Play Facilitator Certificate of Completion training is an introductory course that will help you incorporate play through two facilitation roles: supporting and directing.
This introductory training is purposefully designed to meet the needs of seasonal, part-time, and temporary workers at camps, playgrounds, and after-school programs. The program is also beneficial as a training tool for full-time staff that work with and lead those individuals.
The training focuses on adults working with children in age groups 3-5, 6-8, and 9-11. There is also a brief segment on children ages 12 and up. The training gives adult facilitators the tools, beginner knowledge, and confidence to provide unstructured play experiences at their facility.
The format of the training is an average of two to three hours of online learning for an individual to complete the program. The department trainer option allows a qualified individual (see below for necessary qualifications) to complete the online training as an individual then to be provided the resources to train an unlimited number of additional staff. With the approval of the department trainer, the additional staff would then be eligible to purchase certificates at a reduced cost. This is an excellent option for those who train the seasonal, part-time, and volunteer staff.
Through online quizzes, the Certificate of Completion program ensures comprehension of the training material. There is also a resources section available throughout and after the training.
The curriculum and coursework were developed primarily by Dr. Ellen O’Sullivan in conjunction with Fran Mainella and in consultation with many members of the US Play Coalition. The 2020 updates were developed by Ryan Fahey, PE & Health Specialist.