Specific Requirements to Look for in a Child Sleep Consultant Certification!

January 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Posted in Family Sleep Institute Child Sleep Consultant Certification | Leave a comment
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Don’t be overwhelmed by all the different types of Child Sleep Consultant Certifications out there. I have put together a list of the specific requirements all Child Sleep Consultant Certification Programs should include:

#1 Make sure the certification is taught by an individual who has had at least 10 years of experience in the field of children’s sleep and who’s specific background and experience is solely as a Child Sleep Consultant (you want to be instructed by someone who is in the same profession as what you are seeking, right?) The certification should require at least 50+ hours of training.

#2 The program should not be self directed. Every class should be taught LIVE. Becoming a well trained Child Sleep Consultant takes many many hours of one on one training and constant follow up support. So, make sure the program provides that on-going support with instructors and fellow graduates.

#3 Don’t way heavily on the fact that an organization says it’s accredited. There are many associations and organizations that will gladly take your money and tell you that you are accredited by them. Being accredited by an association directly representing the profession is the type of accreditation you would expect from the organization certifying you.

#4 The instructor should also be a qualified regular member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants. Make sure that the certification follows the guidelines of the IACSC.com so that as a future member your training and certification will be recognized.

#5 The course should not be limited to any specific age group. As Child Sleep Consultants we are the experts in our field so we should be able to cover newborn through school age children. The course should also cover all sleep methodologies.

#6 The cost of the program should be relative based on the experience of the instructors, quality of the training and continued support and guidance. Certifications range from $1500 – $10,000. The certifications that fall within these specific requirements tend to be somewhere in the middle. On the low end you will get what you paid for and most likely won’t be prepared and have limited knowledge, if you go with the most expensive you are paying too much for your training.

#7 The instructor should provide “ACTUAL” case studies for evaluation and analysis which cover: all the different age groups, the varied parenting philosophies and all the various methods that can be used.

#8 The organization that houses the certification should also provide graduating students with continuing education in areas which influence sleep practices.

#9 The organization should be able to provide incoming students access to graduating students testimonials and personal feedback. Question programs who list their students and graduates but do not post their websites.

#10 And most importantly, if the Institute or individual who is teaching the course says she is “certified” make sure you find out where she was certified and remember you can’t certify yourself 🙂 . Unfortunately there are people out there ready to make serious false claims, so do your homework so you can make a smart and informed decision.

Following these guidelines will help you make the best decision for a lifetime in one of the most rewarding professions out there! Good luck!

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