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If you are interested in helping the cuddlution by starting your own service, we are here to help! We have worked tirelessly to ensure that every last detail would be available for you to safely learn, practice, and explore. We offer hands on training in small groups or one on one classes that provide personalized feedback while you learn the art and science behind professional cuddling. Courses are taught in Portland, Oregon and lead by Master Cuddler Samantha Hess. If we are too far from you we also offer a version of our program online here.

Certification Program Details:

The proprietary system we have created will provide a small group setting and personal attention tailored to vary your experience and broaden your understanding of the intricacies of what we do. There really is so much more to it than just spooning. In order for you to stay safe and your sessions productive you will learn the techniques to help ease your client into this unique concept while intuitively sensing and reacting to the best pressure, placement, and speed of movement to ensure appropriate mindsets are maintained. This course will provide you with all the resources and connections you will need to grow long after the course is complete. We aren’t just building businesses, we are building communities. The training will include:

  • A paper reference manual with more than 80 pages of detailed information
  • Business Overview 
  • Safety/Security 
  • Client Forms
  • Self Care
  • Client Interactions Including Consultations, Sessions, and More
  • Social Media
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Inbound/Outbound Service Details
  • Red Flags
  • Redirection Techniques
  • Communication Skills Training
  • Compassionate Listening
  • Avoiding Codependency
  • More than 80 cuddle poses
  • Best Practices
  • How to Personalize Your Own Unique Service
  • How to Find the Best Clients
  • How to Tailor Sessions to Clients of Many Backgrounds/Needs
  • An Oath to Ensure you are Connected to Only the Best Folks 
  • Free Lifetime Access to our online training program for ongoing support and material refreshers
  • And Much More!


The cost for the in-[erson training program is $2,500. Our in-person course requires you to be on site at the Cuddle Up To Me Studio (6230 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97206) for five consecutive days to complete your training. If you are unable to make it to Portland, please consider our Online Certification or email support@certifiedcuddlers.com for cost information for Samantha to travel to you.  

Things to Consider:

The thing most companies who offer training in this field don’t tell you is that unless you are signing paperwork to become an employee of their company, you are offering your services as your own business. In many places there aren’t laws requiring you file for business licences for just one person, but this is not true in all areas.

Professional Cuddling as a service may not be legal in all areas. Before considering the program we highly encourage you to seek out local expertise (a lawyer you trust) regarding laws in your city, county, state, and country to ensure the service is possible where you are without legal ramifications. If that is currently not possible for you, the very minimum research to find includes laws in your area for what constitutes prostitution and what the laws are for practicing touch with clients (typically found under laws regarding massage therapy). Remember that it’s up to you to determine the legalities of what you offer. Our certification gives you the knowledge and skills to offer one on one professional cuddling, but we are not certifying you in business practices. Please do your due intelligence and know what is required where you are prior to offering services.

While Certified Cuddlers will provide a connection point for clients to find you, you may also consider having your own business pages for folks to find out more about you specifically. Depending on the amount of time you want to dedicate to offering services and how much income you hope to make from this you may want to look into obtaining:

  • Business registration
  • Websites/Accounts for:
    • .com
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Instagram
    • LinkedIn
    • YouTube

In addition to the costs of traveling to Portland, food and accommodations while training, and certification costs there are some additional expenses that you may want to consider. 

When I started my business initially I spent less than $100 between buying my web domain, registering as a sole proprietor, and purchasing my first set of shiny new business cards and flyers. Here are some of the typical costs you might consider along the way:  

  • Business licencing
  • Web development
  • Publicity photographs
  • Marketing materials (business cards, flyers, printed waivers, etc)
  • Appropriate attire
  • Self defense training
  • Trademarking your brand
  • Outbound session materials (like pillows and blankets for the park)
  • Inbound studio space rental

When Are Classes Available:

Online classes are available to start anytime!
2020 In-Person Training Schedule: 
Feb 17th-21st
April 22nd-26th
July 13-17th
Oct 5th-9th

How to Sign Up:

When you are ready to sign up please contact support@certifiedcuddlers.com with the class option above that works for you or to request different dates for an individual class. To confirm your space we will send you a deposit request through PayPal for $500, and the remaining balance will be due upon arrival.

Are There Discounts Available?

Currently the only available discounts are for classes with multiple students. If you would like to be put on a waitlist for a class with others we will contact you to determine the dates that work for everyone. As we get other interest we will reach out with the number of people interested in a certain month and confirm dates from there. The discount for 2020 the discount is $250 off the training cost per person, up to $1,000 off ($1,500 each with four students) for any class with multiple students.

Can I Make Payments?

Prior to visiting we are happy to accept monthly payments from you for any amount, and once full payment is received you will be welcome to book your class with us. Please email support@certifiedcuddlers.com to get started.

Additional Information:

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 certifiedcuddlers.com
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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 samantha@cuddleuptome.com 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 support@certifiedcuddlers.com 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 support@certifiedcuddlers.com to get started.

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