NYS Child Abuse and Maltreatment / Neglect FAQ

Below is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions with regards to child abuse prevention certification and training.

A1. Since 1989, Chiropractors, Dental Hygienists, Dentists, Optometrists, Physicians, Podiatrists, Psychologists, and Registered Nurses, as well as School Administrators/supervisors, school service personnel, and classroom schoolteachers. Any person applying for a provisional or permanent certificate or license valid for administrative or supervisory service, school service, or classroom teaching service must have completed the coursework or training.

Note: Training received during medical residency does not satisfy the NYS training requirement. An individual who completes an out-of-state medical program unregistered by NYS who then receives training in a NYS residency program has not met the training requirement and must take additional training from an approved provider.

Effective September 1, 2004, this requirement also applies to Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Master Social Workers.

Effective January 1, 2005, this requirement applies to Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Creative Arts Therapists, and Psychoanalysts.

A2. At initial licensing or license renewal, one time only.

A3. New York State Consolidated Laws, Sub article 2, S 6507 3a

A4. New York State licenses specific providers to give the training. Licensees’ credentials are reviewed at the time of application to ensure competence to deliver the training.

A5. This is at the option of the trainer and trainee and can include formal classroom lectures, video presentations, online courses, etc. Laboratory Consultation Services, Inc. provides only online training on this website.

A6. Some providers are only permitted by New York State to provide training to specific professional groups. Laboratory Consultation Services, Inc. is permitted to train all professions.

A7. Most trainees report times around 2 hours. Of course, you can stop at any time and continue later when you have more time.

A8. There is a short quiz to help us (and you) ensure that you have command of the material. Answer the questions on the designated form and when you’re done, click submit. The quiz will be automatically scored to give you feedback on your mastery of the course.

You may take the quiz as often as you feel necessary.

Please note: the quiz is not submitted to any regulatory authority. The purpose is, as stated above, to ensure that you have mastered the material

A9. For Teachers, Certification of Child Abuse Prevention & School Violence Prevention courses are automatically uploaded to the student’s TeachNY account on a daily basis. For other professions, New York State requires that the applicant submit a copy of the certificate of completion to:

New York State Education Department
Division of Professional Licensing Services, [provide name of profession]
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234


A10. You may go back and reprint it any time