Training Description
Delivered by National Fatherhood Initiative® President Christopher Brown, the on-demand Father Engagement Certificate™ (FEC) training provides individuals with affordable, convenient, on-demand training around 5 core competencies for effective father engagement.

Please note: Students are given 60 days to complete the course.
Topics Covered

  • Foundational: How to Create a Father-Friendly Organization.
  • Program Design: 7 Best Practices in Designing a Fatherhood Program.
  • Recruitment & Retention: How to Think Like a Marketer When Marketing a Fatherhood Program.
  • Involving Moms: How to Work with Moms to Encourage Father Involvement.
  • Fundraising: How to Develop a Funding Plan for a Fatherhood Program.

Features & Benefits

  • Learn strategies and techniques not previously released to the public developed during NFI's 5-year federally-funded National Responsible Fatherhood Capacity Building Initiative attended by nearly 125 fatherhood and family service organizations.
  • Add credibility to your work with organizations and in your community, with funders and on grant proposals, and generally help you excel in your work with fathers and families.
  • Learn from the best in the fatherhood field - over 20 years, folks!
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion and web badge after passing a short exam to proudly display your accomplishment!

Who Should Enroll

  • Practitioners and organizations that want to better engage fathers in their existing programs and services for families or designed specifically for fathers. 
  • Organization staff managers in any setting (e.g. social workers and case managers who want to better engage fathers in child welfare cases and Head Start/Early Head Start staff who want to better engage fathers).

Completion Time

  • Minimum 4 hours.

Meet Your Trainer

Christopher A. Brown is the President of National Fatherhood Initiative®. An applied anthropologist with more than 25 years of experience in the fatherhood field, he earned his B.A. from the University of North Texas and his M.A. from the University of South Florida. 

Christopher is the designer of the nation’s most widely-used evidence-based and research-based fatherhood programs and resources, trainer of thousands of fatherhood practitioners, and has been a member of many advisory committees on federally-funded fatherhood initiatives. He most recently served on the advisory committee of the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network ( 


Father Engagement Certificate™ Reviews

5 star rating

Father Engagement

Ethel Gibbs

Comprehensive, Detailed and Well Taught!!

Comprehensive, Detailed and Well Taught!!

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