Certification

Updated July 2019

We offer 3 types of certification. All participants who complete our training receive a Certificate of Completion or a Certificate of Participation. Those who want to earn formal qualifications have the option to complete our online exams to earn Certificates of Mastery.

In July 2019, we updated our educational system and certification program. This page describes the current program, as well as the prior system, which will be phased out over several years.

Certificate of Mastery (optional)

To demonstrate mastery of applied behavioral science, AlterSpark provides optional test-based certification. The table below shows the requirements for each mastery certificate.

Digital Behavior Change Certificate (DBCC)

Emotional Design Psychology Certificate (EDPC)

Digital Behavioral Design Certificate (DBDC)

Mastery certificates Coursework requirements Test requirements

Digital Behavior Change Certificate (DBCC)TM

DBC participation, with 19.5 hours of classroom instruction or online lessons and tutorials.

Pass the 90-item test on the course content with a 60% passing grade.

Emotional Design Psychology Certificate (EDPC)TM EDP participation, with 13 hours of classroom instruction or online lessons and tutorials. Pass the 60-item test on the course content with a 60% passing grade.
Digital Behavioral Design Certificate (DBDC)TM Complete both DBC and EDP, with 32.5 hours of classroom instruction or online lessons and tutorials. Must also complete the behavioral design process in class or online. Pass DBCC and EDPC. Then pass an additional 60-item test on the behavioral design process and emotional design practice, with a 70% passing grade.

Certificate of Completion

This certificate is for participants who complete our classroom training. Attendance is taken at the end of each day, and participants who complete all modules will receive a Certificate of Completion, stating the course title, training date, and institutional location, along with a formal letter indicating the number of modules and instructional hours completed.

Each classroom day, or online tutorial week, contains 6.5 hours of educational curriculum.

AlterSpark provides the following Certificates of Completion:

  • Psychology for Digital Behavior Change (DBC)
  • Emotional Design Psychology & Neuroscience (EDP)

Certificate of Participation

Participants who are unable to attend the full course can request a Certificate of Participation, which contains the same information as the Certificate of Completion but does not list the number of modules or hours of instruction received, as these cannot be verified.

AlterSpark provides the following Certificates of Completion:

  • Psychology for Digital Behavior Change (DBC)
  • Emotional Design Psychology & Neuroscience (EDP)

Looking to build your career in applied psychology?

Increasingly, organizations recognize the value of behavioral science and applied psychology.

A recent Gallup study found that companies outperform their peers by 85% in sales growth and 25% in gross margin, just by applying behavioral economics.

At the same time, corporations are now scaling-up behavioral science units, and governments have been using nudge units for years.

If you’re looking build your career in applied behavioral science, we recommend that you blend digital psychology with another skill.

Your career may be about UX+psychology, design+psychology, marketing+psychology, copywriting+psychology, and so on.

Our training will teach you the core lessons and skills in digital behavioral science. Our certification will prove that you know the material. But it’s up to you to pursue the career you want.

Transition from our prior program

For certification before July 2019

We updated our training and certification program in July 2019. The information below pertains to our certification system, before this change.  We will maintain the two certification structures, and merge them as our students progress through the program.

Certificate of Mastery

Below is an overview of the requirements for each mastery certificate:

Mastery certificates Coursework requirements Test requirements Designation in updated program
Emotional Design Architect Certificate (CX-EDA)TM 13 hours of instruction in workshop EDP Pass the 60-item test for CX-EDA Emotional Design Psychology Certificate (EDPC)TM
Psychological Architect Certificate (CX-DPA)TM 19.5 hours of instruction in workshop DBC1 and DBC2

Pass the 30-item test for CX-DPA

Note: The test for CX-DPA can only be written after passing the test for CX-DP

Digital Behavior Change Certificate (DBCC)TM
Digital Psychology Certificate (CX-DP)TM 13 hours of instruction in workshop DBC1 Pass the 60-item test for CX-DP Digital Psychology Certificate (DPC)TM 

Certificate of Completion

AlterSpark provides the following Certificates of Completion:

  • Psychology for Digital Behavior Change (DBC1)
  • Psychological Architectures of Digital Behavior Change (DBC2)
  • Emotional Design Psychology & Neuroscience (EDP)

Ready to register?

Want both courses in our Complete Package?
You'll find it on the final registration page for DBC and EDP.