SOC8 Certification UPDATE
Following the release of the WPATH Standards of Care, Version 8, in September 2022, the GEI Steering Group and Certification & Mentorship Committee are in the process of updating the requirements for GEI Certification, and the GEI Certification Exam. The requirements listed below may be subject to change slightly. More information will be available in late Summer 2023.
When it is available, all active WPATH GEI Certified Members will automatically be invited to complete the first GEI SOC8 Certification Exam (anticipated in late Summer 2023) to update their Certification status. Please note that your membership and Ongoing CE requirement must be up-to-date in order to receive the option to upgrade to SOC8 Certification.
What is WPATH Certification all about?
The WPATH Certification Program is an optional benefit to our members that signifies a provider is a WPATH member in good standing who has completed an additional rigorous educational curriculum specific to the most current Standards of Care. The certification indicates that the provider has a working understanding of the multidisciplinary care team and the translation of the Standards into practice. The extensive 50 hour core competencies-based training program includes course work, mentorship and a minimum membership requirement before passing a certification exam. WPATH certification rewards those members who are committing to stay on top of both the current evidence and consensus in the field through continuing education.
The Path to Certification
The first step in starting your path to certification, is becoming a WPATH member, and completing and uploading your Letter of Intent (link below).
- Be a member of WPATH in good standing for 2 years at the time of final exam
- Be licensed and board certified (if applicable) in your specialty or the global equivalent
- Complete the following courses, in the WPATH Core Curriculum:
- Completion of the WPATH Foundations Course
- Completion the following WPATH Advanced Courses:
- Completion of WPATH Advanced Mental Health or WPATH Advanced Medical Course
- Completion of ONE of the WPATH Advanced Workshops (i.e., Child & Adolescent, Ethics, or Planning & Documenting for Medical Transition). Offerings will vary.
- 10 hours of accredited elective coursework outside of the WPATH Core Curriculum (this can include both WPATH GEI certified courses, and other accredited professional courses in the field), showing a mapping back to the core competencies (Caregiver – Care Receiver Relationship, Content Knowledge, Interdisciplinary Practice, and Professional Responsibility)
- 10 hours of mentorship with a WPATH GEI Certified Mentor*. Mentors are WPATH GEI Certified Members, please see the MENTOR DIRECTORY below for current mentors
- 5 additional hours listening to voices of the transgender and gender non-binary communities, examples include: attend town halls at WPATH conferences, attend community-focused sessions at WPATH conferences, attend community-led conferences/workshops, attend local community events, listen to/watch community-led and community-focused online content (online listening and virtual conferences can fulfill this requirement)
- Provide evidence of knowledge, skill, and accomplishments in transgender health i.e. CV, publications, case studies, experience, learning initiatives
- Agree to adhere to the WPATH SOC 8 or latest published revision
- Successfully pass the certification exam, which is given online, free of charge, in an open-book, multiple choice format.
- Agree to comply with the Ongoing CE requirement of 20 CE hours every two-years to maintain certification (see information below)
Ongoing CE Requirement: Maintaining your WPATH GEI Certification:
Beginning on the date of Exam Completion/Certification, WPATH GEI Certified Members must complete 20 CE credit hours every 2 years in order to maintain their GEI Certification.
These can be earned by attending
or presenting at
any accredited event, training or conference that relates to the field of Transgender Health and is aligned with the Standards of Care and the mission and vision of WPATH. If you have any questions about whether an event qualifies for Ongoing CEs,
please email us at email@example.com
*Please Note: You MUST be a WPATH Member in order to begin your WPATH GEI Mentoring hours, with a WPATH GEI Certified Mentor, please see link below for current mentors in the MENTOR DIRECTORY, if you don't see a name listed, they are not certified WPATH mentors, and your mentoring hours WILL NOT count towards your certification.
If you have any questions about these requirements, please review the WPATH GEI Certification FAQ document or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WPATH GEI CERTIFIED MENTORSHIP
WPATH Members on the Path to Certification must complete 10 hours of mentorship with a WPATH GEI Certified Mentor. Please see the links below for more information.
Mental Health Professionals:
Please click the link below to view the information for our WPATH GEI Certified Mental Health Mentors.
MENTOR DIRECTORY - MENTAL HEALTH MENTORS
Please click the link below to view the information for our WPATH GEI Certified Medical Mentors.
MENTOR DIRECTOR - MEDICAL MENTORS