Evergreen Certified CBT Clinician

Who is Eligible

Nationally registered, credentialed, or association member professionals, including:

  1. Social Worker
  2. Registered Counsellor
  3. Registered Psychologist
  4. Doctor of Medicine
  5. Psychiatrist
  6. Credentialed mental health nurse
  7. Advanced practice nurse

Learn more about who can become certified from our detailed list of eligible CBT-C professionals.

Training Requirements

A minimum of 28 hours of continuing education in specific CBT topics. Learn more about CBT-C certification training requirements.

Pre-approved, 3rd party trainings that meet the training requirements for certification include:

  1. CBT for Kids Certification Course: Trauma-Informed Interventions for Depression, Anxiety, Autism, ODD, PTSD & More by PESI - Certification & Consultation Included!
  2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Certification Course by PESI AU - Certification and Consultation Included!
  3. Mindful CBT Certification Course: An Integrated Approach for Treating Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and More by PESI AU - Certification & Consultation Included!

If you did not complete a pre-approved certification course listed above, you will need to obtain approval from Evergreen that the course you have taken meets the educational standards before reaching out to a Consultant for consultation. Please submit a copy of or link to the course title, speaker, outline and learning objectives to info@evergreencertifications.com for review.

Please note that Evergreen Certifications does not offer CPD, all training must be purchased directly through the accredited training organization. Training is not included in the certification fee.


The applicant must present and pass overall on 2 clinical case studies in CBT-focused case review consultation sessions, with an Evergreen Certifications Approved Consultant*. The consultation sessions must be completed within 2 years of completion of education hours.

The following information should be included in the case presentation (it may be helpful to prepare with writing this information out and/or bring a transcript of the session to consultation):

  • Case conceptualization of presenting issue, including cognitions and behaviors
  • Assessment and diagnosis
  • Agenda of session, including:
    - Check-in
    - Objectives prepared for session
    - Treatment plan and goals
    - Session skill activity
    - Session summary and feedback
    - Client homework/behavioral experiment
  • Application of evidence based diagnostic specific CBT skills

To be approved for CBT-C certification, applicants must pass with an overall score of 3 or 4 in each category on the Case Consultation Form. If any scores are below this, the applicant should reach out to Evergreen at info@evergreencertifications.com for next steps if still interested in obtaining the certification.

Sample CBT-C Case Consultation Form can be found here

*If you are working with a CBT consultant that is not listed as an Evergreen Certifications Approved Consultant, please have the consultant send a copy of their professional license and CV for Evergreen to review for approval to consultant@evergreencertifications.com

Charles Jacob, PhD, CBT-C
Charles Jacob, PhD, received his PhD from The Pennsylvania State University and completed a year of additional training at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. He has over 15 years of clinical experience conducting and overseeing the delivery of mental health services to individuals with severe mood and personality disorders as well as their families. Dr. Jacob is an expert in Cognitive Therapy, as well as a highly regarded clinician and scholar. He has regularly delivered lectures on Cognitive Behavioral Therapies throughout the country and has been an invited speaker at universities throughout the world.

Richard Sears, PsyD, PhD, MBA, ABPP, CBT-C
Richard W. Sears, PsyD, Ph.D., MBA, ABPP, has given hundreds of workshops on CBT, ACT, MBCT, and mindfulness all around the world. He is a board-certified clinical psychologist in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he runs a private therapy and consultation practice, and has experience in a wide variety of clinical settings. He holds several academic appointments, including at the Department of Clinical Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences with the UC College of Medicine, and has taught graduate-level CBT and case conceptualization courses for two decades. Dr. Sears is author of over a dozen books, including ACT with Anxiety; The CBT & Mindfulness Toolbox; MBCT for PTSD; and Mindfulness: Living Through Challenges and Enriching Your Life. He is also a sixth-degree black belt in Ninjutsu, once served briefly as a personal protection agent for the Dalai Lama of Tibet, and received recognition as a Zen master.

Application Process

  1. Complete a qualifying training
  2. Upload the following documents to your account:
    1. A copy of the candidate’s professional registration, credential, or membership
    2. Evidence of completion of qualifying training, in the form of a CPD or completion certificate
    3. A completed application form, found here
    4. Completed consultation form
  3. Complete clinical consultation
  4. Remit your initial application payment of 249.99 USD online - Does not included training or consultation.

BONUS: Once approved you will receive a FREE PLUS subscription to therapist.com


To maintain CBT-C certification, a renewal is required after your initial 3-year certification. A 3-year renewal requires 18 clock hours of CBT focused CPD.

Sample recertification trainings include:

  1. CBT-I Course by PESI
  2. Advanced CBT Course by PESI

Renewal CPD content cannot be the same content used for prior renewal or initial certification

Renewal Process

  1. Complete a qualifying training
  2. Upload the following documents to your account:
    1. A copy of the candidate’s professional registration, credential, or membership
    2. Evidence of completion of qualifying training, in the form of a CPD or completion certificate
  3. Remit your CBT-C renewal fee of 149.99 USD online

Complete details can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

[+] [-] Am I required to take a specific training program to become CBT-C certified?
To become CBT-C certified, you must complete all requirements outlined in the certification standards. If you have taken a training not listed as a pre-approved training, please send the course title, outline, learning objectives, and speaker information to info@evergreencertifications.com for review.
[+] [-] Can I receive consultation from more than 1 consultant?
To get the most out of the consultation experience, it is recommended (though not required) to work with one consultant as that consultant will be better able to get to know your clinical skills and you will get the most out of the consultation process.
[+] [-] How do I get a Case Consultation Form?
You will receive a completed Case Consultation Form from the consultant you present your clinical case to. You will receive a separate form for each case presented. Three (3) passing forms are required for certification.
[+] [-] What credential do I receive after getting certified?
When your certification application is approved, you may use the credential "CBT-C"
[+] [-] How do I get my digital badge?
Your digital badge is automatically in your online account when your certification is active.
[+] [-] How long does my CBT-C certification last?
Once your application is approved, your certification is granted for three years. To maintain certification, a renewal is required every three years.
[+] [-] Do I need to renew my CBT-C certification?
Yes, to maintain certification, a renewal is required every three years.
[+] [-] How do I maintain my CBT-C certification?
To maintain your CBT-C certification, you need to renew your certification every three years. Renewal requires taking a minimum of 18 hours of CBT-focused continuing education, submitting your completion certificate(s), a copy of your professional license, and the renewal fee to Evergreen Certifications. Re-certification training hours need to have been taken in the time since you were initially certified or last renewed. Renewals are calculated from the date that your certification was issued.
[+] [-] What happens if my CBT-C certification expires?
If you allow your certification to lapse for more than 2 years, you are no longer eligible to renew your certification and instead can reapply for certification.
[+] [-] I took a CBT training a while ago, would it still count toward certification?
Evergreen Certifications will accept courses that have been completed within 2 years of initial application for certification.

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