Criteria for Certification

Professional Academy of Custody Experts

Criteria for Certification

Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator™ (NCPC)

Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator Associate™ (NCPC-A)

Nationally Certified Custody Evaluator™ (NCCE)

Nationally Certified Custody Evaluator Associate™ (NCCE-A)

A. Doctoral or Masters Degree in a mental health specialty from a university/college that is regionally accredited; and

B. Only ONE of the following three choices (B-1 or B-2 or B-3) is required:

B-1. Currently licensed by a State Board of Examiners to practice a mental health specialty at the independent practice level or;

B-2. Member of a recognized mental health professional association that has published relevant standards of practice for a mental health specialty or;

B-3. Minimum of two years experience working with a family court system; and

C-1. If applying for Nationally Certified Custody Evaluator™(NCCE)

A minimum of two years custody evaluation experience, during which the applicant has independently conducted a minimum of five comprehensive custody evaluations; and

C-2. If applying for Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator™(NCPC)
A minimum of two years experience working at a professional level with at least five sets of high conflict or litigating parents, providing services that have been described by various designations, including, but not limited to: parenting coordinator, family coordinator, mediator, reunification therapist, couples therapist, facilitator, etc. In general, we are seeking professionals who have experience working with men and women, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers who are involved in high conflict relationships with each other.

D. Two names (with contact information) of colleagues (mental health professionals, attorneys, judges, etc.) whom we can contact to validate the information that you have submitted on your application.

ASSOCIATE CREDENTIAL: If you meet all criteria above EXCEPT either C-1 or C-2 you can apply for Nationally Certified Custody Evaluator Associate (NCCE-A) and/or Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator Associate (NCPC-A). You will enjoy all of the rights and privileges and will automatically be elevated to the full credential as soon as you complete the experience listed at C-1 or C-2

The Executive Operating Committee has been authorized to use a degree of flexibility in the handling of certain special situations that may arise during the application process without compromising the integrity of the Current Criteria