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EI Certification & Professional Development


In order to provide and bill for early intervention Part C services in Virginia, early intervention service providers in Virginia must be certified as Early Intervention Professionals or Early Intervention Specialists and/or as Early Intervention Case Managers. Virginia’s certification process ensures that providers are qualified within their disciplines and have the basic knowledge and competencies necessary to serve infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families prior to employment in the Virginia early intervention system. Read on to learn more about certification and professional development—and then come join our team!


Certification, etc.

Certification Step-by-Step

In order to be certified in Virginia, you must:

  1. Meet the discipline-specific requirements for one of the disciplines that can provide services in the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia. A list of these disciplines and the qualifications for each are included in Chapter 12 of the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia Practice Manual.
  2. Complete the required Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia Early Intervention Certification courses, passing the competency test for each with at least 80% accuracy. The Early Intervention Certification courses can be found on the Early Intervention Professional Development website.
  3. Submit an online application. Instructions for completing the application can be found here.

a. As part of the application process, practitioners must signify agreement with assurances on the application indicating that he/she has knowledge of and agrees to abide by the federal and state regulations and practices specified in the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia Practice Manual.

b. You must receive confirmation that your certification has been granted AND you must be affiliated with one of Virginia’s local Infant & Toddler Connection systems prior to providing or billing for services.


Finding A Job

Qualified early intervention providers are always in demand!

 Each of the forty local Infant & Toddler Connection system handles its own recruitment, employment and/or contracting with providers. Begin your job search by identifying the local ITC Virginia system(s) in which you would like to work and then reach out to the Local System Manager(s) who can provide information about local employment opportunities. Click here for a current list of Local System Managers.

ITC Virginia also maintains a list of local employment opportunities whenever information is shared by Local Systems Managers. Click on “Early Intervention Job Opportunities” in the Quick Links sidebar.


Billing & Payment

Early intervention providers must participate in payor networks in order to meet the Part C payor of last resort requirement. You (if you are an independent practitioner) or your agency (if you are employed or contracted with an agency) must be enrolled with the Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) as an early intervention provider in order to bill Medicaid

Click here for enrollment information.

The Medicaid Early Intervention Services Manual can be found here.


Professional Development

Virginia greatly values ongoing professional development and supports providers in obtaining and maintaining the skills needed to provide high-quality early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

The Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development (VEIPD) Center was created as part of Virginia’s Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD)—our professional development system for early interventionists who provide supports and services to eligible children and families under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The VEIPD Center is maintained by the Integrated Training Collaborative at the Partnership for People with Disabilities.

The Collaborative brings together the experience and expertise of providers, family members, university faculty, Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia staff, and other dedicated individuals to help implement training opportunities and enhance educational networking on behalf of infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.

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