Child Protective Specialists (CPS) Practice Core

This learning program is designed to prepare new CPS workers for their roles and responsibilities by providing the core skills needed to succeed in their new position. During this training, learners discuss promoting child safety by applying cross-cutting themes when working with families, gathering all relevant information to assess for safety and risk, and completing required documentation according to standards. Learners will participate in practice scenarios, simulations, and structured on-the-job experiences to learn more about their responsibilities and the role they play in the Child Welfare system.


Who Should Attend?

Newly hired or transferred Child Protective Specialists.


Course Benefits

Learners will:

  • Develop safety and service plans that work for the families they assist.
  • Demonstrate best practice in the transfer process and close of a case.
  • Engage families in a manner that increases willingness to collaborate and be active participants in their plan.


Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.


Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • A 41-day, instructor-led curriculum.

Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion.


Continuing Education Units

There are no CEUs associated with this course.



ACS Human Resources and James Satterwhite Academy will register new hires and transfers to this course.


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