Career Levels

The Registry Career Levels

Please note The Registry Career Levels indicate your educational achievement and do not reflect your qualification for positions in child care licensing.

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Key Terms

The Registry Career Levels and Commentary

Career Levels 1-6

Level One
A Level One is awarded when an individual becomes a Registry member and does not have any Tiered training documented on their personal profile.

Level Two
A Level Two is awarded with documentation of the completion of high school or GED. This documentation can be a copy of a diploma or high school transcript. Graduation from high school can also be verified by an official transcript from an institution of higher education that documents enrollment in a formal degree program.

Levels Three-Five
Levels 3-5 are achieved through the accumulation of Tiered training hours. Tiered training is approved by the Registry and is added directly onto a member’s Registry training account by the trainer. CEUs can be entered directly by the trainer or listed on an official transcript and entered by Registry staff. Credit based training must be submitted on an official transcript and is then entered by Registry staff.

Level Six
CDA – The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is a widely recognized non-credit credential in early childhood education. Upon successful completion of a CDA, a certificate is issued to the student. A copy of this certificate must be sent to The Registry for verification. Additional information about the CDA can be found at http://www.cdacouncil.org/about/cda-credential

Family Services Credential (Non-credit) - The Family Service Credential is a comprehensive, competency based training experience, designed to support teachers in their work with children and families. The Portage Project offers the bulk of the training for Wisconsin. Upon successful completion, a certificate is issued to the student. A copy of this certificate must be sent to The Registry for verification.

3 related credits – A semester course for 3 related-credits must be documented on an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. The course can either be a “broad-based, entry level” course as determined by Wisconsin Child Care Licensing or any one of the Registry Credential courses from the following Registry Credentials: Afterschool & Youth Development, Family Child Care, Infant Toddler, and Preschool. 

Career Levels 1-6

Level Seven

  • Mentor and Mentor Protégé- these 2 courses were previously offered at some technical colleges. Both courses must be verified on an official transcript.
  • 6 related credits - Refer to key terms for information regarding related credits.

Level Eight

  • Family Services Credential (6-9 credits) -must be submitted on an official transcript.
  • Early Childhood Education Technical Diploma (9-12 credits)- must be submitted on an official transcript.
  • 12 related credits - Refer to key terms for information regarding related credits

Level Nine

  • Registry Credentials - Afterschool & Youth Development, Family Child Care, Inclusion, Infant Toddler, Leadership, and Program Development Credentials
  • 18 related credits - Refer to key terms for information regarding related credits

Level Ten

  • Registry Credentials – Administrator and Preschool Credentials
  • 24 related credits - Refer to key terms for information regarding related credits

Career Levels 1-6

In Levels 11-17, degrees from a regionally accredited institution of higher education are considered as well as related credits and Registry Credentials. There is a distinction between degrees in early childhood and youth development and degrees in another field. 

Level Eleven

  • One-year diploma comprised of specific coursework from any Wisconsin technical college totaling 24 or more credits. Other out-of-state credentials submitted will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • A combination of any 2 Registry Credentials
  • 30 related credits – Refer to key terms for information regarding related credits
  • Associate’s Degree in another field plus any 1 Registry Credential

Level Twelve

  • Early Childhood & Youth Development Related Associate’s Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree in another field
  • Associate’s Degree in another field plus any 2 Registry Credential
  • Associate’s Degree in another field plus 30 related credits – Refer to key terms for information regarding related credits

Level Thirteen

  • Early Childhood & Youth Development Related Associate’s Degree plus any 1 Registry Credential
  • Bachelor’s Degree in another field plus any 1 Registry Credential
  • Bachelor’s Degree in another field plus 30 related credits – Refer to key terms for information regarding related credits

Level Fourteen

  • Early Childhood & Youth Development Related Bachelor’s Degree
  • Early Childhood & Youth Development Related Bachelor’s Degree plus a Professional Educator DPI License
  • Master’s Degree in another field
  • Bachelor’s Degree in another field plus any 2 Registry Credentials
  • Bachelor’s Degree in another field plus 36 related credits – Refer to key terms for information regarding related credits

Level Fifteen

  • Early Childhood & Youth Development Related Bachelor’s Degree plus any 1 Registry Credential
  • Early Childhood & Youth Development Related Bachelor’s Degree plus any 1 Registry Credential a plus Professional Educator DPI License
  • Doctorate in another field
  • Bachelor’s Degree in another field plus any 3 Registry Credentials
  • Bachelor’s Degree in another field plus 48 related credits – Refer to key terms for information regarding related credits.
  • Master’s Degree in another field plus any 1 Registry Credentials

Level Sixteen

  • Early Childhood & Youth Development Related Master’s Degree
  • Early Childhood & Youth Development Related Master’s Degree plus a Professional Educator DPI License
  • Master's Degree in another field plus 36 related credits – Refer to key terms for information regarding related credits
  • Master’s Degree in another field plus any 2 Registry Credentials
  • Doctorate in another field plus any 1 Registry Credential

Level Seventeen

  • Early Childhood & Youth Development Related Doctorate
  • Early Childhood & Youth Development Related Doctorate plus a Professional Educator DPI License
  • Doctorate in another field plus 36 related credits – Refer to key terms for information regarding related credits
  • Doctorate in another field plus any 2 Registry Credentials