Technical Assistance Credential

The Technical Assistance (TA) Credential is designed for professionals working in a variety of roles that relate to relationship-based professional development (for example: Coach, Mentor, Quality Specialists, Professional Development Advisors, etc.) The Technical Assistance Credential requires the completion of an Associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university and at least 2,000 hours of work experience providing relationship-based professional development and 4,500 hours of experience work experience in your area of specialization.

The Technical Assistance Credential is a symbol of professional achievement for those who:

  • Act as a coach, mentor, consultant and/or technical assistance provider supporting professionals
  • Exhibit commitment to the use of evidence-based practices when providing service to others
  • Utilize relationship-based methods to recognize and build on strengths and capacities of practitioners and programs
  • Demonstrate action in pursuit of their own professional development
  • Understand principles of adult learning

Attention: Through the Preschool Development Grant, Gateways Credential applications are FREE for a limited time on a first-come, first-served basis for those seeking new Credentials or level advancing their current Credential. This includes renewals.

Steps to Apply-New & Level Advance

  1. Become a Gateways Registry member.
  2. Download the pdf Credential Application (500 KB) .
  3. Request your official transcripts be sent to Gateways from any accredited college or university you attended. An accredited college or university can send official transcripts electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If INCCRRA already has official transcripts on file you do not need to resend.
  4. Mail the application to:

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

To Renew your Gateways Credentials, click here.

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