A program of Lutheran Social Services in western North Dakota and Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership in eastern North Dakota

Training Requirements

The First Three Months
All North Dakota licensed child care operators and employees are required to complete a 12-hour Basic Child Care course within the first three months of becoming licensed/employed. This training counts toward their annual training hour requirements.

First Aid/CPR training must be completed prior to being licensed/employed. Annual recertification is required. First Aid/CPR training hours do not count toward annual training hour requirements.

Annual Training Hours Requirements
Child care operators/employees must complete a minimum number of approved training hours annually. The number of training clock hours needed depends on license type and number of hours worked.

License Type
Provider/Director Training
Staff Work Hours
Staff Training

Family License
9 clock hrs./year
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Group License
10 clock hrs./year





30 to 40 hr/week
8 clock hrs./year



20 to 30 hr./week
6 clock hrs./year



10 to 20 hr./week
4 clock hrs./year



< 10 hr/week
2 clock hrs./year

Center License
13 clock hrs./year





30 to 40 hr/week
13 clock hr./year



20 to 30 hr./week
11 clock hrs./year



10 to 20 hr./week
9 clock hrs./year



< 10 hr/week
7 clock hrs./year


Additional training beyond the basics benefits both the provider and the children they care for. The following links will help you learn more about building your skills and earning advanced credentials in the field of early learning and child care.

Visit the Child Care Aware® of North Dakota Training Center to search and register for a vast variety of training opportunities.