Parents Toolshop® Certification
So you want to be a Parents Toolshop® Leader?
It’s important that all our Leaders provide consistently top-quality services, despite the diverse education, training, and life experience individuals in the field may bring to their role.
Therefore, our Leader Certification Training and Supervision process provides instructor screening, preparation, training, mentoring, monitoring, supervision, and ongoing support that meets the following criteria:
- Assures consistent quality programming by using a multi-step training process. Trainers get to practice, demonstrate mastery of skills, and meet performance standards before moving to the next level.
- Teaches a wide variety of critical skills that parenting educators need to master, including effective parenting, group facilitation, ethics, marketing, program development and evaluation.
- Can be completed as an on-line, self-directed course with personalized support. (Live in-person training is available when 4+ people want trained at the same time and a training location is provided.)
- Is non-exclusive. Instructors can provide training as non-profit employees, private practice professionals, or part of the Parents Toolshop® trainer team.
Are you in the right place?
Before we get ahead of ourselves, review the chart below to find out if our Leader Certification is a good fit.
Our Leader Certification
IS NOT for you if...
IS for you if...
You want a cookie-cutter curriculum-in-a-box that you can buy and follow with no training.
You want to become part of our Toolshop® community. Our name means a lot to us because we have spent years perfecting our content and how to use it to get the best results.
Of course you can add research-based information, your personal stories of how you used and applied the skills you are coaching/teaching, and deliver our materials with your personal flair and style.
We like to say you are “married” to the content, but “engaged” to the delivery
You are ready to work hard. We always deliver what we promise. We are responsible to you by providing the knowledge, tools, and support you need to succeed.
It’s up to you to apply it all as directed. You will need to self-initiate and think outside the box to get the results you want.
We are proud of the work we’ve done, and we want you to be proud of your own success too. We aren’t going to do all of the work for you. In the end, YOU are responsible for your own success!
Pass that Screening?
Ready to learn more?
Our relationships with our Leaders are...
Our long-term success is dependent on yours. While our certification requires a financial commitment, we aren’t interested in a quick buck.
We have spent years and a lot of dollars creating our tools and resources to be able to turn around and offer a proven-effective opportunity for success to others.
We are committed to showing up for our Leaders with our time and resources – for life!
We will fulfill our commitment to teaching you how to be successful and effective; it's your responsibility to fulfill your commitment to implement what you learn.
5 ways we commit to being research-based
Whether a program is “research-based” is an important factor for anyone who’s serious about becoming a professional parenting educator. The benefits of a “research-based” curriculum is that you can be confident about it being the right fit for your intended audience and any special needs they have.
It’s also important to those who fund parent education programs and services.
While there isn’t one singular way to define “evidence-based”, “research-based”, or “informed”, the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) defines it as such:
“Curriculum whose program outcomes have been studied through the use of experimental design evaluation research. A program is evidence-supported/based if it is based on theory and has undergone scientific evaluation to provide outcomes and evidence that the program is effective in changing parental practice. When implemented exactly as designed and recommended, an educational program should obtain the same objectives.”
Here is how we commit to being "research-based" in all areas of our practice:
United Way of America
Our “Logic Model” was developed by and is consistent with their standards.
National Extension Parent Education Model (NEMPEM)
We meet all 8 underlying principles and implement them accordingly.
Parent Education Core Curriculum Framework
Early Childhood Family Education Program (2011, MN)
- We teach 62% of the 182 indicators in all 5 areas.
- We teach 96% of the parenting or family related indicators.
Parenting Curriculum Decision Making Checklist
U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services (2017)
Determined that The Parent’s Toolshop® is a “promising research-based program” that uses “solid research” methods to determine the outcomes of the program, namely a “descriptive” outcome evaluation study measuring pre/post skill improvement by the participants.
National Parenting Education Network (NPEN)
- We reference, incorporate and teach Domains 2, 3, and 4 of the NPEN Professional competencies.
- We meet NPEN’s Paraprofessional Competency Areas 1 and 2 from their Parenting Educator Competencies Model.
What our Parent Educators think about Parents Toolshop®
Ready to get started??
First, have you LEARNED the UB®?
First things first, are you familiar with the Parents Toolshop® teachings and the Universal Blueprint® GPS System?
It’s important that you know, agree with, and believe in the value of what we teach, because you’ll be teaching it!
If the answer is no, or you’re feeling a little rusty now’s the time to brush up on your background knowledge.
Grab your FREE copy of the 7 Keys to Building a Healthy Family ebook.
Already done your homework? Move on to Step One!
COMPLETE PRE-REQUISITE COURSES
All great leaders need to practice what they preach! If you haven’t already, the first step to becoming a certified Parents Toolshop® trainer is to complete the Advanced Online T.I.P.S. Course.
Once you complete this course you will have lifetime access to all current and future Parents Toolshop® resources as long as you remain an Active PTLeader!
Check out the TIPS4Leaders FREE Preview to review the steps required to complete the course and apply for certification,
READ STANDARDS & PRACTICES AND APPLY
- Agency Staff & Volunteer
- Parents Toolshop® Team
- Independent Provider Franchise.
You provide 1:1 coaching and the other services Advisors are trained to provide, but only through your agency, as a volunteer or employee.
You provide Toolshop® programs only through your agency. Examples: an agency offers programs to their clients. These might be open to the public.
You provide 1:1coaching and the other services Advisors are trained to offer, but only through your own private company.
You provide Toolshop® programs only through your private company. These may be open to the public.
You provide 1:1 coaching and the other Advisor services for a particular RT Expert’s niche, exclusively through RTITI. You can offer local or online coaching, representing RTITI and if RTITI gets a request for coaching it can pass it to you.
You provide existing Toolshop® programs exclusively through RTITI. Example: You can set up classes in your area, representing RTITI, and if RTITI gets a request from your area it can pass it on to you.
Complete this quick 5-lesson training with observation and real-life practice. You will learn how to conduct four types of coaching:
- Group Coaching
- Personalized Problem Solving using the UB®
- 1:1 Coaching
- Strategy Sessions
- Private Parent Coach
- Group Coach
- Content Contributor
- Facebook Group Moderator
GROUP FACILITATOR CERTIFICATION
Ready to teach the Parents Tooshop® courses?
With a group facilitator certification you can be well on your way to building a thriving speaking practice offering both live and online workshops and classes featuring the Parents Toolshop® materials.
MAINTAIN AN ACTIVE LICENSE
Woohoo! You’ve completed all of the steps and now you are officially a certified trainer. All that’s left is to maintain your license on an annual basis.
- Documenting the use of your certification
- Performance evaluations and skills assessments
- Engagement and communication with Parents Toolshop®
- Continuing education in the parenting field
What’s more? As part of our commitment to your long-term success, we also provide additional training and services including:
- Program design and evaluation
- Supervision (including a clinical consultant)
- Marketing strategyr
- Collaboration and referrals with other agencies
We get it, this is a big commitment and we want to make sure this is the right fit for you too.
Feel free to schedule a strategy session with Jody or another member of our Standards & Practices Committee.
We recommend first completing the free Tips4Leaders Preview prior to scheduling, to make the most of your time together.