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Background Checks

Three background checks are completed on all credential providers:
1. Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System (CANTS)
2. Fingerprint-Based Background Check
3. Sex Offender Registries Check

Consultative Experience

Rule 500 states "In order to qualify for a full credential, an individual must complete and document consultation while providing 240 hours of direct services, for which they are being credentialed, to children ages birth to three with special needs and their families."

Ongoing Professional Development

Ongoing Professional Development Plan (OPDP) activities are a once a month, non-billable, meeting held either face-to-face or over the telephone with an individual specialist-level credentialed provider or group, of which at least one member is a specialistlevel credentialed provider.


"Full" EI Credentials are valid for 3 years. Renewal requirements include Ongoing Professional Development meetings. Continuing Education, and at least the Child Abuse and Tracking System (CANTS) and Sex Offender Registry Background Checks.

Required Trainings

To access information about the Interpreter Proficiency Exam component, please visit the EITP Training Calendar and search for "Bi-lingual Language Proficiency Exams for Interpreters/Translators in IL Early Intervention".

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