Registry Membership

Becoming a member of The Registry is easy and an important part of professional development. There is a place for all early care and education professionals on The Registry. This includes family providers, employees in group centers, staff in school-age programs, personnel in support organizations and others.

A Registry membership is required by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

Regarding staff in a group center or school-age program:

DCF 251.04(5)(a)5
A certificate from The Registry documenting that the person has met the educational qualifications for the position if the person has worked as a teacher, director or administrator at the center for at least 3 months. A copy of an educator’s license issued by the department of public instruction as a teacher may substitute for a certificate from The Registry (teacher licenses issued by other states are acceptable). For persons not required to have a Registry certificate including assistant teachers and a teacher, center director or administrator who has not worked for the center for more than 3 months, documentation of the person’s educational qualifications shall be on file. Site supervisors, group leaders and assistant group leaders in a school-age only program shall obtain a certificate from The Registry within 6 months after assuming the position.

Regarding staff in a family child care program:
DCF 250.04 (5)(k)
For persons licensed or beginning work with children on or after January 1, 2009, a certificate from The Registry.

Visit the Department of Children and Families Licensing Rules

Benefits of a Registry Membership:

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  1. Registry Certificate of Achievement
    The Registry Certificate lists important information including your Career Level, all regulated care positions qualified for, years of experience, and more. Registry certificates are accepted by Wisconsin state licensing specialists.
    View a sample Registry Certificate    Download the Career Levels
  2. Registry Reports
    Current members can log in and access a variety of reports including the Learning Record and Training List. These reports are useful to add to any resume or use for professional development planning, including Credit for Prior Learning opportunities.
  3. Job Board Profile
    With a Job Board profile, you can receive email notification anytime a job is posted that matches the type of job you are seeking. 
  4. Documentation Organization
    Current members can log in to their Registry account and view their education, employment, and training history as submitted to The Registry. This can be used to construct a resume or fill in data gaps that might occur due to lost paperwork. 
  5. Participation in Other Programs
    Membership with The Registry allows individuals and organizations to participate in other programs such as T.E.A.C.H. and REWARD.
  6. Receive The Registry Connection
    Receive a digital copy of The Registry’s newsletter and stay up to date with important information of what’s going at The Registry and in the field.
  7. Registry Webinars
    The Registry offers FREE online training opportunities to all current members throughout the year. These training opportunities will relate to utilizing your Registry membership and will count as tiered training.
  8. Exchange Magazine Discount:
    Current members receive a 50% off discount to a yearly subscription of Exchange Magazine. To access the coupon code, log in to your Registry account.
  9. Lakeshore Discount:
    Current members receive a 5% discount on all merchandise as well as free freight on all orders. To access the coupon code, log in to your Registry account.
  10. Robertson Ryan & Associates Insurance Discount:
    Current members can receive a 5% discount on commercial insurance and up to 8% off on personal insurance. For more information, please call Dave Zauner at 414-270-6824.

Application Types





The member creates an online account.

Registry staff create an account on the Member's behalf.


The member completes online application in its entirety.

The member sends in a completed paper application. Registry staff complete the online application on the member's behalf.


The member sends in supporting documents.

The member sends in supporting documents.


Pay fees:

  • Check
  • Money Order
  • PayPal

Pay fees:

  • Check
  • Money Order
  • PayPal

Application Fees





Early Renewal






Expired Renewal



Trainer Endorsement

$15 (one-time)

Not available

Consultant Endorsement

$15 (one-time)

Not available


Apply online.

Download paper application.


No refunds after submission.  Fees are subject to change.