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The New Hampshire Afterschool Professional Development System:

The New Hampshire Afterschool Professional Development System (NHAPDS) is designed to recognize the education, experience, skills and talents of those working in out of school time (OST) programs. It also is intended to support the ongoing professional development of OST professionals, particularly given the strong link of staff development to higher quality programs and positive youth outcomes. The New Hampshire's Afterschool Professional Development System Guidebook is posted here.

Nationally, there is a growing commitment to the importance of professional development. Several states have
credential systems, some required, others voluntary. The NH system is voluntary and is based on the following

• Education and Specialized Coursework
• Work Experience
• Ongoing Professional Development
• Professional Activities
The Afterschool Credential serves as a visible achievement of an individual’s professionalism and commitment
to the field. Individuals are encouraged to display their credential proudly. 


Individuals may apply for more than one Credential as long as they meet the required guidelines. If you are credentialed as a Master Professional Workshop Trainer, Faculty, or Allied Professional, you may become a trainer for out of school time programs. If credentialed as a Master Professional Program Mentor or Allied Professional, you can become a mentor, coach, or consultant for out of school time professionals and programs.

Questions?  Call ACROSS NH at (603) 206-6800 or email

Are you ready to get started? Here are links to some of the important credential documents (all documents can be found in the NH Afterschool Professional Development System Guidebook):

NH Afterschool Credential Application

NH Afterschool Credential Application Checklist
NH Afterschool Direct Service Credential Lattice

NH Afterschool Administrator Credential Lattice

NH Afterschool Master Professional Credential Lattice

NH Afterschool Leadership Endorsement

Professional Activity Matrix

Work Verification Letter

Program Professional Development Plan

Individual Professional Development Plan

Self-Study Template

Transcript Request Form

Mail Completed Credential Applications To:

DHHS/DEHS/Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration
ATTN: Credentialing Specialist
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301

Transcripts can be emailed directly from your institution to

Afterschool Credential Work Sessions:

ACROSS NH can provide a hands-on session to start or complete your Afterschool Credential applications. Our facilitator will walk participants through the newly revised Afterschool Credential application, providing step-by-step support. Please call (603) 206-6800 or email to request a session for your staff or region.

The following documents will be very helpful, so please have them with you if they are available:

  • A printed copy of the NH Afterschool Credential Application

  • Evidence of highest education level achieved 

  • Documentation of professional development or certification, including first aid and CPR

  • Documentation of your work history in afterschool, including letters from employer

  • A printed copy of your Training Transcript from your NHCIS account

  • Up to date Resume

  • Documentation of your Professional Activities (PAs)

Upcoming Afterschool Credential Information Sessions:

Afterschool Credential Information Sessions will resume in September 2023.

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