The guidelines for becoming an MBTI® Certified Practitioner are
based on those of the American Psychological Association (APA)
concerning the distribution of psychological instruments. This
means materials necessary to administer these instruments are
restricted, and in order to purchase and use them, you must meet one of the following basic
- successful completion of a recognized certification program (which provides training in the theory and use of the MBTI instrument) and passing the common exams. OR
- educational eligibility: having a masterís degree or higher in psychology, counseling, organizational development, or a related field.
Please note that if you meet the Educational Eligibility requirement, you will be able to purchase and administer instruments but you will not be considered a certified practitioner. Only those practitioners who attend and successfully complete a certification program for an instrument will be granted the Certified Practitioner designation for that instrument.
Individual or group feedback is an
important part of administering the Indicator. The MBTI results
are delivered as part of an explanation and dialogue facilitated
by a trained practitioner. The certification program covers information
about type theory and terminology, type
dynamics and development, guidelines for administration and interpretation,
the ethical guidelines, and hands-on delivery
information. This training enhances a professionalís ability to
do the following:
- Provide in-depth perspective on the theory of psychological
type and correct misunderstanding of terms and meanings.
- Help a respondent assess whether the results are accurate
in his or her eyes and clear up this ambiguity to help a respondent
reach a best-fit type.
- Tailor the explanation of type to the unique situation of
the individual or group, helping people see how type plays out
in their lives and workplace and how it may be best used (and
not used) in specific circumstances.
- Interpret the four-letter type code using type
dynamics to explain the overall patterns rather than just
presenting a list of preferences.
The MBTI instrument is unique in many ways and is difficult to
interpret effectively based only on experience with other instruments.
We therefore urge even those who qualify by virtue of their education to attend an certification program. Many professionals
find the in-depth exploration of the Indicator applications and
interpretations a stimulating and enriching enhancement to their
For a list of providers of the MBTI® Certification Program authorized by CPP, Inc., publisher of the Indicator, go to mbticertification.org.