Welcome to the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy!

The Department of Human Services and University of Minnesota Twin Cities have partnered to enhance child welfare training. Our mission is to train, develop, and support the skills, expertise, and well-being of Minnesota’s child welfare workforce while nurturing a commitment to equitable child welfare practice.


Courses Assigned by Supervisors

Please be aware that you still need to enroll in a course even after your supervisor has assigned it to you. Learn more here.

Update on SEY Requirement

All Minnesota county and tribal staff with child protection duties are required to complete training on sex trafficking and the sexual exploitation of youth. If you have questions about whether this applies to you or if you have met the requirement, we have updated our information about this legislative requirement. Read more here, and let us know if you still have questions.

Account Creation is a Two-Step Process

If you have requested a Training Portal account, or if your supervisor has invited you to create an account, the account approval is just the first step. Once approved, you will receive an email with steps to complete creating your account. If you do not receive that email, check your spam folder. If you need the approval email re-sent to you, just let us know at

NTI Training

The NTI self-paced online training, which previously was built into each Foundations cohort, is now a separate course. Supervisors can assign this to new workers, or have new staff register on their own, as it is still a requirement for completing foundations. Look for the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) CW Professionals (CWTA X401) course in the Training Catalog.

Getting Connected

The Minnesota Child Welfare Training System (MCWTS) is now the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA). Lots of exciting changes are coming and we want to make sure you hear all about it! Follow us on social media to receive the latest updates. You can find links to our accounts at the top of the page.

Minnesota Child Welfare Practice Framework

Child welfare work requires a sophisticated set of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in order to provide effective services to children and families. The Minnesota Child Welfare Practice Framework outlines the competencies required for quality practice among front-line child welfare professionals and their supervisors.


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