What are the rules for sessions with Certified Cuddlers?

All of the rules can be found in our waiver, but these are the basics:
No kissing. No sexual intention of any kind. No touching where a swimsuit would normally cover. Hands outside of clothing at all times. Both people must wear appropriate clothing with the minimum of a tank top and shorts that go to mid thigh or longer. Tips may not exceed 50% of the session costs overall. Payment up front always. Consultations and paperwork with a copy of a valid government issued identification (or some way to verify their identity) is required before a first session with any new person. All participants must be 18 years of age or older. All information given to the professional is considered confidential. Adequate hygiene is required, and Certified Cuddlers are banned from advertising on Craigslist or dating websites.

What is cost of a session with a Certified Cuddler?

Each Certified Cuddler sets their own pricing. Most cuddlers will charge between $60 to $150 (USD) per hour plus travel costs where appropriate. Tips are discouraged, and if you would like to offer your support we encourage you to book more appointments instead of offering a tip.

How does one become certified?

When someone 18 or older visits www.certifiedcuddlers.com they will find options to sign up for online or hands on training. They will then complete a minimum of 30 hours of training. They also complete an exam to prove they have learned the required knowledge, complete 5 or more training sessions and get the training session participants to fill out a survey so we know their touch skills and training are on point. Then they sign an oath before receiving their certificate and being listed on www.certifiedcuddlers.com.

What is Professional Cuddling?

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.

What makes Certified Cuddlers different than other certification programs available?

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.

What makes a Certified Cuddler different than a Professional Cuddler who isn’t certified?

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.

What is a Certified Cuddler?

A Certified Cuddler is a Professional Cuddler who has undergone online or hands on training to learn the art and science of platonic touch in a one on one setting. They have completed a minimum of 30 hours of training prior to obtaining certification and they have agreed to follow rules, guidelines, and oath set out by Certified Cuddlers to ensure all interactions are safe and appropriate in the context of platonic touch, communication, and consent.

What is Certified Cuddlers?

We are a Professional Cuddler certification company and a web based platform for finding Certified Professional Cuddlers around the globe. On our website we offer information about professional cuddling, the rules, and listings for all of the Certified Cuddlers.

Is a consultation required?

Yes, all first time clients with a new cuddler will be required to complete a consultation before any actual cuddling may happen. Some cuddlers require a consultation on a prior day to the first session. They will inform you of their individual policies. The more open and honest you are with the professional, the better they can customize the session for you. We want to make sure everyone is safe and comfortable, so both parties are encouraged to ask questions and get to know each other a bit before beginning. Please let your cuddler know prior to beginning any touch any activations, traumas, health issues, or other concerns they should be aware of. If you know the best way for them to respond, or if there is an emergency contact person they may need information to get ahold of in case of an emergency please share this before you begin. Your cuddler will do the same.

How do I know who has completed the professional cuddler certification training?

Everyone listed on our website under Find A Local Cuddler has completed at least our online certification program. In their profile we will list anyone who has completed additional training as well. We will also highlight Certified Cuddlers on our Facebook page. Our cuddlers never advertise on sites such as Craigslist or Backpage as we are the gold standard of the industry, and we set ourselves apart by only advertising in places where you can be certain the person you are contacting has been trained and will treat you with kindness and respect. If you ever see one of our cuddlers on a site that may be less than reputable please give us a heads up by emailing: support@certifiedcuddlers.com.