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Aware Parenting Institute

Transforming families around the world

P.O. Box 206, Goleta, CA 93116 U.S.A.
(805) 968-1868 (phone and fax)
e-mail: info@awareparenting.com

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Requirements for Becoming a Certified Aware Parenting Instructor

(Version française)

  1. Read the most recent editions of Aletha Solter’s five books: The Aware BabyHelping Young Children FlourishTears and Tantrums,Raising Drug-Free Kids, and Attachment Play. You must understand and agree with the philosophy of parenting described in them.

  2. Attend an Aware Parenting workshop. Minimum required: 4 hours. It must be a live workshop led either by Aletha Solter or by a Level 2 Aware Parenting instructor. These Level 2 instructors have a red star next to their name on the list of instructors.

  3. Have at least one year of experience using the Aware Parenting approach with children (as a parent, babysitter, early childhood educator, etc.). 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, crying and raging. 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. If you have met all of the other requirements, but do not have experience working with groups of adults (or if you want to gain some experience before becoming certified), you may send your application and payment, and request the option of offering two Aware Parenting presentations in your community. You can then report back to Aletha Solter who will give you feedback and advice.

  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:

    • Provide not only information, but also emotional support and encouragement to parents.
    • Encourage people of all races, religions, and backgrounds to attend the Aware Parenting classes that you teach.
    • Use or recommend Aletha Solter’s books and workbooks in the classes that you teach so the participants will know the source of the material.
    • Not combine Aware Parenting with any religious or spiritual belief system, or with other theories, practices, or techniques (unless you have consulted with Aletha Solter about this). We want people of all religions, as well as those with no religious beliefs, to feel comfortable with the Aware Parenting approach.
    • Be committed to ending all forms of oppression of children (including all forms of punishment).

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. Please note that Dr. Solter does not have the time to read applications or conduct certification interviews during her workshop tours. Also, please mail your application to the address above, rather than give it to her during her travels. Thank you.

The written application:

Your written application (printed, not hand written), should be divided into four sections with the following headings:

a) Pertinent background information about yourself (including education and work history).
b) Reasons for wanting to be an Aware Parenting instructor.
c) Why you feel that you are qualified to teach this philosophy (refer to the requirements above). Include details for requirements 3, 4, and 5.
d) Proposed teaching plans.

Letter of Recommendation:

Send a letter of recommendation from somebody who knows you well, either personally or professionally (who is not related to you or employed by you). Be sure the person signs the letter and includes his or her contact information (street address, email address, and telephone number).


The fee for becoming certified is U.S. $60 or EUR 50. Please see the application form for payment methods.


After receiving your application materials and payment, Aletha Solter will contact you to arrange a Skype or telephone interview.

After you become certified, you will receive a certificate and a CD of teaching charts (in English, French, German, or Spanish), and your name will be added to our internet list of Aware Parenting Instructors, as well as the list of instructors on our web page for your country. You will also receive a quarterly newsletter with information about Aware Parenting activities around the world. Certification is valid for two years with possibility of renewal after that time.


This page was last updated on May 20, 2013. Copyright © 1996 to 2013 by The Aware Parenting Institute. All rights reserved. No part of this web page may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical (including copying to other web sites, and including translations), without written permission from Aletha Solter.


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