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Enrollment in the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR) signals a provider's commitment to quality care and education for young children. PDR is a gateway for those who work in early education and child care to apply for scholarships and receive incentives along the career pathway.
First of all, we commend your decision to become a Arkansas Professional Development Registry member and the commitment you have made to the children, youth, and families of Arkansas. Now that you are a part of the PDR Registry, you are responsible for fulfilling the following responsibilities for continued membership.
• Use your assigned PDR ID number when you attend any professional development that has been registered with the PDR. This helps to ensure that your attendance will be added to your training transcript.
• Attend 15 clock hours of registered PDR training per year. Your “year” is defined as 12 months from the “ID Issue” date printed on your PDR membership card.
• Make sure your contact information is current with the Registry. To ensure that your information is up-to-date, you can log onto the Registry Web site, http://pdr.arkansas.gov and click on “Edit Profile" in the "Profile" tab. Once you login using you ID number and password, you will have access to all the personal information you have provided to the Registry office. By updating incorrect information and selecting the “Save” button, the Registry will stay updated of your changes.
Once you have completed your online member application, an email will be sent to your home email address with directions on how to set your security questions and to create a password for your account. Your password is case sensitive. At any time, you are able to change your password by logging into the PDR and selecting "Change Password" from your "Welcome [Name]" drop down list found in the upper right corner of the page.
Look for the PDR logo on approved training forms and/or certificates or simply ask the presenter. Making sure the training is registered by the PDR ensures the trainers have met requirements for education, experience, and knowledge of adult learning and presentation skills. All training opportunities listed on the PDR Web site have been registered and count.
A particular level was assigned to you based on your education and/or the various past trainings you have provided documentation for when you completed your membership application. These levels are based upon the Career Lattice. Remember, to be at any level above Foundation, you must be an active member of an early childhood or school age organization.
To determine if you would qualify for placement at a higher level than you have been assigned, consult the Career Lattice and review your past training certificates or college transcripts. The Career Lattice can be downloaded by clicking on “Career Lattice” button on the PDR Web site, http://pdr.arkansas.gov. Please
remember, professional development must be registered with the PDR before it will count towards clock hours completed. If it is a college course or you have earned a college degree, the Registry office must receive an original college transcript to be considered.
Go to the PDR Web site and login. Select the "My Trainings" tab and then select
the “Training Transcript” button.
If trainings are not listed on your transcript, you may submit the documentation for those trainings to the Professional Development Registry two ways. 1) Log in to the PDR and go to "My Profile" in the "Profile" tab and upload documentation to the registry; or 2) Include a cover sheet stating that you would like the enclosed training documentation to be considered for inclusion on your transcript. The cover sheet must include a list of training documentation enclosed. Please note that ORIGINAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS must be submitted to be considered for college work and degrees.
These achievements will be listed on your transcript if you submit official original documentation. Photocopies will not be accepted. If you need your documentation returned to you, you must include a self-addressed envelope and a note asking for that documentation to be returned. The PDR office will hold official original documentation for 45 working days. At the end of that time, documentation will be shredded, unless the member has requested its return.
• Clock hours refer to the actual time you spend in a training session. For example, if you attend a workshop that begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon, you have attended 3 clock hours of training.
• A CEU is different from a clock hour but can be used to meet clock hour requirements or toward a CDA credential. One CEU equals 10 clock hours of training. A session that lasts 6 hours would offer 0.6 CEUs. Generally, CEUs must be requested upon completion of the training. College courses or CEUs can be used to meet CDA renewal requirement.
• Credit hours generally refer to semester hours of college credit. A 3-semester hour credit college course includes approximately 45 clock hours of classroom time. Depending on the course content, a college course may meet training requirements for licensing or for CDA.
You are able to print off a copy of your PDR ID Card. Log into the PDR's Website http://pdr.arkansas.gov. Once logged in, select the tab entitled "Profile". Click the "Registry ID Card" button on that page. At the bottom of the page, a message will display asking if you wish to Open, Save or Cancel this transaction. Click the "Open" button to open a PDF of your ID Card. Click the "Print" icon to print the card.
Being a part of a professional organization is a critical component of most professions. By being an active member in a professional organization, you join others in showing your commitment to improving the quality of care and education for children, youth and their families through advocacy and professional development.
To get a full listing of organizations, refer to the "Resources" tab for the most up-to-date information.
You can contact the Registry by clicking on the "Contact Us" tab. You may contact via, phone, email, snail mail, or by completing the online form.