Volume 01 | August 2018
Welcome to the PD Registry Buzz!
The PD Registry team at the PA Key is pleased to announce the launch of our Professional Development (PD) Registry newsletter! This resource will be released four times per year to anyone registered in the PD Registry system and will contain information relevant to all users, including PQAS instructors.  

Each newsletter will include:

  • PD Registry news and announcements
  • Tips and tools to get the most out of your user experience
  • From the Help Desk frequently asked questions
  • Links to resources

...and more!

We hope you enjoy!

If you have suggestions for content, please contact registry@pakeys.org .
Early Learning Professionals
You could win an iPad from the PD Registry!
All users in the system who have completed their Professional Development (PD) Registry profile will be automatically entered into a random drawing to win a new Apple iPad! Two winners will be notified by November 15, 2018 . Contest ends on October 31, 2018 .

How to enter:

  1. If you have already completed your profile, then congratulations, you are already entered in the contest!
  2. If you have not completed your profile, here are the steps to do so and get entered:
  • Login to your PD Registry account at www.papdregistry.com.
  • Complete the Personal Information tab.
  • Complete the Employment tab.
  • Complete the Education tab by uploading important documents such as diplomas, transcripts, and certificates.

( NOTE: The PD Registry team does not need official copies of college transcripts. High School diplomas do not need to be uploaded. Make sure any scans or photos that are uploaded are readable.)

Email registry@pakeys.org or call 1-800-284-6031 with any questions.

Good luck!
Online Payment Now Available for Director Credential!
Back by popular demand, early learning professionals are now able to pay for the Director Credential online! This includes the fee for both initial or renewal applications.

The Pennsylvania Director Credential is designed as a standard to measure and validate the abilities and competencies of directors and administrators to manage high quality early childhood and school-age programs.

For more information on the Director Credential and for directions on how to pay online, visit the Director Credential page on the PA Key website .

Email any questions to dircred@pakeys.org or call 1-800-284-6031 .
Certificates Are A Thing of the Past!
Please note that certificates are no longer issued in the PD Registry after being marked as attending an event or completing an online course. DHS and Keystone STARS will see all completed professional development as verified in the Learning Record.

To access your Learning Record:

  1. Login to your PD Registry account at www.papdregistry.org.
  2. Go to the Reports Tab in the top navigation bar.
  3. Click My Professional Development Learning Record.

This is the official document.
CDA Voucher Application Moves Online
Effective July 1, 2018, the PA Key will only be accepting online applications for the CDA Voucher.  

For more information on the CDA voucher, visit the CDA Voucher page on the PA Key website .

Awarding ACT 48 Credits
As you may know, Act 48 approval is given to organizations not courses. When you are offering a course through an organization, please let the participants know whether if it is eligible for ACT 48 hours. If you are unsure, please check with the organization.

When receiving a call regarding ACT 48 hours, the PA Key is only able to redirect the caller back to the organization who held the event.

For more information on ACT 48 credits, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education's website .
Tips for Course Owners
Editing courses
  • A major edit to an existing course, such as changing the hours or CKC areas, will result in a new course and new course number being created. The course will need to go through the approval process again.
  • If you need to make minor edits to an existing course, such as fixing a spelling error or adding additional information, please contact the Registry. This will not create a new or duplicate course.
Duplicate courses
  • Please check your current course list before submitting a new course. We are receiving duplicate course submissions. Remember, once a course is approved, you can schedule events without having to re-enter the course. Details such as date, time, and location are entered when creating an event.
From the Help Desk
Justin Moyer is the Administrative Specialist at the PA Keys a member of the PD Registry Team. Part of Justin's job duties include answering user questions. He has compiled some of the questions he's asked the most to help! If you have a question, reach out to the PD Registry team and Justin or one of our other team members can help you!

How do I log into my PD Registry account?

There are two ways to reach the login page for the PD Registry:

  1. Go to www.pakeys.org and click on the lime green PD Registry box**. Click the teal login box in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Go directly to www.papdregistry.org and login using the teal button on the top right corner of the screen.

**The login button on to the top right of the main PA Key website is only for Rising STAR Tuition Assistance, the CDA Voucher Program, and partner intranet access. You can no longer login to the PD Registry using this link.

What web browser should I use to access the PD Registry?

The PD Registry is best used in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Users using other browsers such as Internet Explorer or Apple Safari may experience difficulties. It is free to download both Chrome and Firefox. Free download links for each of the supported browsers are available below:

How can I access my account if I cannot remember my email or my password?

  1. From the login page of the PD Registry, click Forgot Password.
  2. Enter the email associated or that you think is associated with the account.**
  3. If it is the account, you will receive an email with directions on how to change your password.
  4. If that is not the associated email account, reach out to us via email at registry@pakeys.org or call 1-800-284-6031. Please do not create a new account. We will help you find your original account.

** PLEASE NOTE: The PA Key is unable to change your password for you.
Need Assistance?
The Registry team wants you to be supported as you use the PD Registry. There are several ways to receive assistance with the new PD Registry.

  1. Visit the PA Key website for a variety of tip sheets from basic information on creating an account to more in-depth topics such as submitting a course for Instructors.
  2. Email registry@pakeys.org and a PD team member will get back to you as soon as possible.
  3. Call 1-800-284-6031 and select extension 1 to connect with one of the PD team members.
  4. Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with the latest PD Registry news.
The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. When contacting the PD Registry team, please have your name, contact information (including email), organization (employer) information, and your Registry ID number. If you do not have this information, one of the PD Registry team members can help you find it.
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