FAQs for CIMI Trainings

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What kinds of training courses are offered by the IAIM?

What does the training course cover?

How long does the course last?

Who massages the babies?

Who can take the course?

What are the prerequisites to take the course?

What are the requirements to become certified?

Is the certification recognized in other countries?

Can this training satisfy continuing education requirements?

What training courses are offered by the IAIM?

The IAIM offers 4-day training courses in infant massage to become IAIM Certified Infant Massage Instructors all over the world. The focus of the course is on teaching the art of infant massage, its proven benefits and how to hold classes for parents. This comprehensive course is interactive, hands-on and fun!

What does the training course cover?

The course follows a comprehensive 15-point core curriculum with the same content around the world. The curriculum includes, e.g. the history of infant massage, benefits, bonding, attachment, communication and group facilitation skills, marketing, research, understanding how an infant communicates, and the strokes and how they can be adapted. Also included in the 4-day training is a 3-day practicum class with parents and babies.

How long does the course last?

The course is four full days. The hours are set by the IAIM Trainer to meet the needs of the locality. Generally, the length of the course is lengthened by one full day if an interpreter is needed.

Who massages the babies?

Parents massage their own babies and instructors demonstrate using dolls. A portion of the course includes practical experience in teaching parents how to massage their babies. An infant’s first language is touch, and massage is a beautiful tool parents can use to establish a strong bond and create a healthy attachment. An IAIM Instructor’s role is to create an environment that allows parents and babies to strengthen their bonds and deepen their love for each other.

Parents and babies are invited to each IAIM training for a parent-baby class. This training was at an agency in the USA.

Who can take the course?

Anyone 18 or older who has a desire to teach parents to massage their babies, can take the training course. Vimala McClure, who introduced infant massage to the US in the 1970s, had a vision that infant massage be passed down from mother to daughter as it has been in other cultures from the beginning of time.

What are the prerequisites to take the course?

An ability to communicate well with parents. There are no specific educational requirements.

What are the requirements to become certified?

To earn your infant massage instructor certification, you must:

  • Attend the 4-day IAIM Instructor training course.
  • Complete the required reading and satisfactorily complete the take-home open-book assignment.
  • Complete a hands-on practicum: teaching 5 families to massage their babies in a five-week course or five-session private consultations.
  • Submit certification package to IAIM Trainer for review.

    CIMis become skilled at presenting about infant massage in many different situations. Here an instructor from Costa Rica presents at a conference.

Once you have completed these requirements, you will be certified as an IAIM Certified Infant Massage Instructor, CIMI. (Note: in the US the title is CEIM, Certified Educator of Infant Massage.) Your certification will be recognized world-wide through the International Association of Infant Massage.

Is the certification recognized in other countries?

Yes, your certification is recognized world-wide. IAIM has affiliates in over 50 different countries around the world.

Can this training satisfy continuing education requirements?

Every country has different requirements and different organizations that provide continuing education. Most organizations give credit to participants taking our courses. Contact the local chapter or your IAIM Trainer to get information about continuing education credits. See International Representation for contact information.

How should I go about registering?

Find a training you are interested in on our Trainings page, and click through to find the contact information. The training sponsor or the trainer for the course will give you instructions on registering and more details about the course. We would love to have you be a part of our work!

IAIM MISSION: The purpose of the International Association of Infant Massage is to promote nurturing touch and communication through training, education and research so that parents, caregivers and children are loved, valued and respected throughout the world community.