Become a Certified Educator of Infant Massage

Teach this Amazing Tool to Parents

Help parents use nurturing touch to feel closer to their babies, reduce their colic and fussing, and help them become healthier and happier.

Infant Massage USA®'s internationally recognized, comprehensive, four-day, Parent Educator Certification Training includes everything you need to get started.

Certified Educator of Infant Massage Training

Infant Massage USA’s 15-point core curriculum, designed by Vimala McClure, author of Infant Massage, A Handbook for Loving Parents gives you the knowledge base, experience and confidence you need to fulfill your role as an instructor. You will get practical experience teaching infant massage through the three-day parent-baby class that is part of each training, and through a practicum in your own agency or community afterwards.

Here is a list of our Infant Massage USA Certification Trainings.

Have questions about certification trainings? Email us!

“I can’t stop talking about the course. It really made a difference in my life.”

What Will I be able to Do with the Training?

As a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM), you will be able to work with parents and families in private, group, hospital and agency settings. In addition to teaching parents, you will be qualified to present information about infant massage in your community, participate in research studies, conduct in-service programs, and present at professional conferences.

Teaching infant massage offers a rewarding opportunity to enhance parent-infant bonding, improve and maintain the physical well-being of babies, and facilitate long-term, positive emotional development in families.

You also will be invited to volunteer for Infant Massage USA and the International Association of Infant Massage. Volunteer positions include working with the newsletter, as a board member or ethics committee member, translation and more.

“The 'real life' baby and parent classes [in our training] were WONDERFUL and really helped to put what we learned into practice...I was impressed to see firsthand how the parents can bond with their babies, and to hear how it has helped them both.”

Who Should Attend?

PTs, OTs, childbirth educators, NICU staff, early intervention specialists, midwives, doulas, nurses, child life specialists, massage therapists, lactation consultants, social workers, parents and many others have found this training to be a wonderful addition to their professional skills, or a whole new area they want to work in.

There are no pre-requisites for the training except to be at least 18 years old and able to communicate well with parents.

We offer CEUs to participants from many different fields, from nurses to massage therapists to social workers. Detailed information can be found in Continuing Education, below.

How Do I Become Certified?

  1. Attend the in-depth four-day certification training, from 9 am - 5 pm each day.
  2. Complete a take-home assignment after the training.
  3. Teach five parents to massage their babies in a five-week class in your area, following the training.
  4. Submit your certification package to your International Trainer for review within time period specified by your trainer.

Included in the training fee is a one-year Student Membership with Infant Massage USA beginning with the training date. This membership is updated to ‘CEIM Membership’ when the student receives CEIM status.

Once you have completed these requirements, you will be certified as a CEIM (Certified Educator of Infant Massage) and become a full member of Infant Massage USA. You will also be recognized world-wide as a Certified Educator with the International Association of Infant Massage, headquartered in Sweden, which has representatives in over 70 countries around the world.

The CEIM Curriculum

  • is comprehensive, evidence-based, interactive, and personal
  • is based on the 15-point curriculum developed by Vimala McClure, author of Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents
  • offers three opportunities to participate in supervised parent-baby infant massage classes
  • presents protocols, adaptations and techniques to work with families and their babies born prematurely and/or with special needs
  • involves both practical and theoretical work

The training curriculum covers:

  • History of infant massage and of the IAIM
  • Massage techniques and how to adapt these skills as infants develop
  • Communication, teaching, group facilitation and lesson planning skills
  • Effects and benefits of infant massage
  • Bonding and the relationship between massage and bonding
  • Infant and child development in relationship to massage
  • Infant cues, crying and behavioral states
  • Massage for special situations (colic, babies born prematurely or with other additional needs, etc)
  • Infant handling and positioning
  • Understanding, supporting and valuing parents
  • Touch research
  • Marketing and promoting massage classes
  • Safety guidelines for the use of oils

More information about the Learning Objectives for CEIMs is located below.

“The training was excellent. I can tell a lot of thought has gone into the format. Giving the classes has confirmed for me that I really do have a passion for this field. I enjoy offering parents and caregivers this program to help the development of their children. I feel very well prepared.”


The cost of the four-day training is just $650. The tuition includes books and reading materials, the four-day-training, exam review and certification and one year’s membership with Infant Massage USA.

Save $25! Just $625 when you register 3 weeks or more in advance. Do you have three or more people to send to a training? Receive a 10% discount.

"I think this was one of the most validating and wonderful experiences that I have ever had as a professional in my lifetime."


Should a training be cancelled by the trainer, the students will be notified at least 2 weeks prior to the event. Any deposit will be refunded or transferred to a future workshop.

Should a student be unable to attend the activity, the learner will forfeit $50 of the deposit or the full $100 deposit will be transferred to a future training.

Contact your trainer directly to arrange for refunds or registration for a future training.

International Trainers

Infant Massage USA Certification Trainings are led by International Trainers who have gone through extensive training with the International Association of Infant Massage, located in Sweden. They are part of an international Circle of Trainers which defines the course curriculum, updates it regularly, and work as independent contractors with IMUSA. To find out more about the International Association of Infant Massage, and our trainers, please go to

Find out more about our Trainers.

See a list of our Trainings.

“Thank you so much! I absolutely love teaching this work and am so excited to get started. I want you to know your class was the best and most enjoyable continuing education class I have taken.”

How to Register

Find training locations and dates on our training calendar. Contact the International Trainer of the training(s) you are interested in for detailed training information. Register directly with the Trainer.


Do you have multiple staff members you would like to have trained? Contact IMUSA or a trainer in your area to set up a private training. We are happy to work with you to create the most cost effective option to train your staff.

If no training is listed in your area, and you would like to help set one up there, please contact IMUSA. We will have a trainer contact you.

“Infant massage is the most satisfying work I have ever done. One of the Early Hard Start staff people I consult with told me: ‘It is the most perfect thing to accomplish all our goals. It does everything we are hoping for.’ Infant massage gets people to focus on what’s going on with their baby. All the talk, all the hours we spend with families, yet infant massage just does it so quickly.”

“Parents who completed [my] infant massage class [tell me] that one of the most important changes they felt was in the nature of their relationship with their baby. They felt closer to the baby, felt that there was something they could do to ease their stress and discomfort, and even saw their baby from a different perspective."

Conflict of Interest and Disclosure

Infant Massage USA is committed to adhering to the highest ethical standards. An essential element of preserving the organization’s integrity is to avoid a circumstance where any Infant Massage USA trainer receives any improper personal benefit from his or her service to the Infant Massage USA organization.

Continuing Education Recognition

Infant Massage USA is the most widely recognized infant massage continuing education provider in the United States.

Many Nurses, Massage Therapists, Early Intervention Specialists, Child Life Specialists, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists have taken the Infant Massage USA Certified Educator of Infant Massage training and met their CE requirements.

Ohio Nurses Association Approved

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Part 1 – 25.33 Contact Hours

Approval valid through 11/11/2017 ONA # 18392

Part 2 – 28.0 Contact Hours

Approval valid through 11/14/2017 ONA # 18448


Part 1 – Infant Massage Certification Training Part 1 includes a 4-day training.

Part 2 – Infant Massage Certification Training Part 2 includes completion of exam plus practicum.

California Nurses Approved

California Nursing CEP Provider Number 1434

Part 1 – 28 Contact Hours

Part 2 – 28 Contact Hours


Part 1 – Infant Massage Certification Training Part 1 includes a 4-day training.

Part 2 – Infant Massage Certification Training Part 2 includes completion of exam plus practicum.

The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc Approved

American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc Approved

Assigned AOTA Provider Number 6015

Infant Massage USA #6015 is an AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education. This is an introductory level course recognized for 2.5 CEUs and 2.6 CEUs for completion of the exam and practicum. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.

  • AOTA Classification Codes
  • Domain of OT: Activity Demands
  • Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention
  • Professional Issues: OT Education

National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Approved

Infant Massage USA is approved by the National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider # 450085-06.

The Infant Massage Certification 4-day Training (28 CE Hours) followed by the Certified Educator of Infant Massage Exam and Practicum (28 CE Hours); by attending the course and exam requirements students will receive a total of 56 CE Hours.

Maryland Physical Therapy Examiners Approved

Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners has approved the Infant Massage Certification Training for 2.6 CEUs.

International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners Approved

IBLCE Approval Number: C1551066

Part 1 Approved for 26 R CERPs

Part 2 Approved for 28 R CERPs


Part 1 – Infant Massage Certification Training Part 1 includes a 4-day training.

Part 2 – Infant Massage Certification Training Part 2 includes completion of exam plus practicum.


Infant Massage USA is a qualified provider of continuing education units that are recognized by DONA and CAPPA

DONA International is an organization for doulas (originally Doulas of North America, they have expanded to an international presence and are keeping the DONA name and use the acronym only).

CAPPA is a professional organization for Doulas, Childbirth and Lactation Educators.

Infant Mental Health

The program presented by Infant Massage USA can be included toward those required for specialized in-service training hours for those seeking or renewing Infant Mental Health Endorsement (IMH-E®).

Learn more about this program: ECIC First Relationships Resources

National Association of Social Workers

National Association of Social Workers

Part 1 - 4-day training is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886653499-0) for 25 Social Work contact hours.

Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs

State Board of Physical Therapy Approved
Approval Number: PTCE009489

Part 1 - Approved for 24.58 Contact Hours

Part 2 - Approved for 28.00 Contact Hours

Part 1 - Infant Massage Certification Training Part 1 is the 4-day training.
Part 2 - Infant Massage Certification Training Part 2 is the completion of the exam plus the practicum.

Learning Objectives for CEIMs

At the end of the Infant Massage Certification Training, Part 1, participants will be able to:

Identify the benefits of infant massage for the infant/child and Parent/caregiver.

Recall research studies regarding the importance of touch in the healthy growth and development of a child.

Correctly perform basic stroking techniques.

Summarize stroke variations for the older child.

Demonstrate infant massage skills and techniques to parents and caregivers.

Describe relaxation and visualization techniques for parent/caregivers and infants.

Observe parent-infant interactions and possible challenges.

Define good communication skills that will empower the parent/caregiver.

Identify families that require special considerations to empower and nurture them.

Analyze strategies for advertising infant massage in the community.

Formulate a marketing plan for infant massage in your community or workplace.

Know the potential contributions they make in their workplace, communities, and in the Infant Massage USA organization through their work with nurturing touch and infant massage.

Infant Massage Certification Training Part II

Independent Study/Practicum

To achieve certification the student must successfully complete the exam.

Demonstration in essay form new knowledge from current literature in five (5) key topical areas:

  • Growth and Development
  • Research supporting infant massage concepts
  • Bonding
  • Special situations
  • Crying

Plan and document a marketing presentation.

Present the 5-session infant massage class to five parent/baby dyads.

“I can’t stop talking about the course. It really made a difference in my life.”

"Instructing parents in infant massage has been a very gratifying experience. It is an amazing feeling to receive an email and phone call from a parent after a session who wants to share their successes with you. . . . The special interactions I've already had with just a few families has encouraged me and inspired me to follow this path. Teaching these sessions has made my heart happy and spirit soar. You know you're on to something when your work is joyful!"

"My overall experience has been amazing...I was unaware how much satisfaction and gratification I would come away with after completing the classes...Hearing about the responsiveness of the babies to the daily massage was heart warming. It gave me pleasure to hear that because of the daily massage a baby was able to better relax before bedtime and that a baby was having more regular bowel movements due to the stomach massage."