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CIT Coordinator Certification

The CIT Coordinator

Successful CIT programs have individuals who are at the heart of the programs, facilitating the relationships and managing the day-to-day aspects of the programs. These individuals—dedicated mental health professionals, law enforcement officers or advocates—are CIT coordinators.

A coordinator’s most important role is to build trust and improve communication among CIT partners, including members of the steering committee, as well as CIT officers, front-line service providers, families, people in crisis, elected leaders and the public.  While coordinators do not need to do everything, they need to know all the partners, including their strengths and weaknesses.

The Course

CIT International provides the opportunity for those serving as CIT coordinators to learn about the important role the coordinator fills and become certified as a CIT coordinator.  This 8-hour course of instruction, that is delivered virtually in 4-hour sessions conducted on consecutive days, covers the tasks and topics of the various coordinators' roles and how to work with each other to develop or reform their community's crisis response system.

Based on CIT International's publication,"Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Programs: A Best Practice Guide for Transforming Community Responses to Mental Health Crises" this course is for all CIT coordinators, regardless if you are currently serving in this capacity or plan to in the future.  

The Certification

By attending this course and successfully passing the required testing, you will be recognized and certified as a CIT coordinator for three years.  In addition to receiving the certification, you will receive membership into CIT International, for as long as your certification remains valid.  Additionally, you will have access to online resources only available to currently certified CIT coordinators. Those becoming certified for the first time will receive a hard copy of  "Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Programs: A Best Practice Guide for Transforming Community Responses to Mental Health Crises". ($40 value)  

Recertification must be completed by attending continuing education sponsored by CIT International during the third year of the coordinator's certification, which at this time is identified as attending a virtual Coordinator Certification Course as a refresher at a reduced price. 

Topics Covered

  • Defining the CIT model
  • Importance of partnerships
  • Identifying leaders
  • Securing buy-in
  • Understanding perspectives
  • CIT steering committees
  • Crisis response system models
  • Crisis system mapping
  • Building the infrastructure
  • Making systemic changes
  • Coordination levels
  • Types of coordinators
  • Coordinators' roles
  • Qualities of a coordinator
  • Importance of policies
  • Prioritizing goals
  • The importance of data
  • Data for monitoring v research
  • Applying data points
  • Planning and delivery of training
  • Various training to be offered
  • The 40-hour training week
  • Evaluating your training
  • Sustaining your program
  • Program growth
  • Case studies
  • Resources

The Past Attendees' Comments

  • "I really enjoyed this two-day course.  The information provided was beneficial for new and existing CIT programs."
  • "Great course.  It affirmed for me that we are on track and building a sustainable CIT program."
  • "I found several things that will help me propel our CIT program and I feel more informed about how to handle the long standing issues in our area."
  • "All information presented was relevant and a good refresher. Sometimes we all get into patterns of performance that need to be revisited and freshened up. Thank you for good, practical, and usable information." 
  • "Fantastic training! There was just enough balance between the lecture and the questions."
  • "I received a lot of new and valuable information as well as refresher of some of the programs and literature that we currently utilize. Great information and presenters."
  • "This was so helpful. Thank you for putting together such a concise and relevant curriculum. Love the resource page we will have access to. Exactly what CIT Coordinators need." 
  • "A lot of great information that will be beneficial with CIT partnerships. Thank you tremendously!"

For those who certified prior to 2021, you have a grace period until December 31, 2021 to recertify.  After that date, your certification will be lapsed and you will need to register for new certification.  Please send an email to the email address below for verification that you are certified and to receive a registration code to enter during the recertification registration process.

Recertifications will not receive a hard copy of the Guide, but the Guide can be downloaded at no cost at CIT Guide.

The recertification rate below is an introductory rate to assist those previously certified to maintain certification.  

The recertification rate is subject to change.

For questions or if  you need any additional assistance, please email:

CITCoordinatorCertification@CITInternational.org

Fees and Registration

Click on the course below to register.

New CIT Coordinator Certification $450*

CIT Coordinator Recertification $150*


Upcoming Courses

November 15-16, 2021

December 13-14, 2021

January 10-11, 2022

February 7-8, 2022

March 7-8, 2022

April 11-12, 2022

May 9-10, 2022

June 6-7, 2022

*Certification is for a 3-year period and includes a 3-year CIT International membership ($75 value)


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