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 in person training in a successful retail cuddling studio as well as offering online certification. The creator of the certification programs, Samantha Hess, has more than 3,000 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.

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! All of our training participants are offered a membership to online learning portal including: 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, and up to 80 poses for those who attend training in person.

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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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Here is a description of each training option:

Online Certification

The online certification will allow you to complete basic concepts and techniques with the help of your local support system. You will follow along on video instruction, read through a manual that will teach you the ins and outs of how to conduct consultations, ensure you are taking on only appropriate clients, self care, avoiding codependency, security measures and more.

We require that each online training participant completes a minimum of 5 training consultations and cuddle sessions with people who are willing to submit a survey about their experience so we can confirm you are ready to take on paying clients.

There is also an online exam to pass before submitting your information so you can start taking on clients of your own! While this is a very simple version of the training, it will give you enough to get started and earn the income needed to take the hands on training if you decide you’d like to learn even more!

To get started click here.

Five Day Hands on Training

This program has a paper manual that you receive upon arrival with many of the cuddle poses and detailed information that goes far beyond what our basic online program covers. We offer this class one on one or in small groups. Each class includes direct feedback from active clients and is lead by Samantha Hess to ensure you have all the tools and practice you need to thrive as a true professional.

We will cover the following on site:

  • The full arsenal of cuddle poses, currently over 80 will be practiced and perfected.
  • Personalized feedback from Samantha Hess on poses, hand placement, speed and pressure of movement and implied intention.
  • Basic instruction on what poses to use and in what order to ensure productive sessions to meet individual client’s needs.
  • Business practice guidelines
  • Client forms and business administration forms
  • Safety/security guidelines
  • Personalized feedback and instruction for running consultations effectively
  • Feedback and practice running sessions prior to engaging with real clients
  • Media guidelines
  • Social media guidelines
  • Emergency guidelines
  • Information on handling difficult clients (boundary pushers, understanding the needs of clients with physical/mental challenges, trauma victims, fetishes, etc.)
  • Verbiage for guiding sessions
  • Customization options for up to 90 cuddle poses
  • Personalized feedback on your business logos, website, social media pages, etc. from Samantha Hess
  • 5 trial sessions with active clients of Cuddle Up To Me with feedback from each person
  • And more!

To sign up email with your requested training dates and whether you’d prefer an individual course or group course.

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Online certification is $79 to start, and $30 monthly membership fees ongoing including a free profile listing once certified, and our in person five day program ranges from $1,600-$2,500, depending on when and how many students we have. Click the pricing of each to learn more.

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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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For those who are able to travel to Portland, Oregon we also offer a hands on training program with personalized small group instruction with up to four participants and  five days of on site training with Samantha Hess, the founder of Cuddle Up To Me and Certified Cuddlers. There are 2 options for hands on training.

There is an individual course where you will work one on one with Samantha for a completely personalized experience.

We also offer small group training of up to four people per class.

The on site training for both programs also includes 5 training sessions with active clients of Cuddle Up To Me who are familiar with the process and are comfortable giving honest feedback to ensure you are ready to take on a variety of new clients back home.

If you are unable to make it to Portland we offer an online course that utilizes your local support system for practice. Information can be found here:

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For Online Certification please click here to purchase the course online. The online course is $79 to start and $30 per month ongoing. The course self-paced and you can begin right after sign up! Cancel anytime. When you cancel the accessibility to training will automatically run out on the last paid date of the current billing cycle.

For hands on training a nonrefundable $500 deposit is required to confirm training dates. The remaining balance will be due upon arrival. To confirm space is available please email

In person training dates for 2020:

February 17th-February 21st
April 22nd- April 26th
July 13th- July 17th
October 5th-9th

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Can you get a discount you ask? Sure! Read below before registering to see how you can save some sweet moolah.

Online Training:
Approximately once a year we offer a discount for online training. The only way to find out about any current offers is through our facebook page. Follow us on Facebook to see if you can save some money:

In Person Training:
Our in person training program is available at a discount if we have multiple students. If you would like to wait to attend a full class in order to receive the maximum discount please email and let us know which dates you are available for and how many students you are requesting to work with. We offer $200 off per person, up to four students per class.
Example: If we have two students the total cost will be $2,100 each instead of $2,500 each or if we have three students the total cost will be $1,900 each.

*Our in person training includes a lifetime membership to and access to our online certification program at no extra cost for continuing education materials.

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The in person training program is available the following dates for 2020:

February 17th-February 21st
April 22nd- April 26th
July 13th- July 17th
October 5th-9th

The cost for the in person program is $2,500.

If you are ready to sign up or want more information please email Space is limited, so early sign up is recommended.

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Sure! For one on one training the costs are as follows:
One on one on site training at 1015 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 with Samantha Hess: $100/hr including all training materials and certification. *Travel, food, accommodations, etc. are not covered under this cost.

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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