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Educational Therapist Certification & NILD Licensure

Recognize Your Professionalism and Affirm Your Commitment to Excellence

NILD Professionally Certified Educational Therapist (PCET) Qualifications & Certification Procedures

Online NILD PCET Application (for initial applicants AND re-certifications).

The NILD Professionally Certified Educational Therapist (PCET) certification is recognized and respected by educational therapists, administrators and parents alike. Educational therapists who earn this certification exemplify NILD’s core values as they demonstrate integrity, stimulate learning and innovation, and promote teamwork and collaboration. NILD PCETs show integrity by maintaining high professional standards and commitment to students. They choose to be innovative by being part of an organization that knows mere compensation for learning disabilities will never do justice to a struggling student. And they exhibit synergy; the combined, cooperative action, which proves that much more, can be accomplished as we work together.

NILD PCETs are NILD’s most highly trained therapists who, in addition to being licensed members to practice NILD educational therapy, are professionally certified. The process of becoming professionally certified as well as maintaining professional certification from year-to-year challenges therapists to maintain high standards through on-going professional development requirements.

Upon successful completion of NILD Level III training, and all the prerequisites required for taking the Level III course, the educational therapist may apply (see below for Application & Renewal Procedures) for PCET status. This certification is renewed annually by October 1st and expires on September 30th of the succeeding year.

NILD PCET Initial Certification Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of NILD Trainings Levels I, II, and III
  • NILD Conference attendance (minimum: 1 conference within the last 2 years)
  • 200 student contact hours within the past year
  • Two Letters of Reference (see PCET application for details)

NILD PCET Re-certification Professional Development Requirements:

  • Attendance at 1 Regional Conference within the last 2 years
  • 200 student contact hours within the past year
  • Complete ONE of the following options:
    1. Take an NILD course or workshop
    2. 3 CEUs from education related class or workshop
    3. 3 Graduate Credits
    4. Take an FIE training course
    5. Participate in 2 NILD webinars or within related field
    6. Be an NILD Mentor
    7. Present at an NILD conference or industry related conference

NILD Professional Certification Application & Renewal Procedures:

1. You may apply for NILD professional certification upon completion of your NILD Level III training. The same PCET Application is used for initial applicants and annual re-certification. Certification expires annually on September 30 and all NILD PCETs must re-certify by October 1 of each year.

NILD PCET Paper Application Form (for school groups only)**

Online NILD PCET Application (for initial and re-certification)

**Please note – Only schools paying for multiple PCETs at once are permitted to use the paper application.  ALL others MUST use the online application.**

2. Upon successful completion of the three levels of NILD training and the additional requirements noted on the PCET Application, the NILD Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Instructors award the educational therapist a certificate of achievement as a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist (PCET). Certificates are mailed as soon as they are issued and newly credentialed PCETs are recognized at a subsequent NILD regional conference.

3. Certification includes NILD member benefits and license to practice as an NILD Educational Therapist for the ensuing year. Annual PCET certification or re-certification expires on September 30th.

4. Re-certification: To remain active as an NILD PCET re-certification is required using the PCET Application.

We invite all educational therapists to work toward achieving and maintaining professional certification. It is a fitting and meaningful way to recognize your professionalism and commitment to excellence. Congratulations on taking this exciting step!

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