If a registered applicant desires to change their original specified training date, a $100 fee will be applied. This $100 fee must be paid in order to reserve the applicant’s spot in the newly chosen workshop. If the applicant is not able to attend a workshop within 12 months, all fees are forfeited. Trainees are allowed to reschedule their training once.
You know yourself better than anyone. Consider the following: do you have small children, do you have a job outside the home, are you a fast/slow reader, are you already a birth professional? There are many books to be read, and you will spend several hours typing your study guide. Most people need several months to complete the required work before the workshop, but if you have read several of the books previously, are a birth professional, or don’t have many distractions in your life, you may be able to get through the requirements faster. We know it’s a lot of work but our instructors have been able to hit the ground running because they truly “know their stuff.”
Laptop/ipad for note taking and for the online exam, 2 bed pillows, comfortable clothing, a jacket or sweater, your own snacks and beverages
Birth Boot Camp strives to help our teachers fill their classes. We have an accessible and searchable website where all of our instructors are listed. Your training covers not just how to teach classes, but also includes a segment from a marketing professional on some basic self-promotion. Much of your work will be in your own community. We encourage you to contact other birth professionals and be part of local community resources such as La Leche League or BirthNetwork.
Keep in mind that there is a significant amount of work involved in this training. After your application has been approved, allow yourself plenty of time to complete all certification requirements. The study guide must be submitted two weeks before the workshop. Certification should be completed within one year of applying.
Recertification is due each year at the end of March.
Instructor Certification fees are $995 for 2016 training workshops and $1195 for 2017.
The recertification fee is $125.
Yes! We are working to make this easier for applicants. There are two payment options.
1) Pay your deposit of $300 and get set up with a payment plan. The full balance will be paid by two weeks before your workshop.
2) Pay in full.
Yes, instructors may be certified through (approved) organizations, as long as there is not a conflict of interest in your classes. We do expect our instructors to teach and use Birth Boot Camp materials when a class has been advertised as such, and only in such instances. For example, you may not use Birth Boot Camp materials (written, video, or otherwise) for a non-Birth Boot Camp class. We believe that our materials and support are the best in the industry and you will not feel the need to have or continue with another CBE certification.
One of the advantages of Birth Boot Camp’s online classes for the instructor is that students are able to take up to four missed classes via the Internet. While we encourage students to come to every class, we realize that things come up, people must travel, and, sometimes, people don’t find out about a class until it has already begun. Should a student need to make up a live class, we will set them up with the appropriate online class. Their access will last one week from the time of issuing.
The Birth Boot Camp curriculum is designed to be taught as a 10-week course and instructors should prepare to teach this course in a full 10-week period.
We recommend pricing of at least $300 per couple. This is a quality class with updated materials. Instructors agree to no predatory pricing, meaning that instructors will not set pricing with the intent to undercut other instructors in their area. Instructors will price classes based upon the fair market value. This means that instructors are allowed to vary their rate according to the needs of their community, but we recommend that instructors never charge less than $200. Your time and effort is worth at least that.
We encourage long term breastfeeding and want nursing mothers to be included. Training, however, is intensive and requires long hours and a quiet room, so that all who have invested their time and money can hear and participate. Training also requires that all be able to participate in relaxation and various other floor exercises. If you are nursing a baby or child you must have someone with you who can bring your baby to you and take them out of the training room when they are done feeding. This enables both the nursing mother and others in attendance to maximize their workshop experience. Regretfully, we will have to ask people to leave if they are being disruptive or are unable to participate.
Will the online classes compete with my live classes? I am worried that people will just opt for online classes.
One of the goals of Birth Boot Camp is to provide classes that are accessible to ALL, even those away from an instructor, overseas, or with very hectic schedules. That is why we developed the online course. We still see much value in live classes such as: one-on-one instructor interaction, friendship and camaraderie with other class members, and personal accountability each week in class. We encourage those who CAN to take live classes. We believe that most couples DESIRE a live, in-person class. Our online classes exist for those who simply cannot make a live class work.
Yes! Ongoing, daily support can be found on the Instructor Facebook Group. Our wonderful instructors have formed an amazing support system there. Our Management Team and Advisory Board are available by email, at any time. We are thankful for our instructors and do all that we can to help and support them!
In addition, Birth Boot Camp is hosting a company-wide retreat every three years with the purpose of providing new information and helping Birth Boot Camp instructors and doulas stay motivated and excited about their birth business. Fees are kept to a minimum. You will not regret making an effort to be at every single Birth Boot Camp retreat.
Training ends with you taking your exam. Within a few weeks, you will be notified of your status and will be off and running as you help women learn how to have an amazing birth in your area!