Learn with SymptoPro

Whether you'd like to learn how to use SymptoPro, or are interested in becoming an instructor, we have a quality course geared toward your needs! Click below to find out more.

SymptoPro Fertility Education teaches the Sympto-Thermal method of family planning and has been providing quality, personalized, instruction for over 35 years. Our classes are informative, personal, and discreet. More and more couples are discovering the benefits of charting their fertility, and in response, we offer two ways to take our course. 

We offer two ways to learn SymptoPro:

Online

AdobeStock 159472073If you are unable to attend an in-person class, our online series is second to none! Modeled after our in-person class, the course consists of three self-paced sessions taken two weeks apart. You can begin at any time and complete the series within 4 months, though a typical time frame is 4-12 weeks. Communication with your assigned instructor is integrated throughout the course and occurs mostly via email, though phone calls can be made upon request. On-going chart reviews continue for the first 4-6 cycles. The benefits to this approach include complete privacy and confidentiality, flexibility of scheduling, and a detailed and thorough correspondence with your instructor. Cost is $120 plus materials. Required materials include a digital thermometer as well as a copy of our textbook, A Couple's Guide to Fertlility. This textbook is available in both e-book ($7.50) as well as paper book ($25 includes shipping) format with links to purchase found on the registration pageIf registering through a different location, cost may vary. Registration directly through Sympto headquarters can be done here

In person

AdobeStock 60154472This method of fertility education is highly recommended. Each class series consists of three two-hour sessions that meet over the course of one month with personalized follow-up. A fourth private follow up is also scheduled one month after the final session, followed by on-going chart review for the first 4-6 cycles. The benefits to this approach include face-to-face instruction, an easily facilitated relationship with your SymptoPro Instructor, and the opportunity to ask questions both of your Instructor and of the other couples in your class. You will not be asked to share personal information with class participants. To find and contact an in-person instructor near you, search the Find an Instructor page. Course and follow-up cost varies based on location and instructor.*

Next In-Person Class for Local Clients (Portland, OR):

The below course is the next in-person offering at our headquarters in Portland, OR.  If you are looking for in-person instruction and do not live in Portland or the surrounding area, please see our "Find an Instructor" page to contact an instructor near you.

Fall Series for Portland, Oregon  
Date: November 15th, 29th and December 13th
Location: Northwest Family Services
Price: $110.00
 

More information about learning and using NFP can be found in the FAQs section.

*If learning via a SymptoPro headquarters staff instructor, consultation sessions beyond completion of the main course, can be purchased for a modest fee. If learning via a non-staff, certified SymptoPro Instructor, please consult with your instructor personally about their support consultation rates.

AdobeStock 60154472Many women or couples become so enthused about the benefits of charting their fertility that they wish to take the next step and teach others how to do it! No matter where you’re located, we can provide training to help you become a fully certified SymptoPro instructor.

We find that the most successful trainees and instructors are those who:

  • Possess a keen attention to detail
  • Are highly self-motivated
  • Feel comfortable in leadership positions

What are the application requirements?

  1. Find a sponsoring organization for referral. This can include: a church, diocese, medical clinic, or other organization. The sponsoring organization will provide a letter of reference, and may be able to help cover the cost of your training. Once you are able to teach, they may also be able to support you by promoting your classes and/or providing a place to teach with equipment (digital projector, etc.)
  2. You should be currently using a Fertility Awareness Based Method (FABM). If you are not able to currently use a FABM, you should be a philosophical acceptor. Contact Lauren Fuller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for our application.

Do you require that we train as a couple?

No, we train either couples or individuals. If training as a couple, we do train for individual competency, and work must be completed and turned in separately.

Do I need to be Catholic?

While our method and teacher training program are both approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, we do not require you to be of any particular faith background to teach our method.

Would I be learning how to teach just the content of a client course?

No, training is far more involved. You will be thoroughly trained in how to individually counsel a woman/couple through any special circumstances or reproductive category, including posthormone, postpartum, breastfeeding, premenopause, long cycles, cycles with constant mucus, and many more. You will learn about many rules and guidelines that are not discussed in the client course. The training is rigorous, and not everyone is a good fit. Possessing solely a passion for charting one's fertility, while good in itself, is not enough to do well in training. Those that do well and complete the training tend to have a keen attention to detail and are highly self-motivated. If you feel that teaching SymptoPro may not be a good fit for you, consider other ways that you can contribute to the fertility awareness movement in your area. Promoting classes and offering personal stories are excellent ways to spread the word, and can have a huge impact.

How do I learn?

Instructor training is almost always done online. If you have not yet completed one of our client courses, your first step will be to either sit in on a class, or take the online course. From there, teacher training involves roughly 40 hours of work, done at your own pace. For those that are able to develop a schedule and stay on track, this tends to take about 3-4 months. We give you 6 months of access to the online training.  If you do not finish in 6 months time you will need to renew your enrollment.  Cost to renew for an additional 6 months time, is $10. 

The training is rigorous and involves training for any possible circumstance and for all reproductive categories. Mastery will be required for these and other components including: advanced reproductive issues, effectiveness issues, follow-up policy and procedures, moral and family issues, and program management. You will learn by: reading through the training manual, viewing online slides, completing online quizzes, and completing offline activities that are sent in for individualized detailed feedback. You’ll have plenty of practice with application by the completion of dozens of practice charts.

Once the 40 hours of training is complete, you may begin teaching on a supervised basis. Once you have taught under supervision by guiding 6 couples through their first 6 cycles, you’ll take a final exam and then become a certified SymptoPro Instructor. The complete training usually lasts about 18 months.

What is the cost of training?

The cost is $400 for an individual or $510 for a couple. This base price involves training done completely online with all digital materials that you can print out as needed. Many times the sponsoring organization is able to help cover some or all of the cost…you’ll need to inquire about this.

There is also an annual $50 affiliation fee which includes access to our instructor affiliation portal and monthly e-newsletter for instructors, as well as ongoing technical support. This affiliation fee is required to maintain your certified insructor status. 

Is there a way to generate income from teaching SymptoPro?

Yes! You will be able to determine the cost of your SymptoPro class. There are base fees needed to cover the cost of the client packets that each couple will receive, but beyond that, the cost you charge is up to you. This will allow you to be reimbursed for your time, gas, babysitting fees, etc. Contact us for more details.

What if we have a group of people interested in training to teach?

If there are more than 2-3 couples or individuals in your area, we may be able to arrange workshop-style training. Contact us for more details.

What about training to teach SymptoPro in Spanish?

At this time, the materials we have available in Spanish are the client materials only. Teacher training can only be done in English, so if you wish to teach NFP in Spanish, you will need to be strong in both English and Spanish.

If I am switching from teaching a different fertility charting method, is there a specific track for me?

Yes, training time is somewhat reduced for people that are certified in other methods.

If you have additional questions about the the instructor training process contact Lauren Fuller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you would like to register and begin the training process, select the appropriate link below and apply now!

Instructor Registration