Mandatory Training

Training Required Before You Can Be Licensed

Children's Mental Health (CMH) Training

Children's Mental Health Training must be completed before you can be licensed. To complete this training:

Children's Mental Health Training is required by Minnesota Statute § 245A.175. Also, one hour of the annual 12 hour training requirement must be on children’s mental health issues and treatment

Normalcy and Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Training

You must complete this training before you can be licensed. To complete this training:

This training is required by Minnesota Statues, section 260C.212, subd.14

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Training

You must complete this training within a year of receiving your license. To complete this training:

The training requirements for child foster care licensing in Minnesota Statutes, section 245A.175 were amended to add an annual requirement of one hour of training on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders within the first 12 months of licensure. After the first 12 months of licensure, training on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders may be part of the 12 hours of the required in-service training per year.

Training Required if Providing Care for Children 8 or Under

Car Seat Training

Car Seat Training must be completed before you can be licensed to care for a child age 8 or under.

  • If you are providing interim family foster care or concurrent/permanency foster care, please visit Minnesota Child Passenger Safety Training for more information about registering for a class. You may also call 651-248-8256 for additional information.
  • If you are providing kinship foster care, please contact Michelle Niemi to sign up for car seat training. Call 763-324-1833 or send an email to [email protected]
  • For more information on types of foster care, go to the Basics of Foster Care page.
  • After training is completed, please submit the certificate of completion to your foster care licensing social worker.

Car Seat Training is required by Minnesota Statute § 245A.18. Training must be completed once every five years when caring for children under 9 years of age.

Training Required if Providing Care to Children 5 or Under 



Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUID) & Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) 

You must complete this training before you can be licensed. To complete this training:

Under Minnesota Statute § 245A.144, child foster care providers caring for infants or children through 5 years of age must be instructed and receive training on SUID/AHT at least once every 5 years.

Under Minnesota Statute § 245A.1445, there is an option to watch a video training to meet the requirements for SUID/AHT training.