The Council is committed to supporting the early care and education workforce in Texas. The development of TECPDS, including the updated Texas Trainer Registry, is a major project of the Council under our Workforce and Professional Development subcommittee. This system offers pathways for professionals in Texas - practitioners, administrators, and trainers - to access trainings, education opportunities, and other resources. The enhanced system will improve upon these existing components in TECECDS and offer new resources, such as job postings and professional development planning tools.
The Texas Trainer Registry (TTR) approves early childhood trainers to conduct trainings for early care and education professionals in Texas. Trainers approved by and listed on the TTR provide trainings that meet the requirements mandated by Senate Bill 265, the recent state legislation that altered the requirements for early childhood training hours for professionals in Texas. Currently, the TTR is housed within the Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System (TECECDS) and maintained by the Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office (THSSCO). The TTR will soon be housed within the all-new TECPDS, currently being developed by the Council and the THSSCO. The new TECPDS will be launched in phases in 2013.
Until the new TTR launches in late summer, check out a screenshot of the TECPDS homepage below, still in development. The new TTR will feature an online application and renewal process, as well as an online payment system for application and renewal processing. The new system will have excellent benefits to trainers who would like to apply to be on the TTR, as well as already approved trainers. Applicants will be able to upload their supporting documents into the TECPDS secure database, rather than mailing paper copies to accompany applications and renewals. The transition to an online system will drastically reduce the time it takes THSSCO staff to process applications and renewals, meaning less processing time and quicker turn-around to approve qualified trainers.
For current registered trainers, the transition to the new TTR will be seamless. After the launch of the new TTR website, trainers will be able to login and access their information and continue to submit new proposals for areas they wish to be approved in and/or training topics they wish to list on the TTR. If you are a current registered trainer, you may be asked to update some information in the new system. The new online application will collect some additional information that was not in the previous paper application. When the new TTR launches, many of the features will remain the same; trainers will be able to submit new training proposals and post announcements, and, early childhood professionals will be able to search for specific trainers and trainings.
When the system launches, new applicants to the TTR will have access to the new online application and payment system. Professionals and the public will still be able to search for trainers and trainings by the existing search filters, such as trainer name, trainer county, and core competency area of the training; however, we will also include new search filters that will help professionals narrow their search even further, such as level of the trainer, delivery method of the training (ex. face-to-face or online), and the experience level of the audience. In addition to the new online application and payment system, features of the new TTR will be released when the full TECPDS is launched in 2013.
After the launch of the TTR, the Council and THSSCO will also be developing the new Workforce Registry, the final development phase of TECPDS. The Workforce Registry will be an online tool for keeping track of the professional development completed by early care and education professionals. The Workforce Registry will allow practitioners and administrators to catalog their training hours, college coursework, and employment history, and locate trainings and other resources available to help them develop professionally. The TTR and Workforce Registry are designed to complement each other, offering users both an avenue for listing the professional development opportunities they offer, as well as a way to keep track of the professional development they have obtained. In addition, Workforce Registry account-holders will be able to add trainings offered by registered trainers and evaluate the quality of the trainer and training. This information will in turn be visible on the trainer's end within their TTR account and can be used for rating the trainers and their trainings.
The Council is excited to launch the new TTR. Want to stay informed about updates on the new Texas Trainer Registry and Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System? Find updates on the TECECDS, THSSCO, and Council websites, as well as the TECPDS facebook page.