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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

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 for PCET status by completing the PCET Application Form. This certification is renewed annually and expires on September 30th. PCET certification and re-certification must be renewed annually by completing the PCET Application Form and attaching it to their annual NILD Membership Form due by October 1st each year. All practicing educational therapists (whether PCET or not) must submit their NILD Membership Form and licensure fees each year by October 1st.

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
  • Two Letters of Reference (see PCET application for details)

NILD Professional Certification Procedures:

1. You may apply for NILD professional certification upon completion of your NILD Level III training. To do so, complete the PCET Application Form.

2. Upon successful completion of the three levels of NILD training and the additional requirements noted on the PCET Application Form, 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. Recertification: To remain active as an NILD PCET recertification is required using the PCET Application Form

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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