What is an Educational Unit?

In many professions a person is asked to submit proof of continuing education in order to maintain their status in that profession.  Take, for example, your registered massage therapist, local nursing staff, and chiropractors!

Doula Canada values the need for continuing education.

The goal of ensuring our students are the top professional birth workers and support persons led us to incorporate continuous learning into our certification streams – also know as an Educational Unit (EU).

An Educational Unit is a “point” you obtain by attending other trainings that will help you to grow your business.

One Educational Unit is granted for every two (2) hours of additional learning you participate in.  Example:  8 hour workshop is weighted as 4 EU credits.

The total number of educational units required for certification can be found on the specific program pages.

A student can use a maximum of 6 educational units per a course toward certification.

Don’t have previous business experience?  Haven’t experienced breastfeeding a child yourself?  The Educational Unit requirement is an opporunity to take courses that will customize your training to your unique learning needs, but also build your skills to become a more confident support person!

We encourage our students to search their community to see what may be available.   However we also recognize a variety of online webinars, workshops and courses that make Educational Unit learning accessible to all.  (Example: City of Toronto breastfeeding modules).

Taking Educational Unit credits is an opportunity to develop your skills in areas you feel you need more knowledge, and also a way to possibly add additional income streams that compliment your birth or postpartum related business.

Doula Canada requests that every three (3) years students submit a form with supporting documentation showing that they have completed 12 EU credits in that three year period (4 per a year, or 8 hours of learning per a year).  There is no fee to submit this form or “recertify,” but it is required to remain in good-standing with Doula Canada.

Interested in having a course or program added to our pre-approved Educational Units list?  Please email info@doulatraining.ca to request an application form from our administrative team.

Note: applications must be submitted by the developer or instructor of the course.

Prefer to get certified online? We have you covered with our self-study options!

What our Students Say
  • Just wanted to drop you a thank you note ... I was offered a position as a support worker because of my doula certification. This is a support system for young, at risk mothers and I have been volunteering with them for the past couple of years. A large part of my job will be hands on doula work and setting up a doula support program that will grow over time. Now the thank you : I was asked to come in for an interview originally for a facilitator position but once I found out it required the applicant to have a Social Work degree I hesitated. This was all around the time of the birth training. During that training with you we drew DTC affirmation cards. I drew the affirmation card "I am enough". That stuck with me and I decided to go for the interview and see what happened. It was an hour long interview and I was so nervous as I had zero social work background. However, I did my homework for it and repeated over and over again "I am enough". While I did not get the facilitators job I got a job offer that was designed around my passion - doula work. Like the universe designed it for me. So you see, I want to say thank you. Thank you for ALL you do. You are strong and passionate and that is very infectious. And I am so happy I found you and DTC. Thank you Michelle

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