The above map illustrates data on the Standards Certification Trainings nationwide.  Download a printable copy here.


Training is a fundamental strategy for implementing the Standards effectively. Training ensures a thorough and shared understanding of the Standards, builds connections and peer support amongst participants, and motivates teams to work collectively on implementing them.


The Standards Certification Training, developed by the National Family Support Network (NFSN), is provided virtually or in-person by NFSN Member Networks in their geographic areas. The Certification Training is designed for all management and direct service staff, as well as for funders. Teams of Executive Directors, Managers, Coordinators, and Direct Service staff are highly encouraged to participate together, because each has a key role to play in implementing the Standards effectively.  Each participant who successfully completes the training receives a certificate from the NFSN that is valid for two years.  For information about upcoming trainings, please click here

Networks, funders, and other stakeholders can contract with the NFSN to host a Certification Training for programs in their area.  The cost is $7,500 for NFSN Member Networks and $8,000 for non-Members for up to 36 participants, which includes all materials.  For two Certification Trainings with up to 72 participants, the cost is $14,000 for NFSN Member Networks and $15,000 for non-Members. For the in-person option, the host will need to provide the training venue as well as continental breakfast and lunch for participants.  There is no additional cost for trainer travel within the continental United States.

To explore bringing the Certification Training to your area, please contact the NFSN Director.

“The most helpful new information that I learned was how to effectively evaluate programs and improve partnerships.”
– New Hampshire participant
“This training gave us validation of the work we do.”
– California participant
”I really liked learning about how I can better help families and in turn, help my organization.”
– Arizona  participant


Representatives of the Member Networks of the National Family Support Network and the California Network of Family Strengthening Networks can become Certified Standards Trainers through successfully completing a Training of Trainers Institute.  Click here for more information.


Member Networks of the National Family Support Network and California Network of Family Strengthening Network can also contract with the NFSN to host an Institute in their areas. Please contact the NFSN Director for details.