Are you ready to join our cuddlution? My team and I are looking for empathetic souls who share our vision to take over the world in the best possible way- through love and cuddles!

Our mission is simple: make sure every human knows they matter and they are not alone. We all go through moments in life where we feel unwanted, unloved, unaccepted, and just plain invisible. Our belief is that when these moments hit we should all know that we have someone who cares about us, even if we don’t have family, friends, or romantic partners who we feel we can turn to. You are never alone. Not with us around.

If this sounds like your mission in life, welcome! We are so glad you found us! We look forward to working with you because together we will change the world, one hug at a time. Please read our FAQ below to find out what you can expect with each available option and how to sign up when you are ready. If you have questions prior to signing up not listed here please email us anytime at We can’t wait for you to join our team of professionals!

Peace, Love, and Cuddles,

Samantha Hess

Certification Info:

The goal of Professional Cuddling is to provide people a safe space to feel respected, accepted, and worthy for exactly who they are. At Certified Cuddlers we do this through one on one, fully clothed, platonic cuddle sessions utilizing clear rules, consent, and ongoing open communication from both sides. Our goal is to ensure you know you matter and that you are loved as you are. You don’t have to be the perfect version of yourself before you are accepted and appreciated. As Certified Cuddlers and as fellow humans, we are grateful for you as you are in this moment. Cuddle sessions may or may not include touch. We are happy to meet you where you are at, help guide you through to discover what is right for you, maintain our own comfort/safety to ensure you never have to read our minds, and to listen to you without judgment if you feel like sharing.

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We are the only company that offers training based on a successful retail cuddling studio since 2014. The creator of the certification programs, Samantha Hess, has more than 4,000 hours of paid professional cuddling experience with clients of a multitude of backgrounds, challenges, and situations. She has utilized her experience to create a program that allows anyone to become skilled, knowledgeable, and safe for all appropriate clients in both inbound and outbound environments.

Our program is one of the most detail oriented available, and we teach our cuddlers a variety of different cuddle poses and customization options, self care, avoiding codependency, security measures, how to conduct consultations, and so much more! Our membership includes access to an online learning portal with: support discussions, video modules, and continuing education to ensure you are always up to date with the newest training available.

Certified Cuddlers does not take a cut of the money from sessions like many other companies do. Our cuddlers sign an oath to ensure we are all following the same rules.

Our program focuses on allowing you and the client to decide who guides the session. We teach you everything you need to know to guide your sessions or to be comfortable allowing the client to guide. We require each Certified Cuddler to complete five training consultations and sessions with people they trust to ensure comfort and confidence in the role of Certified Cuddler, and we will teach you the in’s and out’s of what to watch out for in cuddle poses to keep our clients in appropriate mindsets.

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Anyone who is a Certified Cuddler has been confirmed to have the necessary background and knowledge of how to keep themselves and their clients safe no matter who they are. They have taken the time to understand the concepts around professional cuddling and they consider it an honor to work with folks of any background.

Certified Cuddlers are the gold standard of the industry and hold themselves accountable to the highest level of professionalism and ethics. In other words, you know what you are getting. Transparency, clearly defined rules, and well developed skill sets in platonic touch and communication to help ensure you feel as safe and comfortable as possible.

The main difference between Certified Cuddlers and other certification options available is that we have more than 3,000 hours of experience and years of work developing our detail oriented program that teaches you not only how to say no but to create flow, security for all involved, and the communication techniques that have ensured we have never had to end a session early, ever.

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Online certification is $30 per month, which includes a free profile listing once certified and access to ongoing support. Your monthly membership dues also give you access to any new training as available. Our in-person training schedule is on hold for the foreseeable future. Instead, Samantha is happy to offer members of Certified Cuddlers one-on-one coaching via Zoom or in-person in Portland, Oregon for her regular session rate. 

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The online certification program has approximately 30 hours of required coursework including:

  • Video instruction of 12 popular cuddle poses and how to maintain proper boundaries in each
  • A pdf manual that will cover the basics of:
    — Business practices and client forms
    — Safety/security guidelines
    — Consultation guidelines
    — Guidelines for running sessions
    — Emergency instruction
    — Self care
  • 5 trial sessions with people you trust and a survey from each to confirm standards are met
  • A quiz to ensure you have learned all required material
  • A bronze level certification and a basic listing on
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Group in-person certification training is on hold due to the pandemic for the foreseeable future. Samantha is happy to offer one-on-one supplemental training and coaching at her session rate for additional support for members of Certified Cuddlers at her regular session rate. Email for details.

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Sure! Samantha is happy to offer supplemental in-person training* at her studio or via Zoom for her session rate. *Training is only available for active members of Certified Cuddlers. To become a member please visit our online learning portal.

Inbound training is held at 8959 SW Barbur Blvd Ste 112, Portland, OR 97219.

If you’d prefer to have Samantha visit you somewhere in the United States to complete training this may also be possible. If you would like a quote for personalized on-site training please email to request a phone or video consult for outbound training.

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We would love to come to you for a training or event! Samantha has taught individual and group training for one on one professional cuddling, consent, communication, inner child workshops, youth group exercise, guided couples sessions, and more! If you have something in mind or if you’d like to collaborate on an idea you are welcome to set up a phone or video consultation with Samantha to discuss the details. She will then put together a quote for costs with no obligation. Email us at to get started.

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