Initial Certification

2 women in doorwayTo ensure a well-trained, qualified workforce, all early intervention practitioners in Virginia must be granted initial certification before providing early intervention services to children and families. Practitioners must meet discipline-specific qualifications and complete the required Virginia Early Intervention Certification Modules prior to applying for initial certification. These modules are organized into a series of five Initial Certification courses which can be accessed on our Virginia Early Intervention eLearning Center site. These courses include:

  • Overview: Mission and Key Principles of Early Intervention
  • The Early Intervention Process
  • Effective Practices for Implementing Early Intervention
  • Responsibilities of Early Intervention Practitioners
  • Child Development

If you are a service coordinator, you will need to complete the Initial Certificationcourses plus an additional module, The Many Facets of Service Coordination, which is also available on our Virginia Early Intervention eLearning Center site.

Once you have completed these courses and modules, you must apply for EI certification using the EI Certification Database (external website).
For more information about requirements for providing early intervention services in Virginia, please visit Information for New Providers (external website, pdf) on the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia website.


Chapter 12: Personnel (external site)
I&TC of VA Practice Manual
This chapter outlines practitioner qualifications, early intervention certification and recertification requirements, and responsibilities of certified practitioners in VA’s early intervention system.

Professional Development Procedures (external site)
Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia
Every certified practitioner in Virginia must have a professional development plan. Practitioners may use the Professional Development Plan found on at the link above (scroll past the forms section) or may use an alternate form provided through their agency. Completion of a Training Record (also available at the link above) is required.

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