Requirements for Becoming a Certified Aware Parenting Instructor


If you wish to teach Aware Parenting as an official representative of the Aware Parenting approach and have your name listed on our website, please follow the application procedure on this page. Most of the training consists of independent study and experience, as described below.

The certified Aware Parenting instructors may use the term "Aware Parenting" in the title of their classes, workshops, and other offerings, and they may call themselves Aware Parenting instructors, facilitators, or consultants. However, they work independently and are neither employees nor subcontractors of the Aware Parenting Institute.

If you are not a certified Aware Parenting instructor, you are free to teach people about the theory and practical applications of the Aware Parenting approach without becoming certified. We request that you give credit to Aletha Solter as the source of your information, and referrals to this website and to Aletha Solter's books are always appreciated. However, we request that you not use the term "Aware Parenting" in the title of your classes, workshops, or other offerings (or in your personal title or credentials) unless you are officially certified by Aletha Solter to teach this approach. Thank you.

List of requirements

1. Read the most recent editions of Aletha Solter's five books: The Aware Baby, Cooperative and Connected, Tears and Tantrums, Raising Drug-Free Kids, and Attachment Play. You must understand and agree with all the information in them. You must also complete the study guides for The Aware Baby and Cooperative and Connected, and fill out the Answer Sheet for each:

Aware Baby study guide
Aware Baby answer sheet

Cooperative and Connected study guide
Cooperative and Connected answer sheet

2. Attend an introductory Aware Parenting workshop of at least 6 hours within the past five years. It must be a workshop led either by Aletha Solter or by a Level 2 Aware Parenting instructor in your country. If there are no Level 2 instructors in your country, it can be a workshop by a Level 2 instructor in another country. An in-person workshop is preferable, but an online workshop can also qualify for certification. Formal lectures, individual sessions, and pre-recorded seminars do not qualify. The goal of this requirement is to learn how to present the material in an interactive group workshop setting. The Level 2 instructors have a red star next to their name on the list of instructors. Please contact these instructors directly for information about their workshops. There are no prerequisites for attending a workshop. You can attend a workshop either before or after you have read the books.

3. Have at least one year of experience using the Aware Parenting approach with children (as a parent, babysitter, early childhood educator, etc.). This year of experience must be AFTER you first learned about Aware Parenting. You do not need to be a parent to qualify for certification.

4. Have personal experience in your own life with the benefits of emotional healing through laughter and crying (either on your own or through some kind of therapy). Be committed to eliminating your own control patterns and addictions. If you smoke, you will need to quit smoking before becoming certified.

5. Have practical experience working with groups of adults in a live, in-person setting (not virtual). Experiences that qualify include giving presentations, teaching classes, conducting training sessions, or leading groups (such as support groups or therapy groups). This experience does not need to be related to the topic of parenting.

6. Be able to read English. Correspondence from the Institute is in English (including our quarterly newsletter for the instructors).

7. Agree that you will:

Application Procedure (Printable application form)

After you have met all of the requirements listed above, you may apply to become certified. Please send the following items all together in the same envelope to Aletha Solter, Aware Parenting Institute, P.O. Box 206, Goleta, CA 93116, U.S.A.: 1) The completed application form, 2) Your written application (printed, not hand written), 3) A letter of recommendation, and 4) Your payment. (If payment is sent separately, please indicate the payment method on the application form.)

We do not accept applications or letters of recommendation by email (with the exception of letters of recommendation written by Aware Parenting instructors. See below.). Please mail your application to the address above. Do NOT use registered or certified mail, as this method requires us to wait in long lines at the post office to pick it up. If your payment is sent separately by PayPal, Aletha Solter will wait for your payment before reading your application. Please note also that Dr. Solter does not accept applications or conduct certification interviews during her workshop tours.

The five sections of your written application:

Your written application (not hand written), should be divided into five numbered and labeled sections in the order described below. Applications that do not follow this format will not be accepted.

1. Pertinent background information about yourself (including education and work history). For this section, you may include a short resume or curriculum vitae in addition to summarizing your background and your current work in a few paragraphs. Include a list of all the degrees and certifications that you have.

2. Reasons for wanting to be an Aware Parenting instructor. What inspires you about Aware Parenting? Why do you want to teach this approach? Why are you seeking certification?

3. Why you feel that you are qualified to teach this philosophy. Explain how you have met each of the requirements listed above. Please include details and specific examples for requirements 3, 4, and 5. (For requirement number 3, describe your experience implementing the three aspects of Aware Parenting, and include at least one specific example of using Attachment Play and at least one specific example of accepting a child's crying).

4. Proposed teaching plans. Detailed lesson plans are not necessary, but please answer the following questions: Which aspects of Aware Parenting do you plan to focus on? What format will you use (short lectures, full-day workshops, support groups, online courses, blogs, individual consultations, etc.)? Who do you plan to teach (mothers only, fathers only, parents of babies, parents of teenagers, daycare providers, etc.)? Do you plan to organize your own events, or will you be working with a sponsoring organization, or within the context of work that you already do?

5. Your completed answer sheets for the Aware Baby study guide and Cooperative and Connected study guide (see requirement number 1).

Letter of Recommendation:

Send a letter of recommendation from somebody in your country who knows you well, either personally or professionally (for example an employer, a co-worker, a client, or a student whom you have taught). It must be someone who knows you in a real life setting (not an online acquaintance). The person should not be related to you, employed by you, or paid by you for any services (such as therapy). Be sure the person dates and signs the letter and includes his or her contact information (street address, country, email address, and telephone number). Unsigned letters and letters sent by email will not be accepted. In addition to your main letter of recommendation, you may also include a letter of recommendation from an Aware Parenting instructor, which can be sent by email directly to Aletha Solter from the instructor's own email address.


The fee for becoming certified is U.S. $150 or EUR 150. Payment can be made by PayPal (our PayPal account address is on the application form), by U.S. check, or by international money order. We cannot accept wire transfers to a bank.


After receiving your application materials, payment, and letter(s) of recommendation, Aletha Solter will contact you to arrange a Zoom interview if she feels that you have met all the reqirements. She will also send you a few short articles and information sheets to read before your interview.

After you become certified, your name will be added to our list of Aware Parenting Instructors, as well as the list of instructors on our web page for your country. You will receive a certificate, some digital teaching materials (charts and workshop outlines), and complimentary copies of Aletha's two workbooks. You will also receive a quarterly newsletter with reports from other Aware Parenting instructors around the world and discussions about various aspects of the Aware Parenting approach. Certification is valid for two years with possibility of renewal after that time.

As an Aware Parenting instructor you will work independently. You will not be associated with the Aware Parenting Institute as either an employee or a subcontractor. There are no expectations regarding the way you teach Aware Parenting. You will be free to offer both in-person and online classes, workshops, or support groups. The only requirement is that the information you give to parents must be based on the content of Aletha Solter's books.


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