Training of
Trainers Program


The Standards Training of Trainers Program builds the capacity of Member Networks of the National Family Support Network and the California Network of Family Strengthening Network to be able to conduct the 1-day Standards Certification Training. The program is designed to support Networks to build their capacity to take on a unique, essential, and ongoing role within the system of care in their area as they gateway to, and promoters of, quality work with families.


Each Training of Trainers Institute has a limited number of participants selected through an application process. The Training of Trainers Institute includes four days of comprehensive training, learning, and interaction with experienced Master Trainers. Training participants begin by reviewing adult learning theory, the history and vision of the Standards work, and being oriented to the Training Manual. Participants then observe a Master Trainer model each section, and practice teaching it back, receiving constructive feedback from the Master Trainer and their peers.  To become a Certified Trainer, participants will need to be signed off as proficient in each section by the Master Trainer.


Participants who successfully complete the training will be certified to conduct Standards Certification Trainings. Certified Trainers maintain their certification through participation in ongoing learning opportunities, including the Quarterly Standards Trainers Learning Community, the biennial Together for Families Conference, receiving positive training evaluation scores, and payment of a $100 annual Trainer Renewal fee.


Please see the Training of Trainers Program Overview Document  for more detailed information including program costs.



  • Have the capacity to conduct Certification Trainings on the Standards for your network members, partners, and other organizations working with families within your area

  • Enhanced credibility as a leader within the Family Support and Strengthening field

  • Establish a unique, essential, and ongoing role for your network within the system of care in your area

  • Increased visibility and fundraising potential for your network

  • Potential to generate unrestricted revenue from Standards trainings

  • Ongoing peer support from other networks with Certified Trainers

  • Recognized on the National Family Support Network website as a network provider of Certification Trainings


Please note the upcoming Training of Trainer Institute dates and application deadline:

  • April 27- May 1, 2020, 8:30am-5:00pm each day - Virtual

Application Deadline: April 14, 2020

  • September 22-25, 2020, 8:30am-5:00pm each day - Washington, DC

Application Deadline: August 14, 2020

Networks can also contract with the NFSN to host an Institute in their area.  Please contact the NFSN Director for details.


Click here for information about how to apply to participate in the Standards Training of Trainers Program.