New York State Certification, Professional Development, Middle-Level Education, Early Childhood Education
March 08, 2024

Fact Sheet 24-5: Update to the NYS Mandated Reporter Training

Source: Research and Educational Services

Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2021 amended Social Services Law § 413 to require additional training within the New York State Mandated Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment/Neglect coursework.  This is one of the required workshops for state certification.  The updated training includes protocols to reduce implicit bias in decision-making processes, strategies for identifying adverse childhood experiences, and guidelines to assist in recognizing signs of abuse or maltreatment while interacting virtually within the New York State Mandated Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment/Neglect coursework.

This law requires that mandated reporters, including those who have previously completed the ‘Child Abuse Identification and Reporting’ workshop for state certification, complete the updated training curriculum by April 1, 2025.

This updated training requirement impacts the following certification areas regardless of the certificate type (e.g. Initial/Professional, Provisional/Permanent, Transitional, Reissuance/Renewal).

Classroom Teacher

Career & Technical Education

School Building/District Leaders

School Counselors

School Social Workers

School Psychologists

School Nurses

School Dental Hygiene

School Attendance

Teaching Assistants


Adult Education Instructors

Visiting Lecturers

JROTC Instructors

For a list of approved providers, visit NYS Professions - Child Abuse Identification & Reporting Providers (

The NYS Office of Child & Family Services (OCFS) offers the 2-hour updated training for free - Mandated Reporter Training | Child Protective Services | Office of Children and Family Services (

NOTE: If you complete the updated training through OCFS, make sure that you request OCFS send an ‘authorized provider’ Certificate of Completion to TEACH on your behalf. 

A ‘Certification of Completion’ for this updated training can be sent to the State Education Department, Office of Teaching Initiatives using one of the following methods:

Additional information about this requirement is available at Child Abuse Identification Workshop (

NYSUT Education & Learning Trust (ELT):  ELT will be offering this updated training beginning in Fall 2024.  Visit ELT - Professional Learning to access the training in the fall.