification is renewed.  Credentials awarded in the first three quarters of a renewal year are set to renew at the next two-year cycle.  Credentials awarded in the last quarter of a renewal year are set to renew at the following two-year cycle. 

Please note:  All child welfare credentials issued thru reciprocity will renew on October 31, 2013 REGARDLESS of the date the credential was processed.

Reciprocity Certification Award Date

Reciprocity Certification Renewal Date

On-going Certification Renewal Date

November 2011 – October 2012

October 31, 2013

October 31, 2015

Initial Certification Award Date

Initial Certification Renewal Date

On-going Certification Renewal Date

November 2011 – July 2012

October 31, 2013

October 31, 2015

August – October 2012

October 31, 2014

October 31, 2016

November 2012 – July 2013

October 31, 2014

October 31, 2016

August – October 2013

October 31, 2015

October 31, 2017

November 2013 – July 2014

October 31, 2015

October 31, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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