Education and Work Requirements

Any academic degree, including Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate
Official transcript/certificate from Child Development Associate (CDA) 
Official transcript from Associate’s degree (AD)
in a related area 
Two years of infant and early childhood-related paid work experience (include official transcripts from any college courses completed)


Minimum 30 clock hours of relationship-based education and training pertaining to the promotion of social-emotional development and/or the practice of infant mental health. Applicants will include as many hours as necessary to document that competencies (as specified in Competency Guidelines®) have been met

Professional Reference Ratings 

Total of three ratings:

  1. One must come from a current supervisor

  2. At least one must come from an individual who meets ORIMHA Endorsement® requirements at Level II, III, or IV OR is familiar with the Competency Guidelines® and vetted by ORIMHA

  3. One can come from a colleague, or a parent/recipient of services (paid or volunteer), teacher, CDA mentor, Board member

Code of Ethics &Endorsement® Agreement


Documentation of Competencies

Application will document that competencies have been adequately met through course work, paid and/or volunteer work experiences, or in-service training. Written examination not required for applicants seeking Infant Family Associate Endorsement®

Professional Membership

Membership in ORIMHA or another infant mental health association

Infant Family Associate Endorsement Requirements