Credential Renewal

Renewal and Level Advancement 

To Renew Your Gateways Credentials

All Gateways Credentials, except the ECE Credential Level 1 and the SAYD Credential Level 1, need to be renewed every five years to remain valid.

Renewing your Gateways Credential requires at least 45 clock hours of related* training (or 3 semester hours of related* coursework) completed within the last five years and specific to the Credential(s) you want to renew. If renewing four or more Credentials, additional training hours may be required.

*Related coursework and training topics by Credential type:

  • ECE Credential: topics related to young children birth through age eight.
  • Infant Toddler Credential: topics related to children birth to three and their families.
  • Illinois Director Credential: topics related to program administration, ECE, and/or school-age development.
  • Family Child Care Credential topics related to family child care, ECE, and/or school-age development.
  • Family Specialist Credential: topics related to family development, family services, and/or working directly with families.
  • School-Age & Youth Development Credential: topics related to school-age and/or youth development ages 5 through 16.
  • Technical Assistance Credential: topics related to relationship-based professional development, coaching, and/or mentoring.

If renewing four or more Credentials, click here.


Steps to Renew

  1. Be a current Gateways Registry member
  2. Download and complete the  pdf Credential Application Renewal (392 KB) .
  3. Update your Professional Development Record (PDR)
  4. Enclose application fee (make checks payable to INCCRRA) or make a payment online by logging into your Registry Dashboard. Click on My Registry and then choose the Make a Payment section. There is a renewal application fee for each Credential being renewed.
  5. Mail these documents to:

    INCCRRA/Applications
    1226 Towanda Plaza
    Bloomington, IL 61701
    Or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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