Are there any costs after I graduate from this course?
We provide comprehensive information about the courses costs and any additional “out of pocket” expenses during your participation in this training.
Once you graduate, you may have a range of optional costs, depending on your own goals and circumstances.
Private Practice/ Business Costs
If you are intending to use your qualification to work in private practice, you will be pleased to know that getting started with your infant massage practice will not necessarily require a massive investment. Many services and supports you will need can be easily obtained, and you can expand on these as your practice grows.
However, you will still have a range of up front costs associated with setting up your practice, and you will need to factor in these costs when setting your program fees.
As a bare minimum you will need to purchase insurance suitable to your business needs, and to purchase supplies/ stock for your classes. Fortunately, these are not excessive costs, and many people are able to start-up their practice with a budget of less than $1,000. You will also need to consider how to begin engaging parents in your classes – there are many effective free and low-cost advertising options.
Depending on your budget and circumstances, and as your practice grows, you may choose to also consider things like:
- Setting up a website
- Designing a logo
- Other promotional and networking activities
- Software or programs that you want to use in managing your practice
- Costs of any professional services that you might want to use – such as accounting services.
Of course, these are just general ideas to consider.
Before embarking on any business venture, we encourage you to do your research and – where appropriate – seek professional advice for your individual situation.
After graduating, the vast majority of our students elect to stay on as Professional Members of Baby in Mind.
However, there is no obligation for you to remain a member of Baby in Mind once you graduate. If you do not wish to have an ongoing affiliation with Baby in Mind you are still able to go on to teach infant massage independently, with a sound, well-recognised, accredited qualification behind you.
If you elect to take out Professional Membership with Baby in Mind you will be able to:
- continue to deliver the “First Touch Program” in your work and,
- use the Baby in Mind trademarks/ logos indicating your professional affiliation with the organisation.
- be publicly listed as a registered as a certified infant massage educator
- and, depending on your level of membership, access the range of supports available to members.
The cost of registration with Baby in Mind ranges from $130 to $175 per year, depending on the membership package that you select. If you work in private practice, you need to factor this cost into your fees. Many educators who work in paid employment have their membership costs met by their employer.
All professional members of Baby in Mind are required to undertake 20 hours (approximately 2.5 days) of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities per year. These activities can be self-directed. Most members who already have CPD requirements will find that their existing CPD activities also meet the requirements of Baby in Mind and will not need to undertake any additional activity. In addition there are a wide range of free and low-cost professional development options. This means that, regardless of your circumstances, your costs of meeting CPD requirements should be minimal.