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

Health and Safety TOTs

  • Applications are now closed.
  • Courses run July 10 through August 14; please see course descriptions for specific dates
  • Cost: $25 per TOT (please see below for scholarship information)

The Department of Human Services (DHS) recently revised the Health and Safety courses, essential licensing requirements for child care providers in Minnesota. Please download and read the following three documents for more information.

Memo to approved trainers from DHS

Trainer Criteria for Health and Safety TOTs
Active Supervision Course Descriptions in Develop


Adult Learning Modules and Course Writer Workshops: We’re pleased to announce that we offer scholarships of 50% off, when funds are available. You may receive up to two scholarships per fiscal year. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship for these trainings, please email for the application.

TOTs: Scholarships for Training of Trainers will be available on a TOT by TOT basis. See the application or email

Application process

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

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.)


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