You’ve been doing EC for some time and other parents have asked you how to do it. You see 3 year olds in diapers and wish you could help. Or quite simply, there isn’t an EC group or class in your town…and you believe it’s much needed.
You’ve got a little (or a lot of) EC knowledge, and you want to put it to use!
I’m Andrea, and I spend my creative time teaching others Elimination Communication. I am blessed to be able to stay at home with my children while doing fulfilling work, and I want to help you do it too.
With my Certified Coach Training Program, I’ll teach you how to gracefully and easily become an emissary of EC in your community, how to teach parents of all age babies & toddlers, and every special situation in between.
More importantly, I’ll teach you the unique in’s and out’s of running your own EC coaching, mentoring, or consultation business – something like a “business-in-a-box” to get you up and running with little effort. (We like low-effort.)
Next let’s look at why you’ve got what it takes….
If you’re reading this right now, odds are you are a perfect fit for my certified coaching program. Why? Here are just a few reasons:
…because you’ve done it! Whether for 3 months (our minimum requirement) or 3 years over 3 children, having had hands-on experience doing EC with your baby(ies) is the most important reason why you would be a great EC coach.
You know who they are, where they shop, where they go for storytime and cloth diaper classes. This knowledge will make it easier to spread word about your EC coaching services!
If you’re into infant pottying and believe in the concept of getting kids out of diapers sooner (especially disposables)…you clearly love our Earth. By loving the Earth, you will remain inspired to grow your EC coaching practice…naturally.
Who doesn’t? If you feel like you’ve been losing yourself in this mother/fathering journey, and want to do meaningful work, this could be the perfect ticket to a more balanced life. Giving back through work is invaluable.
No doubt people have looked at you cock-eyed and said, “What are you doing with your baby? Is she using the potty already?”…and that has led you down the exciting path of sharing something eye-opening and paradigm-shifting with someone you love (or just met!). You’ve already been “teaching” other parents about EC, on purpose or not!
If you’re clueless about starting a business, or how to run it in a sea of parenting duties, it just might never get off the ground. I’ve been there, done that, and I will teach you the essential nuts and bolts of starting and running a successful EC coaching practice. (And if you have biz experience, bonus points for you!)
Perhaps you are already (or planning to become) a doula, midwife, pregnancy consultant, birth educator, herbalist, therapist, physician, or caregiver/nanny. I will teach you how to integrate EC coaching into your existing practice or services. Being a Go Diaper Free Certified Coach, Consultant, or Mentor will enhance your offerings.
This downloadable packet includes:
(This 3rd year of training includes 2 bonus weeks!)
My training program is as easy as 1-2-3.
5 weeks 6 weeks for ages 0-18 months, 3 weeks 4 weeks for ages 18+ months, and 6 weeks for business essentials. Read on for more details….
This is a
5 week 6 week foundational series where you
will learn how to teach parents the art of starting, maintaining, and
troubleshooting an EC practice with their 0-18 month old babies. The
primary reference will be my EC book for 0-18 month babies.
Includes, but not limited to, sections on:
This is a
3 week 4 week series where we will build on the
fundamentals of what we learned in Part 1, applying the techniques of
EC to toddlers greater than 18 months in age. NOTE: You do not necessarily have to offer potty training guidance or classes to your community, but most of our coaches find it helpful to have this knowledge in their back pocket...or to full-on teach it alongside EC. Your choice!
The primary reference will be my The Tiny Potty Training Book for toddlers 18+ months. Includes, but not limited to, sections on:
This part of the training will be applicable to any type of work you do for the rest of your life. You'll not only learn how to lead a group, teach a class, and do a private consultation, but you will also learn how to focus on work while balancing being at home with your kid(s) - often in exchange for money for your time. At the completion of this and the other 2 modules, you will have the opportunity to become registered and certified by Go Diaper Free, and certificates will be awarded (along with your Business-in-a-Box materials, as listed in the next section). Part 3 includes, but is not limited to, sections on:
The essentials for setting up your business…at your fingertips.
Upon certification, you'll receive an email with all the details of your next steps, including access to your Start-up Kit. The Business-in-a-Box includes a webpage on our site, directory inclusion, business cards, and resources aplenty…all you’ll need to get started, plus the ongoing support we all need to be successful in business and life. This part of the Program, alone, is worth more than 10x the entire program cost. The Kit includes, but isn’t limited to, the following:
Claiming the title of Go Diaper Free Certified Coach* offers you instant credibility to other parents. It says to others that you’ve invested both time and energy to become a professional in your field. You will be listed in our international coach directory (which is cross-linked with the DiaperFreeBaby.org directory) and will have permission to use our Certified Coach emblem and your custom GDF group logo on your blog, website, flyers, business cards, Facebook Group, and more.
*You may also choose to call yourself a Mentor, Consultant, or a variety of other titles depending on your practice goals. More on that when you certify.*
Below you'll see a preview of the pre-program Course Curriculum - the full course curriculum will be released weekly with every module when it goes live.
See "A few more program details" in the section below that for a detailed program schedule.
All levels are welcome, even if you’ve never taught a class or led a group in your life, and whether you’re in a potty pause, are at month 3 of your practice, or your child has just graduated EC.
Please read each section below to learn more about the program in detail.
Again, experience running groups or teaching classes is not mandatory, and I will teach you anything you lack over the course of this Program (I have tons of experience in these topics). All levels welcome!
All 16 classes consist of a professionally recorded one hour audio seminar released every Monday at 8am EST. Every hour of learning is broken up into bite-sized chunks of 10-15 minutes each so you can easily complete each module every week. Each 10-15 minute segment is followed by a brief "check your knowledge" quiz that will confirm your knowledge and help you move on to the next segment.
And all of the learning modules are available immediately every Monday. Since they are not "live" (for this purpose - we are busy parents!), you may listen and learn wherever and whenever you like...over each week of the course. Listen in small chunks or one after the other, a maximum of 1 hour per week. You can also download the sessions to your computer, smartphone, or other device (in MP3 format) or just listen directly on the Course Website. We'll save your place!
On the last Friday of each of the 3 Parts (Weeks 6, 10, and 16) you'll have the opportunity to participate in a live 30 minute Q+A session with Andrea.The call-in number for the Q+A is accessible by telephone or Internet, so you can listen and participate "live" from anywhere in the world.
If you can’t make a Q+A call because baby is napping (or you’re napping, or toddler is screaming his head off), all Q+As are recorded and made available after each call.
In addition to the class audio recordings, we will post a set of downloadable resources every week. This will include the Guidebook (worksheet packet), handouts, and other valuable information discussed in, or relevant to, the week’s class.
This year all our Guidebooks are digitally fill-out-able (so you can fill them out directly on the digital form...or you can print them out and handwrite your work).
Written transcripts of the week’s classes will also be made available in case reading is better for you than listening.
And, in Part 3, we'll provide a customizable digital folder-based action plan for you to start your coach practice off on the right foot.
As we go through the program, I'll mention some things that warrant further instruction (like How do I set up my affiliate account?). By the end of the program you'll notice a Bonus Module that contains all of these extra trainings. If you want to suggest that I cover something during the course of the program, you can simply email me and I'll do my best to add it!
So, in summary, you can learn at your own pace and from any device, hop on the Q+A calls or sit them out, and in the end, have a whole printable handbook for your EC Coaching Practice, available for reference and planning.
All classes are released on Mondays at 8am EST on the Course Website. Again, please note that you can learn at your own pace (although the classes will continue to be released weekly) and you have lifetime access to this course. Also, know that at the end of each Part we offer an optional Q&A call (recordings will be made available to you soon after those calls).
NOTE: The Fall 2016 class is already underway. Or next course will take place in the end of January 2017. Please join our school and we'll update you when enrollment opens. After this time, the course will be available on a rolling basis (in other words, the 16 weeks can start anytime you sign up!).
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Ideally, during the 17th and 18th weeks you're completing any requirements for the Coach Certification (finishing the checklist and signing your agreement) and will submit your request for certification by the 19th week.
In order to become certified at the end of the 16 week course you must meet the following criteria:
Once all that's done, you'll be certified immediately and, within 4-8 weeks (depending on where in the world you live), you'll receive your Business-in-a-Box materials!
And, as long as you remain active per the suggestions in your signed Coach Agreement (or notify us of any hiatus to have some babies or whatnot), you will remain certified.
You may also re-take this course as many times as you like, for free, for as long as the program is available. See below for even more FAQs.
$400 Early Bird Registration (dates TBD)
$500 Full 2017 Registration (dates TBD)
When you click the registration button, you’ll be asked to create a course account and then you'll be led to our checkout page where you can pay via Credit Card or PayPal account. You do not need a PayPal account to register for class.
Upon successful payment, you will receive a confirmation email. Shortly thereafter (depending on how early you enroll), you'll receive your Welcome Email. This email is very important and contains your Welcome Packet (which includes the Class Website link and the Q+A class call-in info), and a link to your Welcome Questionnaire, which I’ll need you to finish by the end of your first week of training (this is also available in your first module here on the course site). Your 3 Pre-Class Lessons will also be available to you immediately upon registration to help you prepare for the training.
You'll receive an email each time a new lesson is available, every Monday at 8am EST (well, the first day is a Tuesday, but the rest are Mondays!) for the duration of the course.
The digital copies of both parent books will be immediately downloadable and you'll have instant access to the Book Owners areas of the Go Diaper Free website as well. You'll also have the option of ordering physical copies at our wholesale price (plus shipping) after you've registered.
After successful certification, you will receive the remainder of your Business-in-a-Box materials.
So, to register, simply click the pretty pink button below, complete the payment process, and follow the easy instructions. [Note: this button will re-appear in January 2017 when enrollment re-opens.] I look forward to having you in class!
(Again, you may choose to make this initial investment back after running 4 paid classe with 5 attendees at our suggested class price…and the rest is money in exchange for your time!)
"I loved being a part of a learning community, gathering weekly to listen to a lecture that was prepared carefully, ask questions during the live Q&A, and process the information with a very thorough workbook. I looked forward to our class every week and imagining how I would share this information with other families in the future. I see my work as a GDF Coach as a way to continue my careers as Teacher and Social Worker. I've held 3 free support groups and taught 4 classes for free and 3 for money (and I have more classes scheduled for the fall)." Robin K.
"The program was very comprehensive, and was very well organized. Each class was informative and fun. Andrea is a wonderful lecturer/course leader! This Program will add to your skills and help with your career if you work with families or to your life if you have littles." Kate A.
"Without this program I do not know what I would have done. I was in a situation last summer, totally stressed out, not enjoying my work, no time for myself or my husband, and other life and family challenges as well. He and I were both really burnt-out. Then I decided to do the training, not sure if I would use it for anything, or if I wanted to be "the potty training lady". But by the end I was convinced! A couple of months after certification, I quit my job, and have been working my butt-off to make this work ever since. I am getting close to breaking-even, and now that my job is over (1 month ago), I know that I can do so much more to grow this coaching practice." Danielle G.
"The GDF Coach Training Program gave me better insight into EC in general, which is great because it's helping me with my current baby! I have always wanted to spread the word about EC, and this program gave me an actual certification to do so! I feel much more confident in sharing with others when I can claim my credentials. Like other 'work-at-home' moms, I can work on my own time and schedule. No brainer!" Jen C.
"I highly recommend this certification course. It is one of the best investments I have ever made. I loved Part 3 the most. It was jam packed with good business practices and business advice that I would never have thought up of on my own. I loved that I could listen to the classes on my phone while I took my son for a walk. That made me feel so understood as a mother that the course was set up that way. I could listen on my own time." Jessica B.
"I loved how Andrea was there for her students every step of the way. Communication between her and the students was easy and fast. The classes taught topics that I never thought about. It got me thinking in a practical way and with Andrea's help put everything I learned into an action plan." Carissa C.
Andrea Olson, M.A., is a pioneer in helping parents reduce diaper dependence with any age child or baby, from birth through toddlerhood. She has her Master's Degree in Psychology and presently lives in Asheville, NC, with her husband and children.
A: NEXT COURSE OPENS JANUARY 2017! This is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. However, we also run it on a schedule (posted above) because schedules just plain help us finish things.
The first module is available immediately upon enrollment. The second and future modules are made available every Monday at 8am EST (except the first, which is a Tuesday due to a holiday) and you'll get an email when those are live. I highly recommend you stick to the posted schedule (above) but I also get that you're a busy parent or caregiver - life happens!
You are welcome to finish at your own pace, AND if you can keep up with the class, it only requires 1-2 hours per week of your time...and you'll be certain to finish by the end of 16 weeks. That'll feel nice! And if you can't, we'll save your place and you can finish during naptimes and early mornings and whenever baby is occupied. :)
A: Yes! The more trouble you've had with EC, the more accessible you're going to be to others going through their own EC challenges. When we are perfect, we can't help others. When we experience challenges, we have to work through them - and that is where true learning occurs. Real is real, and everyone loves it!
If you don't think you're good enough at EC to become a coach, think again! Your weaknesses are EXACTLY what make you a shoe-in for the Program. All you need is 3 months' experience with EC. The rest...is in the Program.
I will help you learn much more deeply how to address your own EC problems - which helps you, in turn, help others - through the material I teach in this Program. And btw, you're in good company! I missed a poop just this morning. No worries.
A: Yes! We have an active comments section at the bottom of almost every module where you can share, ask questions, help others, and generally mingle.
You'll also receive access to our private coach Facebook group where non-tech-support type stuff gets discussed in a safe atmosphere.
Lastly, we often have a few coaches in one area who like to get together in person and even co-host events. We encourage this as the best way to spread EC much more quickly and effectively in your community.
Also, we are introducing a tech support ticket system where you can ask your questions of our support team and see others' questions and answers, too. That way we can keep socializing and supporting one another separate from tech support. :)
A: DiaperFreeBaby was pretty much abandoned 4 years ago and most of the active Mentors stopped offering local groups. All of the org's administration also moved on to other things. When I took over DFB in the Fall of 2015 I promised to update the website and continue making *free* EC groups available, worldwide, as a service to the community. Their directory links to ours. We will 100% continue to offer free local EC support groups in the spirit of DFB!
In the past, DFB wanted to begin charging Mentors for training and administration, but it never came together. I was tasked to write the manual for that project in 2011, but it never happened. So, the Mentor Program, which was extremely resource-intensive to run, was discontinued due to lack of volunteers and will not be brought back.
The GDF Certified Coach Training Program provides the same training DFB Mentors *would have* received had I written that manual - and is even better than it would have been under that umbrella. Now, GDF Coaches can earn money for their non-free-group services (ie: teaching classes), where DFB Mentors were not able to. (This was also about to be changed, but never happened.)
In keeping with the spirit of the not-for-profit goals of DFB, we are offering 3 full scholarships to participants of the GDF Coach Program based on need and merit. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. Thank you!
A: The focus of this program is not to "get rich quick," by any means. Instead, it is to offer a greatly needed service to your community while, at times, earning compensation in exchange for your time. Once you put the focus on giving and holding space for people to gather and learn, the money is able to flow in. However, we do not guarantee you will make any money from what you learn in this Program, as there are far too many variables in life to make that sort of guarantee.
I do not promise that you can turn this into a full-time income, but I've found that if your heart is in the right place, and your offerings are clear, you will attract the compensation you desire. The real-life value of this program is tremendous if you follow the steps I’ll teach you in The Business of Teaching EC sub-course (Part 3) .
That said, to put things in perspective, here is an example of potential earnings: Run four classes with attendance of 5 people each at my lowest recommended class rate and your one-time investment (regular registration price) has returned.
The rates you might charge. Most instructors can expect to charge $25-35 per class, $65-100 per hour in-home consultation, $35-50 per hour phone consultation, and collect donations for free groups to cover materials, caregiver assistance, and snacks.
A note on earning potential: You determine your level of earnings. As it is with Mary Kay reps and Zumba instructors, your own motivation creates your level of success. You will be fully supported in growing your EC Coaching Practice as big (or little) as you wish.
Finally, if coaching isn't quite for you (perhaps you need to make substantially more than "money-for-time"), and you have a product or service (or idea!) you'd like to get to market, in 2017 Andrea is offering MamaWorx, a consultation program, that may be more up your alley.
If you're not quite ready for THAT (Full-on entrepreneurship! It's kinda crazy.), then take this coach training program. It will absolutely get your feet wet in how to run your own business, and you can apply what you learn here to your own future business (given you honor the limitations on our proprietary program information - more in the coach agreement). Hope that helps!
A: Let’s imagine for a moment that you’ve finished your program and are now a Go Diaper Free Certified Coach. (Or maybe you're calling yourself a GDF-Certified EC Consultant. You get to choose your title from our list!) What might your schedule look like?
Starting in March you begin marketing your classes. Your first free group is scheduled at the local natural baby shop for April 3rd. Your first paid class is scheduled 4 weeks later. You’ll utilize your free group as a platform to announce your paid class. The baby shop will also tell its customers about your upcoming paid class, and you will list it in your local parenting newspaper. You’ll also have a local Facebook page and your GDF webpage to market your class more fully.
Your paid class has 10 families and is a huge success. From this class, you’ve offered 1/2 off your first in-home consultation, and 3 families have signed up. You visit these families each once per month for an hour session each time.
You decide to continue offering free groups on a monthly basis, as your babies can come with you and a friend is helping you serve refreshments and take contact information. Your paid classes expand to be every other month for babies, and the alternating months for toddlers. You become known as the “go-to” person in town regarding diapers (and getting out of them).
In June a natural living expo is coming to town. You decide to set up a table with a local lactation consultant and you hand out flyers (that you got from our Coach Portal website). You get even more people interested in your free and paid classes by hosting a drawing for a potty. You sell 10 of each book and earn 35% on each one (you bought them wholesale from us) , which helps you break even on the tabling cost, and you get a few more interested in the 1/2 off private consultations as an added "bonus" to reward you for your time.
From here, you decide to continue forth with your monthly groups, monthly paid classes (alternating age every month), and your occasional private consultations that have come organically from your class and group participants. There is an endless supply of newly-pregnant families and new mothers and fathers, and your clientele simply continues to grow and grow.
I’m here to answer any Program questions you might have over the 3 weeks of class registration, so either:
Give me a call or text directly on my cel at 828-367-8080
or email me here at my personal gmail account.
I will get back with you in 24-48 hours to get any questions cleared up right away.
Seriously, ask me anything! Any little apprehension, block, tiny question, huge question…send it my way and I’ll be happy to assist you in making the right decision for yourself and your family.
Hope to see you in class!