Training of Trainers

What are Training of Trainers (TOT) opportunities?

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) maintains a library of over 300 trainings for Minnesota’s early childhood professionals. These DHS-owned trainings offer early childhood educators and providers across the state opportunities to build their skills and knowledge in order to better care for children. In addition, these trainings help people meet the required professional development hours for licensing and participation in Parent Aware.

TARSS hosts Training of Trainer (TOT) opportunities for approved trainers in Minnesota to learn to deliver DHS-owned trainings. Approved trainers in Minnesota must apply to attend TOTs. By completing TOTs, trainers can become approved to facilitate DHS-owned trainings.

View the TOT delivery agreement for DHS trainings.

Upcoming TOTs

Active Supervision and Health and Safety

The Department of Human Services (DHS) recently revised these essential licensing requirements. Please download and read the memo below for more information.

We will update this page with information about applying to the Active Supervision and Health and Safety TOTs as it becomes available. Please check this space and the TARSS newsletter, The Source, for more.

Additional TOT opportunities

Other organizations that offer Develop-approved trainings and occasionally host TOTs. If you are looking for additional TOT opportunities, check with these organizations:

Child Care Aware of Minnesota
Center for Inclusive Child Care
Child Passenger Safety (C.A.R.S.)


We’re pleased to announce that we have a limited number of spots in our Trainer of Trainer trainings at a scholarship rate of $25. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship for these trainings, please email for the application.

Application process

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View our TOT Application Tips document to help with your application!


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