CAPPA CERTIFICATION PROCESS
CAPPA Academy is the state-of-the-art online portion of your Traditional or Dual/Transfer Course. You will be personally guided by the Course Director as you complete each element within CAPPA Academy.
2 years to complete your course once you enroll.
CAPPA certification candidates must be at least 18 years of age. No person under 18 years of age may attend CAPPA training classes.
Be a member of CAPPA.
Enroll in the Labor Doula Traditional Course in CAPPA Academy.
Attend a CAPPA Labor Doula Training.
Read the CAPPA Labor Doula training manual and the required books from the CAPPA required reading list.
Observe a breastfeeding class designed for parents instructed by an IBCLC, CLC, or CLE with proof of attendance. This breastfeeding class must be a minimum of 2 hours. Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy. If you are unable to attend a class that qualifies, you may do the online option.
Observe a childbirth education class designed for parents at least 10 hours in length. The class must be taught by a childbirth educator currently certified by CAPPA, Lamaze, or ICEA. If you are unable to attend a class that qualifies, you may do the online option.
Attend a minimum of three labors/births as a doula. You’ll be required to obtain evaluations from parents and healthcare providers. Details/forms are provided within CAPPA Academy.
Create a resource list with information on local support for parents. A guide for creating this list is included within CAPPA Academy.
In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification, they must sign and agree to the following forms: Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy, Grievance Policy, Mission Statement, CAPPA Approach / Philosophy Statement, Vision Statement, and Scope of Practice.
Pass the multiple choice exam and essays in CAPPA Academy. An 85% passing grade is required.
Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.