WI T-TAP Competencies

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Professional Guidance: WI T-TAP Competencies 

Competencias del Profesional de Capacitación y Asistencia Técnica (T-TAP) de Wisconsin

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The Wisconsin Training and Technical Assistance Professional (T-TAP) Competencies For Early Childhood and Related Professionals Working with Adults define the relevant knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed by T-TA Professionals. The T-TAP Competencies are organized into seven areas:

I: Building Relationships
II: Communication
III: Professionalism and Ethics
IV: Adult Learning Principles
V: Planning Learning Opportunities for Adults
VI: Delivering Learning Opportunities for Adults
VII: Continuous Quality Improvement

The T-TAP Competencies are not intended to be an exhaustive list; rather, they provide general guidance for best practices when working with professionals who directly serve young children and their families.


The WI T-TAP Competencies have been designed as a framework that complements other professional development systems. Here are some examples of how the WI T-TAP Competencies are being used:


  • to provide continuity across sectors for T-TA to the workforce
  • to inform, guide, and evaluate professional development opportunities that support T-TA Professionals
  • to support T-TA Professionals in career pathways by providing content for three courses recognized by the Wisconsin Registry for Institutions of Higher Education to support students


  • for Communities of Practice
  • to support new and existing T-TA Professionals
  • for evidence-based and high-quality practices in T-TA
  • for contract language for proposals for T-TA


  • for personal and professional growth
  • for organizations to support employees involved in T-TA
  • for 4K Community Approaches to support teachers and other staff
  • for linkages to K-12 (WI DPI Educator Effectiveness System and Administrator Standards), National AfterSchool Association Core Competencies For Afterschool Trainers, and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Early Childhood Systems Core Competencies (MCH Navigator).


The Wisconsin Training and Technical Assistance Professional (T-TAP) Competencies were created on behalf of the WI Early Childhood Cross-Sector Professional Development Initiative (WI PDI). 

Updated 2/22/2024