Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Mandatory & Non-Mandatory Trainings

Mandatory Reporter - New Training Now Available Through AEA Learning Online


There has been some recent incorrect information that has been sent out regarding the Mandatory Reporter training by other sources in the state.  As mentioned in our last newsletter, new legislation in Iowa has changed the rules around the Mandatory Reporter training.  The only approved curriculum for the training is provided by the Department of Human Services.

However, the AEAs are approved to offer the DHS' training on our training system.

The AEAs are currently offering the DHS's e-curriculum as trainings on our system, having replaced our home-built e-curriculum as of July 1.  We were forwarded many emails by school district personnel that said otherwise.  Please help us share this message with your employees and colleagues at other school districts, who might not have the correct information.


Changes in Law: What it Means for Educators


While the AEAs continue to offer the Mandatory Reporter training, there are some changes that are significant for individual educators.

1. Educators are now required to complete a separate Child Abuse training and Dependent Adult Abuse training.  The BoEE will require both certificates when renewing your license.  Certificates that were completed before July 1 (i.e. the combined training we used to offer) are still valid for renewal.  But if you have completed the Child Abuse training after July 1, you also need to finish the Dependent Adult Abuse training.  More on that below.

2. Certifications are good for 3 years instead of 5.  Again, previous certificates are grandfathered in.  The certificate of completion on our system reflects the difference between the current training and the old training.


Mandatory and non-mandatory trainings can be accessed through clicking here.

If you're a first time user and not registered in the system, you will need to register in the new system. Before you try to register, ask your school secretary for the district password. Once you have that information, click register into the system.

If you've already registered and are in the system, you will need to enter your username and password.

When a current user logs into the system as before and attempts to resume or begin a new training, usually the system will recognize what district the user currently belongs to. However, there might be some instances when it does not. To proceed, you will need to click on “edit your student info”. On this screen, you will see where you can change your AEA and district to the correct information. Once you make the changes, and resume registering for an individual training, the prompt will change to show the district you are currently in.

If you're not currently employed in a school district, please select Pay Customer from the menu on the left once you get to the site.

There is a $25 charge for educators to complete the Mandatory Reporter training.

Click here for a PDf of online training instructions.

Fee structure for districts

There will be a charge of 50 cents per student (based on certified enrollment) for a district to have access to the other online trainings on the system.

  • This includes many district responsibilities such as the OSHA trainings, the 103b legislation on seclusion/restraint and the medication administration trainings (training in all those areas are required by law for the employer).
  • Since this is a district responsibility, the charge goes to the district and will be invoiced at the beginning of the year. Districts will have their own password for the trainings, which will not work until they have paid.




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