Renewal of Trainer Certification

The Trainer Renewal of Certification was agreed by the DDPI Board on 15th October 2018

What do I have to do to keep and maintain my Trainer certification and what is the renewal process?

Your certification is required to be renewed every 4 years. The due date for renewal will be on your DDPI certificate.


Renewal of Trainer Certification requires these four elements:

  1. DDPI membership
  2. Submission of the signed Attestation form
  3. Fulfilling DDPI requirements when facilitating DDP trainings
  4. Continued Professional Development

1. DDPI membership

Certified DDP Trainers are required to be members in good standing of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute. Failure to meet membership criteria will result in immediate loss of certified status. Membership in DDPI requires:

  • Timely payment of the annual DDPI membership fee
  • Maintaining professional indemnity insurance, and,
  • Maintaining registration or licensing with your professional body

2. Submission of the signed Attestation form

You are required to resubmit your Attestation Form every four years. For Trainers we are aiming to co-ordinate your Practitioner, Consultant and Trainer renewal periods. Until this time, this can be submitted at the most timely certification renewal. Please note that you are required to inform DDPI immediately if there is any change to the information in your Attestation Form.

DDPI Attestation Form

3. DDPI Requirements when facilitating Level One and Two Trainings

  • You will ensure that the information required for the DDPI Level One and Level Two database on all trainings you have been commissioned to facilitate is completed as soon as possible, at least one month prior to the courses commencing. This commissioning information goes to DDPI unless it is a UK training in which case the information should be sent to DDP Connects UK.
  • When you facilitate Level One and Two Trainings you will provide a DDPI-approved core handout. These are available in the DDP Members Forum. These handouts can be added to with your own materials.
  • You will ask participants to complete the DDPI-approved DDP Level One or Level Two Evaluation. You will keep all completed evaluation forms for the four- year renewal period, a selection of which may be required to be reviewed by the DDPI Board for quality control
  • You will ensure all participants who have completed the training are given the appropriate Certificate of Attendance
  • After each 28 hour training you will send the required training organisation fee to either DDPI or DDP Connects UK
  • You will ensure that all the information required in the DDPI Level One and Level Two Attendance Spreadsheet is completed within a month of the completed training and sent to DDPI, unless it is a UK Training in which case the information should be sent to DDP Connects UK.
  • It is imperative that DDPI and DDP Connects UK both maintain accurate records of attendance at Level One and Level Two trainings, and are able to receive timely payment of training fees from trainers.

If you are, at any point, unable to fulfil these mandatory renewal requirements please inform DDP Connects UK or DDPI as soon as possible to seek advice.

4. Continuous Professional Development

There are two elements of CPD required:

4(i). Keeping up to date with Practitioner Renewal Requirements

If you are providing DDP for families keep up to date with the Practitioner Renewal of Certification requirements specified in your country of practice.

If you are providing supervision keep up to date with the Consultant Renewal of Certification requirements

If you are a Consultant or Trainer who, due to your supervisory and/or training commitments, is unable to work with families, you will require to apply to the DDPI Board for an Exemption from Practitioner Renewal for Consultants and Trainers from the DDPI Board at least two months prior to your renewal date.

Request for Exemption from Practitioner Renewal Certification

The Board will assess your request and respond to your request for exemption with reference to:

  1. Your length of service as a Consultant or Trainer
  2. Your reason(s) for being unable to work with families, and,
  3. Your current supervisory and training Activities

If your request for exemption is denied, the Board will require you to fulfil the Practitioner and/or Consultant Renewal clinical supervision requirements within a reasonable time scale.

4(ii). Providing continuing evidence of a good level of skill in the teaching, modelling and facilitating of DDP core principles and practices in Level One and Level Two Trainings

Over the four-year renewal period it is required that Trainers provide evidence to the DDPI Board Certification, Renewal and Appeals Committee of the three following renewal elements:

  1. An overall good level of skill in the teaching, modelling and facilitating of DDP Core principles and practices. To this end it is mandatory that you keep all participant evaluations from Level One and Level Two trainings that you have facilitated over the four-year renewal period. The DDPI Board, as part of quality assurance, reserves the right to contact all the participants from a Level One or Level Two training to request an independent evaluation. You will be informed that this is going to happen prior to the course commencing.
    And;
  2. A continuing interest, willingness and contribution to being a part of the DDP community, befitting the role of a DDP Trainer. At least two sources of evidence over the four years are required for this criteria. The evidence can be from a range of sources:
    1. Co-training Level One and/or Level Two with a certified trainer
    2. Presenting at a DDP Conference
    3. Attendance at the minimum of one annual DDP conference
    4. Attendance at the minimum of one Trainers Day
  3. Level One and Level Two handouts that are up to date

Submission process

Three months prior to your renewal date you will submit to the DDPI Board Certification, Renewal and Appeals Committee:

A DDPI Record for Renewal of Trainer Certification – a self-evaluation pro-forma – that evidences:

  • What you have learned from the evaluations of your trainings and how you have applied this learning, and,
  • The two sources (minimum) of evidence of your continuing interest, willingness and contribution to being a part of the DDP community fitting the role of a DDP Trainer, and,
  • Your current Level One and Level Two handouts

DDPI Record for Renewal of Trainer Certification

The DDPI Board Certification, Renewal and Appeals Committee will advise if it is felt that further evidence is required in order to meet the DDPI renewal standards.

If you disagree with further evidence of a good level of skill being required, you may ask for or a second opinion which will be final.

Please note that although the Board does not require a yearly minimum of trainings for renewal of certification, it would be expected that you facilitate at least one training per year, with a combination of Level One and Level Two trainings over the 4-year period.

If you have had a break from training of more than 2 years, the DDPI Board will contact you to ascertain your future plans and if any support is needed. You will be expected to update your knowledge by reviewing the current training materials, and you will be asked to consider joining another trainer/co-training to refresh your skills and knowledge.

A certain percentage of Certified DDP Trainers may be audited to assure that all renewal requirements – DDPI Membership, submission of the Attestation Form, DDPI Training Requirements and Continued Professional Development – are fulfilled.

What happens when renewal requirements are not met?

  • The Trainer will be charged a late fee if the annual DDPI membership fee is not paid on time
  • The Trainer will lose their status as a Certified Trainer in DDP
  • The Trainer’s name will be removed from the website.

How is restoration to Certified Trainer status achieved?

The Trainer may petition the DDPI Board Review Committee to have their Certification status reinstated. The DDPI Board Review Committee may approve the request with or without further requirements, or they may deny the request. Requirements include:

  • All renewal of certification requirements must be met.
  • Past due fees and late fees must be paid in full.
  • An administrative fee is required to restore DDPI membership status to good standing.