This course is designed for students who have already been certified or have trained with DONA (documentation required).

Consists of two tracks: Track 1 is for doulas already certified with DONA, Track 2 is for doulas who have been trained by DONA but have not yet certified.

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

  • 1 year 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 Labor Doula Dual/Transfer Course in CAPPA Academy.
  • Read the CAPPA Labor Doula training manual and the required books from the CAPPA required reading list.
  • Submit a 300-500 word essay on CAPPA’s Labor Doula Scope of Practice.
  • 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. An 85% passing grade is required.
  • Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.



Track 1 – Certified with DONA

  • Submit proof of certification.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from previous labor doula clients.

Track 2 – Trained with DONA

  • Submit proof of training within the last 2 years.
  • Submit three parent evaluations and six caregiver evaluations (prior organization forms accepted) from births within the last two years.
  • 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 cannot locate a class that qualifies, you may do the online option.