What if I want custom training on site for my group or event?

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.

What if I want a one on one training program?

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 support@certifiedcuddlers.com to request a phone or video consult for outbound training.

When are the in person training courses available?

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 support@certifiedcuddlers.com. Space is limited, so early sign up is recommended.

What is the cost of certification?

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.

What other certification options are available?

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: www.certifiedcuddlers.com/onlinecertification

What does the online certification entail?

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

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.

H​ow do I register?

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 support@certifiedcuddlers.com.

In person training dates for 2020:

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