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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY PROFESSIONAL GROWTH ADVISORS
How much time is required for me to spend with the permit holder(s) I advise?
No time requirements are mentioned in state laws or regulations. An employing agency may set contact
requirements if it chooses to do so. The Commission has estimated that each advisor will spend, on average,
about five hours per permit holder each school year. Not all meetings need to be in person; interactions can
be by telephone, written messages, or email.
What are the grounds for not signing item 19 on a credential holder’s plan?
As a professional growth advisor, you should sign a Professional Growth Plan and Record only if you are
satisfied that all of the following are true:
Each proposed activity is of high quality and is consistent with the permit holder’s professional
growth goals as stated in the plan
Each proposed activity is likely to contribute to the permit holder’s competence, performance, or
Each proposed activity fits one of the categories of activities
The permit holder did not begin any of the activities before applying for the Child Development
Permit, or for the most recent renewal of this permit
If any of these standards are not met, do not sign the plan. If a permit holder requests an advisor’s signature
or initials for an activity that he or she has already begun or completed, the advisor may sign item 19 or
initial item 15, but is not required to do so.
What are the grounds for not signing item 21 on the plan?
As an advisor, you should sign item 21 on a professional growth and plan and record form only if you are
satisfied that the permit holder has engaged in the activities identified and spent the number of hours shown.
Do not sign the record form if these provisions do not apply.
What does “reasonable verification” mean?
A professional growth advisor should require a permit holder to provide evidence that he or she has engaged
in a particular activity, or that the records of time spent is accurate. Reasonable verification may include (but
is not limited to) products of an activity; official records of attendance; copies of notes or minutes; materials
distributed at classes, workshops, conference, or staff development programs. Or other tangible records of
activities. On page 29 of this manual you will find a Verification of Hours Spent on a Professional Growth
Activity form. You may photocopy this and ask the permit holders to use it when appropriate. Supporting
materials do not need to be submitted to the Commission with applications for renewal of the Child
Development Permit. The Commission expects professional growth advisors to make decisions regarding the
acceptability of verification of participation and completion of activities. Professional growth advisors should
use discretion in requiring evidence.
Where do I go if I have questions about the professional growth requirements?
Other professional growth advisors may be able to answer your questions. For information about the
availability of professional development activities, you may want to talk to your child development center
director or other professionals. For information about renewal requirements, you may also call the
Commission Information Services at (916) 322-4974 Monday-Friday 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM or email