Holistic Doula Certificate

Program Overview

The Holistic Doula Certificate is the most comprehensive Doula program in North America. The education and training provided within the Holistic Doula Certificate is based on complementary and integrative approaches, bridging the standard Maternal Health model with holistic therapies. Upon completion, students are prepared to serve as prenatal, birth and postpartum Doulas providing comprehensive support to people across the perinatal period. 

Length: 15 weeks
Offered: Fall semester

Hours: 270 total
Program Enrolment: Maximum 18 

I am so grateful to have made the decision to attend the Holistic Doula Certification at PRC.  I left the program feeling excited, prepared and inspired to work as a Doula.  Not only did I gain the practical knowledge and technical skills to work as a doula but I also learned the business skills to make this work obtainable and sustainable.

– Gabrielle Emmett, Alumnus

Why Pacific Rim College?

The Holistic Doula Certificate Program breaks the industry standards and provides extensive hands-on training by leaders in their respective fields.
The Holistic Doula Certificate integrates philosophies of multiple medical modalities from various cultures to give students the most comprehensive Doula education in North America.
This program is approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (Private Training Institutions Branch) and Canada Student Loans.
Pacific Rim College is actively engaged in many forms of environmental stewardship including 100% green energy offsets for our campus, the highest eco-certification, and planting of 10 trees in British Columbia for every program graduate.

What You’ll Learn:

Key Learning Outcome #1

To gain the skills and knowledge to work as a Prenatal, Birth and Postpartum Doula. 

Key Learning Outcome #2

The experience to establish a private inclusive doula services business or join or create an integrative health clinic or birthing centre.

Key Learning Outcome #3

An in-depth understanding of anatomy and physiology, especially in relation to the human reproductive system.

Key Learning Outcome #4

Working knowledge of complementary therapies to provide enhanced, safe client experiences. 

Key Learning Outcome #5

Ethics of the Doula practitioner and a strong understanding of the role of the midwife and other medical practitioners. 

The Holistic Doula program really exceeded all of my expectations. The teachers were all amazing professionals from their field, many of them still practicing while teaching. They created a safe space to explore ourselves as Doulas and as individuals. I left the program with a huge amount of confidence, a plethora of new skills and an authentic Doula practice. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a well rounded Doula training program and also to practicing Doulas looking to upgrade their training (like I was). For the ultimate Doula training program, look no further!

– Vanessa Brown, Alumnus

Core Program Instructors


Study Options

The Holistic Doula Certificate Program is offered on a full-time basis over 13.5 weeks (20 hours per week of study). The program begins every September.

 Fall 2024
Fall 2025


The Holistic Doula Certificate provides a practical foundation with varying therapeutic approaches, enabling graduates to become competent and confident doulas. The depth and breadth of this program not only provides tools for the doula’s practice, but also takes students on their own journey, finding what doula work will mean for them from an intentional and educated perspective.

Below are the courses that comprise the Holistic Doula Certificate Program. Successful completion of all components is necessary for graduation.

Holistic Doula Certificate

270 hours 270 hrs



Pacific Rim College is committed to educating the highest quality industry professionals, and we offer priority acceptance to applicants who demonstrate the highest potential for success. Admission into the Holistic Doula Certificate program at Pacific Rim College is on a competitive basis, and applicants will be evaluated based on academic achievement, humanitarian activities, community involvement, program-related experience, communication skills, professionalism, emotional maturity, independence, ambition, and passion.

Admission requires successfully meeting the following minimum criteria:

  • A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent, such as a GED. Applicants without a high school diploma or equivalent are welcome to apply and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for mature student status.
  • A minimum grade of 60% in previous coursework. All grades will be taken into consideration with emphasis on related language and science-based courses, such as but not limited to general English, general science, creative and professional writing, biology, and chemistry.
  • Written and spoken English language competency. Applicants may be required to submit an official score report from an English proficiency exam such as TOEFL or iELTS upon request.

To apply, please click on the link below.

We offer one semester of study per year for this certificate program – Fall (September – December). We do not have a set deadline for applications, and we will continue to accept students up until the start of classes provided there is space within the program, however, programs do fill prior to the semester start, so we recommend applying 3 months in advance of the intended start date for domestic applicants, and 6 months in advance for on-campus international students applying for a study permit. Please note that international students do not require a study permit for a program 6 months or less in duration, however international students hoping to work while studying do.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for the Holistic Doula Certificate Program total $4400 and are broken down as follows:

Early bird rates apply for this program. Apply before June 1 for the Fall semester to receive 10% off your program tuition.

Please click here for a description of Academic Fees in PDF format.

Financial Aid

This program is approved for Canada Student Loans. British Columbia residents can apply for student loans online through StudentAid BC. For non-British Columbia residents, please visit hrsdc.gc.ca for information about Canada Student Loans.

For a list of all financial aid programs available to PRC students, please visit our Financial Aid page.



Graduates of the Holistic Doula Certificate Program may work as Prenatal, Birth and Postpartum Doulas and may use knowledge and experience gained to establish a private inclusive doula services business or join or create an integrative health clinic or birthing centre.

Pacific Rim College certified Holistic Doulas (program alumni) have met the highest education standards available for doula training in North America. Having gained extensive education in a variety of disciplines,  graduates are poised to change the current standards of what it means to be a doula in North America, working with an expanded scope that sets them apart.

All students are eligible to partake in the Doula Mentorship once they have completed all classroom requirements of the certificate program.


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