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Certification FAQs

FAQs for Perinatal Mental Health Certification

For more details about the Perinatal Mental Health Certification visit www.postpartum.net/professionals/certification

Q: What are the educational requirements to sit for the certification exam?
A: Educational requirements are:

  • Graduate degree for the Psychotherapy specialty
  • Medical Degree/Advanced Practice Nursing Degree for the Psychiatric specialty
  • Professional credential for affiliated professionals

Q: What are the training prerequisites to sit for the exam?
A: Completion of evidence-based perinatal mental health certificate training: minimum 14 hours certificate training + 6 hours advanced training. Contact certification@postpartum.net for more information, or to submit course application for approval.

Q: What are the practice requirements to sit for the exam?
A: You must have 2 years minimum clinical or practice work experience relevant to the field of perinatal mental health. You must have provided services relevant to your specialty area: e.g., psychological services for psychotherapy; psychiatric prescribing for psychopharmacology; practice-based work that directly involves perinatal mental health for affiliated professions.

Q: Can someone take the advanced trainings prior to the 2-day (14 hour) initial training?
A: Participants must complete the initial PMH certificate training before taking the advanced course. A perinatal mental health certificate training (of at least 14 hours) is a prerequisite for the advanced training.

Q: Is the Certification exam going to be given at the 2018 PSI Conference in Houston? Can I get certified in Houston?
A: The exam will not be available at the PSI Conference. It will be available for the first time in August 2018 at Pearson Vue testing centers. However, you can complete the PMD certificate training (pre-conference), and the 6 hours of advanced trainings at the Houston conference.

Q: I am planning to attend the Day 3 Advanced training on Sunday July 15 at the conference. Do you know if there will be additional CEs for the Sunday sessions?
A: Yes, there will be approved CEs for the Advanced PMH Training on Sunday July 15 in Houston.

Q: Can I take any of the advanced trainings (psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, affiliated professional?)
A: You can take any of the trainings. However, you must complete the training in your specialty before you sit for the certification exam.

Q: When are other advanced workshops scheduled, besides Houston?
A: Our first advanced (third day) training will be at the PSI Conference in Houston on July 15. Additional 2018 tentative plans: Denver Colorado in August: Evanston Illinois in October. Sign up on our mailing list to be notified of additional advanced trainings

Q: Can I request for a training to be in my community?
A: Submit in an online application if you’d like to help bring any of the trainings to your community: the 2-day PMD certificate course, and/or the 3rd day advanced training. http://www.postpartum.net/professionals/trainings-events/training-application/

Q: Once I am certified, what are the minimum continuing education hours per year needed to keep the certification current?
A: You will need to report 6 hours per year or 18 every three years of continuing education in perinatal mental health. In-person or webinar courses are allowed.

Q: Will there be another test in five years, or do I just need to keep up my credentials?
A: It is a life-time certification, as long as you complete 6 CE hours per year.

Q: Is there a fee to keep my certification current? If so, how much?
A: No fee is required to keep your certification current.

Q: Will the certification exam be available in other countries?
A: Yes, you can take the certification exam in other countries. There are about 500 test centers globally. However, the exam is available only in English at this time.

Q: How do I register to take the test?
A: We are currently beginning the pre-registration process in order to ensure that all potential testing candidates are in our system, and so we can determine eligibility. This is important for both current PSI members and non-members. To get started, please take a few moments to complete the following form*: http://bit.ly/PSIPerinatalCertification

You may need a Gmail account to sign in as there are several file upload questions. If that poses a problem or concern, please reach out to certification@postpartum.net, and we will find another method for collecting this information. Completing this form will help us begin to build your candidate profile, which is necessary for Pearson VUE to get you into their testing system. Important: We cannot begin your registration process and you will not be able to sit for this test until we have this information and confirm your eligibility.

Q: I’m wondering about the criteria to determine a petition process that allows clinicians who have worked in the field to bypass the certification test based on experience?
A: We won’t have any grandfathering/grandmothering process for certification. All candidates must pass the test to receive certification.

Q: What is the exam’s anticipated format (e.g. multiple-choice, essay, a combination)?
A: The exam will be multiple choice. The questions will be a mixture of statement-based and case examples with multiple questions for each case. There are no essay questions. You’ll do fine.

Q: Other than reviewing prior training materials is there some form of study guide?
A: We have a blueprint that outlines the areas that will be covered. At this time, a review of past training materials and manual is your best study guide. You can purchase an updated PSI 2-day training manual for $40 from the PSI office at psioffice@Postpartum.net Another option is to take a new course in person or online.

Q: Do you recommend seminal resources to review?
A: These will be listed on our registration site.

Q: What is the price of the certification exam?
A: $500

Q: Are scholarships available?
A: Yes, there are a limited number of scholarships available. We are grateful to the Robyn Cohen memorial scholarship fund, to be able to award two scholarships a year. Fill out the Scholarship application form HERE

If you have any feedback, or a new question, please send it to us at certification@postpartum.net.
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