NHSA Academy

Basic Family and Health Services Credential

Designed especially for Head Start family and health service providers, the Academy Basic Family and Health Services Credential program is a distance education, self-study course that offers an opportunity for family and health services staff to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in 12 competency areas based on the Head Start Program Performance Standards. Family and Health service workers and coordinators will reflect on their professional practice and gain insight into ways that Head Start services can be enhanced.


In addition, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered to candidates who successfully complete the credential. Candidates can work at their own pace and are given a full six months to complete the course. There are no registration timelines, which means, registration is available year round!

What Academy candidates said about the Family and Health Credential Program:

“I feel this should be a mandatory credential for all Family and Health Advocates."


"This was challenge and rewarding…Thanks to you I have shared my experience with other coworkers of what [the] NHSA credential does.”


“Throughout this experience I have had the opportunity to grow in more than just the area of Health Services.”