Parent Home Coach Certification

“A Certified Group Leader is someone who has been certified/accredited after demonstrating competency in facilitating groups using the IY standard materials, methods, processes and protocols.”

We are excited that you are interested in Incredible Years® Parent Home Coaching Certification! Please browse through the information on this page and contact us with your questions. We are happy to assist you through this process.

View the Incredible Years® Certification Progression
+Parent Home Coach Certification Steps and Application
Step 1: Send in your video for review (see #9) and certification fee along with the following forms: Application Form (#1), Brief letter summarizing the session/topic covered and population served, as well as ONE Self Evaluation that corresponds to the session you are sending for review.
Step 2: Once your video review passes, you will be asked to send in the remaining paperwork – see notations below.
  1. Application form. (Send with video.)
    Parent Home Coach Certification Application
  2. One-page letter discussing your interest in becoming certified, your goals plans and philosophy of effective parenting and your clinical experience. (Send after passing review.)
  3. Confidential background questionnaire about your professional experience. (Used to improve the quality of our trainings and materials.) (Send after passing review.)
    Background Questionnaire for Parent Group Leaders
  4. Two letters of reference. (Send after passing review.)
  5. Leader checklists for complete series of home visits with two different families, 8-10 sessions, depending on program: a minimum of 13 visits for Toddler, 14 for Preschool or 12 for School Age. Dates of coaching sessions should be included on checklists. (see manual for leader checklists). (Send after passing review.)
  6. Weekly evaluations by each parent who participates for two different families. (Send after passing review.)
  7. Final evaluations by each parent who participates for two different families. (Send after passing review.)
  8. Submit 2 self-evaluations, one for each family. (Send one self evaluation with DVD, send remainder after passing review.)
    Parent Home Coach Self Evaluation
  9. Certified trainer’s supervisory feedback review of your home coaching session.  This review can be done on site or, you may submit a video review. The review expects the following protocol to be met:
    Parent Home Coach Process Checklist

Please see Application Information for further information about preparing your DVD.

Note: Your video must demonstrate the points contained in the Group Leader Process Checklist. If it does not meet these requirements a second video must be submitted. USB memory stick or DVD only (NTSC or PAL format). No mini DV or other small formats accepted.  Contact us for information on sharing video files electronically.

+Certification Fee

There is a certification application fee of $800 which includes detailed video review and supervisory report (up to two video reviews), registration process, and certificate of certification. Additional video review, if needed, is billed at the rate of $125 per hour.  The certification application fee must be received for the video to be reviewed.  If the supervisory report has been approved by a certified mentor (rather than an Incredible Years trainer) then the cost of certification is $185.

Send Application Materials and Certification fee to:

Incredible Years, Inc.
Certification Committee
1411 8th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119  USA

+Full Description of the Parent Home Coach Certification Process
Attend Approved Training Workshop:

Only those candidates who have successfully completed the approved IY Coach training qualify to submit a certification application. Approved training consists of a 1- or 2-day workshop offered by a certified mentor or trainer of group leaders. *Trainees must have attended the Basic Parent Group Leader training first, and ideally have some experience running groups.

Experience Requirements:

Conduct a minimum of a complete series of home visits with two families, utilizing the complete Basic video series.  If the full program is delivered entirely in the homes, each series last a minimum of: 13 weeks for Toddler, 14 weeks for Preschool, or 12 weeks for School Age. Dates of coaching sessions should be included on checklists.

Submit to the Certification Committee Workshop Session Checklists for all home sessions with 2 families. See the Parent Program Resources section for checklists.

Submit to the Certification Committee weekly evaluations by each parent who participates in each of the home coaching sessions for two different families.

Submit to the Certification Committee final program evaluations (Parent Satisfaction Questionnaire) by each parent who participates in the home coaching sessions.

*If you are already a certified Basic parent group leader, and if you are doing home visits in addition to the groups, you may attain certification in Home Coaching by submitting checklists for the four visits for each of the topic areas, for two families.


Submit 2 Self-evaluations (one for each family coached) using the form below.

Parent Home Coach Self Evaluation
Feedback from Certified Mentor or Trainer:

Telephone consultation from Certified/Accredited Mentor or Trainer. Telephone consultation may be requested by IY home coaches and is provided by a Mentor or Trainer. Consultation calls are contracted through IY office.

Consultation workshops led by Certified/Accredited Mentor or Trainer. These workshops consist of 6-8 pairs of group leaders who present videos of their home coaching sessions for peer review and feedback from IY Mentor or Trainer. Agencies may request these consultation workshops at their site or send home coaches to regularly held workshops in Seattle.

Video review of home coaching sessions by IY Certified/Accredited Mentor or Trainer. After submitting a recording of a home coaching session, the home coach will receive a detailed written report of their performance. The report will provide specific feedback for the coach. Two complete video reviews are included in the certification fee. For each additional video review a fee is required due to the time intensive process of the review and preparation of the written report. Most home coaches submit at least two video submissions (at different times, from different topics or families) before obtaining final approval.

The video should be labeled, identifying the program and submitted with the group leader’s self-evaluation checklist and must meet minimal requirements for following session protocols. These protocols are outlined in the PDF below.

Parent Home Coach Process Checklist

Please see the Tips for Preparing your video for review below.

Tips for Preparing Video for Review (Parent)
Maintaining Fidelity after Accreditation/Certification

In order to assure that accredited group leaders continue to deliver the program with fidelity, we highly recommend the following:
-Accredited group leaders should lead at least one group every 18 months
-Accredited group leaders should participate in a fidelity check every 18 months: this could be a coaching session with an accredited Peer Coach, a video review of a group by a Mentor or Trainer from the Incredible Years office, an in-person consultation day, or Skype consultation calls with a certified Mentor.

Even expert group leaders benefit from on-going feedback and discussions about their work. Without fidelity checks, it is easy for group leaders to drift from the original model.  Fidelity checks are also a chance for group leaders to hear about new materials or innovations to the programs.