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

In order to become certified an applicant must: 

  1. Be a member of WPATH in good standing for 2 years at the time of final exam
  2. Be licensed and board certified (if applicable) in your specialty or the global equivalent
  3. Complete a minimum of 50 hours of credit as indicated below:
    • 15 CE minimum hours in WPATH Foundations Course
    • Approximately 10 hours in Advanced Coursework
      • Completion of Mental Health or Medical Advanced Course
      • Completion of either the Planning & Documenting or Child & Adolescent Workshop
    • 10 hours of accredited elective coursework outside of WPATH Core Curriculum (this includes both WPATH 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, Professional Responsibility
    • 10 hours of mentorship with a WPATH Mentor. Mentors will be WPATH Certified members who have gone through the Grandparenting Process (minimum of 5 years of membership) and have passed the exam. A list of Mentorship opportunities will be offered early 2018 in virtual and live formats, and in group or individual settings
    • 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 can fulfill a maximum of 2 hours towards this requirement)
  4. Provide evidence of knowledge, skill, and accomplishments in transgender health i.e. CV, publications, case studies, experience, learning initiatives
  5. Agree to adhere to the WPATH SOC 7 or latest published revision
  6. Agree to comply with the WPATH approved transgender and gender non-binary health related continuing (CE) requirements of 20 hours every two-years to maintain certification
  7. Successfully pass the certification exam to begin being offered in 2018

If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact wpath@wpath.org.



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WPATH Grandparenting


We are happy to recognize our members who have contributed to both the field as a whole and to WPATH specifically through the implementation of an accelerated path to certification. Qualified members in good standing may opt out of course requirements by choosing to demonstrate proficiency through documentation and completion of a certification exam as outlined below.


Individuals petitioning to be grandparented must:


To become grandparented an applicant must:


  1. Meet all the criteria for certification with the exception of attending courses for which they can demonstrate proficiency.
  2. Be licensed and board certified (if applicable) in your specialty or the global equivalent.
  3. Agree to adhere to the WPATH SOC 7 or latest published revision.
  4. Agree to comply with the WPATH approved related continuing (CE) requirements of 20 hours every two-years to maintain certification.
  5. Successfully pass the certification exam.
  6. Must have ten years’ experience in their field of expertise.
  7. Show experience in each of the relevant certification domains. This can be done through the submission of a CV, and a supplemental information form describing training and experience, workshops attended, supervision experience, participation in consultation groups, etc.
  8. Be a member of WPATH in good standing for a minimum of 5 years









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