Required for Licensing

The work of FCCAM’s Professional Learning Committee is to support providers. A large part of that is providing resources to help providers stay on top of the current licensing requirements. The resources on this page have been gathered to address what is required for licensing, whether you are just getting started or are renewing.

Pre-licensing training: Getting Started in Family Child Care

Description: This MRTQ training introduces aspects of opening a family child care business in the home. It covers state certification procedures and addresses the reasons and importance of becoming a family child care provider.

Orientation Training: Provider training required in the first 12 months of employment must include:

  • first aid/adult, child, infant CPR with hands-on skills demonstration – both American Heart and Red Cross are accepted. If done online need to have hands-on demonstration component also
  • mandated reporter ~ Maine has an Online Mandated Reporter Resource Page where you will find a list of trainers that will provide group face-to-face mandated reporting training, or a self directed online training. Self directed training requires passing a quiz with 80% accuracy. At the end of the training, there is a link to go to a quiz. Click on the link, complete the form and click the button to begin the quiz. You are responsible for printing your certificate after the successful completion of the quiz. Please sure your computer is connected to a printer. You MUST print the certificate at this time.
  • The iLookOut Learning Program offers 3 (free) online, interactive courses specifically designed for people who work or volunteer at child care programs. iLookOut offers 3 trainings: Core mandated reporter training (3 CU), Advanced Training 1 (3 CU), and Advanced Training 2 (7 CUs). Because it’s important to make sure that iLookOut is both effective, and an improvement over training that already exists, this project involves a research component. The iLookOut program is now available to all Maine child care providers. If you have an existing iLookOut account, check for new learning content by:
  1. Visit
  2. Use your previous username & password to log-in
  3. If you forgot your password, please click forgot password and re-set your password

If you need an iLookOut account, register by::

  1. Visiting
  2. Selecting Register
  3. Entering your program’s license number

A refresher training for Mandated Reporter Training is needed every four years.

And any 2 of the following:

Many Agencies require you to set up a free account to access their training modules.

Ongoing Training: Each provider needs a minimum of 12 hours of training each year (year based on date of hire for providers and license issuance date for licensees). You can find training that will easily meet the minimum hours across topics that support sustaining your business and your direct work with children in the multiple drop down sections under “Training Resources” on this website.

At this time CPR/First aid training can be counted within the 12 hrs.