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Certification Process

You must be certified by Mental Health First Aid USA to teach either the Adult or Youth Mental Health First Aid course. Certification is achieved through a 3-day or 5-day interactive training. Individuals, not organizations, can receive Instructor certification.

What You Learn

The training teaches you how to:

  • Teach the Mental Health First Aid course, including the 5-step action plan, evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies, and prevalence data.
  • Present the program with fidelity to the tested, core model.
  • Apply the program to a range of adult learning styles.
  • Tailor presentations to diverse audiences and learning environments.

If you want to teach both Youth and Adult course types, you must first certify as an Instructor through a new Instructor training (for one course type). You then must teach at least one course in your core curriculum. Then you can apply to become certified in the second curriculum. Once accepted, you can attend either a shortened version of the 5-day training (2.5 days) or a 3-day training for the other course type you wish to teach.

Training Cost

Please review the table below for Instructor Training Course Pricing.
Is your organization a member of National Council? As part of your membership we offer discounted pricing. Interested in becoming a member? Learn more here.

CourseProgramsMember or Non MemberPrice
New Instructor Tuition Member3 day Adult/ Youth

5day Adult/Youth

5day Adult + Module
New Instructor Tuition Non Member3 day Adult/ Youth

5day Adult/Youth

5day Adult + Module
Non Member$2,200
4 Day Course with Module Member4day Adult + ModuleMember$2,750
4 Day Course with Module Non Member4day Adult + ModuleNon Member$3,000
Existing Instructor* Tuition Member3 day Adult/ Youth

5day Adult/Youth

5day Adult + Module
Existing Instructor* Tuition Non Member3 day Adult/ Youth

5day Adult/Youth

5day Adult + Module
Non Member$2,000
*Existing Instructor course attendees must be certified in one MHFA curriculum type and seeking dual certification in the other (Adult/Youth).

Tuition includes:

  • Lunch during the training
  • Training materials
  • Full suite of Instructor support

    • Access to exclusive webinars and online learning
    • ALGEE concierge
    • Technical assistance once certified
    • Professional development opportunities

Payment guidelines are provided when your application is accepted for a particular program (i.e., Youth or Adult). Payment is not required at the time of application but is required to reserve your spot in a training session once your application has been accepted.

Training Format

  • Courses typically run from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day, ending at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. (Note: 3-day trainings end at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.)
  • Each Instructor candidate will present and teach an assigned portion of the 8-hour course to the group.
  • Each Instructor candidate will provide a peer review for their colleagues.
  • National Trainers will conduct an individual evaluation of and provide feedback to each candidate.

Certification is not guaranteed for all participants. To become certified, participants must be present for the entire training, satisfactorily deliver the presentation and pass a written exam.

Apply for a Training

No specific academic or professional credentials are required for Instructor applicants. However, candidates should have knowledge of or experience with mental health problems (either personally, professionally or both), prior experience in training adult learners and a commitment and strategic plan to roll out Mental Health First Aid in the community.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and we recommend applying 6 to 8 weeks prior to your preferred course training date.


Individuals planning to conduct the course independently of an established organization must also submit one letter of reference. Please see our letter guidelines.

Questions about the certification process? Email

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