Teacher Certification

Certification Levels

Level One

Level One Certification allows one to teach Cognitively-Based Compassion Training program (CBCT®) in either research or non-research contexts.

Certified teachers have access to teaching manuals and materials, promotional literature and templates, and the web-based database of CBCT®-related audio recordings, handouts, and other reference materials and resources.  They are provided the password for online written and recorded materials which they may share with any student enrolled in their CBCT® courses.

Certified teachers are provided professional development support via continuing education opportunities, including CBCT® refresher courses and retreats at discounted rates.  

Certified teachers have their name listed on the CBCT® website to confirm their active certification status, are granted the limited right to use both the name and logo of CBCT® in their professional material and publicity, and may refer to themselves as Certified Instructors or Certified Teachers of CBCT®.  

Upon completion of the CBCT® Teacher Certification Level One requirements, the final step is signing the official CBCT® Instructor Certification Agreement with Emory University.  A copy of this agreement is available upon request.  The Certification Agreement includes an annual registration fee (currently $250) due by January 1 of each year; and 10% of total fees collected from the prior calendar year for any courses that you teach independently (i.e. not contracted through Emory) in advance of starting the course; and inclusion (if you like) of bio and headshot on the Center’s online certified teacher directory.

A note on research contexts:  Teaching of CBCT®, when provided for a research study, is to be coordinated with the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics’ CBCT® program and executed by instructor(s) with a minimum Level One Certification.   It is recommended that research studies include funds to pay the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics for provision of a certified instructor.  The instructor(s) can be contracted directly by the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics.  The funds include the teachers’ salary, provision of CBCT® materials (written and recorded), and other support of the intervention, including quality control measures, adaptation of the CBCT® course for a particular population, services provided by the CBCT® staff and overseen by CBCT® administration, and website and other overhead costs.  Depending on the complexity of the project, typical fees for provision of a 10 to 12-week course in 2016, taught by either 1 or 2 teachers, range from $4,000 to $8,000 per course.  Teaching in pairs is the required model for studies, unless explicitly permitted by CCSCE.  Each instructor receives between $1200 and $1800 for a typical 10-week class, again depending on the details of the study.  All studies of CBCT® shall include consultation by program director and developer Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD, who will as co-investigator and co-author.  All research grants shall include fees to cover this consultancy.

For detailed information on Level One requirements and fees, please click here:  Level One Teacher Certification

Level Two

Level Two Certification is meant for advanced teachers with many years of experience in teaching CBCT®.  The primary benefits of this level are (1) offering CBCT® Foundation Courses that count as a prerequisite for applying to the CBCT® Teacher Certification program (though only when offered through a formal institutional partner), and (2) referring to one’s self as a “Senior” instructor of CBCT®.

For more information on the requirements for Level Two certification, please click here: Level Two Teacher Certification