Moving from One Category to the Next
To assure fulfillment of the VAIMH Endorsement requirements as specified, an endorsed member will notify (in writing) the intent to apply for endorsement at the next category of professional development with the following guidelines in mind:
Timeframe for Application:
- Category I to Category II: Minimum of 1 year from the date of Category I Endorsement
- Category II to Category III: Minimum of 1 year from the date of Category II Endorsement
- Category III to Category IV: Minimum of 3 years from the date of Category III Endorsement
Intent to Apply:
The burden of responsibility is on the endorsed member to inform the VAIMH Endorsement Coordinator in writing (not e-mail) of the intent to apply for endorsement at the next category of professional development. This should be done at least 6 months before intending to complete the process. This is particularly important to assure that all of the requirements are understood, that there is adequate time for preparation for the Endorsement exam at Categories III and IV, and that the professional application is updated with new information pertinent to the candidate’s application, including contact information. The Endorsement Coordinator will (re)assign an IMH advisor to the endorsed member to answer questions and assist the applicant in the process. The applicant must demonstrate competency and all of the requirements as indicated for endorsement at that next category.
Note: All application materials must be reviewed by the IMH Advisor and submitted to the VAIMH Endorsement Coordinator at least six weeks before the Endorsement exam is scheduled for Category III and IV candidates. For more information, click Requirements for Moving Endorsement Categories to see a summary of requirements when moving from one category to the next.