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esdm therapist Certification



Our aim is to ensure that each individual trainee is adequately prepared for the rigorous requirements of completing the therapist certification program. In order to provide the necessary support required of both our trainers and trainees, we have created the following steps towards certification to include successful completion of the ESDM Introductory and Advanced Workshop prior to applying for Therapist Certification. 

We have written a detailed explanation of all the steps of this process and the needed time for completion in the ESDM Therapist Certification Program Overview.

**Please Note: For individuals applying for Advanced Workshops and Therapist Certification Supervision through Duke University, those two steps are combined into one process. For details on their program’s process, contact


Steps to Certification in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)

1) Read the ESDM Manual: The Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism: Promoting Language, Learning and Engagement. 

2) Successful completion of the ESDM Introductory & Advanced Training Workshops

3) Apply for Certification Supervision

  • After completion of the Advanced Workshop, you may apply for ESDM Certification Supervision

    • If you attended a workshop hosted by the UC Davis MIND Institute ESDM Training Program, please submit you application by clicking on the button below.

      • All other applicants must apply for certification from their Advanced Workshop trainer.

4) Submit Training Materials for Certification

Submit materials according to the Supervision Action Plan below. Timeline and due dates are based on the start date of when you are officially assigned to a supervising trainer.

If you are an ESDM Certified Therapist, Parent Coach, and/or Trainer and would like to update your contact information on the official ESDM online lists of providers, please click the link below to complete a brief survey that will help us to fulfill your request.

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