TEN steps to Endorsement® by First 5 Alabama


  1. Become a member of First 5 Alabama 

  2. Determine which Endorsement® is best for you: IMH-E® or ECMH-E®.

  3. Determine which Endorsement® category is best for you based on your scope of practice: promotion, prevention, intervention, or leadership.

  4. Register on EASy, the F5A web-based system for compiling applications for Endorsement®. The first time you visit EASy, select “Register” under “New Applicant”

  5. To register, EASy requires you to provide a brief description of your work, education, and RSC experiences. Complete and submit, including payment of the EASy Registration Fee 

  6. Log into EASy using the username and password issued to you via email from EASy and begin to prepare your application! 

  7. Work on your application! Contact the Endorsement Coordinator for support at first5al@apcteam.org.

  8. Once completed, submit your application along with the Processing Fee.

  9. Your application will undergo a 2-tier review. For Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist & Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor applicants, you’ll also need to successfully pass an Endorsement® exam

  10. Endorsement®!

First 5 Alabama is a Member Organization of
The Alliance is a global organization that includes multiple states and international associations whose infant mental health associations have licensed the use of the Competency Guidelines® and Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® under their associations’ names.
The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) or U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 
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