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Showcase your skills in the field of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health by completing our nationally-recognized Endorsement® process.

Available to providers and clinicians who work in a range of settings and disciplines, Endorsement® is a career development pathway that honors professionals’ specialized education, skills and work experiences through a credential designed to demonstrate proficiency in the field. 

+ Learn More About Endorsement
+ Choose an Endorsement Pathway
+ Upcoming Endorsement Deadlines
+ Start the Endorsement Process
+ Registry of Endorsed Professionals


Endorsement® gives you a credential you can take with you throughout your career to demonstrate your proficiency in the field of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health.

It’s built on the idea of ensuring all professionals who work with infants, young children and their families — regardless of their training discipline — share a core set of competencies.

The materials supporting the Competency Guidelines® are copyrighted by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH). MACMH-IEC  is able to make these materials available to our membership and collaborators through a licensing agreement with the MI-AIMH. Copyright law does allow individuals to print out or make ONE copy of copyrighted material for personal, non-commercial purposes only. None of the copyrighted Endorsement® documents included here may be reproduced, displayed, distributed or otherwise used in any format, including electronically, without the express written consent of MI-AIMH. Legal action will be taken against those who violate the copyright.

These core competencies include:

+ Theoretical Foundations
+ Law, Regulation & Agency Policy
+ Systems Expertise
+ Direct Service Skills
+ Working with Others
+ Communicating
+ Thinking
+ Reflection

What does the Endorsement process look like?

The Endorsement process includes preparing a professional portfolio of materials — degrees, coursework, training, in-services, work experience, reflective supervision and professional references — that is then reviewed by professional reviewers. 

Those pursuing the Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Mental Health Mentor pathways must also complete a three-hour written exam that includes multiple choice questions, and clinical, policy or faculty/research vignettes to assess your knowledge, skills and competencies.

To learn more about what the Endorsement process could look like for you, explore our Endorsement pathway options.


No matter what your job title, there’s an Endorsement pathway for you. Explore the four pathways below to find the one that best fits your work and is best suited to your needs.

To be Endorsed as an Infant/ Early Childhood Family Associate, you’ll need:

+ To meet MI-AIMH Competency Guidelines
+ A CDA or Associates Degree
+ 2 years of work experience in infant/early childhood field
+ A Signed Code of Ethics
+ 30 hours of training exhibiting knowledge, skills, and practice of Competency Guidelines
+ 3 Professional References – at least one from an Endorsed professional
Total Cost: $40 (plus Infant & Early Childhood Division membership fee)

To be Endorsed as an Infant/ Early Childhood Family Specialist, you’ll need:

+ To meet MI-AIMH Competency Guidelines
+ A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
+ 2 years of work experience in infant/early childhood field
+ A Signed Code of Ethics
+ 30 hours of training exhibiting knowledge, skills, and practice of Competency Guidelines
+ 24 clock hours of Reflective Supervision within 2 years
+ 3 Professional References – at least one from an Endorsed professional
Total Cost: $65 (plus Infant & Early Childhood Division membership fee)

To be Endorsed as an Infant/ Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, you’ll need:

+ To meet MI-AIMH Competency Guidelines
+ A Master’s or Post-Graduate Degree
+ 2 years post-Master’s work experience in infant/early childhood field
+ A signed code of ethics
+ 30 hours of training exhibiting knowledge, skills, and practice of Competency Guidelines
+ 50 clock hours of Reflective Supervision within 2 years
+ 3 Professional References – at least one from an Endorsed professional
+ To pass a written exam
Total Cost: $225 (plus Infant & Early Childhood Division membership fee)

To be Endorsed as an Infant/ Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor, you’ll need:

+ To meet MI-AIMH Competency Guidelines
+ A Master’s, Post-Graduate, Doctorate, MD
+ 3 years of post-Master’s work experience in infant/early childhood field
+ 30 hours of training exhibiting knowledge, skills, and practice of Competency Guidelines
+ A Signed Code of Ethics
+ 50 clock hours of clinical Reflective Supervision within 2 years
+ 3 Professional References – at least one from an Endorsed professional
+ To pass a written exam
Total Cost: $325 (plus Infant & Early Childhood Division membership fee)


Everyone who pursues Endorsement will complete a professional portfolio of materials to be reviewed by professional reviewers. Those pursuing the Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Mental Health Mentor pathways must also complete a written exam.

Upcoming deadlines for both portfolio applications and Endorsement exams are below.

Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, portfolio application and Endorsement exam dates may be subject to change.  If you have questions, please email endorsement@macmh.org.

Portfolio Application Dates for Infant/Early Childhood Family Associates & Infant/Early Childhood Family Specialists

+ February 1, 2021
+ April 1, 2021
+ July 1, 2021
+ October 1, 2021
+ January 1, 2022

Portfolio Application Dates for Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialists & Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentors

+ March 1, 2021
+ June 1, 2021
+ September 1, 2021

Exam Dates for Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialists & Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentors

+ May 2021 – virtual exams scheduled throughout the month
+ August 2021 – possibly an in-person exam, or virtual exams scheduled throughout the month
+ November 2021 – possibly an in-person exam, or virtual exams scheduled throughout the month

*Accommodations for the Examination:  If you would like an accommodation for either part of the examination, you must submit a written request to the Endorsement Coordinator no later than 3 weeks before your examination date.  The request must detail the kind of accommodation being requested, as well as documentation of the need for an accommodation, except for ESL accommodations (no documentation is required). We are committed to meeting the needs of all members but may not be able to grant every accommodation request. We will work closely with you to develop a plan that offers a reasonable accommodation without compromising the integrity of the examination, your identity, or the identity of the Reviewers. In these instances, it may be necessary and appropriate to offer the exam on a different date in order to accommodate you. If we are unsure of the appropriate accommodation for a special circumstance, you may contact the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health Quality Assurance Director.

If your primary language is something other than English and you request an accommodation, you can have up to an additional 60 minutes for each section of the exam, i.e., a total of 2 ½ hours for Part One and a total of 2 ½ hours for Part Two.  In addition, you may take a dictionary into the examination to assist in translation. ESL accommodations do not require documentation except for a written request for the standard extension of time outlined above.  If more time than the standard extension is requested, further documentation may be required. 


There are several steps to getting Endorsed, and we’re here to help you along the way. Contact our Endorsement Coordinator, Lauren Moberg at endorsement@macmh.org and we’ll send you a packet of detailed information outlining everything you need to know about how to get started.