Home Visitor Associate Credential

Program Description

A Home Visitor Associate (HVA) is an individual who wants to advance their career in home visitation or adult/child development programs. A HVA promotes quality education and support to youth, parents, and the community by supporting guidelines and standards designated by the Commission for Professional Certifications and Credentials.

HVA Eligibility Requirements

Candidates for the Home VIsitor Associate (HVA) credential must meet or exceed the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have 1 year experience (no fewer than 480 hours) working with youth within the past 3 years
  • Have 120 clock hours of formal education/training within the past 3 years
  • Hold a valid First Aid card
  • Hold a valid Infant/Child/Adult CPR card
  • Be a member of a professional organization

Core Knowledge Areas

  1. Physical Development
  2. Cognitive Development
  3. Creative Development
  4. Social and Emotional Development
  5. Guidance
  6. Self
  7. Learning environment
  8. Program Management
  9. Family involvement
  10. Safety
  11. Health
  12. Communication
  13. Professionalism
  14. Head Start Home Visitation Policies

Content Areas

  1. Advancement of physical, cognitive, and creative development
  2. Curriculum and planning a quality learning environment
  3. Design, development and operating effective home visitor programs
  4. Health, Safety and Nutrition
  5. Establishing productive relationships with families and the community
  6. Observation, Assessment, and Child Welfare
  7. Professionalism and Leadership
  8. Social and emotional development
  9. Substance Abuse Awareness