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What is the Certified Childcare Professional (CCP)?

The Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) is a nationally recognized 2 year credential earned by teachers pursuing both professional development and further education in the early childhood field.  The CCP provides Candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of early childhood development and their skills in working with young children. 

Professionals exhibiting standards of excellence in child care and early childhood education are recognized by The NECPA Commission, Inc. through the awarding the Certified Child Care Professional (CCP) credential.

 

Who should earn the CCP?

The CCP is designed specifically for teachers.  It is especially valuable for teachers who have not completed a college degree or whose degree is in another field.

 

How long does it take to complete the CCP Program?

What makes the CCP unique is that it is a self paced program. This will vary from student to student and largely depends on the amount of training completed prior to beginning the CCP process.  Typically, the process may take 6 months to a year to one year to earn the CCP. 

 

What are the requirements to enroll in the CCP Program?

To enroll in the CCP program, a candidate must: (1) Have a high school diploma or GED, (2) Be at least 18 years of age and, (3) Be able to speak, read, and write English in a capacity that will allow him/her to perform his/her duties as a CCP.

 

What are the requirements to maintain the CCP?

Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) recipients must renew their CCP every two years by participating in 24 clock hours of Continuing Education in any of the 9 Professional Ability Areas.  Your CCP renewal form (either online or hard-copy), proof of training and payment must be submitted to The NECPA Commission, Inc. prior to the expiration of the CCP in order to renew.  Once approved, the CCP will be renewed for an additional two years.  

 

How must does it cost to earn the CCP?

The total cost to earn your CCP is $495.00. This price includes the CCP Candidate Packet and enrollment items, the Performance Based Observation and the Final Exam.

What happens when I register for the CCP program?

Upon receipt of the CCP Enrollment Packet purchase form, The NECPA Commission, Inc. will deliver the Candidate's Enrollment materials.  The Candidate's  Field Counselor will supervise, assist and support the candidate's activities throughout the CCP process. When the Candidate has completed their CCP portfolio and is ready for their onsite Observation and Assessment, the Candidate will coordinate a date with their Field Counselor. Once the Observation and Assessment has been completed, a date and place for the proctoring of Final Exam will need to be scheduled between the Candidate and their Field Counselor.

 

I have completed my CCP process and submitted all my information for review.  What now?

Upon completion of the CCP portfolio, the Field Counselor will submit the Candidate's Training Tracker, MIE Data Workbook, Performance Based Observation Guide, the completed Final Exam Answer Sheet and all provided forms to The NECPA Commission. The materials are then evaluated and graded. 

Once the Candidate's portfolio has been graded, the Candidate will be given either an Approved, Pending or Open File status. The NECPA Commission will notify the Candidate and their Field Counselor of the given status.

Candidate's receiving a Pending status will be sent a Pending Status Letter providing instructions on how to become fully approved. Candidates receive this status because their completed portfolio demonstrated Ability Areas needing improvement. Each Ability Area needing improvement will be specified in the Pending Status Letter and need to be documented on the CCP Additional Training Form provided. Documented completion of additional training is required within 3 months of the notification date.

 

Candidates receiving an Open File status will be sent an Open File Status Letter providing instructions on how to become fully approved. Candidates receive this status because their portfolio was received incomplete, the Candidate showed Ability Areas needing improvement and/or the Candidate failed to pass the Final Exam. Each Ability Area needing improvement will be specified in the Open Status Letter and additional training needs to be documented on the CCP Additional Training Form provided. Upon submission of the additional training and/or Final Exam results, the new information will be reviewed by The NECPA Commission. Documented completion of the additional training and/or re-submission of the Final Exam is required within 9 months of the notification date.

Upon receipt of the CCP Credential, a candidate must renew every two years and document 24 clock hours of Continuing Education within the Nine Professional Ability Areas.

 

What does an Approved Status mean?

Candidate's receiving an Approved status will be sent a CCP Approval Letter and CCP Certificate valid for two years.

 

What does a Pending Status mean?

Candidate's receiving a Pending status will be sent a Pending Status Letter providing instructions on how to become fully approved. Candidates receive this status because their completed portfolio demonstrated Ability Areas needing improvement. Each Ability Area needing improvement will be specified in the Pending Status Letter and need to be documented on the CCP Additional Training Form provided. Documented completion of additional training is required within 3 months of the notification date.

 

What does an Open File Status mean?

Candidates receiving an Open File status will be sent an Open File Status Letter providing instructions on how to become fully approved. Candidates receive this status because their portfolio was received incomplete, the Candidate showed Ability Areas needing improvement and/or the Candidate failed to pass the Final Exam. Each Ability Area needing improvement will be specified in the Open Status Letter and additional training needs to be documented on the CCP Additional Training Form provided. Upon submission of the additional training and/or Final Exam results, the new information will be reviewed by The NECPA Commission. Documented completion of the additional training and/or re-submission of the Final Exam is required within 9 months of the notification date.

 

Will my CCP enable me to be a teacher in my state?

Licensing requirements vary by state.  The Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) is an accepted form of teacher credentialing for licensing in many states and is nationally recognized.  We recommend that you contact your local child care licensing organization to identify your state's requirements. 
 

I recently submitted my CCP renewal application.  When should I receive my renewal approval documentation?

The NECPA Commission will confirm the receipt of your Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) renewal application by email.  We ask that you allow at least 4 weeks from receipt date for your approval documentation to be processed.

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