This course is designed for students who choose to take the in-person training class (more locations here).

      TOTAL COST: $600.00 and up, plus cost of books


CAPPA Academy

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.

Course Requirements

  • 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.