The Estill Voice Training® community includes over 900 certified members in more than 33 countries.

These members bring diverse artistic specializations and interests, covering vocal performance, education, and rehabilitation. Our certification standards are rigorous, ensuring that all of our members have demonstrated expertise in EVT®.

Estill Figure Proficiency (EFP)

Everybody starts with Estill Figure Proficiency. The EFP certification is earned by:

  • Demonstrating the basic options for voice control taught in EVT® Level 1 and 2 courses.

Estill Master Trainer (EMT)

Many EFPs move on to Estill Master Trainer. The EMT certification is earned by:

  • Demonstrating basic knowledge of EVT® content;
  • Showing advanced proficiency in the Estill Voiceprint Plus™ protocol and hand signals;
  • Proving capable of effectively train individuals in learning the EVT® Figures and Qualities.

Estill Mentor & Course Instructor (EMCI)

Some EMTs aspire to Estill Mentor & Course Instructor.

The EMCI earns the privilege to present public courses in EVT® and commits to “training” the trainers. EMCIs play a vital role in the certification process as coaches, examiners, and mentors.


1. ATTEND A COURSE: When people hear about the power and effectiveness of EVT®, they want to become certified as soon as possible. However, it’s important to note that taking a course is just the first step. The more courses you attend, the more you will learn. EVT® encompasses both the theoretical understanding of the Estill Voice Model™, which delves into the anatomy, physiology, and acoustics of voice production, and the motor learning of the Figures and Qualities.

2. PRACTICE: Practice the Figures and Qualities for a few minutes every day. Use the Figures in a Flash and Estill Voiceprint Plus™ to enhance your practice routine.

3. FIND AN EMCI: When you are ready to take the Estill Voiceprint Plus™ protocol examination for the EFP certification, you must find an EMCI to administer this examination. You must pass off on all the tasks in the Estill Voiceprint Plus™ protocol within 3 attempts. The exam takes less than an hour for the well-prepared applicant. Each EMCI sets their own fee for EFP Testing (minimums are suggested by EVI and listed in the Certification-at-a-Glance).

4. SIGN UP AND REGISTER FOR TESTING: When you are ready to Register for EFP Testing, sign up in the Estill Certification Center. You must “Register for EFP Testing” before you meet with your examiner. This process enters you into the Estill Voice International certification registry and gives you access to the EVT® Representative Extranet. This will facilitate getting your name onto our website once you earn your EFP certificate!

To get the Estill Figure Proficiency (EFP) certification you need to pass a skill-based oral exam that tests your vocal control – similar to the way an oral interview may test your fluency in a language. The timeline varies based on your understanding of the Figures and personal practice. 1-2 years since attending your first course is typical.

To get the Estill Master Trainer (EMT) certification you need to successfully complete a written exam, an oral exam, and teaching observations. The timeline also varies, but 2-5 years after achieving the EFP is common. All instructors who promote themselves and their businesses as EVT® teachers must hold this certification.

To get the Estill Mentor and Course Instructor (EMCI) certification, you need to undergo intensive studies, testing, and teaching observations. It is common for EMTs to have 10 or more years experience before they begin to pursue EMCI certification.

Costs vary by level and region of the world. Suggested fees can be found in the Certification-at-a-Glance. These fees include Estill Voice International Testing and Registration fees, training fees to your EMCI, and once you are certified, there are also annual certification dues. All fees and dues are outlined in the The Certification Manual, Version 5.2. Reach out to Director of Certification and Courses, Corinne Mager ( if you have any questions.

Estill Figure Proficiency – Awarded to individuals who can effectively demonstrate the basic options for voice control taught in Level 1 and 2 courses;
Estill Master Trainer – Awarded to individuals who wish to teach EVT® to others in a private studio, clinic, or office;
Estill Mentor and Course Instructor – Recommended to those who wish to teach EVT® Level 1 and 2 courses to the public, and mentor others in the certification program.

You can study with a certified instructor at a distance via remote platforms such as Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangouts, but online lessons may not fulfill the course attendance requirements for certification. We recommend checking all the certification requirements in the Certification Manual 5.2.

Level 1 and 2 courses are offered all over the world and in a variety of formats, including online courses. Find a course today!

The Certification Manual and Certification-at-a-Glance clarify the certification process and outline minimum fees.

Choose to read it in English, French, Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Finnish, or Korean.