Preparation for Exam


The Competency Guidelines® document, the Getting Started Guide, will be an important reference in preparing for the exam.  Applicants can refer to the Getting Started Guide and/or feedback received about the review of their applications to identify areas where additional study may be useful. When considering the specialized in-service trainings, it is important to note that training series, that occur over time and include opportunities for reflective discussion offer better preparation for the qualitative section of the exam than “one and done” training sessions.

One’s disciplinary background may also provide guidance, i.e., applicants who come from a background that emphasizes development may find they require more related to mental health competencies like mental and behavioral disorders in adults, supportive counseling, intervention/treatment planning, etc. While those from a mental health background may need more in areas such as infant/very young child development & behavior, developmental guidance, typically developing attachment, etc. The indexed list of resources (see list on left) can be used to finding readings specific to the knowledge/skill area where more study is needed.

Guidance from Provider(s) of RSC, if applicable

Applicants are encouraged to engage their provider of RSC to think together about the applicant’s professional journey, capacity for reflection, and understanding of parallel process all in relation to readiness for the exam. The paper version of the reference rating form can be used to solicit feedback related to knowledge and skill areas of the competencies. If you are interested in reviewing PDF versions of the reference rating items with your RSC provider, you can see them here.  If gaps in knowledge are identified, the indexed list of resources (see list on left) can be used to identify readings. If the provider of RSC expresses reservations related to the capacity to apply IMH principles into practice, the applicant is encouraged to continue with RSC and the on-going assessment of skills in the areas of Reflection, Thinking, and Working with Others.  It may also be helpful to review the document, “Talking Points for describing the Endorsement® Exam,” with your provider of RSC.


In addition to a selection of readings from the list of resources, applicants are encouraged to review the notes, slides, and materials from the specialized in-service trainings in which they have participated.

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