Becoming a Certified Instructor

Becoming a Certified Instructor

Certification serves as a form of accountability to clients and significant others.

The CO-OP Academy has an approved process of certification for instructors

Certified CO-OP Instructors are individuals who have undergone specialized training, and are deemed by the Academy as qualified to instruct on the CO-OP Approach. There are two ways to become a certified CO-OP instructor:

  1. The most common way is by invitation. The invitation to become an certified CO-OP instructor can be issued by a CO-OP Faculty. CO-OP Faculty are long-standing CO-OP scientists and instructors who have been deemed by the Academy to have the expertise to certify instructors. The CO-OP Faculty works one-on-one with the potential instructor. First, the candidate is trained in the CO-OP process, and then co-instructs one or more workshops with the Faculty member. Traditionally, the individuals invited to become instructors are doing research on the CO-OP Approach as graduate students, or as fellow researchers. To be invited, the individual must also have demonstrated expertise in teaching.
  2. From time to time, an Instructors course is offered. Such a course usually happens when there is a strong wish to create several certified CO-OP instructors in a specific region. These courses are tailored to meet the needs of the region, and are general given in conjunction with and at the request of a local agency. Individuals can be nominated for participation by the agency or by CO-OP instructors. Participation in an instructors’ course is contingent upon demonstrated competency in the CO-OP Approach, and expertise in teaching.