Family Specialist Credential

 Family Specialist Credential

The Gateways Family Specialist Credential (FSC) is for professionals who provide direct services to families. They work in a variety of settings and their titles vary as well. Some of the positions who would apply for the FSC might be Family Case Workers, Parent Educators, or Family Advocates. Those earning the FSC will have special knowledge of managing family relationships and documented "family-related" work experience.

If you have a Bachelor's or Graduate degree in Social Work from a nationally accredited program, you may qualify for the Family Specialist Credential Level 5. Visit for a directory of accredited programs.

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 Family Specialist Application (483 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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