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All child and dependent adult abuse mandatory reporter curricula have to be approved by the Iowa Department of Public Health or by a licensing or examining board. There are three (3) ways to obtain curricula approvals:
- A provider chooses to use a curriculum developed by another provider who has already received approval of the curriculum.
(The system appears complicated, but it is necessary since some curricula are copyrighted and require permission to use).
A corporation, consortium, management company, etc. chooses to have all of the providers under their umbrella use the same approval number.
- The applicant is required to submit one (1) copy of the Application for Use of Already-Approved Curriculum   form to the provider whose curriculum they want to use.
- Once the original provider signs the application form indicating their approval to use the curriculum and attaches a letter on their letterhead, the original provider sends the application form and letter to the Iowa Department of Public Health for an Abuse Education Review and approval.
- The application is reviewed and if approved, the department issues an approval number and approval dates covering a three (3) year period to the applicant and sends the applicant a letter of approval.
- The approval is good for three (3) years, at which time it needs to be renewed. (Refer to the Renewal Process bullet on the Home Page of this website).
- If the application is not approved, the department will notify the applicant of the reasons for denial of approval.
- See the link above for the application form.
A licensing or examining board may choose to approve curricula using a system devised by that board.
- Instead of each provider in a group applying for a separate approval number, in some cases, a corporation, consortium, management company, etc. can apply for one approval number to be used by all providers within that group to use the same curriculum.
- The corporation, consortium, management company, etc. follows the procedures outlined above to use a curriculum developed by another provider.
- The corporation, consortium, management company, etc. receives a letter with an approval number and approval dates covering a three (3) year period to be used by all providers within that group.
- The providers are listed as corporate links in the Iowa Department of Public Health Abuse Education Review database.
Certificates are not required by law, they should be handed out. Agencies that are auditing are asking to see them. Some recommendations:
- Place a copy in the attendee file and give a copy to the attendee.
- The certificate needs to have the IDPH approval number on it and either the approval dates (if within the past 3 years) or the renewal dates to indicate the approval has been renewed and is still current.
- The auditing agency will compare the date of the training with the approval/renewal dates and verify the approval number with the Abuse Education Review staff.
- The certificate cannot be hand-written. The only areas that can be hand-written are the signature of the person responsible for the training and possibly the name of the attendee. Everything else has to be typed.
- Auditors are requiring that the number of hours of training is included on the certificate.
Documents denoted by are available in Portable Document Format (.pdf).