Basic Health & Safety Training

ALERT: All Health & Safety Training accounts will expire in October. Expired accounts will be removed from the course and will no longer have access to Blackboard.  

You can print your certificate from any computer with Internet access that is connected to a printer. Print multiple copies of your certificate for your records. MSDE will not have copies of any certificates.   

MSDE cannot send/email copies of certificates, they are only available in Blackboard accounts. Misplaced or lost certificates cannot be recovered from MSDE, you will have to complete the course again to receive another certificate. Instructions on how to print your certificate are located on the START HERE page of the training.

Welcome to the Initial Basic Health and Safety Training. (FREE, No Cost) (Updated 9/21/17)

**This course is designed to be completed on a computer or laptop. It is not designed for completion on a mobile or cellular device. We are unable to assist with technical support for mobile device usage.**

You will need basic computer and technical knowledge and skills to participate in this online training course. These skills include but are not limited to the following:

  • Using a mouse
  • Typing information
  • Using email
  • Viewing videos
  • Navigating the Internet
  • Printing pages from a browser

If you do not have these basic computer and technical knowledge and skills contact a trainer to complete the training in face-to-face format. Find a trainer in your area here.


A valid email address is required to register for this course. Registration for the Basic Health and Safety Training is open for one week every month. (See registration schedule and dates below.)

Participants enrolled in the course will receive an email that will contain their username and password 24-48 hours before the course will open (keep that email for your records). All correspondence regarding the course is sent via email. Registrants that have not received their username and password 24-hours prior to the start of the course should check their spam/junk folders in their email accounts.

Complete the registration form by clicking the REGISTRATION button below.

Time Frame

Training must be completed prior to the course end date.  Once the course has ended, registrants will no longer be able to access the course.  Participants must print their certificate of completion prior to the course end date.  In the event of loss of a certificate or printing issues, you will have to re-register for this course and complete the full course again.  Copies of certificates will not be held by MSDE and will not be available once a course session has ended.

Completing the Training

**This course is designed to be completed on a computer or laptop. It is not designed for completion on a mobile or cellular device. We are unable to assist with technical support for mobile device usage.**

Complete all 13 modules and the Knowledge Check to obtain the certificate of completion. Once you complete and submit your Knowledge Check, your Knowledge Check will be scored. You will receive a grade after hitting SUBMIT. We do not email scores or certificates.

Completion of all 13 topics will take three (3) hours to complete and you must move through all topics in order. The current topic must be completed before the next topic will become available for viewing. You do not have to complete the entire training in one sitting, users are allowed to stop and return without having to start over. Before you begin, you may want to have paper and a writing tool available to take notes for the Knowledge Check required at the conclusion of this training and to answer reflection questions along the way.

Once you are ready to complete the Knowledge Check, it must be completed in one sitting.  If you leave before completing the Knowledge Check, the system will submit any questions that were answered and register it as an attempt.  Be prepared to spend 20-30 minutes to complete the assessment when you are ready to finish the full Knowledge Check. Unlike the modules in the training, the Knowledge Check must be completed in one sitting. Exiting the Knowledge Check before completing it in its entirety will result in an incomplete submission and possibly a failing grade.

Passing Grade and Getting a Certificate (Beginning October 1)

You must score a minimum of 12 points on the Knowledge Check to receive a certificate of completion.  You will be allowed to retake the Knowledge Check one time if you do not score 12 points or higher the first time.  If you are unable to score a minimum of 12 points on the Knowledge Check after two attempts, you will be required to obtain this training in an approved face-to-face format.

If you score 12 points or higher, you will receive a certificate of completion in your My Achievements section. Print your certificate of completion and place it in your personnel file at your program for review by a licensing inspector. Copies of certificates will not be held by MSDE and will not be available once a course session has ended.

Registrants that have completed the Knowledge Check one time and scored below 12 points will not be allowed to register for the online course again. The grade will stand as their final grade for the course.

Registration Schedule

October cohort - Registration is open September 22-29 3:00pm

October cohort must complete training between October 1-October 15. All accounts in the October cohort will expire on October 19.

November cohort - Registration is open October 20-27 3:00pm 

November cohort must complete training between November 1-November 15. All accounts in the November cohort cohort will expire on on November 21. 

December cohort - Registration is open November 22-30 3:00pm

December cohort must complete training between December 1-December 15. All accounts in the December cohort cohort will expire on on December 22.



Already registered

Learn how to log in and navigate the training by watching this video.


Questions? Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to get the answer!  FAQs

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List of Approved Basic Health & Safety Trainers is available here 
Need an alternative way or place to take the Health & Safety Training? No computer? Your public library has computers available for your use to complete the training! Want to take it face-to-face? Providers credentialed at a Level 2 or higher, can be reimbursed for taking the training face-to-face with an approved trainer. 
A Spanish version of “Health and Safety Basics: Requirements for Certification” is available from Penn State Better Kid Care. Certificates are issued for CEU credit so a small fee is charged by Penn State for processing. This is currently the only Health and Safety Training available in another language recognized by MSDE- Office of Child Care. Information will be updated with additional training offerings in other languages as it becomes available.