Cultural Competency Training

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Mandatory Cultural Competency Training and Licensure Requirements

As required by Code of Virginia § 22.1-298.7, no later than the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, each school board employee, including teachers, leaders, and other licensed staff, is required to complete cultural competency training or instruction. In addition, effective July 1, 2023, every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license shall complete instruction or training in cultural competency. For more information, read Senate Bill 1196 and House Bill 1904.

Cultural Competency Training Module

To meet the training as well as the initial and renewal license requirements, VDOE has developed a free online Cultural Competency Training Module. This module is accessible from PCs and Mac computers and some other types of mobile devices. Users should complete the module in one session and have access to a printer. Individuals completing the module should print a copy of the certificate of completion for verification. Certificates will not be saved or stored for later access. The module has a value of 15 professional development points. School divisions may design their own training as long as the training is aligned with the Guidance on Cultural Competency Training for Teachers and Other Licensed School Board Employees in Virginia Public Schools (PDF).  Click below to access the module and transcript.

Technical Assistance

Questions or concerns relating to the Cultural Competency Training Module should be directed to the Department of Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion via email