Independent Trainer Initial Application Process 2022-03-29T15:25:27+00:00

Independent Trainer Initial Application Process

Not to be used for Trainer Renewals

An independent trainer is any individual who would like to provide training to Early Learning Center staff, but who does not meet the employment criteria for FastTrack trainers.

We have provided the necessary FILLABLE .PDF forms to submit. (Download the .pdf file then select the open or save option.) Downloading the form will allow you the opportunity to type your information into the form(s) and print for signatures.  We are not accepting electronic signatures at this time.

If you would like to be approved as an Independent trainer by Louisiana Pathways please submit the following information to Gaynell Simmons at (incomplete applications and submissions with missing documents will be deferred and not processed):

The release form above includes supervisor/administrator verification that the trainer meets qualifications and has reviewed the Louisiana Pathways Trainer Procedure Manual, available here:

We’ll also need:

  • Current Resume
  • Documentation of Educational Background (official or unofficial transcripts for any degree(s) received, copies of credentials, licenses, etc. Includes CLASS reliability certificates or CLASS Trainer certificates and TS Gold Trainer or Inter-rater reliability certificates, if applicable.)
  • Documentation of completion of “Pathways Trainer Orientation” and Early Learning and Development Standards training

If approved, the trainer will receive a certificate from Louisiana Pathways recognizing the trainer level and approved areas for training (CDA Subject areas). Individuals will be certified as Trainer I, II or III based on their documented education and experience.

The approved trainer will then be included in the Louisiana Pathways Trainer Registry, and will receive a unique Pathways trainer identification number which will be included on the continuing education certificates that he/she provides to attendees.

Initial approval and each renewal will be effective for a period of 3 years.