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What is Medication Administration Training (MAT)?

New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has 
        specific regulations about giving medication to children in child day care settingsThe New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has specific regulations about giving medication to children in child day care settings. The regulations require all child day care programs that choose to administer medication, other than over-the-counter topical ointments, sunscreen and topically applied insect repellent, to meet certain conditions including having staff who are approved to give medication in a child care setting.

OCFS approved the following Medication Administration Training course for you to fulfill this requirement. To learn more about the MAT course, view the “What is MAT?” brochure / ¿Qué es Administración de Medicamento (MAT)? (PDF format).

How can the MAT course be taken for the first time?

The course may be taken in a classroom or by independent study. Click on topics below for more information.

MAT Classroom Course

Select this option if you prefer training in a classroom setting.

  1. Find a MAT Trainer in your area to make arrangements to participate in their next training.
  2. Pass the MAT Written Competency Test and Skills Demonstration Competency provided at the conclusion of the MAT Classroom Course.
  3. Work with a Health Care Consultant to develop the medication administration component of your Health Care Plan. Your name must be listed as a Medication Administrant. Your Health Care Consultant must review and approve your Health Care Plan.
  4. Submit the approved Health Care Plan to your licensor or registrar.

MAT Independent Study Course / El curso de estudio independiente de MAT en Español

MAT Independent Study Course in English

If you prefer to learn independently and at your own pace, then the MAT Independent Study course is for you.

Part 1
Part 2
  • Find a MAT Trainer in your area to arrange a time to complete the MAT Written Competency Test and Skills Demonstration Competency.
    • You'll need to meet with a MAT trainer for 3-4 hours to complete testing
    • When you pass, you will get 8 training hours and a MAT Certificate.
  • Pass the MAT Written Competency test and the MAT Skills Demonstration Competency.
  • Work with a Health Care Consultant to develop the medication administration component of your Health Care Plan. Your name must be listed as a Medication Administrant. Your Health Care Consultant must review and approve your Health Care Plan.
  • Submit the approved Health Care Plan to your licensor or registrar.

If you have questions, please contact the MAT Program at 800-295-9616 or email mat@albany.edu



El curso de estudio independiente de MAT en Español

Si usted prefiere aprender independientemente y a su propio ritmo, entonces el curso de estudio independiente de MAT es para usted.

La Guía de Estudio de MAT para el Participante le dara los pasos necesarios para completer la primera parte del proceso: Estudie la guia de studio para el participante de MAT; imprima y revise todos los folletos de MAT para el Participante, y vea todas las partes del Video de MAT.

Una vez usted haya terminado de estudiar los materiales de estudio y haya completado los ejercicios, contacte al Entrenador de MAT de su localidad para hacer una cita y completar el examen escrito y la demostracion de habilidades para completer la segunda parte.

Cuando usted sienta que esta preparado(a), usted tendrá que encontrarse con un entrenador de MAT por 3-4 horas para completar el examen. Cuando usted apruebe el examen obtendrá 8 horas de entrenamiento y un certificado de MAT.

Usted puede aplicar para la BECA de MAT para ayudarle a cubrir el costo del examen.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, favor contactar al Programa de MAT al 800-295-9616 o envié un correo electrónico a mat@albany.edu

Cuando usted tome el tiempo para ser aprobado para administrar medicamento, puede estar orgulloso en decirles a los padres que usted ha ido mas allá de los requisitos mínimos para proveer el mejor cuidado para sus hijos, no sólo por el día de hoy, sino para lo que el mañana pueda traer.

How can MAT Certificate be renewed?

MAT Certificate requires renewal every 3 years. The MAT Certificate may be renewed by taking the course in a classroom, by independent study, or by taking the Online Certificate Renewal Test. Click on topics below for more information.

Renew via MAT Classroom Course

Select this option if you prefer training in a classroom setting.

  1. Find a MAT Trainer in your area to make arrangements to participate in their next training.
  2. Pass the MAT Written Competency Test and Skills Demonstration Competency provided at the conclusion of the MAT Classroom Course.
  3. Work with a Health Care Consultant to develop the medication administration component of your Health Care Plan. Your name must be listed as a Medication Administrant. Your Health Care Consultant must review and approve your Health Care Plan.
  4. Submit the approved Health Care Plan to your licensor or registrar.

Renew via MAT Independent Study Course / El curso de estudio independiente de MAT en Español

MAT Independent Study Course in English

If you prefer to learn independently and at your own pace, then the MAT Independent Study course is for you.

Part 1
Part 2
  • Find a MAT Trainer in your area to arrange a time to complete the MAT Written Competency Test and Skills Demonstration Competency.
    • You'll need to meet with a MAT trainer for 3-4 hours to complete testing
    • When you pass, you will get 8 training hours and a MAT Certificate.
  • Pass the MAT Written Competency test and the MAT Skills Demonstration Competency.
  • Work with a Health Care Consultant to develop the medication administration component of your Health Care Plan. Your name must be listed as a Medication Administrant. Your Health Care Consultant must review and approve your Health Care Plan.
  • Submit the approved Health Care Plan to your licensor or registrar.

If you have questions, please contact the MAT Program at 800-295-9616 or email mat@albany.edu



El curso de estudio independiente de MAT en Español

Si usted prefiere aprender independientemente y a su propio ritmo, entonces el curso de estudio independiente de MAT es para usted.

La Guía de Estudio de MAT para el Participante le dara los pasos necesarios para completer la primera parte del proceso: Estudie la guia de studio para el participante de MAT; imprima y revise todos los folletos de MAT para el Participante, y vea todas las partes del Video de MAT.

Una vez usted haya terminado de estudiar los materiales de estudio y haya completado los ejercicios, contacte al Entrenador de MAT de su localidad para hacer una cita y completar el examen escrito y la demostracion de habilidades para completer la segunda parte.

Cuando usted sienta que esta preparado(a), usted tendrá que encontrarse con un entrenador de MAT por 3-4 horas para completar el examen. Cuando usted apruebe el examen obtendrá 8 horas de entrenamiento y un certificado de MAT.

Usted puede aplicar para la BECA de MAT para ayudarle a cubrir el costo del examen.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, favor contactar al Programa de MAT al 800-295-9616 o envié un correo electrónico a mat@albany.edu

Cuando usted tome el tiempo para ser aprobado para administrar medicamento, puede estar orgulloso en decirles a los padres que usted ha ido mas allá de los requisitos mínimos para proveer el mejor cuidado para sus hijos, no sólo por el día de hoy, sino para lo que el mañana pueda traer.

Renew via Online Certificate Renewal Test / Renovar a través de la prueba de renovación de certificados en línea

MAT Online Certificate Renewal Test

You may renew your MAT Certificate by successfully completing the Online Certificate Renewal Test. You must obtain a score of 90% or higher to pass. You will have two attempts.

Approximately 3 months before your MAT Certificate expires, an online renewal notice will be emailed to you. Please follow the instructions provided to access your online renewal exam. It is important that you keep your ECETP account information current. If your certificate is going to expire within three months and you have not received your renewal information, please e-mail the MAT program. (NOTE: The renewal information is only mailed to you if we do not have an email address on file)

It is YOUR responsibility to renew your MAT Certificate BEFORE it expires. Failure to do so will require that you repeat the MAT course.

Your first two MAT renewals can be completed using the online exam. At the time of your third renewal, you must complete the online exam and meet with a MAT trainer for a skills competency demonstration. You must successfully perform three Skills Competencies to complete the renewal process: Liquid Measure, Randomized Skills Competency, and use of the epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen®). You also have the option to repeat the MAT course through classroom participation or Independent Study, both of which include a written test and skills competencies demonstrations.

  • Study the MAT course materials:
  • Follow the instructions provided in your renewal notice to access the online exam.
  • Pass the renewal test with a score of at least 90%.
  • Complete Skills Competencies if required.
  • After successful completion of the renewal exam and, if required, the skills competency testing, access your certificate in your ECETP account.
  • Make sure you are listed as a Medication Administrant on your program's health care plan.
  • Contact your Health Care Consultant to update your MAT Certificate expiration date on your health care plan. Submit the approved health care plan to your licensor or registrar.


Prueba de renovación de certificados en línea MAT

Puede renovar su certificado MAT completando con éxito la prueba de renovación de certificados en línea. Debe obtener un puntaje de 90% o más para aprobar. Tendrás dos intentos.

Aproximadamente 3 meses antes de que expire su certificado MAT, se le enviará un aviso de renovación en línea por correo electrónico. Siga las instrucciones proporcionadas para acceder a su examen de renovación en línea. Es importante que mantenga actualizada la información de su cuenta ECETP. Si su certificado va a expirar dentro de tres meses y no ha recibido su información de renovación, envíe un correo electrónico al programa MAT. (NOTA: La información de renovación solo se le envía por correo si no tenemos una dirección de correo electrónico registrada)

Es SU responsabilidad renovar su Certificado MAT ANTES de que caduque. De lo contrario, deberá repetir el curso MAT.

Sus dos primeras renovaciones MAT se pueden completar utilizando el examen en línea. En el momento de su tercera renovación, debe completar el examen en línea y reunirse con un entrenador de MAT para una demostración de competencia de habilidades. Debe realizar con éxito tres competencias de habilidades para completar el proceso de renovación: medida líquida, competencia de habilidades aleatorias y uso del autoinyector de epinefrina (EpiPen®). También tiene la opción de repetir el curso MAT a través de la participación en un salón de clases o por estudio independiente, los cuales incluyen una prueba escrita y demostraciones de competencias de habilidades.

  • Estudie los materiales del curso MAT:
  • Siga las instrucciones proporcionadas en su aviso de renovación para acceder al examen en línea.
  • Aprobar la prueba de renovación con una puntuación de al menos el 90%.
  • Competencias de habilidades completas si es necesario
  • Después de completar con éxito el examen de renovación y, si es necesario, la prueba de competencia de habilidades, acceda a su certificado en su cuenta GETDP.
  • Asegúrese de estar incluido como administrador de medicamentos en el plan de atención médica de su programa.
  • Comuníquese con su Consultor de Atención Médica para actualizar la fecha de vencimiento de su Certificado MAT en su plan de atención médica. Envíe el plan de atención médica aprobado a su licenciante o registrador.

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon before my certificate expires will I receive information from the MAT Program to renew my certificate online?

If you meet the renewal criteria, a letter is mailed to your home address three (3) months prior to your MAT certificate expiration date. If you have moved in the past three years, please email the MAT Program at mat@albany.edu with your name and new address.

How do I know if my program is approved to give medication?

This information is printed on your license or registration indicating being approved to give medication. You can also find the information on the OCFS website: http://ocfs.ny.gov/ccfs_facilitysearch/.

How do I know if I am listed in OCFS’ database?

You can call the MAT program. If our records show you are not listed in OCFS’ database, you will need to call your program’s licensor or registrar.  Click here for the list of Regional Offices by county.

My licensor or registrar told me that I am listed in OCFS’ database but I have not received information from the MAT program to renew my certificate. What is the process?

If you were put into OCFS’ database as a medication administrant recently call the MAT Program.  MAT Program staff will confirm your name is listed in CCFS and then mail you the renewal letter. If your certificate is going to expire in less than 2 weeks, the MAT Program will email the renewal information to your direct, personal email address. We can’t give your renewal information over the phone.

My MAT certificate expired. What can I do?

If your MAT certificate expired, you must the take the MAT course again to receive a valid MAT certificate. You may choose to take the MAT Classroom Course or the MAT Independent Study Course.  You are also eligible to apply for a MAT Rebate. If you feel you have extenuating circumstances, contact your program’s licensor or registrar.

I was taking my MAT renewal test and I got kicked off before I could finish. Now when I log back in it says I already took the test. What should I do?

If it has been less than six hours since you started taking the test, you can log back on and it will bring you to the last set of questions you were answering but did not submit. If it has been more than six hours, contact the MAT Program at 800-295-9616.

I work in a NYC Day Care Center (group care) and I have not received my renewal information. What should I do?

Contact the MAT Program at mat@albany.edu with your name, program’s NYC DOH permit number, facility name and contact number.

I am a legally exempt provider receiving state subsidy and I have not received my renewal information. What should I do?

Contact the MAT Program at mat@albany.edu with your name, county subsidy contact information and your phone number.

How can I receive funding to offset the cost of the MAT Classroom or Independent Study course?

MAT Scholarship Program

The Medication Administration Training (MAT) Scholarship Program is designed to help child care providers pay for the cost of taking a NYS Office of Children and Family Services (NYS OCFS) approved MAT course. Eligible participants can receive up to $240 for MAT classroom training, $150 for MAT Independent Study or $70 for the 3rd Online Renewal with Skills Competency. Childcare providers may receive a scholarship once every 33 months.

Get more information about the Mat Scholarship Program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply.

How can I become a MAT Trainer?

Becoming a MAT Trainer

If you are a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or registered nurse who possesses a valid New York State license you may be eligible to become a MAT Trainer. Find out more about Becoming an approved MAT Trainer.