Certification Program

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CBTI Certification

Our CBT certification program is designed to fulfill the requirement of A-CBT. We use the same assessment tools for the trainee to become a certified CBT therapist. When you join the CBTI certification, you will undertake intensive training and supervision to improve and sharpen your CBT skills. After the training, you will be required to demonstrate your skills in a 45-minute recording session with clients. The CBTI supervisor will evaluate the session using the Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale (CTRS). When you pass the evaluation, you will attain the CBT title and certification from CBTI. Moreover, you will be guided to join another evaluation from A-CBT to become a certified diplomat of the A-CBT.

CBTI Certification Benefits

CBTI certified professionals will receive:

  • A listing in the CBTI certified professional directory

  • Discount on the workshops 

  • Access to exclusive webinars and other online resources

  • Access to CBT therapist groups as a discuss platform for various CBT topics

  • Guide to become an International certified CBT by A-CBT

A-CBT certification Benefits

A-CBT diplomate will receive:

  • A listing in the A-CBT certified professional directory

  • Access to professional networking groups among experts of CBT

  • Recognized as a qualified CBT therapist

  • Invitation to annual meeting events of A-CBT

Eligibility Requirements

You will need to have a certain degree in behavioral or mental health specialization. This degree should prepare you to professionally help clients as a clinician such as:

Continuing education or graduate training in the following professional areas including but not limited to:

  • Psychologist

  • Social worker

  • Counselor

  • Psychiatrist

  • Psychiatric nurse

  • Addiction counselor

  • Other mental health professionals

Work/Clinical Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of 1 year of clinical practice

  • Clinical work may be performed as a part of internships during the professional education

  • Clinical work must be supervised by qualified supervisors (licensed required)

Professional and Documents Requirements

  • Professional license

  • Continuing education certificate in the clinical areas

  • Resume or CV

  • History of ethical practice, if applicable, reports of any license suspensions.

  • Supervisor recommendation if applicable

A-CBT Certifications Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed the terminal degree in the field and be licensed for independent practice. If licensing is not available or required by law, the applicant may present alternative credentials for review by the Academy.

  • Terminal degrees include but are not limited to the following: M.S.W, M.Sc. (Clinical Counseling), M.D., M.A. (Marriage and Family Therapy), M.S.N. (Psychiatric Nursing), Psy.D. (Clinical Psychology), and Ph.D. 

  • A minimum of forty hours of specific education in cognitive therapy. The training can be of any format (lecture, didactic, online, or clinical supervision).  Training must have focused on cognitive interventions and cognition.

  • At least one year of clinical experience using cognitive therapy in a clinical setting with a minimum of ten patients.

  • If applicable, up-to-date malpractice insurance.

CBTI certification Process

  1. Submit an application to the CBTI certification program. The application form contains basic professional information including professional background, clinical training, resume, and letter of recommendation.

  2. After the documents are accepted, the trainee is required to complete courses for Level 1 including:​ 

  • Fundamentals of CBT: 27 hours

  • CBT for depression: 21 hours

  • CBT for stress and anxiety: 21 hours

  • CBT for personality Disorders: 27 hours

Level 2:

  • 2 specialty topics courses

   3. Successfully complete the examination for a minimum score of 80%.

   4. Successfully complete intensive 10 hours (level 1) and 20 hours (level 2) supervision with an expert member of CBTI.

   4. Attest that you have treated 10 cases using CBT and completed  5 Cognitive Conceptualisation Diagram (CCD) and 5 full case reports.

   5. Submit the 45 minutes session accompanied with other required materials (case write-up and Cognitive Conceptualization Diagram).         The CBTI credentialling Comittee will decide the certification based on these materials.

    6. After passing the evaluation, the trainee will be given a certified Cognitive Behavior Therapist title by CBTI.

    7. Finally, supervisors will guide the new certified CBT (level 1) to join the evaluation by A-CBT. In this stage, the new CBT therapist is required to submit the same 45-minute session (the one that evaluated by CBTI) and accompanying materials according to the A-CBT requirement for certification.

Question about these steps? FAQs

Not ready to apply for CBTI certification? You could take all of the workshops for your convenience and apply for the certification at a later stage.