Instructor Certification Program

Changing the world, one parent at a time.

This program is right for you if you want to work with Hand in Hand to provide parents with the understanding, tools, and support they need to build and strengthen warm, close, connected relationships. When parents meet their children’s core needs for love, respect, limits, and lots of play, young people grow up to be cooperative, creative, emotionally resilient, and effective problem-solvers in our challenging world.

Applications for this year are closed. Applications for the 2022-23 Certification Program will be available in April.

For more details about the program for please read this webpage and download our Certification Program Information

More about Instructor Certification


This year-long program, starting in September and ending in June, is open to individuals with the skills and experience to teach, support and mentor parents and child care professionals as they learn the tools of Hand in Hand Parenting.

Participation in one of our instructor-led Hand in Hand Parenting Starter Classes or Professionals Intensives is a prerequisite to being accepted into the Certification program.

Space in the program is limited so that personal attention can be devoted to each highly qualified candidate accepted.  Hand in Hand is generally only able to accept half of the applicants who apply.

The regular cost of the Program is $4,250.  There is a $400 non-refundable deposit due by July 1 to reserve your spot. The deposit is applied to the cost of the program. There are two options for paying the remaining balance of $3850:

  1. in ten monthly installments of $385 from August to May.
  2. paid in full by August 20 with a 10% discount of $425 off of the total $4,250, for an additional payment of $3,425

Want to know more about how you can make a difference in how the next generation is raised?  Listen to this Certification Q & A with Patty Wipfler, recorded on March 20, 2013.

If you are a parent or caregiver interested in deepening your personal Hand in Hand Parenting skills and understanding, but are not interested in teaching others at this time, the Parent Club is right for you. If you are a professional planning to use Hand in Hand Parenting in your existing practice, please consider our next Professionals Intensive class.


For more details about the program for both local and distance learners, please download our Certification Program Information

This document contains information about the goals of the program, the prerequisites, the schedule, the time commitment, the logistics of how the program works for distance and local learners, the requirements for certification, the support you will receive, your responsibilities, the topics that will be covered during the program, the cost of the program, and our policies.

All participants must have access to a computer and high-speed internet, as we will be using an online classroom for all communications relating to the program, including video and audio presentations. Every applicant to our program must be available for at least two of our offered call times: Sample of Certification Mentoring Call Times.

At the end of the program, when the requirements have been fulfilled, participants will go through a certification interview, and the results of that interview, together with the quality of the work done throughout the program, will determine the level of certification that can be approved.

If you have any questions not answered in the Certification Program Information, please contact our Certification Training Manager, Michelle Kokel

To be notified when applications are being accepted for next year's program, please complete this form.

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