Incredible Beginnings™ Program Certification

“A Certified Group Leader is someone who has been certified/accredited after demonstrating competency in facilitating groups using the IY standard materials, methods, processes and protocols.”

We are excited that you are interested in Incredible Beginnings™ Group Leader Certification! Please browse through the information on this page and contact us with your questions. We are happy to assist you through this process.

View the Incredible Years® Certification Progression
+Incredible Beginnings™ Certification Steps and Application
Step 1: Send in your video for review and certification application fee with:  Application form (#1), your completed Collaborative Process Checklist for that session (see #9), a brief letter summarizing the session/topic covered and population served, the Session checklist (indicating vignettes shown) for the session you send for review (see #7), and ONE Self Evaluation (#8) that corresponds to the session you send for review.  If your video is not edited, you MUST provide time codes to indicate the portions you would like reviewed.
Step 2: Once your video review passes, you will be asked to send in the remaining paperwork – see notations below.
  1. Application form. (Send with video.)
    Incredible Beginnings Certification Application
  2. One-page letter discussing your interest in becoming certified, your goals, plans, and philosophy of effective teaching and your teaching or clinical experience. (Send after passing review.)
  3. Confidential background questionnaire about your professional experience. (Used to improve the quality of our trainings and materials.) (Send after passing review.)
    Background Questionnaire for Child Prevention/Teacher Group Leaders
  4. Two letters of reference. (Send after passing review.)
  5. Co-leader/peer and self-evaluations for each of the two cohorts. (Send one self evaluation with video, send remainder after passing review.)
    Incredible Beginnings™ Peer Self Evaluation (Editable)
  6. Workshop protocol checklists, indicating vignettes shown at each session. (Send after passing review.)  Checklists for two full cohorts of teachers/child care providers.
  7. Workshop evaluations. (Send after passing review.)
    From each of 6 workshops for two cohorts, using the Final Satisfaction Questionnaire for the final workshop. A minimum of 10 participants per series is required.
  8. Certified Mentor or Trainer’s supervisory report of your group session. Either on-site or you may submit a video review. The review expects the following protocol to be met:
    Incredible Beginnings™ Process Checklist

Note: Your video must demonstrate the points contained in the Group Leader Process Checklist. If it does not meet these requirements a second video must be submitted. Please see additional information about your video submission in the “Full Description…” below. USB memory stick or DVD only (NTSC or PAL format). No mini DV or other small formats accepted.  Contact us about sending your video electronically:

Our Incredible Years trainers are now scheduling to deliver video reviews for certification live over Zoom! 

Tips For Video Review Live Over Zoom

Note for Group Leaders who are already certified/accredited in the Teacher Classroom Management (TCM) Program: upon passing the video review in the Incredible Beginnings™ Program, accredited TCM Group Leaders only need to send paperwork from one 6-session cohort of teachers/child care providers in the Incredible Beginnings™ Program.

+Certification Fee

There is a certification application fee of $920 which includes detailed video review and supervisory report (up to two video reviews), registration process, and certificate of certification. Additional video review, if needed, is billed at the rate of $265 per hour.  The certification application fee must be received for the video to be reviewed.  If the supervisory report has been approved by a certified mentor (rather than an Incredible Years trainer) then the cost of certification is $215.

Send Application Materials and certification fee to:

Incredible Years, Inc.
Certification Committee
1411 8th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119  USA

Our Incredible Years trainers are now scheduling to deliver video reviews for certification live over Zoom! 

Tips For Video Review Live Over Zoom

Delivering groups in another language?  Group leaders can provide live translation of their videos with our trainers over Zoom.  Trainers will schedule for up to an hour of extra time to complete the video review plus translation time, billed at the rate of $230 per hour.

+Full Description of the Incredible Beginnings™ Certification Process
Attend Approved Training Workshop:

Only those candidates who have successfully completed the approved training qualify to submit a certification application. Approved training consists of an Incredible Beginnings training workshop offered by a certified mentor or trainer of group leaders.

Experience Requirements:

Education and accreditation as a teacher, psychologist, or school counselor OR, Completion of certification as parent group leader

Conduct minimum of 2 Incredible Beginnings™ training workshops utilizing the video-based series (each workshop lasting the full 6 days or 42 hours spread out in weekly sessions). A minimum of 10 participating teachers/day care providers per series is required. A list of dates, locations, and number of attendees will need to be submitted.

Submit to the Certification Committee workshop or session evaluations by each teacher or day care provider who attends each of the training days for both sets of workshops, using the Final Satisfaction Questionnaire for the final meeting (see Leader’s Manual).

Submit training checklists/protocols for each of the training days.

Peer and Self-Evaluation:

Satisfactory completion of co-leader/peer and self-evaluations for each workshop.

Submit 2 Peer and 2 Self-evaluations using the form below. Submit one peer and one self evaluation from each of two groups.

Incredible Beginnings™ Peer Self Evaluation (Editable)
Feedback from Certified Mentor or Trainer:

Telephone consultation from Certified/Accredited Mentor or Trainer. Group leaders may request telephone consultation, which is provided by a Mentor or Trainer. Consultation calls are contracted through IY office.

In-Person Consultation workshops led by Certified/Accredited Mentor or Trainer. These workshops consist of 6-8 pairs of group leaders who present videos of their teacher groups for peer review and feedback from Incredible Years Mentors or Trainers. Agencies may request these consultation workshops at their site or send group leaders to regularly held workshops in Seattle.

Video review of complete parent group session by IY Certified/Accredited Mentor or Trainer. After submitting a video recording of a complete parent group session, the group leader will receive a detailed written report of their performance. The report will provide specific feedback for the group leader. Two complete video reviews are included in the certification fee. For each additional video review (beyond the first two) a fee is required due to the time intensive process of the review and preparation of the written report. Most group leaders submit at least two videos (at different times, from different groups) before obtaining final approval.

The video should be labeled, identifying the program (Teacher program, workshop topic) and submitted with the group leader’s self-evaluation checklist and must meet minimal requirements for following session protocols. It is a good idea to send time codes and label each of the different segments for your video. Contact us about sending video electronically:

Please see the Tips for Preparing your video for review below.

Tips for Preparing Video for Review (Incredible Beginnings)

Our Incredible Years trainers are now scheduling to deliver video reviews for certification live over Zoom! 

Tips For Video Review Live Over Zoom
Maintaining Fidelity after Accreditation/Certification

In order to assure that accredited group leaders continue to deliver the program with fidelity, we highly recommend the following:
-Accredited group leaders should lead at least one group every 18 months
-Accredited group leaders should participate in a fidelity check every 18 months: this could be a coaching session with an accredited Peer Coach, a video review of a group by a Mentor or Trainer from the Incredible Years office, an in-person consultation day, or Skype consultation calls with a certified Mentor.

Even expert group leaders benefit from on-going feedback and discussions about their work. Without fidelity checks, it is easy for group leaders to drift from the original model.  Fidelity checks are also a chance for group leaders to hear about new materials or innovations to the programs.