In August 2018, the first Certification in Perinatal Mental Health became available through Postpartum Support International.

The Perinatal Mental Health Certification Program creates a structure for professional education and evaluation, and a standardization of training and experience to inform families and payers of perinatal mental health specialists. The certification curriculum requirements build on existing evidence-based perinatal mental health certificate trainings,  adding an advanced-training component.

PSI has worked with internationally-known Certification company, Pearson VUE, to develop and publish a computer-based certification exam. Pearson VUE has 30 years’ experience providing test delivery and administration services to professional certification organizations. They have more than 250 company-owned testing centers in the US and nearly 20,000 authorized test centers globally. The Perinatal Mental Health Certification exam will be available beginning August 2018, and candidates will find complete instructions on a customized website page.

Certification Specialties

The Perinatal Mental Health Certification is available for three groups:

  • Mental Health / Psychotherapy
  • Psychopharmacology

    Prescribers; including all professionals who prescribe medication including Advanced Practice Nurses

  • Affiliated Professions

    Nurses, Doulas, Lactation, Social Support, Occupational or Physical Therapists, Dietitians, and others

Candidate Requirements

  • Practice

    2 years’ work experience in your profession, work with the Perinatal population.

  • Education and Credentials
    • Psychotherapy: Graduate degree
    • Psychopharmacology: Medical Degree/Advanced Practice Nursing Degree
    • Affiliated Professional: Professional Credential
  • Perinatal Mental Health Training

    Completion of evidence-based perinatal mental health certificate training:

    • Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Certificate Course of at least 14 hours
    • PLUS 6-hours advanced training in  your specialty. This can be a live, interactive online training, or in-person. See below for more specific information on approved trainings.

Steps to Certification

STEP 1:

Complete One Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Certificate Course (14-hour certificate course)

Required for All Tracks (Psychotheray, Psychoparmacology and Affiliate). Choose ONE of the following to fulfill this requirement:

STEP 2:

Complete One Advanced Certificate Training Specific to Your Track

Note: At this time, we are considering online Advanced training on a case-by-case basis.  They must be attended live, and have an interactive component to be considered eligible. They must meet the additional requirements as usual. To submit a training, please email certification@postpartum.net.

  • PSI Advanced Psychotherapy certificate course will be scheduled in various locations throughout the year. Click here to see a list of courses currently open for registration and sign up for PSI emails to keep in touch.
  • List of approved Alternative Trainings – Reference the Psychotherapy/Mental Health column.
  • You can submit other advanced in-person evidence-based courses for approval of the 6 hours advanced requirement. To request approval for an advanced course, write to certification@postpartum.net
  • PSI Advanced Psychotherapy certificate course will be scheduled in various locations throughout the year. Click here to see a list of courses currently open for registration and sign up for PSI emails to keep in touch. Affiliate professionals can take the PSI Advanced Psychotherapy to meet this qualification.
  • ALL breakout sessions at PSI annual conferences fulfill the requirement (minimum 6 hrs)
  • List of approved Alternative Trainings – Reference the Affiliate Column
  • You can submit other advanced in-person evidence-based courses for approval of the 6 hours advanced requirement. To request approval for an advanced course, write to certification@postpartum.net.

STEP 3:

Apply to Take the Exam

Apply Here

Once your application has been submitted, the approval process can take up to 3-weeks.  If you do not hear back in 3-weeks, email certification@postpartum.net.

Please submit your application after all requirements have been completed.

If you have just completed a PSI training, it may take extra time to receive participation confirmation.  You can email your certificates when you have received them from PSI to expedite your process.

STEP 4:

Register to Take the Exam When You Receive Approval

You will receive an email from PearsonVue upon approval of your application. Email will include registration instructions and your PSI ID#.  If you do not receive this in 3-weeks, email certification@postpartum.net.

Find a Nearby PearsonVue Center

STEP 5:

Prepare to Take the Exam

  • Study the materials from your 14-hour certificate course.
  • Purchase optional materials – PSI’s 2-day Training Manual is a great study tool. Purchase here (if you did not take the PSI 2-day training)
  • Review the Exam Blueprint. The test blueprint contains the content areas for the exam and the distribution of test items across the content areas. View or download Blueprint.
  • For more information, write to us at certification@postpartum.net

Questions?

  1. Read our Certification FAQ page
  2. Join the PSI Certification team on a monthly Zoom call where we can answer any questions you may have. First Friday of the month at 1pm PST/4EST. Register in advance here.

I Passed the PMH-C Exam. Now what?

You will receive an email from the certification team with a copy of your certificate and additional information about the PMH-C Certification.

  • You can officially use PMH-C after your name!

    You will receive an email from PSI with more information and digital resources in the following month. (If you passed in Nov, you will receive in Dec).

    • You will receive a digital copy of your certificate
    • You will receive multiple logos that you can be used for marketing purposes.
    • You can update your Directory listing
  • Keep Your Certification Up-to-date

    To keep your certification up-to-date, you will need to submit 12 CE hours every 2 years. 6 CEU hours per year/ 12 CEU hours every two years.

    • You can see a list of approved CE training here.
    • You can submit your CE’s every 2 years here.