Become A Certified Evidence Based Organization & Practitioner

The certification programs are standardized procedures for becoming evidence-based as practitioners, and as organizations. They recognize abilities and accomplishments you demonstrate in the area of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices. 

Well-meaning organizations adopt model programs and practices with which to serve clients. Often this occurs in the absence of evidence-based frameworks. Such efforts fade away when funding is exhausted.

On the other hand practices installed within frameworks and skill sets that are evidence-based thrive and continue to serve clients for years to come.



Certified Evidence-Based Organizations (CEBO)

The certification process is a self-evaluation and external review program for service providers. It provides a standard method for organizations to become Certified as Evidence-Based Organizations ℠ (CEBO) recognizing abilities and accomplishments they demonstrate in the area of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices. In addition the program also provides an outstanding opportunity for organizations to enhance their evidence-based approaches, culture and proficiencies.

Organizations in the program enjoy the following advantages:

Evidence-based benefits: Evidence-based standards generate data that can be used in day-to-day leadership and management. Certified agencies will likely find it easier to gain funding and stakeholder support, recruit and retain qualified and skilled personnel. Organizational decision-making also will be guided by solid data and research evidence.

Establishment of measurable criteria for improving operations: Through the certification processes, agencies continuously review policies, programs, and practices and have the ability to make identified improvements when deficiencies are recognized.

Enhanced staff morale and professionalism: Certifications are awarded to highly proficient agencies and organizations that embrace evidence-based approaches. Staff of these organizations typically experience higher job satisfaction and morale.

Improved Training: Certification will require written policy and procedures to establish evidence-based training and professional development for agency personnel. The professional growth of employees is viewed as a key aspect of becoming and maintaining a CEBO.

What Others Said

When asked, "How has becoming a Certified Evidence-Based Organization (CEBO) benefited your agency?", an executive at certified evidence based organization replied,

"Becoming a CEBO has benefited is in multiple ways. It has helped us with successful grant writing, building a donor base for fund development, and in recruiting and hiring qualified staff. Our entire service area is a designated mental health provider shortage area. Most importantly though, we have seen successful outcomes for our clients and their families. It is exciting to hear our staff now talk about success stories with their clients, interest in new training opportunities, and future programs and services related to emerging research and best practices."

Requirements for Becoming a Certified Evidence-Based Organizations

Certification requirements are the same for all types of agencies and organizations. The following five areas are emphasized:

  • Knowledge and use of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices

  • Demonstrating effective leadership

  • Organizational culture and assessment

  • Strategic planning, performance measurement, and program evaluation

  • Building capacity and sustainability

Application, Admission, and Certification Process

To begin the certification process, please submit the following;

  • Complete a standard application request indicating your interest in becoming a Certified EBO.  Click here to submit your application
  • Submit a 500 word statement summarizing work the agency does and why it wants to become a CEBO.  Include your statement with the online form you complete, or send it via email as an attachment to [email protected] or simply call 678-720-2772

Following your submission, further details about the program process will then be sent to you.


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Certified Evidence Based Professional (CEBP)?

The EBP Society's Certification for Evidence-Based Professionals (CEBP) is a training and self-study program followed by a half-day proctored exam. This process provides individuals with a standard method to become Certified Evidence-Based Professionals (CEBPs), and it recognizes the abilities and accomplishments these individuals have demonstrated in the area of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices. The Certification program creates progressive professional development and provides an outstanding opportunity for individuals to become highly knowledgeable and skilled in evidence-based approaches.

Purpose of Certification and Eligibility

The Certification program is designed to recognize and advance the performance level of practitioners working in human, social and justice services agencies. The program enhances the capabilities of these individuals and their agencies. It also aids in the recruitment and retention of skilled and talented staff members; and enables participants to become part of a nationwide network of professionals devoted to improving their productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness, along with enhancing the performance of their agencies and organizations.

Becoming a CEBP is open to anyone who meets the minimum educational/work requirements, is currently employed, or is seeking employment at a human, social, or justice services agency, or other behavioral and mental health organization emphasizing evidence-based approaches.

Once certified, CEBP's are required to continue their education and professional development, and renew their certification every 2 years.

Certification requires a combination of face-to-face and online training; required and recommended reading; and successful completion of a proctored exam.

Re-certification requires a combination of face-to-face and online training, along with submission of a satisfactory written paper.

Application, Admission, and Certification Process.

Submit the standard application form and application fee.  Attend certification core skills, and elective courses to satisfy established requirements.

Attach and submit your statement.  (Your application may take up to two weeks to be processed. Registration to attend a certification core course meets this requirement):

Processing Your Application

  • A minimum of 30 CE combined credits earned through face-to-face conference/workshop training, online training and required reading as listed below:

Training in Evidence-based Organization Skills (C) (face-to-face training): 13 Training Hours
Training in Evidence-based Practitioner Skills (C) (face-to-face training): 13 Training Hours

Training in Elective or Other relevant course in one specialized domain (C), (A) or (E) (face-to-face training):
Examples - MI, CBT, Case Management, Community Supervision, Substance Abuse, DBT, Seeking Safety, MRT,
among others. When in doubt please call our office.

13 Training Hours

Perform combined hours of required Reading (See below) & online eLearning training on Evidence-based
Organizations & Practitioner Skills:

4 Training Hours

Proctored exam:

Total minimum CE Training Hours Required: 30 Training Hours 


  • Exam fee, dates, and locations. The proctored exam will be given on dates and locations where EBP Society or an EBP Society Approved provider is offering conferences and workshops. The exam will be graded in a timely manner by faculty approved by EBP Society.  A minimum total score of 80% is required to pass the exam. 

Candidates who complete the steps above will become Certified Evidence-Based Professionals (CEBP). A letter will be sent confirming your status as a CEBP, along with a certificate and a supervisor notification form.  CEBP's will be recognized online on the EBP Society website and in literature produced and distributed by EBP Society / Joyfields Institute.

Certification Cost

Estimated cost of certification: The application fee of $200.00, PLUS costs to attend and participate in live training; (An exam fee of $100.00 is included in the application fee). Fees paid also confer membership for 2 years.

For more information about an estimated total cost of certification, please contact Joyfields Institute.


Certification as a CEBP through Joyfields Institute lasts for 2 years. During this time, CEBPs are expected to continue their professional development and enhance their professional work experience. Re-certification can be earned through the following process.

  • Completion of further Continuing Education (CE) credits through Joyfields Institute for Professional Development or other approved provider as follows;
  • A minimum of 26 CE credits earned through face-to-face conference and workshop training in a combination of core (C) and an elective (E), or other core (C) training, plus
  • A minimum of 4 CE credits earned through online training. These credits must be earned after initial Certification has been awarded. 
  • Submit a standard re-certification application form and application fee of $200.00, along with a 2,000 word paper that discusses your use of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices, and how your work and your agency or organization have benefited from you becoming a CEBP. Fees paid and work you have done and are doing confers a membership and its related benefits for 2 years.

Required and Recommended Readings

Myers, D. L. (2013). Becoming an evidence-based organization: Demonstrating leadership and organizational growth. Johns Creek, GA: Joyfields Institute for Professional Development.   (Available Free from Joyfields Institute or EBP Society)

Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change (2nd edition).  William R. Miller & Stephen Rollnick

Motivational Interviewing: Core Skills for Durable Change Through Intrinsic Motivation (Available Free from Joyfields Institute or EBP Society)


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Lipsey, M. W., Howell, J. C., Kelly, M. R., Chapman, G., & Carver, D. (2010). Improving the effectiveness of juvenile justice programs: A new perspective on evidence-based practice. Washington, DC: Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.

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