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Organizational PQAS Application for Higher Education

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), in working to establish collaborations across the varied systems that provide professional development to early childhood and school-age professionals in Pennsylvania, approves organizations where the organization offers a professional development approval and oversight system for instructors that is comparable to PQAS.

The Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) certifies instructors and organizations which provide professional development to early childhood and school-age professionals in Pennsylvania. The PQAS maintains a registry of approved instructors to help ensure that professional development activities meet quality standards.

Staff who are approved, can only provide professional development under the auspices of the approved organization for events that are available to the early childhood education community.


Organization & Instructor Requirements

NOTE: The below requirements must be completed prior to submitting the application.


  • Organization must have a current Organization Profile with the PD Registry. If you don’t know if you have a current profile, please email pqas@pakeys.org BEFORE creating a new profile.


  • Instructors must be a current employee of the organization.
  • Instructors must have a current profile in the PD Registry.
  • Instructors must complete the Professional Standard Area form within the application.
  • Instructors must attach the Organization to the employment tab on their profile
  • Instructors must attach an up-to-date Pediatric First Aid/CPR Instructor Card within your Education Tab - CPR, First Aid, Fire Safety Requirements section on your PD Registry profile (if requesting Pediatric First Aid/CPR).
  • Engaging Adult Learners (Suggested course, not mandatory.)

Organizational PQAS Application for Higher Education

Last Updated: Nov. 2023
  • Organization Information page
  • Representative Agreement page
  • Professional Standard Area(s) form (Must be completed by each staff wishing to be approved.)
  • Staff Spreadsheet
Email completed application and all documents to PQAS@pakeys.org
Use subject line Organizational PQAS Application

Application Process

  • The review of the application will take up to 90 days once an application and all required documentation are received.
  • The contact person on the application will be notified by email if additional items are needed.
  • At the completion of the review process, the contact person will be notified by email indicating the status of the application.
  • Approval is valid for three years.
  • An updated application will need to be submitted once an approval is expired.



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