Our One-Year Certification Program

Changing the world, one parent at a time.

This program is right for you if you want to know how to support parents in your community and help them raise children who are physically and mentally healthy, who learn well in school, lead nonviolent lives, work well with others, and turn into compassionate and caring adults themselves.

Applications for the 2020-21 Certification Program year will be available in April 2020. To be notified when the application becomes available, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page. 

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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 Starter Classes or Professionals Intensives is a prerequisite to being accepted into the Certification program.

Due to the high level of interest in Hand in Hand certification, we offer a distance learning program along with the local training sessions. Space in our program is limited so we can devote personal attention to each highly qualified candidate we accept.  We are generally only able to accept half of the applicants into our program.

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, please contact our Program Manager, Velma Gentzsch, at program@handinhandparenting.org.


September through June


Monthly local and video classes, weekly conference calls, and weekend workshop


Palo Alto; and by conference call and video


Applications for the 2019-20 Instructor Certification Training program will be available in April 2019. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please fill this out