Basic Health & Safety Training

Welcome to the Initial Basic Health and Safety Training. (FREE, No Cost) (Updated 10/23/19)

**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 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. http://extension.psu.edu/youth/betterkidcare/lessons/espanol

Registration

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.

(Registrants that have previously taken the training and did not meet the minimum requirements to receive a certificate will not be enrolled in course again.)

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.

IMPORTANT**  When the course is closed, you will no longer have access to the course and your certificate.  Please save it to your device, email it to yourself, or print multiple copies in case you need another copy.  The Division of Early Childhood  will not keep copies of your certificate on file.**

 

Passing Grade and Getting a Certificate (For Courses Beginning On and After October 1, 2017)

You must score a minimum of 12 points on the Knowledge Check to receive a certificate of completion. Submissions are scored immediately. 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. )MSDE does not provide face-to-face training. A list of approved trainers is listed below.)

If you score 12 points or higher, you will immediately 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.

If you do not meet the minimum requirement to receive a certificate in a course you must complete the training in the face-to-face format in order to receive a certificate. (Providers credentialed at a Level 2 or higher, can be reimbursed for taking the training face-to-face with an approved trainer.) MSDE does not host or hold face-to-face trainings for Basic Health and Safety course. A list of approved trainers is available below.

Annual Update

No update is available or required at this time. The Office of Child Care is in the last stages of getting our regulations posted for public comment.  The regulations have not changed yet so you are in compliance until the new regulations are in the Maryland Register and have passed.  We will send out the update for those providers who have already taken the Health and Safety training. MSDE will continue to send out an annual update, for anyone who has taken the class, regardless if it was taken last year or last week. All staff will sign off and place it in their files for licensing to check as they inspect the facilities.

If you complete the training again the certificate will have the date of your original successful completion of the course. For example, if you completed the course on November 5, 2017 and completed the course again today, your certificate will say November 5, 2017.

Registration Schedule 

**We do not accept late registrations.**

November cohort - Registration is open October 23-29 at 9:00am and registration closes at 12:00pm(CLOSED)

November cohort participants must complete training between November 1 - 22. All accounts in the November cohort will expire on on November 22 at 9:00am.

December cohort - Registration is open November 22-29 at 9:00am and registration closes at 12:00pm

December cohort participants must complete training between December 2-23. All accounts in the December cohort will expire on on December 23 at 9:00am. 

January cohort - TBD

                                                                         

  

Already registered  https://msde.blackboard.com/

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

My account says "No Content to Be Displayed", what should I do?

Review the START HERE page of the course  for information regarding the Course Timeline, Grades and Certificates,"No Content to Be Displayed", and Videos Not Playing. Username or Password information is included in all of the emails sent from the course in the "Completing Basic Health and Safety in Blackboard" document.

Blackboard doesn't recognize my username and password.

All Health & Safety Training accounts created before the current course have expired. 

Once your account is expired you will no longer have access to Blackboard. MSDE does not have a copy of your certificate. We cannot send copies of certificates, they are only available in active Blackboard accounts. If you still need to complete the training you will need to register for a new account and complete the course again.

If you previously took the training but did not pass you are not allowed to complete the online training again, your account has been deleted or removed from the course. You must complete the training in the face-to-face format. If you did pass, you will need to complete the entire course again in order to receive a certificate of completion.

When will I get my score? How long does it take to get my certificate?

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. 

**When completing the second attempt please note that Blackboard uses your highest score. If your score does not change that means your second attempt score was either the same or lower than your first attempt score.** 

What is my score?

We do not email scores or certificates. You can check your score in your Blackboard account. Use the username and password used to take and complete the training to login to Blackboard. After completing the Knowledge Check in Blackboard, you can access the grade earned through “Tools” and “My Grades” from within the Blackboard course. If no score is in your account, there is an error and your Knowledge Check hasn't been scored. In the Grade section, be sure to select ALL and not GRADED on the option top.

I didn't pass, now what?

If you have taken the Knowledge Check one time you can re-take the Knowledge Check as long the course is open. Just log back into your Blackboard account and complete the Knowledge Check. You do not have to complete the entire training again, you can go directly to the Knowledge Check. Remember the transcripts of each session are available for your use and help you to navigate the training.

If you have used both of your attempts and did not meet the minimum requirement you are required to take the face-to-face training. Find approved trainers here http://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/system/files/filedepot/3...

Where is my certificate?

If you have scored above 12 your certificate is available on your "My Achievements" page. It is located at the bottom of the list of course modules (where you clicked to complete your Knowledge Check) in the course. 

Can you send me a copy of my certificate?

Unfortunately, we are unable to.  All accounts created prior to the current course have expired and been removed from Blackboard. Certificates and scores for expired accounts are no longer available.  MSDE does not have a copy of your certificate. To offer the course for free to providers we do not have or save certificates. Saving copies of all of the certificates created in Blackboard would require MSDE to charge participants for the course. You will need to complete the course again in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Still have questions?

For questions please email healthandsafetyocc.msde@maryland.gov.

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.