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Certificates are proof of completion and competency in the stated content. Valid certificates include information on the person certified, the person certifying, date of issue, course name, service organization, clock hour credit, and a unique certificate identification number. 

Certificates cannot be modified or rescinded after they are issued. 

Foundational Tracks

All logged-in users except Direct Care users are auto-certified and receive course completion certification once all lessons in the respective course are complete. Direct Care staff members require a Training & Curriculum Specialist or Program Manager to certify approval of each lesson and course completed.

Focused Topics Track

Registered VLS users may earn certification in every Focused Topic course. For all logged-in users, lessons are auto-certified upon successful completion of the Demonstrate questions. All registered VLS users must successfully complete the Focused Topic's End of Course Assessment to earn course certification, except for the Social Emotional Learning for Teachers (SELF-T) course, which is Self-Certified.

Depending on the enrolled course and the user’s role, Focused Topics courses are either VLS Assessed, with an End of Course Assessment (EOCA) containing only multiple-choice questions that are automatically evaluated by the Virtual Lab School system, or TCS Assessed, with an EOCA containing a combination of multiple-choice and short answer questions that must be reviewed and certified by a direct care user’s Training & Curriculum Specialist or Program Manager, or Self-Certified. When the EOCA is VLS Assessed, the course is automatically certified after successful completion of the EOCA. Within the Focused Topics courses, all EOCAs for Training & Curriculum Specialists or Program Managers are VLS Assessed except for the Social Emotional Learning for Teachers (SELF-T) course, which is Self-Certified. For Direct Care users, the Supporting Children with Challenging Behaviors Focused Topics course is TCS Assessed; the Social Emotional Learning for Teachers (SELF-T) course is Self-Certified, and all other courses are VLS Assessed.

To learn more about EOCAs, see:
End of Course Assessments

To learn more about obtaining a certificate as a Direct Care User, see
DC: Lesson Approval and Certification.

To learn how to certify one of your staff member's courses, see
Approving & Certifying User Progress.