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workbooksmallA Certified EFT Therapist is one whose expertise in this model of therapy is recognized by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). The primary goals of certification are to promote excellence in the practice of EFT and EFFT and to ensure maintenance of these standards in both the supervision and training of this approach.

NOTE:  On this website, the words "supervisor" and "supervision" are used expressly for the purpose of training in the EFT model, and do not imply / constitute any ethical / legal responsibility for cases discussed.For all intents and purposes, a Certified EFT Supervisor is an EFT consultant.  All therapists receiving such supervision / consultation are wholly responsible for the therapy they provide and they are also responsible for receiving appropriate supervision, as required, by their respective governing and/or licensing authorities.

Levels of Certification:

  1. Certified EFT Therapist
  2. Certified EFT Supervisor

FAQ about Certification

Pre-requisites for certification

  • A post graduate degree in a relevant discipline / mental health field such as Social Work, Psychology, Education, Counseling, Marital and Family Therapy, and Pastoral Care.
  • Membership in a recognized professional association, such as AAMFT.
  • Current clinical therapy practice (must include some couples and/or families).
  • License to practise psychotherapy in the state / province in which the applicant resides.
  • Proof of malpractice insurance.
  • Completion of at least one graduate course on the practice of couples / family therapy at a registered institution or equivalent.
  • Membership in ICEEFT

Application Processing

All applications will be reviewed by an ICEEFT representative and applicants will be given specific feedback on their application, identifying areas of strength and ways to continue to grow and develop. Applicants that are not successful in their application are encouraged to work on their development with support from ICEEFT staff.

FAQ about Certification 


Level 1: Certified EFT Therapist

Benefits of Certification:

  • A Certified EFT Therapist can be listed on the ICEEFT Directory, upon completion of requirements and maintaining ICEEFT membership.


Requirements for Certification: 

  • An ICEEFT endorsed EFT Externship led by a Certified EFT Trainer: 28-30 hours over 4 days.
  • Core Skills Training led by a certified EFT Trainer, 48 hours over four 2-day workshops.  If five is offered, the fifth is an optional 2-day workshop
  • Individual supervision by a Certified EFT Supervisor, Trainer or approved Supervisor Candidate, 8 hours.  (Individual supervision may be with two people)  Supervision may be face to face or long distance.  ICEEFT requires that every effort be made to protect confidentiality of the client.  Any web based sharing of information or encryption of sessions must be done in accordance with the standard of the professional college of the supervisor.  ICEEFT is not responsible for supervisor's actions in this regard.


An Advanced Externship (12 hours over 2 days) led by a Certified EFT Supervisor or Trainer plus 24 hours of group supervision is an alternate route to certification for those geographical areas that are isolated and Core Skills Training cannot be arranged.  Supervisors that are interested in leading this training need to write a letter to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.requesting permission to provide this training. 

Application Procedure:

Certification Application Requirements Checklist

Fee for review and administration is $600.00.  The fee will be reduced to $300.00 if Certification is submitted within 18 months of completing Core Skills Training.  This reduced fee will only apply to applications received by March 1, 2018.  After that date the reduced fee will no longer be valid.  Payable by Visa/Mastercard please download form or by Cheque.

Please send to ICEEFT, the following:
  • A cover letter
  • A summary of previous clinical training and experience - including: the number of cases treated, the clinical setting, and the type of supervision.
  • A current C.V.
  • Three letters of references from professional colleagues
  • A letter of reference from your current EFT Supervisor
  • Copies of all relevant documents from the list of pre-requisites noted above.
  • Documented evidence of completion of the requirements.
  • A case review as described below:

    A detailed case presentation, that will be reviewed by a Certified EFT Trainer from ICEEFT. This case presentation must include a 3 page conceptualization, one audio or videotape, in standard DVD or CD format, segment from Stage 1 process with a distressed couple and one audio or video segment from Stage 2 process with a distressed couple. Transcripts of all segments must be included. If more than one couple is presented, a case presentation is required for each couple.

 Certification Application Requirements Checklist

Level 2:  Certified EFT Supervisor 

Benefits of Supervisor Certification:

  • Recognition by ICEEFT of supervisory status
  • Eligible to de designated as an EFT Supervisor on the ICEEFT Directory, upon completion of requirements and membership in ICEEFT, and on the web site for referrals by the Institute and agencies in your area
  • Ability to supervise other therapists who are working on becoming a Certified EFT therapist


    • Certification as an EFT Therapist for one year  (exceptions may be made for experienced supervisors or area need)
    • 10 hours of mentorship between 2 Certified EFT Supervisors / Trainers
    • Completion of a course on supervision for counselling / psychotherapy.  If not available in your area, options can be discussed with an ICEEFT representative
    • Four years of clinical experience with couples / families
    • Supervision of a minimum of three trainee Therapists in EFT
    • Submission of a written description of your experience in supervision:a) how many people you have supervised; b) number of cases you have supervised; c) a written description (approximately 1000 words) of how you believe your supervision fits with EFT principles of supervision (give specific examples to support this perspective)
    • Submission of two one-half hour recordings, in standard DVD or CD format, demonstrating supervision of two different therapists.  These recordings need to be of individual supervision (which could involve 2 therapists) and not group supervision or voice over supervision recordings.  One of the tapes submitted needs to include supervisor and therapist review of taped session material
    • Submission of two reference letters from mentors of supervision

Application Procedure

Fee for review and administration is $600.00.  Payable by Visa/Matercard, please download form or by Cheque.

Anyone planning to apply to be a Certified EFT Supervisor, must complete and send the linked form along with submission of the fee to ICEEFT as a prelude to beginning to supervise therapists - as a supervisor-in-training and understands that this process and supervisor-in-training period needs to be complete within two years.