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School Age Professional Certificate (SAPC)

Program Objective Code: 5373

The Department of Education School Age Professional Certificate (SAPC) program prepares the student who works with children 5 years and up (through grade 12) in a licensed afterschool program.

The program includes the State mandated introductory certification training, 80 hours of SAPC coursework, 480 hours of work experience and on-site observation in an afterschool setting.(80 of these work hours must be completed while enrolled in the training program.)

Upcoming  Information Sessions

December 3, 2019

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

CE 118, Lake Worth Campus

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The student will successfully complete 80 hours of formal classroom instruction in the six competency goals, a 2-hour observation during Module 2, document 480 hours of work experience with school-age children and complete all other Palm Beach State College requirements. Upon completion of the program the student will be awarded a Department of Education School Age Professional Certificate (SAPC).

The program is divided into two modules:

Syllabus: School Age Professional Certificate (SAPC) Module I 

Syllabus: School Age Professional Certificate (SAPC) Module II

Admission Requirements

These requirements must be met before registering for the SAPC program.


  • Add Program Objective Code 5373
  • Attend a SAPC Information Session
  • 40-Hour School-Age Certificate or
  • 40-Hour Child Care Training (birth-5) and Foundations of Advancing Youth Development Principles (AYD)
  • *Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Employed in a licensed childcare setting or afterschool program caring for school-age children 5-12 years old
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Mastery of the English language

The transcript must be received and accepted by the registrar before registering for Module 1. An official high school diploma or GED transcript must be on file at the Registrar's Office. The transcript must show that the student graduated with a standard diploma from an accredited high school accepted by Palm Beach State College

The following requirements must be completed by the end of Module II for students to be eligible to obtain a School Age Professional Certificate. The 480 hours documented work experience working with children ages 5 -12 years old in a licensed child care setting or afterschool program. All 480 hours must be completed within the past 5 year and 80 of these hours must be completed while enrolled in the training program. Proof of the 480 hours of work experience must be notarized and documented on the Practical Experience Summary form.

* To make this change complete the POC change form and return to the Registrar's Office where you will be attending class. If you are faxing the form, it is always a good idea to follow up by phone to make sure that it was received.

You may fax the form to your campus Registrar at Lake Worth 561-868-3584

Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc. is a non-profit, intermediary organization dedicated to quality school-age afterschool programs.  Prime Time offers scholarships for the SAPC (PBC_AEC) to Management and front line practitioners employed in a Palm Beach County afterschool program working with school-age children. Complete a scholarship application here, and there is more exciting news! You may be eligible for financial incentives upon successful completion of the SAPC (PBC-AEC). For more information, contact Elisa Moro at 561-7328066, ext. 122 or visit the Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc. website.

Palm Beach State College Scholarship options

The student who has earned a Department of Education SAPC Certificate, completed 15 college credits at Palm Beach State College towards their degree and has a program objective code of 2374 (Associate in Science Degree: Human Services - Youth Development Concentration), will be eligible for articulation into 3 college credits upon request. The credits will be for the following course: HUS1620-Principles and Best Practices in Afterschool Programs.

Many programs have transfer agreements with other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer course or program credit into a four-year program.  Transfer Agreement website

For information on Staff Credential Renewal, please visit the Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Child Care Staff Credential Verification Application, Section 5 for details on renewal process.

Contact Info

Luisa Brennan, Program Director


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