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TCI Certification Process

The certification program is designed to develop, maintain, and strengthen the standards of performance for individuals who have successfully completed the requirements of the five-day Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) training. This process affirms our commitment to ensure that TCI is implemented in child caring organizations in a manner that meets the developmental needs of children, and the safety of children and staff. Certification includes an agreement to practice in accordance with TCI principles which provides a framework for TCI practice and training, and general standards that include levels of certification, regulations, and requirements for maintaining the certification process.

Levels of Associate Certification

Participants may apply and receive different levels of certification. All levels require that the applicant successfully complete the training and pass all written and verbal competency evaluations. The following describes what is included in the three associate certification levels.

Certification #1: The TCI Trainer is certified to train all prevention, de-escalation, safety, and recovery material.

Certification #2:
The TCI Trainer is certified to train all prevention, de-escalation, safety, and recovery material, as well as protective interventions and standing restraint.

Certification #3P:
The TCI Trainer is certified to train all prevention, de-escalation, safety, and recovery material, as well as protective interventions, standing restraint, prone restraint, seated restraint, and small child restraint.

Certification #3S:
The TCI Trainer is certified to train all prevention, de-escalation, safety, and recovery material, as well as protective interventions, standing restraint, supine restraint, seated restraint, and small child restraint.

Certification #3S/P:
The TCI Trainer is certified to train all prevention, de-escalation, safety, and recovery material, as well as protective interventions, standing restraint, supine restraint, prone restraint, seated restraint, and small child restraint.

Associate Certification

Certification represents a high standard of professional practice. An associate certification is granted at the completion of training if the participant successfully completes the training and evaluation requirements. To maintain associate level certification, certified trainers must attend, and successfully complete, a Cornell sponsored TCI Update every two years (in New York State, the United Kingdom, and Ireland trainers must be recertified annually).

Privileges of Associate Certification
—Certified to provide direct training within the home organization/agency
—Co-train with another TCI trainer at the home agency or another training organization
—Eligible to apply for professional certification after a minimum of one year.

Professional Certification

The second level of certification is the professional level.

Eligibility for Professional Certification
1. Must be certified at the Associate level for a minimum of one year.
2. Must have completed a minimum of 4 direct TCI training programs at 24 hours each.
3. Must have successfully completed the TCI Update: Developing Professional Level TCI Training Skills.

Applying for Professional certification, please click the button below for a brochure outlining the application process:



Privileges of Professional Certification

—Certified to provide direct training within the home organization/agency
—Certified to provide direct training outside of the home organization/agency
—Eligible to sit on a certification committee

Registry of Professionally Certified Trainers

Click on the button below for a listing of professionally certified TCI Trainers.