“We are dedicated to running FAST with passion. We are here for the families – to empower parents and support our students.”
–Certified FAST Trainer and Specialist at Albuquerque Public Schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Read more about FAST at APS on our blog.
The certification process is important for developing Certified FAST® Trainers who are effective teachers of the program’s foundations and evidence-based practices, and who can monitor the Team’s progress to help them maintain program fidelity. The result: each Trainer becomes a skilled coach who mentors and motivates Teams to ensure that every family experiences the maximum benefit from FAST.
Become a Certified FAST® Trainer:
- Serve as a FAST Team Member for a FAST Cycle.
- Complete a FAST Trainer Intern Application and submit to Families & Schools Together.
- Attend the FAST Training of Trainers conference.
- Within one year of attending the training conference, complete an internship under the mentorship of a Certified FAST Trainer Supervisor. During your internship, you will guide and evaluate a FAST Team as its members prepare and run a FAST Cycle.
- Upon completion of the FAST Cycle, fulfill the remaining training requirements. Your Trainer Supervisor will need to submit a recommendation to Families & Schools Together.
- Receive certification from Families & Schools Together, qualifying you to prepare new Teams to run FAST efficiently and with fidelity to the program’s research, practices and principles. Trainers are required to re-certify every 3 years.
Sponsored Trainers: A Valuable Local Resource
Agencies and schools have the opportunity to develop local Certified FAST Trainers authorized by Families & Schools to conduct training sessions on behalf of your organization. Most individuals complete this process in one school year or over a nine to 12-month period. Sponsored Trainers are a tremendous asset in sustaining and expanding FAST in your community, allowing you to apply efficient internal resources to grow the program.