A person who wants to become a certified parent educator should first complete a parent education certificate program. Many certificate programs can be taken online and require a bachelor's degree from an accredited academic institution in the United States. The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) also offers a certification program in which the certified professional is called a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).
The certification requires knowledge of the 10 family life content areas that are considered relevant to parent education. The NCFR offers two levels of certification: provisional and full. Those who are already educated in the 10 areas but do not yet have any teaching experience can be given a provisional certificate. Once they gain sufficient work experience with family life education, they can then apply as CFLEs and be given a full certification.
Requirements for parent education certification vary by state. Some states, such as Minnesota, require hopeful parent educators to pass English language assessment tests and complete several units of child development courses. If the applicant is not a recent graduate of a CFLE-approved academic program, he needs to complete a CFLE exam. Applicants who have not gained their degree in the United States should submit evidence of degree equivalency.