Act 126 of 2012 - Professional Ethics and Mandated Child Abuse Reporter Training Information

Act 126 of 2012 (“Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training”) amended the Public School Code of 1949 to mandate that all school entities and independent contractors of school entities provide their employees who have direct contact with children with a minimum of three hours of training every five years on child abuse recognition and reporting. The law went into effect on January 2, 2013. 

The course is available on the Department of Education’s SAS Portal. Participants who do not have a SAS account must first register an account for one by visiting

To register for the course, participants must log into the SAS PD center and then click on “Course Catalog/Registration” under the menu button in the upper right hand corner of the screen. The course is listed under the “Non-Facilitated” tab. When registering for the course, participants will choose either teacher or staff member role.  Substitute teachers should take the teacher role course whereas non-teaching substitutes should take the staff role course. All participants will receive a certificate of completion. A brief assessment will be given at the end of the course. All content must be viewed prior to taking the assessment and receiving a certificate.      

In addition to this training, you will need to take a three (3) hour course at one of the approved providers: Act 126 Information

A copy of each certificate must be submitted for your personnel file to the Central Administration Offices. 


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