Certification in School Crisis Response™
by the National Center for Crisis Management



School crisis response can no longer be delegated solely to mental health professionals and members of a School Crisis Response Team. Today, crisis management is the responsibility of all educators in meeting the needs of students, parents and the community.

In this spirit, the National Center for Crisis Management in collaboration with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress is offering educators the opportunity to obtain Certification in School Crisis Response™. Educators who are members of the Center will be afforded the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise in school crisis management by virtue of their knowledge, experience and education.

Certification in School Crisis Response is based on the Academy's publication A Practical Guide for Crisis Response in Our Schools. This publication, currently in its fifth edition, has over 150,000 copies in print across the globe and is the most widely used crisis response manual in the world.

Successful applicants may use this credential after their educational degree (e.g., M.A., C.S.C.R.) denoting their achievement of Certification in School Crisis Response. Successful applicants also receive an elegant professional certificate denoting their attainment of this certification (click here to view certificate).

Board Certification Process

  1. Applicants must become a member of the National Center for Crisis Management. Members also receive membership in the Center's sister organization - the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Membership with the Center demonstrates a commitment to the field of crisis management. It is the first step in a sequential process aimed at identifying expertise among educators, as well as professionals across disciplines.

  2. Applicants then are afforded the opportunity to apply for Certification in School Crisis Response, as well as other specialty certifications. The Applicant will be required to complete an application that inquires about his/her knowledge, experience and education in the specialty area and supply supporting documentation of each.

    The requirements for Certification in School Crisis Response include:

  3. I. General Requirements

    a. Membership in the Center in good standing

    b. Active involvement in the provision of direct care with students and staff in a school or school related enviornment

    c. Adherence to the Center's Code of Ethical & Professional Standards

    II. Knowledge of School Crisis Response and Management

    a. Applicant's knowledge of school crisis response will be determined by assessment of the following:

    i. Workshops/presentations/seminars attended related to school crisis response

    ii. Intensive training programs attended related to school crisis response

    iii. Supervisory/administrative positions held overseeing other individuals who provide services to people who are involved in school crisis response

    iv. Authored/co-authored books or articles related to school crisis response

    III. Experience in the Schools and as a Crisis Responder

    a. Have at least two (2) years experience working in a school or school related facility

    b. Have been involved in the planning and/or implementation of crisis response strategies in a school environment.

    IV. Educational/Training Requirements

    a. Have completed at least a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent. A copy of the diploma or final official transcript must be sent with the Application for Board Certification.

    b. Education/training has relevant course work related to crisis response and management.

    c. The Center reserves the right to waive criteria (a.) if candidate's profession does not require a Bachelor's Degree and he/she exhibits extensive knowledge of school crisis response strategies.

    V. Professional Credentialing as School or School-Related Personnel

    a. Must be certified by a recognized certifying body such as a State Board. A copy of this certification must accompany the application for Board Certification.

    b. The Center reserves the right to waive criteria (a.) if the applicant's profession does not have a recognized certifying body.

  4. Once the information is received, the application is reviewed to assess if the candidate meets the criteria for Certification. A candidate must meet the minimal standards set by the Center in order to be granted the certification. If additional documentation is needed, the candidate is contacted by mail. The review process requires a month to complete.