Frequently Asked Questions
What does it look like to go through the CPSM Sleep Consultant Certification Course?
As you move through the course you will answer multiple-choice quizzes and short answer questions. Your final assessment gives you the opportunity to create and present written sleep plans based on case studies. You’ll earn your certification upon successful completion of these assignments.
Please note that you will be given feedback and the opportunity to resubmit your final assignment if your written sleep plans fail to meet our criteria. We’re here to help, and we’re committed to your successful completion of the program.
In addition to the online content, six books from well-known infant and toddler sleep experts will be shipped to you upon enrollment. We find that when our students commit to reading these texts they gain a greater mastery of the subject. It is not a requirement that you read all books from cover to cover for passing the course, though they are recommended reading.
Please refer to the syllabus for a detailed outline of the curriculum.
How long will the course take to complete?
Our suggested timeline is four to six weeks of working through the material, setting aside slots of time throughout each week for learning. Brief, frequent study sessions have been found to lead to better learning than longer sessions of “binging” learning content. Committing to a weekly practice, but spacing out your sessions works with your brain, reduces information overload, and enhances learning.
Most importantly, you can complete the course on a schedule that works for you. There is no time limit, and your enrollment grants you lifetime access to the curriculum.
What if I have questions as I am moving through the curriculum? Or even after I complete the course?
Although the course itself is self-guided, you’re definitely not on this journey alone! Your enrollment in the CPSM Sleep Consultant Certification Course includes access to our exclusive Facebook community for CPSM students, past and present. That is, you’ll not only be able to engage with other students who are working through the course, but you’ll also be able to interact with program graduates who already have their sleep consulting businesses underway!
Community members are highly active, engaged, and responsive to answering questions, sharing ideas, and supporting fellow members as they launch, grow, and eventually scale their businesses.
CPSM founder and director, Jayne Havens, actively engages in the community with regularity. She frequently answers your questions, hosts Live videos to provide continuing education, and makes sure the entire community feels supported. Free supplementary virtual training events are also routinely hosted for the CPSM community. These include presentations and interviews with Jayne Havens and expert guests.
The CPSM Facebook community provides ample opportunity to collaborate with others in the field, if you choose to do so. In fact, we encourage you to join the group and engage with other members, as research shows that collaboration and peer support enhance learning and growth and that the most successful business owners have a peer group.
Are there annual fees associated with the certification?
We’ve built our program on a model of lifetime certification and access because:
- We’re passionate about having the best-equipped sleep consultants in the industry.
- We’re committed to your success.
- We value our growing, supportive and collaborative community of CPSM students and Certified Sleep Consultants.
What sleep training methods are taught?
Because CPSM takes a client-led approach, and no one single sleep training method will fill every family’s needs and comfort level, our sleep consultant training offers a completely comprehensive curriculum, outlining sleep training techniques all along the continuum. We encourage our graduates to support their clients in a way that aligns with their parenting style, using techniques that feel safe and comfortable for them. When families are supported without judgment, they are much more likely to be successful. And once your clients achieve results, they share your name with friends and your business grows!
Our very own CPSM Success Method even includes our own “tweaks” to common techniques that we’ve found to be highly effective – and that parents won’t find in any books. You’ll be well-positioned to support your clients’ individual and specific needs.
The course syllabus includes more details about the specific sleep training techniques which are included in the program.
Will I have to support families in person? And in the middle of the night?
At the same time, sleep consultants are free to support their clients however they choose. If you enjoy supporting families in person and wish to do so, everything you learn in the program will set you up to support families in person if that is your preference.
As a business owner, you are free to set your own availability. Most of our graduates opt to limit support and communication to daytime hours. When our clients are set up for success, they are well positioned to implement the plan independently overnight. As sleep consultants our goal is to empower parents to help their children learn to sleep independently. Our clients need our guidance and support – not for us to be there to do the work for them.
How do sleep consultants start their businesses and find clients?
The key to building a service-based business is simply showing up – which can be online or in person – and talking about what you do. You can choose to promote your business online, at local events and businesses, or some combination of the two. The key is to do what works best for your personality and style.
Many of our graduates network with professionals in complementary fields (e.g., pediatricians, preschool directors, chiropractors, occupational therapists, famiy photographers) and refer business back and forth with those professionals.
Within the course, you’ll not only learn how to best support your clients through establishing healthy sleep hygiene for their children, but you will also learn how to launch, grow, and eventually scale your own small business. We offer trainings in sales, marketing, business strategy, entrepreneurship and other topics related to business building.
Where can I learn how to start my sleep consulting business?
In addition, we include best practices for how to support families. For example, we provide best practices for communicating with families, managing expectations, and establishing boundaries around how and when you are available to support your clients.
How long will it take to see a complete return on my investment?
Depending upon how you set up and price your consulting packages, you would likely get a complete return on investment after supporting approximately five families. Most CPSM graduates offer a two week virtual consultation priced between $450 and $550 – which many exhausted parents find to be a small price to pay for a child that sleeps independently and through the night!
What’s the earning potential for a sleep consultant?
Our most successful graduates who achieve these numbers typically treat their sleep consulting business as a full-time job. When they are not supporting their client families, they are creating blog content for their websites, creating written and video content for their social media channels, and engaging with people online and in person all for the purpose of advancing their businesses.
Becoming a sleep consultant can absolutely lead to a very respectable level of income. Whether you want to earn a full-time or a part-time income from your sleep consulting business is completely up to you, and your income will likely depend upon whether you treat it like a part-time or a full-time job.
Do you offer payment plans?
Why choose CPSM?
- One-time investment/lifetime certification – that can be recouped in as little as a few months.
- Online, self-paced and self-directed learning.
- Enrollment includes a starter library of books from world renowned sleep experts.
- A robust and comprehensive curriculum that covers the entire spectrum of sleep training techniques.
- A supportive, collaborative, and exclusive online community of fellow students/graduates and business owners, all committed to one another’s success!
- Direct access to Jayne Havens, the owner and founder of CPSM via the Facebook community.