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Earning In-service Credit

​​​Professional learning eligible for inservice credit must include the four phases as defined by protocol and described in the PD Cycle:  planning, learning, implementing and evaluating.

Participants will receive inservice credit when all of the following criteria have been successfully met:

participation in the professional learning activity.
implementation of new learning.
evaluation of the impact of the new learning on professional practice and students.
evidence of the above submitted to the facilitator for assessment.

Whether attendance is voluntary or mandatory for professional learning, inservice credit will be awarded for learning time, implementation and evaluation.

Inservice credit will be awarded when participants successfully meet all the expectations outlined by the facilitator. Partial credit will not be awarded for incomplete and/or unsuccessful demonstration of expectations.

In-service credit will not be given for informational meetings and committee meetings. Informational meetings are task oriented and generally focus on managerial or logistical issues. Meetings are agenda driven by a leader who presents information to the participants. The following list includes, but is not limited to, examples of topics that may be covered in informational meetings for which inservice credit is not awarded are:

Code of Conduct, Ethics
Technical Updates; e.g., MyPGS, VIMS 
General Policies and Procedures
Insurance/Retirement
Safety Procedures
Blood borne Pathogens
Bus Driving Certification for Athletics
Union Meetings

Examples of committees that hold meetings concerning school-related tasks for which inservice credit is not awarded are:

Curriculum Committee
Safety Committee
Sunshine (Social) Committee
Lead Literacy Team
School Advisory Council

Conventions, Conferences, Seminars and Approved Non-district Online Training

Non-district training attended by VCS employees may be eligible for inservice credit. To meet eligibility, professional learning opportunities must be aligned to an individual's DPP and/or School/District Professional Development Plans. Attendance at conventions, conferences, and seminars typically does not guarantee that inservice credits will be awarded. Most events have awareness-level breakout sessions which do not meet the Florida's Professional Development Protocol Standards for implementation and evaluation. Following the event, the participant must implement the new learning, complete the Professional Learning Implementation and Evaluation Evidence form for conferences, and submit to the Professional Development Department along with required documentation of attendance and number of hours of training.

Training Hours

Training hours for instructional and non-instructional personnel are not considered inservice credit for professional educator certificate renewal. Training hours may include technology applications, auditable compliance standards and job-specific skills. Support personnel may apply training hours to the career ladder process under development by VCS Human Resources.

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