The fees for becoming certified are broken into three payments to DBT-LBC™ spaced out as each section of the process is completed. There is an additional fee to Pearson Vue testing centers to take the computer-based exam at one of their locations. Once certification has been granted, there is an annual Maintenance of Certification fee. We are using PayPal as the electronic payment mechanism.

Application: Non-refundable payment of $155.  Your application will not be processed until this payment is made.  After the application and first fee is paid, the application undergoes a complete review.  All information is primary source verified – we go directly to the educational institution to obtain copies of your degree, verify your ID, license to practice, letters of recommendation, etc.  After that step is completed a clinical review of your application is done and communication directly to you via email will be generated as to whether revisions may be needed or approval to select an exam date is granted.  The application review takes about 4 weeks or so.

Knowledge exam:  Upon reserving your exam date, the next payment of $270 will be requested.  (This fee covers the exam development and maintenance, psychometrician fees and other administrative costs that arise from creating multiple versions of a well designed exam.)  There are exam windows year round. There is a $150 fee directly paid to Pearson Vue for use of their testing centers.  (See more information under Exam Dates and Locations tab).

Work Product Demonstration: Upon submission of the Work Product, the final payment of $270 will be required. Exam results are provided immediately upon completion.  Your submission timing for the videos of live therapy sessions must be provided within 6 months of passing the exam.

If your first submission of the videos for coding do not pass adherence, you will be able to re-submit those a second time for no additional fees.  This must be accomplished within 6 months of the first failure to pass adherence coding.

Maintenance of Certification Annually, to maintain your certification status, a fee of $95 is required. This covers DBT-LBC™’s review of the information needed to assure you continue to meet the on-going requirements for Certification.

Breakdown of Each Step:
Application: $155
Exam: $270
Pearson Vue (paid directly to Pearson Vue): $150
Work Product: $270
Total Cost: $845