Develop RBPD Specialist Membership

BECOME A DEVELOP Approved Relationship Based Professional Development Specialist!

Relationship-Based Professional Development (RBPD) Specialists support learning through one-on-one interactions with Early Childcare Practitioners. The goal of this type of individualized support is to improve children’s developmental outcomes by increasing practitioners’ knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Changes to the RBPD Specialist Endorsements are coming soon! Review the updated Checklists for each Endorsement Type below for more information.

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RBPD Endorsements

Develop currently offers 13 pathways for approval. Each pathway is called an RBPD Endorsement. Most of these endorsements require verified employment with a specific agency. Review each endorsement and its requirements by selecting the option that matches your employment status below.

RBPD Endorsement Criteria Changes: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Current RPBD Specialist

When it’s time for your RBPD Membership to expire and you renew in Develop, your RBPD Endorsement application will be processed based on the new criteria (pathway one or pathway two). Upon approval with the new criteria, you will then have until your next expiration date to complete the new renewal requirementsFor complete details, visit Achieve, Minnesota Center for Professional Development for information on each endorsement’s specific criteria.  

Yes, you will need to renew your RBPD Membership to update your CLASS Endorsement expiration date even if your RBPD Membership expiration date is Current.  

The RBPD Application/Renewal process will be very similar to the current process. Each RBPD Endorsement will be supported by a new and improved requirement overview resource.  Achieve, will continue to review all RBPD membership applications and required documentation in Develop in the order they are received. They will also continue to provide RBPD membership application approval and renewal support.  

​No, you are not limited to Develop approved hours. Achieve will be reviewing the RBPD Professional Development Plan for the course title, date completed, number of hours and the signature of the RPBD Specialist. Information on professional development options will be available for you and your supervisor to consider if you want ideas for possible offerings.

​Keep in mind, if you are also a Trainer, the hours you complete to renew your Trainer membership do need to be approved in Develop.

No, professional development hours can be used to meet the professional development hour requirements for all endorsements you hold; however, a separate professional development plan will need to be submitted for each endorsement with the hours listed. Achieve MNCPD will look for the total number of professional development hours documented during your Endorsement period  

Supervisors of RPBD Specialists 

​All relevant work leading group care* can count toward the work experience requirement of pathway two. This includes consecutive or non-consecutive years of employment and is not limited to Minnesota-based employment.

​*Refer to endorsement criteria for definition of specific job roles that count toward leading group care.

No. The RBPD Endorsement criteria are the baseline criteria for that endorsementAgencies can set their hiring criteria at or above the RBPD Endorsement Criteria based on the agency’s needs and the communities being served.  

RBPD Documentation Form

Use this form to document your professional development as you work toward an RBPD Endorsement.

Develop’s Trainer Directory

RBPD Specialists can participate in Develop’s public Trainer Directory under the RBPD Specialist option. This directory allows Training Sponsor Organizations, Center Directors, Family Child Care Providers, etc. to connect with approved RBPD Specialists for their coaching/mentoring needs. As always, participation is always optional. Check out the Trainer Directory to learn more.

More Resources

Looking for more resources to support you on your professional development journey? Check out the RBPD Membership Resources page for links, guides, and more!

Develop Navigation Support

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RBPD Membership Application Processing

We use the Develop system to process all Develop RBPD membership application submissions. Complete membership applications are processed in the order they are received. This ensures your application is processed fairly and accurately. Allow up to 30 business days for this process.




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