How to become a certified parent coach

Written by michelle larowe
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If you’re looking for a rewarding career, becoming a certified parent coach may be an option worth examining. The field of parent coaching is rapidly expanding. Mothers, childcare providers, nannies, therapists and others with a love of families and a desire to help families succeed have found parent coaching to be an excellent career option. And with organisations like the Academy for Coaching Parents International issuing national certification via distance learning, becoming a certified parent coach and starting your own parent coaching business has never been easier!

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Research organisations that offer recognised programs and certification in parent coaching. Since parent coaches are not regulated by any government organisations and are not required to get licenses like nurses, it's important to choose a reputable and nationally recognised training program.

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    Choose a program that can fit into your schedule and budget. Many parent coaching programs recognise that parent coaching is a field that attracts people who are looking to make a career change. For this reason, it is likely that you can find a reputable parent coaching program that offers distance learning.

  3. 3

    Apply to or enrol in your program of choice. Complete the necessary applications and enrolment procedures to secure your slot in the program.

  4. 4

    Once accepted, pay any educational fees and complete the required coursework and credentialing requirements.

Tips and warnings

  • Many credentialed parent coaches open their own parent coaching business. Parent coaching is a great source of additional income and is a very rewarding career.
  • Be sure to choose a respected educational program. Respected programs have a strong presence in the parent coaching community.
  • Distance learning can be a great opportunity to earn your education but you'll need to be committed and self motivated to complete your work on time.

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