Trainer and Training Approval


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DEL has an approval process for state-approved trainers who work in Washington. The trainer approval process is designed to promote quality training opportunities around the state and establish a consistent process for reviewing all trainers. State-approved trainers offer trainings that meet the required continuing education and Child Care Basics training. 


Become a State-approved Trainer 

Our trainer approval application process is now exclusively online. To complete the application process select the My Applications tab in your MERIT profile and select State Approved Trainer Application. You will then select the trainer type to apply for; Specialist, Higher Ed, or K-12/ESD. Once you have submitted your application DEL will put you in touch with a trainer-coach to arrange a time to observe you teaching a class. For answers to questions about the trainer approval process, view the State Approved Trainers Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Trainer Approval Checklist 
  2. Instructions for the Core Competency Demonstration
  3. Trainer Observation Rubric 
  4. Trainer Competencies in Washington State 

Download the State-approved Training and Trainer Manual
This document contains instructions for trainer applicants and approved trainers plus required forms in one document.

Descargar el manual de Entrenamiento y Entrenador Aprobado por el Estado 
Éste documento contiene instrucciones para solicitantes de entrenador y entrenadores aprobados, además de los formularios requeridos en un solo documento.

Download the Trainer Approval Board Manual 
This document contains instructions for Trainer Approval Board members and Organization Trainer Mentors who observe and approve applicants. Includes all required forms.


Registration for K-12/ESD Educators or Higher Education Trainers

If you teach for the K-12 system, ESD or higher education, you can register as a state-approved trainer. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Go to MERIT.
  2. Click on the "Applications" tab.
  3. Click on the State Approved Trainer Application.
  4. On the next page, choose either Higher Education Trainer or K-12/ESD Educator, and then proceed with the registration pages.

Download the K-12/ESD or Higher Education Employment Verification form. 


STARS Hours to Clock Hours

To apply for your STARS hours to count as Clock Hours, complete the steps outlined in the STARS to Clock Hours instructions. 


Training Modules

All trainers must complete nine online training modules that can be found on the online training portal


Apply for a Trainer Support Stipend

All state-approved trainers are eligible to receive a $200 stipend annually to support the cost of their own professional development, curriculum development and training delivery. To apply for the annual trainer stipend, state-approved trainers need to complete the following two-step process (see Trainer Support Guide):

1.      Fill out the Trainer Stipend Application in MERIT AND

2.      Fill out the Washington Statewide Payee Form to complete the process.


Become an Organization Trainer Mentor

Is your organization interested in recruiting and approving its own trainers? Download the Trainer Approval Board Manual (coming soon) to learn more. The manual includes the forms and other materials that organization trainer mentors need.


Offer STARS Training at a Conference or Special Event

If you are sponsoring a special event with trainers who are not state approved, you may be able to offer STARS credit: Simply sign into MERIT and submit a conference/special event application.


Resources for State-Approved Trainers