External Quality Improvement Services

ECERS-R™, ITERS-R™, FCCERS-R™, ECERS-3™, ITERS-3™, and FCCERS-3™ Certification - Available virtually!

ERS Full-Day and Cultural Competency trainings are a requirement before becoming certified and must have been completed within the last two years. Certification in the Environment Rating Scales provides early childhood professionals with a live opportunity to use the skills gained in training. Being certified shows that you are capable of observing in classrooms using the Environment Rating Scales and that you have additional expertise. Participants wishing to go through the certification process should email the ERS team at Clayton to set up a date for each scale they want to certify. The participants will spend a full day with a highly trained ERS team member, who will guide them through a three-hour observation and answer questions about observing using the Environment Rating Scale. Participants will score the classroom observation, alongside their ERS team member, discuss scoring rationale, and reach a consensus score following the observation. In order to become certified, they must reach a 75% agreement with the ERS team member’s scores and write a feedback report for the program within two months of the observation. Please note, the participants seeking certification must set up their own observations outside of the program they work. If a participant needs assistance finding a classroom, they can ask the ERS team to help them find a classroom. This certification is valid for one year, certified observers must go through the certification observation every year after initial certification maintain certification. If your certification lapses, re-training on the Environment Rating Scale and Cultural Competency will be required. For more information, or to schedule a certification, contact the IRR Team here.


Due to COVID-19, our in-person services are temporarily unavailable, but please ask about our remote/virtual opportunities. We have modified many of our services to meet the needs of providers and partners during this unprecedented time.