How Much Should Your Sleep Consultant Education Cost?
Here’s the REAL Deal on “Budget” Schools
So glad to see you here on my blog! Today I’m happy to discuss with you a question I’ve gotten from students before. It’s one that may be on your mind, too, as you search for the best Sleep Consultant Certification program.
I love my career so much that I’m always thrilled when I hear someone is entering the field as a Certified Sleep Consultant. It’s my goal to have as many women as possible in a career that offers flexibility, a great source of income and personal satisfaction.
But first comes a great education. And there are plenty of ultra-low cost Certified Sleep Consultant “schools” out there –– and I’ll bet they look tempting.
How do you know you’re getting your money’s worth? In other words, what should a complete, comprehensive Sleep Consultant education cost? Let’s find out.
Pay Less, Get Less? Here’s the Scoop
A question I hear every so often is, “Violet, I’ve seen less expensive sleep consultant certification programs. Why are those so cheap? Why does the IPSP program cost more than those do?”
Here’s the truth: what those other schools don’t mention is that you may not be getting everything you need in order to be a successful Certified Sleep Consultant if you sign up with them.
What’s worse: not every “school” is taught by professionals or taught by a person at all. (More on that in a minute –– it’s important.)
With “discount” schools, what’s missing from their programs is what may cost you later: in clients, in your business, and potentially, in legal fees.
You Really Do Get What You Pay For
Did you know that each year, at least a handful of students come to us regretting having signed up elsewhere?
That program that looked like such a great deal ended up missing one-on-one instruction, real professionals teaching the lessons, and some even close up permanently without warning.
Not only are these well-meaning and committed students left with an incomplete education (you really do get what you pay for!), they’re depleted of funds they’ll never get back. Once those “cheaper” schools have failed the student, that money is gone.
I’d love to help you avoid paying more than you have to. It’s pretty simple: go directly to a great school that offers everything you need to get started in your own business as a graduate.
Here’s what to look for so you don’t get duped by a “budget” school.
Look Out for These Red Flags
To get more specific about the differences between IPSP and cheaper schools, keep all of the following IMPORTANT red flags in mind:
- The #1 red flag I tell potential students to look for is: ARE THERE ANY ACTUAL INSTRUCTORS? (Believe it or not, some “schools” are just folders of downloads for you to read. You can’t ask questions, get input and you may not even get any backup for the “data” they’re showing you!)
- Who is teaching? Is it just another sleep consultant? Or is it someone who also has medical, legal or other qualifications you need? The topics of pediatric sleep require medical professionals to teach many lessons: the science of sleep, nutrition, lactation, pediatric development, medical issues affecting sleep so you can refer out, and more. Teaching lessons on topics the individual is not qualified to teach is unethical and irresponsible, so that should be a red flag!
- Are the lessons actually created with an educational framework? Do they have clear and measurable objectives? Your school should help give you direction. If it doesn’t –– move on!
Careful –– Most pop-up programs are lacking in some or all of the above. And if you’re not careful, you could find yourself paying money to watch videos, with no clear framework or scientific basis.
And that could put your education and your investment at risk.
Choose the Program Led By Professionals
Just as you wouldn’t go see a Chef for a broken ankle, you wouldn’t want a Kindergarten teacher (merely for example) teaching vital lessons of pediatric sleep. Even if that chef has had some good experience with broken ankles, their educational background has not prepared them to be experts and teach others on the topic.
In the IPSP course, the lessons you will be receiving are conducted by trained medical professionals, or experts educated in their field. We take great caution with making sure that our course gives you the most accurate, evidence-based information, taught by the appropriate personnel.
We Help You Understand the Legal Side of the Job, Too
When you’re working in a health or care framework, there’s another consideration: liability.
Liability means your responsibility to the people you’ll be working with. And it’s a major factor in pediatric sleep consulting, making sure you don’t run into trouble is one of our top priorities within the course.
When to refer out, red flags to look for, and other areas of liability are areas that only medical professionals and attorneys can teach you – and we have both!
Get the Right Education With IPSP®
We make the financial investment to make sure that we are providing students with the best possible education. We want to make sure our students are truly successful. And we want to make sure they aren’t dispensing advice that is incorrect or that can potentially get them sued.
We also make sure we’re giving our students current and future regulatory changes. We do this by sitting on boards, and attending regular meetings and conferences to help you protect your investment.
Remember – you get what you pay for. Don’t get a discount education at a discount cost. Invest in your future with IPSP®!