Credential Cohort FAQs

What is a Credential Cohort?

A group of practitioners who work together with a trained facilitator to share resources and support around obtaining a Maine Credential.

What is a Maine Credential?

Maine Roads to Quality in Partnership with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has developed credentials to promote early childhood workforce competence in the following areas: Infant Toddler Care, Youth Development, Inclusive Care, and Leadership for Directors.  A person holding a Maine Credential is recognized as having knowledge, skill, and competence in the Credential focus area.

How do I join a Credential Cohort?

If you’re interested in learning more about joining a Credential Cohort, please contact the Credential Team at


Who can join a Credential Cohort?

Anyone who meets the specific training (either having completed the training or are enrolled in the final training), education, and experience prerequisites for a particular credential.  Go here for details.

Do I have to be a Registry member to join a cohort?

Yes, you need to be an ‘active’ member of the MRTQ Registry to join a Cohort.

How do I become an ‘active’ Registry member?

Please contact the Registry staff at 1-888-900-0055 or

When do the Credential Cohorts begin?

Based on demand, new cohorts begin in January and September.  A person cannot join a credential cohort that is already in progress.

How often and where do the cohorts meet?

Cohorts meet monthly for up to 6 months typically as an online video conference (via Zoom).

How much time should I be prepared to spend per month?

The meetings are 2 hours per month, and there will be activities to complete between meetings (approximately 2-4 hours).

Some of my training was completed more than 5 years ago. May I still join a cohort?

College credit applicable to a credential requirement can be earned more than 5 years ago.  All MRTQ training must be within the required time limit (usually finished within the last 5 years) in order to participate in a cohort.

I took training similar to MRTQ PDN’s training (i.e. Applebaum), will that count for my credential? May I still join a cohort?

Training must be MRTQ PDN training as stipulated in the credential packet.  There are also requirements for the amount of training to be completed before an individual is accepted into a cohort.

Do I get training hours for participating in the cohort?

Attendees of the cohort meetings will receive MRTQ PDN professional growth hours.  MRTQ PDN Professional growth hours can be used toward the requirement at Steps 3 and 4 with Quality for ME and will be accepted by Maine Child Care Licensing to meet yearly training requirements.

Do I need to have internet access and a computer?

To participate in a cohort meeting it is best to have reliable phone service and/or internet access.  MRTQ PDN will do their best to support individuals who are lacking access to technology or who need additional supports to enable inclusion in the cohort.

I’m uncomfortable speaking in public – is this a requirement?

Cohort participants are encouraged to join in discussions and share their experiences and expertise with their peers in the cohort.  Cohorts are a safe, welcoming community.  A participant would not be expected to speak in public outside of the cohort.

What happens if I can’t attend a meeting?

MRTQ PDN understands that there may be emergency situations where an individual is unable to attend or participate in a meeting. Participants can miss a maximum of two meetings.

Will I learn how to put together my portfolio in the cohort?

Yes, helping participants to create a professional portfolio is a goal of the cohort.

Can I participate in two Credential Cohorts at the same time?

No, a person is not allowed to participate in two Credential Cohorts at the same time.

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