Director Credential Renewal Process
A Director Credential must be periodically renewed. A Director Credential issued prior to Jan. 1, 2004, will have an initial renewal date of Jan. 1, 2009, and will require renewal every five years thereafter. A Director Credential issued after Jan. 1, 2004, will have an initial renewal date after five years and will require renewal every five years thereafter.
The completed application, including all required documentation, must be submitted to the Department of Children and Family Services for review and issuance of a renewed Director Credential Certificate. All applications must be submitted no earlier than one year prior to the expiration date of the active Director Credential. The renewal date will be determined by the active Director Credential expiration date. If a renewal application is received after the Director Credential expiration date, the Director Credential renewal application will be reviewed, and if approved, a certificate will be issued with a five-year expiration date based on the date the completed renewal application is processed.
An individual with an inactive Director Credential (one that has lapsed) is ineligible to be the director of a childcare facility.
Director Credential Renewal Requirements
In order to renew a Director Credential, you must have:
- An active Staff Credential documented on CF-FSP Form 5206
- Either 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)* or, based on the date the application is received, three college-credit hours in any one of the following curriculum areas within the previous five years:
*Additionally, any in-service hours, contact hours or non-CEU hours obtained by attending workshop meeting/training sessions will not be accepted for this purpose.
Coursework must be in addition to that required for the original Florida Director Credential.
For information on the VPK Director Endorsement and for requirements regarding experience, visit the Florida Department of Children and Families' childcare page.
Seminole State College is the only facility in Seminole County providing college-credit training for the renewal of the Director's Credential. We offer nine credit hours (three courses) for directors to obtain their Advanced-Level Credential. If a director has already reached the advanced level, Seminole State offers courses in each of the foundational levels that meet the renewal requirement.
Seminole State offers online and on-site courses that may better suit a director's busy schedule. Classes are small, affordable and readily available. Start your renewal process today!
Seminole State Advanced-Level Director Credential Courses*
- Financial and Legal Issues in Childcare (EEC 2527)
- Organizational Leadership and Management (EEC 2521)
- Childcare and Education Programming (EEC 2202)
*All foundational-level requirements are necessary for the Advanced-Level Credential
To find other suggested renewal courses, contact the Early Childhood Education Department office at 407.708.2413.