Training Requirements

Child Welfare Caseworkers
New CPS, foster care and adoption caseworkers (public and private) must complete the Pre-Service Institute (PSI) within 16 weeks of hire. This must include completing 270 hours, and passing the competency based evaluation including written examination (70% or higher). New caseworkers with the Child Welfare Certificate from an endorsed university must complete Phase two of the PSI.

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All public and private child welfare staff must complete a minimum of 32 in-service training hours per fiscal year. This requirement begins the fiscal year after completion of the PSI.  See the Children’s Services Administration Communication 13-147 on INā€SERVICE TRAINING Dated 12/09/13, for more information.

 Private agency caseworkers who have completed PSI and are changing programs must attend the Program Specific Transfer Training within 6 months of assuming that role. DHS caseworkers who have completed PSI and are changing programs are encouraged to attend the Program Specific Transfer Training within 6 months of assuming that role.

Child Welfare Supervisors

New CPS, foster care and adoption supervisors (public and private) must complete 40 hours of child welfare supervisory training within 90 days of hire/promotion. This must include passing the written examination (70% or higher). This requirement applies to permanent, Working Out of Class and limited term supervisor appointments. It applies to anyone who is newly supervising at least one caseload-carrying caseworker.

All DHS supervisors must complete New Supervisor Institute within 6 months of hire or promotion.  This applies only to permanently appointed supervisors.