Frequently Asked Questions

What if I miss a class?

All of our classes are recorded so if there is a technical problem or you need to miss all or part of a class, you may view the recording and write a summary for credit. You may not miss more than one full weekend.

Do I have to come in person?

All of the classes may be taken via live webinar, so you can fully participate from anywhere in the world with a good internet connection. You may also choose to attend some days in person and some via internet.

Is there Financial Aid or Scholarship help?

We do offer a payment plan to help you.

At this time, we are currently working on a scholarship fund; but at this time it is unavailable.

And unfortunately, we do not have any Financial Aid Programs available.

However, this certification will allow you the opportunity to substantially increase your income and quickly recoup the investment by offering you the Certification and knowledge needed to work with the Transgender Community.

Is this Certification good in other states? Or in other parts of the world?

You will be certified by the ITCA Board of Directors, who are attesting that you are competent to practice as a Transgender Care Therapist, Professional, or Specialist.

The certification is not limited to any particular jurisdiction.

What is an Umbrella Term?

An umbrella term is a word or phrase that covers a broad interval or set of functions or items that all fall under a single common category. For example, cryptology is an umbrella term that encompasses cryptography and cryptanalysis, among other fields.

Through our course you will be become proficient with various terminologies used within the Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Communities.

Here is an example of a Transgender Umbrella:

I'm a therapist who has worked with the Trans people for many years. How will this Certification benefit me?

This training will provide you with up-to-date information about hormone therapy, surgeries, and legal issues. It explores the various terms that people now use to define themselves, going far beyond transsexual and cross-dresser.

We will train you to write letters that conform to the most recent edition of the WPATH SoC and to most insurance provider requirements.

You will also be able to market yourself on our two websites and join our listserv so you can network with professionals around the world.

Do I need to be licensed to take this program?

This program is most applicable to licensed therapists who want to build their practices by working with this community and writing letters of recommendation for hormone therapy and surgery. It is also recommended for medical and other healthcare practitioners who see trans people in their clinics and offices.

If you are not a licensed professional, you may still take the program, but please keep in mind that it will not allow you to practice without a license. You will gain valuable knowledge and be able to support the trans community and possibly teach, but there will be limited opportunities to monetize this education.

What licenses or certification are required to participate and obtain the certification through this training? Also if someone is currently not licensed at this time, would they be able to get certified in this training or must they already hold some sort of license or certification in MH, medical etc?

We certify licensed therapists as Transgender Care Therapists and we certify medical or other healthcare professionals as Transgender Care Professionals. If someone is doing their internship, they can take the program and be certified when they get licensed.

The certification is meant to augment what a person is doing professionally, so whether it’s therapy or education or just wanting to bring an added depth of knowledge about transgender care, the certification will do that.

Some people occasionally just want the training for their own learning and that is fine, as long as they are clear about the limitations of what they can do with it.

What does the TCT Certificate actually certify? Will I be certified to provide therapy to Transgender Persons?

Our program is meant to build on your existing practice. After our course completion you would be certified as a Transgender Care Therapist (TCT), which is the acronym you would add to your existing degree as a licensed mental health professional. As an educator or as a professional in your field, upon completion of our course, you would be better informed and able to provide education regarding transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. This course is especially useful and particularly beneficial for those in the nursing or medical fields, human resources, social workers, school personnel, non profit groups, and other professionals in their fields who work or are exposed with a transgender population.

Please note that, we do not train you to be a therapist or counselor. If you currently work or counsel persons, such as a teacher or a group facilitator, you will be more informed about their issues if they are trans, but if they need therapy, you will need to refer them to a therapist.

Also, please note that, to be able to write a letter of recommendation for surgeries and such, you MUST be a licensed Mental Health Therapist. Your credentials from our training would be recognized by most Doctors and facilities working with the Transgender Population.

Will your training be able to address questions regarding certification for nurses, clinicians and certified medical case managers?

Our program includes  comprehensive education regarding gender dysphoria and transgender people. We discuss the WPATH Standards of Care and have speakers lecture on endocrinology, surgery, and the law, as well as the psychotherapeutic needs of trans people.

The program is adjunctive to your current practice, whether you are a therapist, medical doctor, nurse, or case manager. If you are working with a clinical population, you need to be educated and informed about the needs of trans people.

Case managers, specifically, need to know about the stages of transition, the hormone, legal, social, financial, psychological, and surgical needs the trans person may have in order to coordinate care and make appropriate referrals.

In addition to the educational component, our program includes case consultation, which can be tailored to a specific practice. We also have consultants who are former students who are in the medical field. Specifically, Nurse Practitioners, a Physical Therapist, Chiropractor, and OB-GYN.

In short, it is impossible to be a case manager in any field and work with trans people without a solid education in Transgender Care. Our program provides that.