Evergreen Certification Institute is a non-profit organization that specializes in the certification of
Dialectical Behavior Therapy providers and the accreditation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy programs.

Application Process

The application process for Certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy is simple:

Step 1 - Complete training that meets the Educational Standards as outlined here: Certification Standards (International Standards)

Step 2 - Prepare necessary documents outlined in the Certification Standards and complete the Certification Application.

Step 3 - Make payment on the $249.99/2 year initial application fee.

Step 4 - Email or mail in the necessary documents you prepared from Steps 1 and 2.

Documents can be emailed to info@evgci.com or mailed to Evergreen Certification Institute, PO Box 900, Eau Claire, WI 54702.

You will receive a confirmation email from Evergreen Certification Institute once we have successfully received your payment and documents to begin the review process. Please allow Evergreen Certification Institute 2-3 weeks to review your application, we will contact you if we need any additional information or clarification. If your application is approved, you will be certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for 2 years from your approval date.

Benefits of Certification

Staying Current

Today’s professional is increasingly being expected to evidence continuing education and greater experience – a college diploma represented a certain point in time. A Certification tells employers, clients, potential clients and fellow professional that you have continued to hone your skills – and have kept current on latest best-practices within your profession.

Earning and maintaining your certification demonstrates how you effectively implement that knowledge in the workplace every day.

Professional Reputation and Credibility

Certification is a personal accomplishment and unbiased barometer of your skills and shows initiative and drive when certification is not required. Certification also distinguishes you from your peers and can increase your opportunities for career advancement, finding new clients, and potentially increasing your income.

Client Trust

Earning and maintaining your certification validates and provides assurance to consumer and clients; your industry professionals and employers that through participation in continuous professional development activities they can be confident certification holders are keeping up with the new techniques and changes in their chosen field.

Evergreen Certification Institute is not affiliated or associated with Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, or her organizations.

How Do I Remain Certified?

Your certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy is valid for two years after your application is approved. To maintain your certification, you must complete 500 hours of practice over a two-year time span. Learn more about Recertification Requirements.

Understanding the Difference Between Certificates and Certification

Certificate Programs and Certification are an increasing segment of many industries. We understand that with new items and change that there can be confusion of the different terms and what they mean. For our purposes, we define the following terms as such:

  • Certificate Programs indicate successful completion of a course, or series of courses, that recognize a specialty area of practice or set of skills. This demonstrates knowledge at a set time and has no ongoing requirements.
  • Professional Certifications are time-limited recognition evidencing competency as measured against predetermined and standardized criteria, typically by application and/or exam. These standardized criteria can include both academic and non-academic accomplishments such as hours in practice and licensure requirements. Certifications have ongoing requirements to maintain certification that require the holder to demonstrate s/he continues to meet or exceed the requirements set by the organization.