Qualifications & Role Requirements

Staff qualifications ensure professionals have the training and knowledge they need to provide high-quality services to Washington’s children, youth, and families.

Most qualifications and role requirements are recorded in the Workforce Registry, MERIT. For MERIT support and instructions visit the MERIT Support webpage.

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To qualify for your role, there are three general requirements:

  1. Pre-Service & Hiring Requirements: Must be completed before hire or soon after hire. These requirements depend on the program and job role.
  2. Education Requirements: Education is based on your program requirements and job role. You may have time to complete your education or may have other options, known as equivalents. DCYF works with partners to provide options in communities.
  3. Training Requirements: Professionals are responsible for completing trainings specific to their role and continuous training throughout their career.