The Go Diaper Free

Certified Coach

Training Program - 2018

How to bring EC to your town.

Share the joy of EC with other natural parents like yourself...

and make some money while changing the world.

Go Diaper Free Coaching is for you if…

You’ve been doing EC for some time and other parents have asked you how to do it. You see 3-year-olds in diapers and wish you could help. Or quite simply, there isn’t an EC group or class in your town…and you believe it’s much needed.

You’ve got a little (or a lot of) EC knowledge, and you want to put it to use!

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Well hello there...

I’m Andrea, and I spend my creative time teaching others Elimination Communication. I am blessed to be able to stay at home with my children while doing fulfilling work, and I want to help you do it too.

With my Certified Coach Training Program, I’ll teach you how to gracefully and easily become an emissary of EC in your community, how to teach parents of all age babies & toddlers, and every special situation in between.

More importantly, I’ll teach you the unique in’s and out’s of running your own EC coaching, mentoring, or consultation business – something like a “business-in-a-box” to get you up and running with little effort. (We like low-effort.)

Next, let’s look at why you’ve got what it takes….

Why you're perfect for this program...

If you’re reading this right now, odds are you are a perfect fit for my certified coaching program. Why? Here are just a few reasons:

  • You know EC

    …because you’ve done it! Whether for 3 months (our minimum requirement) or 3 years over 3 children, having had hands-on experience doing EC with your baby(ies) is the most important reason why you would be a great EC coach.

  • You know other parents

    You know who they are, where they shop, where they go for storytime and cloth diaper classes. This knowledge will make it easier to spread word about your EC coaching services!

  • You love the Earth

    If you’re into infant pottying and believe in the concept of getting kids out of diapers sooner (especially disposables)…you clearly love our Earth. By loving the Earth, you will remain inspired to grow your EC coaching practice…naturally.

  • You want to do meaningful work

    Who doesn’t? If you feel like you’ve been losing yourself in this mother/fathering journey, and want to do meaningful work, this could be the perfect ticket to a more balanced life. Giving back through work is invaluable.

  • You've already been telling others

    No doubt people have looked at you cock-eyed and said, “What are you doing with your baby? Is she using the potty already?”…and that has led you down the exciting path of sharing something eye-opening and paradigm-shifting with someone you love (or just met!). You’ve already been “teaching” other parents about EC, on purpose or not!

  • You may or may not know "business"

    If you’re clueless about starting a business, or how to run it in a sea of parenting duties, it just might never get off the ground. I’ve been there, done that, and I will teach you the essential nuts and bolts of starting and running a successful EC coaching practice. (And if you have biz experience, bonus points for you!)

  • You (may) already offer childbearing/parenting services

    Perhaps you are already (or planning to become) a doula, midwife, pregnancy consultant, birth educator, herbalist, therapist, physician, or caregiver/nanny. I will teach you how to integrate EC coaching into your existing practice or services. Being a Go Diaper Free Certified Coach, Consultant or Mentor will enhance your offerings.

Since 2013, I've helped 100s of parents bring EC to their neck of the woods through my Certification process...and I can tell you that most ECers would share more about the practice if they only had some credibility, know-how, and confidence.

Take Danielle, for instance. Here was her struggle:

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"Without this program I do not know what I would have done. I was in a situation last summer, totally stressed out, not enjoying my work, no time for myself or my husband, and other life and family challenges as well. He and I were both really burnt-out. Then I decided to do the training, not sure if I would use it for anything, or if I wanted to be 'the potty training lady.' But by the end I was convinced!

A couple of months after certification, I quit my job, and have been working my butt-off to make this work ever since. Now that my job is over (1 month ago), I know that I can do so much more to grow this coaching practice."

Maybe you've been in Danielle's shoes. Or are in them right now!

If you, on any level, resonate with Danielle's desires for her work and her life, let's get you into this Program, stat.

Introducing the Go Diaper Free Certified Coach Training Program...

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I created my Certified Coach Training Program to help other parents learn how to teach EC, how to host support groups in their town, and how to ultimately change the world through by helping to spread this movement...all in a comprehensive 16-week program.

Now, let's see what's inside.


First
, we'll cover how to teach elimination communication for babies 0-18 months so you can better understand EC beyond your own baby(ies).

Next, I'll teach you how to teach EC-inspired potty training to parents of older toddlers, even if you've never done it before.

Finally, we'll go step-by-step through opening your coaching practice, exactly how to teach classes and facilitate groups and private consultations (even if you're an introvert), and learn how to balance your work with raising your baby.

(Dummy-proof. No business, marketing, or teaching experience required!)

By the time the Program's up, you'll be well on your way to"officially" bringing EC to your town.

Sound like a plan?

What comes with the program...

A training course as easy as 1-2-3. 

Our Coach Program is a comprehensive 16-week course broken down into sixteen 1-hour chunks (and even further into 15-minute pieces so we can allow for tiny adorable little interruptions!).

If you've ever purchased a course and couldn't finish it...it's probably because it wasn't designed for busy moms and dads. I've got you.

We'll spend 6 weeks covering how to teach EC, 4 weeks covering how to teach potty training (which will be optional, but extremely useful), and 6 weeks covering my fave...the business of teaching EC. Equal parts art and science.

Now let's look more closely at the Welcome Module and Parts 1, 2, and 3 (or skip to enroll now).

Welcome Module

GDF-Welcome-Packet-2018-on-clipboard-700pxWe begin with a Welcome.

The Welcome Packet contains everything you need to take your very first step toward becoming an EC coach, consultant, or mentor, including:

• the course module and q+a call schedules and access info

• the Welcome Questionnaire, and

• membership to our Private Facebook Group.

You'll get your bearings and see the roadmap clearly laid out prior to beginning. This program has been designed to support your success, starting with this first download.

Click on the next tab to learn about Part 1 (or enroll now).

Part 1

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Part 1. Teaching EC for babies 0-18 months.

(6 weeks)

This is a 6-week foundational series where you will learn how to teach parents the art of starting, maintaining, and troubleshooting an EC practice with their 0-18-month-old babies. The primary reference will be my EC book for 0-18 month babies (digitally included in the course).

Includes, but not limited to, sections on:

• The fundamentals of Elimination Communication
Starting: observation, logging, and sound association
Variations: for 3 age groups (0-6 mos, 6-12 mos, 12-18 mos)
Maintaining: how the process changes over developmental changes and growth
Troubleshooting: the most common issues and their solutions
Building Blocks of Potty Independence: how to incorporate teaching and at which age to teach which activities.

For the past 4 years, almost 100% of our Coach Trainees have reported: this Part 1 training totally helps improve EC with your own baby(ies).

Next, let's look at Part 2 - click the tab above (or enroll now)...

Part 2

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Part 2. Teaching potty training for toddlers 18 months+

(4 weeks)

This is a 4-week series that builds on the fundamentals of what we learned in Part 1, applying the techniques of EC to toddlers greater than 18 months of age ("EC-informed, non-coercive potty training).

NOTE: Offering potty training classes or groups as a GDF coach is totally optional...but most of our trainees find what they learn in Part 2 to be extremely useful.

The primary reference will be my The Tiny Potty Training Book for toddlers 18+ months (digitally included, too). With sections on:

• The fundamental differences between EC for babies and EC for toddlers
What is EC-informed potty training?
• Starting with different age groups: 18-24 months, 24-36 months, 36+ months
• Maintaining the learning process through to completion
Troubleshooting: what common things go wrong, and how to address them
Wrapping up the process to result in full potty independence.

Next let's look at my personal fave portion of the program: Part 3! Click the tab above to see the details (or join us by enrolling now if you're finished with this preview)

Part 3

Part 3. The business of teaching EC.

(6 weeks)

This year's Part 3 has been almost completely revamped! My focus is on helping you to not only change the world and do good work but to make money to boot (without the sleeeeeeeze).

This part of the training will be applicable to any type of work you do for the rest of your life.

You'll not only learn how to lead a group, teach a class, and do a private consultation, but you will also learn how to focus on work while balancing being at home with your kid(s) - often in exchange for money for your time.

At the completion of this and the other 2 modules, you will have the opportunity to become registered and certified by Go Diaper Free, and certificates will be awarded (along with your Business-in-a-Box materials, as listed further down this page).

Part 3 includes, but is not limited to, sections on:

Group and Class Marketing 101 – flyers, listing in newspapers and directories, newsletter basics, what to charge, attending local events, tabling, making a local Google Places listing, connecting with birth and baby organizations and companies in your area, making friends and using those business cards, how to talk about your services with others, and more.

Leading a Group vs. Teaching a Class – including how to do both effectively, logistics, meeting agendas, speaking, orchestrating the flow of the group, helpers, donations, etc.

Doing Private Consultations and Home Visits – what to charge, how long your sessions should be, how to get clients to sign up for private coaching, and more.

Setting Up Shop & Balancing Work & Life – including what business set-up essentials you really need; business entity, bank account, newsletter account, and more; setting up your own Facebook group; using the Coaches’ Portal to support your business; and most importantly, how to carve out the time to run your EC coaching business while also being an awesome parent.

Because most of us don't know squat about marketing, local networking, organizing parent gatherings (oh Lordie), facilitating effective support groups, or how to teach when you're really mostly an introvert...Part 3 is essential.

(Ever wonder how to get anything done with a baby to care for 24/7?)

Again, I've got you.

Enroll now or scroll down to preview the curriculum.

Further program details

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Who may join us.

All levels are welcome, even if you’ve never taught a class or led a group in your life, and whether you’re in a potty pause, are at month 3 of your practice, or your child has just graduated EC.

Please read each section below to learn more about the program in detail.

Prerequisites

Required prerequisites:

  • at least 3 months hands-on EC experience ECing your own child or someone else’s
  • ability to commit to 1 hour per week of instruction for 16 total weeks (LISTEN AT YOUR OWN PACE! If you can not make the optional live Q+A calls, you are welcome to listen to them at your leisure. The rest of the course is made available each week and you are encouraged to keep up with weekly work, and it is all readily available so you can learn when and where you wish.)
  • you feel your community needs more of this EC information and instruction
  • you have a strong desire to hold the space for others to learn EC (and eventually use less diapers)

Optional:

  • you have some life experience in working with groups and/or people of diverse backgrounds
  • you really want to change the world!

Again, experience running groups or teaching classes is not mandatory, and I will teach you anything you lack over the course of this Program (I have tons of experience in these topics). All levels welcome! 

Class Logistics

Weekly Classes

All 16 classes consist of a professionally recorded one-hour audio seminar released WEEKLY starting Monday January 29, 2018. Every hour of learning is broken up into bite-sized chunks of 10-15 minutes each so you can easily complete each module every week. Each 10-15 minute segment is followed by a brief "check your knowledge" quiz that will confirm your knowledge and help you move on to the next segment.

And all of the learning modules are available at 12 noon EST every Monday. Since they are not "live" (for this purpose - we are busy parents!), you may listen and learn wherever and whenever you like...over each week of the course. Listen in small chunks or one after the other, a maximum of 1 hour per week. You can also download the sessions to your computer, smartphone, or other devices (in MP3 format) or just listen directly on the Course Website. We'll save your place!

Q+A Calls

On the last Friday of each of the 3 Parts (Weeks 6, 10, and 16) you'll have the opportunity to participate in a live 30 minute Q+A session with Andrea. The Q+A is a live video format, accessible by Internet, so you can watch and participate "live" from anywhere in the world.

If you can’t make a Q+A call because baby is napping (or you’re napping, or toddler is screaming his head off), all Q+As are recorded and a bookmarked replay is made available immediately after each call.

Handouts

In addition to the class audio recordings, we will post a set of downloadable resources every week. This will include the Guidebook (worksheet packet), handouts, and other valuable information discussed in, or relevant to, the week’s class.

This year all our Guidebooks are digitally fill-out-able (so you can fill them out directly on the digital form...or you can print them out and handwrite your work).

Written transcripts of the week’s classes will also be made available in case reading is better for you than listening.

And, in Part 3, we'll provide a customizable digital folder-based action plan for you to start your coach practice off on the right foot.

Bonus Trainings

As we go through the program, I'll mention some things that warrant further instruction (like How do I set up my affiliate account?). By the end of the program, you'll notice a Bonus Module that contains any and all of these extra trainings. If you want to suggest that I cover something during the course of the program, you can simply email me and I'll do my best to add it!

And...those who enroll during the Early Bird enrollment period (by January 24, 2018) will gain access to a very special bonus about how I made $400 teaching one free class.

Additionally, new for 2018 is a few custom trainings on earning money through affiliate sales, deep dives into topics like how to nail a consultation (and book one), and how to sell the books without feeling sleazy. 

Summary

So, in summary, you can learn at your own pace and from any device (we'll save your place), hop on the Q+A calls or sit them out, and in the end, have a whole printable handbook for your EC Coaching Practice, available for reference and planning.

Class Schedule - Jan-June 2018

All classes are released on Mondays by 12 noon EST on the Course Website. Again, please note that you can learn at your own pace (although the classes will continue to be released weekly) and you have lifetime access to this course. Also, know that at the end of each Part we offer an optional Q&A call (recordings will be made available to you immediately after those calls).

The classes will be available indefinitely, so you can take the entire course at your own pace, and we will save your place if/when you need to pause.

Here is the 2018 class schedule:

Part 1: Teaching EC for babies 0-18 months (6 sessions)

Session 1 - Monday, January 29, 2018

Session 2 - Monday, February 5, 2018

Session 3 - Monday, February 12, 2018

Session 4 - Monday, February 19, 2018

Session 5 - Monday, February 26, 2018

Session 6 - Monday, March 5, 2018

Q+A call - Friday, March 9, 2018 from 11am-12pm EST

Part 2: Teaching EC-informed Potty Training for toddlers 18 months and up (4 sessions)

Session 1 - Monday, March 12, 2018

Session 2 - Monday, March 19, 2018

Session 3 - Monday, March 26, 2018

Session 4 - Monday, April 2, 2018

Q+A call - Friday, April 6, 2018 from 11am-12pm EST

Part 3: The Business of Teaching EC (6 sessions)

Session 1 - Monday, April 9, 2018

Session 2 - Monday, April 16, 2018

Session 3 - Monday, April 23, 2018

Session 4 - Monday, April 30, 2018

Session 5 - Monday, May 7, 2018

Session 6 - Monday, May 14, 2018

Q+A call - Friday, May 18, 2018, from 11am-12pm EST

Ideally, during weeks 17 and 18 you're completing any requirements for the Coach Certification (finishing the checklist and signing your agreement) and will submit your request for certification by the 19th week, June 4-June 8, 2018.

Certification Requirements

In order to become certified at the end of the 16-week course you must meet the following criteria:

  • you've completed listening to all 16 classes either weekly or at your own pace (excluding the Q+A Calls, which are optional sessions)
  • you've completed all "check-your-progress" quizzes
  • you've read all the required materials as assigned
  • you've completed any required work requested of you
  • you've completed and understood the training program in full
  • you've provided all requested information regarding certification (including your photo, bio, affiliate account registration [if any], and other like items) within the timeframe requested (we give extra time for "mommy" and "daddy" schedules!)
  • you've agreed to positively represent the Go Diaper Free brand and standards, including that we "do no harm" to others and refer out to other professionals if/when needed
  • you've received, read, understood, and signed your personal Coach Agreement (you'll definitely want to preview that agreement here).

Once all that's done, you'll be certified immediately and, within 4-8 weeks (depending on where in the world you live), you'll receive your Business-in-a-Box materials! Exact timeframes will be found within the course, itself, but this gives you a good overview.

And, as long as you remain active per the suggestions in your signed Coach Agreement (or notify us of any hiatus to have some babies or whatnot), you will remain certified.

You may also re-take this course as many times as you like, for free, for as long as the program is available. See below for even more FAQs.

A break-down of all the things we’re including:

  • The EC Book (0-18 mos, digital) // $37
  • Tiny Potty Training Book (18+ mos, digital) // $27
  • Tiny Potty Board Book (digital) // $6
  • The audiobooks // $34
  • One webpage // $500
  • 50 custom business cards // $20
  • Custom signs, forms, and flyers (design and digital templates) // $300
  • Inside My EC Practice Bonus Training // $97
  • Membership in Coach Mailchimp Account // $120
  • 3 Private Q+As with Andrea // $750
  • Bonus Trainings on Affiliate Marketing and Sales // $500
  • Business + consultation training // $2000
  • Two part teachers' course plus Q+As // $2000
  • Lifetime access to Coaches’ Portal // $500
  • Exclusive GDF Affiliate status (earn up to 50% of digital referrals vs. 10%) // $ varies
  • Wholesale earnings through any resale of paperback books and Tiny Undies // $ varies
  • International Certification & Directory Listing // $200

Total Value: $7,091 (+)

2018 Program Cost:

$397 Early Bird Class Registration (January 8-January 24, 2018)

$497 Late Registration (January 25-28, 2018)

What happens after you register…

When you click the orange Enroll Now button here below, you'll be led to our checkout page where you can pay via Credit Card or PayPal account. You do not need a PayPal account to register for class.

You will also be agreeing to our Terms and Conditions when you purchase the course - when you click Enroll Now you'll have the ability to read the Terms on the checkout page, prior to purchase. Please NOTE: we value the privacy of what is taught in the program and therefore when you purchase the course you are also agreeing to not share any proprietary information unless where allowed (like in teaching a class!) and agreeing to not go into direct competition with our products and services as outlined in the agreement. Please read this and only enroll if you can honor and value our hard work as much as we do (Andrea created all of this 100% on her own, and really appreciates you!). Thank you!

Upon successful payment, you'll receive two emails: one is your receipt; the other is your course login information for our academy.godiaperfree.com course site.

Clicking the link in this second email will give you instant access to this course at the Academy at Go Diaper Free and along with it, the first week's modules which include your Welcome Packet (a download which includes the Class Website link and the Q+A class call-in info) and a link to your Welcome Questionnaire, which I’ll need you to finish by the end of your first week of training.

Your 3 Pre-Class Lessons will also be available to you immediately upon registration to help you prepare for the training, which begins on Monday, January 29, 2018.

You'll receive an email each time a new lesson is available, every Monday by 12noon EST, for the duration of the course.

The digital copies of both parent books will be immediately downloadable and you'll have instant access to both Book Owners' areas of the Go Diaper Free website as well as the Coach Trainee Portal on the main website. You'll also have the option of ordering physical copies at our wholesale price (plus shipping) after you've registered (you will need a resale certificate in your State or region to re-sell books and undies - this is covered in-depth in the Coach Trainee Portal).

After successful certification, you will receive the remainder of your Business-in-a-Box materials.

So, to register, simply click the pretty orange button below, complete the payment process, and follow the easy instructions. I look forward to having you in class!

(Again, you may choose to make this initial investment back after running 4 paid classes with 5 attendees at our suggested class price…and the rest is money in exchange for your time!)

Now...let's check out the Bonuses.

Bonus #1

a sneak-peek at what's inside:

Business-in-a-Box starter kit.

Our popular "Business-in-a-Box" includes all the essentials...at your fingertips.

This part of the Program, alone, is worth more than the entire program cost. The Box includes, but isn’t limited to, the following:

• 50 pre-designed, custom business cards (and a wholesale discount on subsequent orders)

• your official certificate, on paper and signed by Andrea, to hang in your workspace

• your own webpage on the godiaperfree.com website

• your own branded email address @godiaperfree.com

• free access to our email newsletter system

• a customizable digital folder-based action plan for your unique coach or consultation practice

• access to banners for national baby and birth event tabling - purchase at wholesale or borrow ours

• full digital copies of both of my books, including the audiobook versions

Bonus #2

Lifetime access to our Coach Portal + support group.

The Coach Portal contains everything you need to keep moving forward as an EC coach, consultant, or mentor, including:

  • flyer templates, meeting agendas, meeting forms, meeting handouts, wholesale discount form for postcard-style flyer printing (pre-designed or make your own), tutorials on how to manage your GDF webpage, video and audio class examples, expo, class, and group budget guides, forms, and examples, stock photography to use in your advertising and marketing materials, and ongoing updates to materials and bonus video trainings (we've got dozens in the making!)

Includes access to our worldwide online support community for Coach Trainees and Certified Coaches.

Use this group to bounce ideas off other coaches, get advice for client problems, and network with fellow GDF Coaches and Trainees around the world.

You do not have to do this alone (and shouldn't!).

Sign up now or keep reading below to learn more.

Bonus #3

Worldwide directory + Events calendar. 

When you choose to be certified at the end of the program, you get instant credibility (and other people will no longer jump to "s/he's crazy").

We will add you to our worldwide coach + group directory, which has a dual function:

1. it helps you become "findable" in a sea of distraction, and

2. it is linked to from both godiaperfree.com and the diaperfreebaby.org page as a place to find free EC support groups.

The networking you are grandfathered into when you certify is invaluable to someone just starting out.

You will also be able to post your local events to our handy events calendar, further helping you market and be accessible (even if you have zero marketing experience).

(Because if no one can find you, what's the point?)

Bonus #4

Abundance-building, Coach-only perks.

  • exclusive wholesale prices on my paperback books and Tiny Undies products, including handy resale guides (no one else gets these prices)
  • exclusive affiliate status where you can earn up to 50% of book sales referred to us via your special link - plus, helpful training on how to maximize your affiliate efforts (the public only gets 10% commission)
  • guest blogging opportunities - if you don't have a website or blog, don't worry! You can post on our website as often as you like and drive interest to your practice, and your referral links (no one but Andrea and her Coaches/trainees write on the Go Diaper Free blog!).

I'm all about sharing the abundance...and showing you how to create your own. 2018's Part 3 will enhance the focus on the money-making strategies that I use in my own practice.

Which reminds me about the Fast-Action Bonus...

Fast-Action Bonus

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A peek into my personal coach practice.

Join me during the Early Bird Registration period (January 8-24, 2018), and get private access to my special bonus training:

Inside my EC coaching practice:
The EXACT framework that earned me
over $400 teaching a free one hour class.

This includes my SYSTEM for making a "free" class wildly successful and profitable (and helping lots of people, to boot!)

You won't want to miss this special bonus training. It can truly get your practice off to a roaring start.

Watch a little preview

Here's a sample intro video from the coach program - so you can experience what it's gonna be like to go thru.

This one is the Part 1 Introduction video.

Enroll today.

By investing in this coach program, you will receive skills that I've personally paid over $98,000 to acquire. Lifetime re-takes, a parent-friendly learning format, and (finally) an EC community to call your own, in your town. Sign up as an Early Bird by January 24, 2018 for just $7,091 $397:

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A re-cap of what you get

  • The EC Book (0-18 mos, digital) // $37
  • Tiny Potty Training Book (18+ mos, digital) // $27
  • Tiny Potty Board Book (digital) // $6
  • The audiobooks // $34
  • One webpage // $500
  • 50 custom business cards // $20
  • Custom signs, forms, and flyers (design and digital templates) // $300
  • Inside My EC Practice Bonus Training // $97
  • Membership in Coach Mailchimp Account // $120
  • 3 Private Q+As with Andrea // $750
  • Bonus Trainings on Affiliate Marketing and Sales // $500
  • Business + consultation training // $2000
  • Two part teachers' course plus Q+As // $2000
  • Lifetime access to Coaches’ Portal // $500
  • Exclusive GDF Affiliate status (earn up to 50% of digital referrals vs. 10%) // $ varies
  • Wholesale earnings through any resale of paperback books and Tiny Undies // $ varies
  • International Certification & Directory Listing // $200

Total Value: $7,091 (+)

2018 Program Cost:

$397 Early Bird Class Registration (January 8-January 24, 2018)

$497 Late Registration (January 25-28, 2018)

What other trainees have to say...

Robin Kinney - Certified Coach

I loved being a part of a learning community, gathering weekly to listen to a lecture that was prepared carefully, ask questions during the live Q&A, and process the information with a very thorough workbook. I looked forward to our class every week and imagining how I would share this information with other families in the future. I see my work as a GDF Coach as a way to continue my careers as Teacher and Social Worker. I've held 3 free support groups and taught 4 classes for free and 3 for money (and I have more classes scheduled for the fall).

Robin K.

Kate Artibee

The program was very comprehensive, and was very well organized. Each class was informative and fun. Andrea is a wonderful lecturer/course leader! This Program will add to your skills and help with your career if you work with families or to your life if you have littles.

Kate A.

Jennifer Cutright

The GDF Coach Training Program gave me better insight into EC in general, which is great because it's helping me with my current baby! I have always wanted to spread the word about EC, and this program gave me an actual certification to do so! I feel much more confident in sharing with others when I can claim my credentials. Like other 'work-at-home' moms, I can work on my own time and schedule. No brainer!

Jen C.

Jessica Bentson

I highly recommend this certification course. It is one of the best investments I have ever made. I loved Part 3 the most. It was jam packed with good business practices and business advice that I would never have thought up of on my own. I loved that I could listen to the classes on my phone while I took my son for a walk. That made me feel so understood as a mother that the course was set up that way. I could listen on my own time.

Jessica B.

Carissa Greene

I loved how Andrea was there for her students every step of the way. Communication between her and the students was easy and fast. The classes taught topics that I never thought about. It got me thinking in a practical way and with Andrea's help put everything I learned into an action plan.

Carissa C.

See you in class!

When you click "Enroll Now" you'll be asked to enter your payment details and check out.

Once you've paid, you'll receive a receipt via email *and* you'll get a separate email with your enrollment details for the online courses.

Note that this 2nd email could take 15-30 minutes for the Internet Robots to deliver to your email!! Please be patient. :)

Just follow the instructions in that second email to get logged in to the Program itself, and begin your pre-class lessons immediately!

I very much look forward to seeing you in this intimate,  in-depth course!

If you have any questions or hesitations, please check out the FAQ section, below.

If you still need help or have any other questions for me, please click the chat button in the lower right of this page, or email me at andrea@godiaperfree.com. I strive to answer all emails within 24 hours (it would be sooner but I answer all emails myself).

Or text me at 828-367-8080 (I'm giving you my personal cel # for any enrollment questions you may have).

You mean the world to me and I do this all for the well-being of babies and parents worldwide...including you and yours! Thank you so much...

xx

Burning Questions

your fellow ECers asked before enrolling in this course on the next page...

Do you have a coupon for me?

Yes! Use code JOINUS10 for 10% off your enrollment fee. Thanks for asking!!! xox Andrea

How long do I have access to the course?

After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

I can’t fit into this schedule (or, I’m having a baby/taking another course during that timeframe)...can I learn at my own pace?

Absolutely. I designed this program to reflect what *I*, as a mother of three small children myself, would be able to fit into *my* busy life. The classes will be unveiled by 12noon EST every Monday. They have been prerecorded and transcribed and a copy of the audio and the written versions of that day’s class will be made immediately available for you to download (or listen directly from this website - we'll keep your place). Missed one of the 3 live Q+A calls? No worries...download and listen at your leisure.

Are there any ongoing fees or requirements to remain certified?

You will be registered for life by doing this initial program (that may change in future classes/years, but for this one, it is lifelong). Certified Coaches will receive free lifetime access to our private Coach’s Portal which contains downloads and resources for classes (agendas, topics, flyer templates, etc). We'll add new items to the Portal over time. You must remain "active" by running at least a few free groups per year, or notify us if you need a break. Pretty simple. See our agreement for details (download here).

Is there homework?

Nothing that will make you pass or fail...but there will be some recommended exercises and little check-your-knowledge quizzes interspersed in the course material. The Welcome Questionnaire is mandatory and, if you take the time to answer the questions in it, you may find some insight. On a weekly basis, you will be provided with relevant downloads, and sometimes I might propose that you make a list, do a brainstorm, or find a local venue...stuff like that in our in-between-class time. It’s not mandatory, but doing the things I suggest can only help you grow your coaching practice that much bigger.

Are you going to give us a model for teaching a series of EC classes over several months?

Yes! One of you requested this, and I’ve added it to the agenda. Which leads us to the next “Q”....

I’d like to see X, Y, or Z in the program – are you going to cover it?

Have other things you want to see in the program? Before classes begin you'll receive your Welcome Questionnaire – in it you will be asked what you expect to learn in the program. By returning this to me, I can customize parts of the class to fit the needs of this year’s enrollees.

Are there too many coaches in my area already (or what if more join in the future)?

This is a very common concern and one that I assure you...you have nothing to worry about! Our Earth currently has BILLIONS of inhabitants. In your local community, there are likely 1,000s of people. Within that, there are tons of "closet" ECers that will come out of the woodworks when you hang your proverbial sign, saying you're open for business.

If there is already a coach in your area, you will find joy and abundance in joining forces, networking, and collaborating, as we've seen in our San Diego regional coaches' work! If you fear someone joining in your town, in the future, don't see them as a competitor...see them as COMMUNITY. This is a great thing and you will find joy in not being alone in your efforts. Email Andrea if you want to know more about her philosophy about this!

What happened to the DiaperFreeBaby Mentor Program?

DiaperFreeBaby was pretty much abandoned 4 years ago and most of the active Mentors stopped offering local groups. All of the org's administration also moved on to other things. When I took over DFB in the Fall of 2015 I promised to update the website and continue making *free* EC groups available, worldwide, as a service to the community. Their directory links to ours. We will 100% continue to offer free local EC support groups in the spirit of DFB!

In the past, DFB wanted to begin charging Mentors for training and administration, but it never came together. I was tasked to write the manual for that project in 2011, but it never happened. So, the Mentor Program, which was extremely resource-intensive to run, was discontinued due to lack of volunteers and will not be brought back.

The GDF Certified Coach Training Program provides the same training DFB Mentors *would have* received had I written that manual - and is even better than it would have been under that umbrella. Now, GDF Coaches can earn money for their non-free-group services (ie: teaching classes), where DFB Mentors were not able to. (This was also about to be changed, but never happened.)

In keeping with the spirit of the not-for-profit goals of DFB, we are offering a set number of full and/or partial scholarships to participants of the GDF Coach Program based on need and merit. These are awarded prior to classes beginning each term. Please fill out a scholarship application here. Recipients will be selected and notified within 7 days. Thank you!

How quickly can this training certification pay for itself?

The focus of this program is not to "get rich quick," by any means. Instead, it is to offer a greatly needed service to your community while, at times, earning compensation in exchange for your time. Once you put the focus on giving and holding space for people to gather and learn, the money is able to flow in. However, we do not guarantee you will make any money from what you learn in this Program, as there are far too many variables in life to make that sort of guarantee (see our Earnings Disclaimer for more).

I do not promise that you can turn this into a full-time income, but I've found that if your heart is in the right place, and your offerings are clear, you will attract the compensation you desire. The real-life value of this program is tremendous if you follow the steps I’ll teach you in The Business of Teaching EC sub-course (Part 3) ...and the new Fast-Action Bonus will help you *possibly* recoup your entire investment in one free class (again, no guarantees, but I've done it and I can teach you how, too).

That said, to put things in perspective, here is an example of potential earnings: Run four classes with attendance of 5 people each at my lowest recommended class rate and your one-time investment (regular registration price) has returned.

The rates you might charge. Most instructors can expect to charge $25-35 per class, $65-100 per hour in-home consultation, $35-50 per hour phone consultation, and collect donations for free groups to cover materials, caregiver assistance, and snacks.

A note on earning potential: You determine your level of earnings. As it is with Mary Kay reps and Zumba instructors, your own motivation creates your level of success. You will be fully supported in growing your EC Coaching Practice as big (or little) as you wish.

Finally, if coaching isn't quite for you (perhaps you need to make substantially more than "money-for-time"), and you have a product or service (or idea!) you'd like to get to market, in 2018 Andrea is offering MamaWorx, a training program, that may be more up your alley.

If you're not quite ready for THAT (Full-on entrepreneurship! It's kinda crazy.), then take this coach training program. It will absolutely get your feet wet in how to run your own business, and you can apply what you learn here to your own future business (given you honor the limitations on our proprietary program information - more in the coach agreement). Hope that helps!

Can I preview the Coach Checklist + Agreement that I'll sign at the end of the course (to become certified)?

Absolutely! The GDF Coach Checklist + Agreement (download here) covers your pre-certification steps (as a handy checklist) and also includes some standard proprietary information clauses and whatnot. It's your standard coach agreement and I think it will make a lot of sense off the bat, but if you need someone of a legal background to review it for you, visit fiverr.com to hire a lawyer to review or interpret it, or your local attorney (which can be spendy, be warned). We don't give legal advice from our team, but if you have any questions please seek advice. We just want to be upfront and share the agreement ahead of time so you are fully informed. Great! Thanks for asking. :)

Also, please note that just by enrolling in the course, you agree to our Terms and Conditions which protect the proprietary information that I have worked so hard to create for this Program. Inherent in this is the agreement to not share this information with others unless where deemed fit (like in a class!) and to not create directly competing products that would disenfranchise my offerings and hard work. See the Terms on the checkout page before you sign up (just click to enroll and you'll see it before checking out). Thanks for honoring my hard work y'all!

When does the course start and finish?

This is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. However, we also run it on a schedule (posted above) because schedules just plain help us finish things.

The first module is available immediately upon enrollment. It includes all your Welcome materials and Pre-Class Lessons that will help you get organized for class to begin on January 29, 2018. The second and future modules are made available every Monday by 12noon EST and you'll get an email when those are live. I highly recommend you stick to the posted schedule (above) but I also get that you're a busy parent or caregiver - life happens!

You are welcome to finish at your own pace, AND if you can keep up with the class, it only requires 1-2 hours per week of your time...and you'll be certain to finish by the end of 16 weeks. That'll feel nice! And if you can't, we'll save your place and you can finish during naptimes and early mornings and whenever baby is occupied. :)

I am not really good at EC. Do I fit in?

Yes! The more trouble you've had with EC, the more accessible you're going to be to others going through their own EC challenges. When we are perfect, we can't help others. When we experience challenges, we have to work through them - and that is where true learning occurs. Real is real, and everyone loves it!

If you don't think you're good enough at EC to become a coach, think again! Your weaknesses are EXACTLY what make you a shoe-in for the Program. All you need is 3 months' experience with EC. The rest...is in the Program.

I will help you learn much more deeply how to address your own EC problems - which helps you, in turn, help others - through the material I teach in this Program. And btw, you're in good company! I missed a poop just this morning. No worries.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

Yes. Because we all need to feel safe in our purchases, we offer a 5 day full refund policy. If, for any reason, you change your mind within 5 calendar days of purchasing this Program (and making your full OR first payment), you may cancel and receive a full refund. After this time expires we do not off full or partial refunds due to the proprietary information contained within the Program. This Program was designed to be "do-able" and we've set it up to be as easy as possible. We encourage you to contact us with any hesitations or reservations you have at any time during the course.

Can I re-take your training program in future years?

Yes! You can re-take this training program as many times in the future as you like. For free. To refresh, see what’s new, ask some Q+As on the calls...whatever you need. It’s kind of like purchasing my books...you get free lifetime updates with those, too.

I live in Australia / France / somewhere not the U.S. Can I still join?

Yes! We've had over 200 participants in the past 4 years' courses from all over the world. Over a dozen countries total! Since the whole Program is now administered through this convenient online learning platform, you can learn from anywhere.

And the Q+A calls? Yes! You can join these, too. They are all hosted on CrowdCast which is accessible from any device connected to the Internet (and bookmarked replays are immediately available).

Do you offer a payment plan for the Program fee?

This is the first year we are offering a "4-pay" option so you can make 1/4 of the payment now and the other 1/4 each month for 3 more months (a total of 4 months, which is the duration of the program!). The payments are automatically set up when you enroll. We are all on budgets here and I think you'll agree that this option is essential!

Do we get to interact with other trainees in the Program?

Yes! We have an active comments section at the bottom of almost every module where you can share, ask questions, help others, and generally mingle.

You'll also receive access to our private coach Facebook group where non-tech-support type stuff gets discussed in a safe atmosphere.

Lastly, we often have a few coaches in one area who like to get together in person and even co-host events. We encourage this as the best way to spread EC much more quickly and effectively in your community.

Also, we are always available to you via email for issues concerning tech support. This way we can keep socializing and supporting one another separate from tech support. :)

What are the title options after I'm certified?

I realize that we all need some flexibility in what we call ourselves, depending on our region, language, and personal preferences. That's why you can have your choice from our official list of "titles" upon registration. You will be trained by Go Diaper Free, and may call yourself an "EC/Potty Training Consultant" or "EC Mentor" or "Go Diaper Free Coach" or "EC Coach" or any number of other titles. If you will only be doing pro bono work, you may opt for "Potty Learning Mentor." That kind of thing. You can even be a "Nappy-Free Coach" if you live in a country where you use the word "nappy." Your coach directory listing and business cards will reflect your personal choice in titles, and the list of options will be offered at the end of the course.

Okay, I am 99% certain - but I have a question for Andrea!

And she's got an answer! Email mamas@godiaperfree.com or see Andrea's personal contact info above to get in touch during the enrollment period.

I’d love to do this, but it’s really just not the right time for me. Are you going to be offering the program again next year?

Yes! I totally get that if it’s not time, it’s not time. To be fair, I do want you to know that the program will increase in price every year due to cost of living increases and also increased costs of running the program, so if you are leaning towards yes, but it’s just not gonna fly this year, then you may want to sign up NOW and take advantage of the fact that you can attend again in the future for free. (Translation: you get to pay our current fee now, but then you get to take it next year when everyone else is paying much more!)

What could the life of a GDF Certified Coach look like?

Let’s imagine for a moment that you’ve finished your program and are now a Go Diaper Free Certified Coach. (Or maybe you're calling yourself a GDF-Certified EC Consultant. You get to choose your title from our list!) What might your schedule look like?

Starting in March you begin marketing your classes. Your first free group is scheduled at the local natural baby shop for April 3rd. Your first paid class is scheduled 4 weeks later. You’ll utilize your free group as a platform to announce your paid class. The baby shop will also tell its customers about your upcoming paid class, and you will list it in your local parenting newspaper. You’ll also have a local Facebook page and your GDF webpage to market your class more fully.

Your paid class has 10 families and is a huge success. From this class, you’ve offered 1/2 off your first in-home consultation, and 3 families have signed up. You visit these families each once per month for an hour session each time.

You decide to continue offering free groups on a monthly basis, as your babies can come with you and a friend is helping you serve refreshments and take contact information. Your paid classes expand to be every other month for babies, and the alternating months for toddlers. You become known as the “go-to” person in town regarding diapers (and getting out of them).

In June a natural living expo is coming to town. You decide to set up a table with a local lactation consultant and you hand out flyers (that you got from our Coach Portal website). You get even more people interested in your free and paid classes by hosting a drawing for a potty. You sell 10 of each book and earn 35% on each one (you bought them wholesale from us) , which helps you break even on the tabling cost, and you get a few more interested in the 1/2 off private consultations as an added "bonus" to reward you for your time.

From here, you decide to continue forth with your monthly groups, monthly paid classes (alternating age every month), and your occasional private consultations that have come organically from your class and group participants. There is an endless supply of newly-pregnant families and new mothers and fathers, and your clientele simply continues to grow and grow.

Great! How do I sign up?

Simple! Click the "Enroll Now" button on this page or simply click here. Then choose your payment preference and follow the registration and payment prompts to complete your enrollment.

Andrea Olson

Andrea Olson

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Andrea Olson, M.A., is a pioneer in helping parents reduce diaper dependence with any age child or baby, from birth through toddlerhood. She has her Master's Degree in Psychology and presently lives in Asheville, NC, with her husband and children. This is her 5th season of training coaches and, so far, she has taught over 200 coaches in over 20 countries how to bring EC to their town.
Nadja-Peery

"As a new mom with a young child, and soon more, I am so grateful for the input on how to work effectively while raising a family and for providing so much detail on how to teach others, saving me the time to come up with things like a curriculum from scratch."

-Nadja, Colorado

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