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Become a Master Home Educator

Here you'll find information on what Master Home Educators do, the important role they play, and the next available training series. You can also access your Master Home Educator application (PDF) and have the chance to check out our Master Home Educator FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions). Take a peek.

Master Home Educators Wanted!

Master Home Educators are a fundamental and vital element in our Healthy Homes program. They help citizens learn about common pollutants found in their homes, which could be making them ill. Upon successful completion of the training, Master Home Educators will receive certification as a Master Home Educator, after they have completed 20 hours of training and 20 hours of community service conducting community assessments.

To enroll in the Master Home Educator training, prospective Master Home Educators must complete an application and participate in an interview selection process. Attending the 20 hour training and completing 20 hours of community service are the most important requirements to become a Healthy Homes Master Home Educator – you don't need to be an environmentalist or an expert in anything.

We look for diverse individuals who are committed to actively participating in the training sessions and who will join us to improve the health of their communities. We want people who will enjoy working together to improve their own and others' health.

You'll learn to recognize hazards such as lead, dust, household chemicals, mold, and other air pollutants; use low cost or no cost methods to reduce risks; teach others about health hazards in their home and how poor air quality can affect their health; and conduct free in-home environmental assessments.

The topics covered in the Healthy Homes Training trainings include: moisture and biological contaminants, dust, lead, toxicology, cultural diversity, secondhand smoke, asthma, household chemicals, ventilation, landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities, and communication and behavior change.

Master Home Educator Training Schedule for 2016

Location: City of Fort Collins Community Room,
215 N. Mason (unless otherwise noted)

Program Overview, Communications, & Other Resources Tuesday, April 5, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Asthma, Allergies and Allergens Tuesday, April 7, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
KEEP IT: Dry & Well Ventilated Thursday, April 12, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
KEEP IT: Pest Free & Clean Tuesday, April 14, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
KEEP IT: Free of Contaminants Thursday, April 16, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
KEEP IT:Well Maintained & Review of Assessment Tools Saturday, April 19, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
MHE Safety, Record-Keeping, Presentations & Graduation Tuesday, April 21, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Master Home Educator FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

We are looking for residents primarily in the Fort Collins area who care about having a healthy home and educating others about ways to make their homes healthier. Our Master Home Educators often suffer from asthma, allergies, or chemical sensitivities or have family members or friends who do. The Master Home Educators are interested in learning ways to reduce allergies and asthma triggers to these conditions in their homes. To Master Home Educator, you don't have to be a professional in the field, but we do ask that you are willing and able to make the commitment of time to complete both the training and required outreach hours. Our Master Home Educators vary greatly in age and occupation. We are invested in having a culturally diverse group of Master Home Educators participate in the program.

This is not a technical training, although it does include some technical elements. Our goal is to give you a basic understanding of indoor pollutants (recognizing the hazards and knowing how they impact our health) and to help you find low cost or no cost solutions to these problems. You will learn how to identify any major biological polluntants, chemical contaminants, and safety hazards in homes. You don't have to be a scientist, but you do have to be willing to read, study, and actively participate in the training.

Our trainers are all specialists within their fields who come from a variety of backgrounds. They offer their expertise to our integrated training and are an excellent resource for our Master Home Educators. Each class session is taught by either one or two trainers.

Because of the number of hours involved in the training we have to include a Saturday to accommodate a practice assessment/walk-through of a home. We hold most of the classes in the evenings because we've found that it's more convenient for our Master Home Educators to meet then. This schedule allows those who work or are in school during the day go through the training.

We hold Healthy Homes trainings once a year in the Spring. If you let us know, we will make sure you are notified of application deadlines.

No. Even though the training is comprehensive, we are not able to issue credit for the classes. The goal of our training is to give you the information to do educational outreach to residents, family and friends, and to the general community.

There is no charge for the training. We ask our Master Home Educators to conduct 8 assessments in the coming year, or to commit to 20 hours over the coming year to further advance the program's marketing, education, and outreach.

Since the training involves a lot of participation and interaction, the class size is limited to approximately 25 Master Home Educators.

Because of all the valuable information taught during each class, it's very important that you attend all of the classes. We understand, however, that things come up (prior plans, sickness, etc.) and you may have to miss a class. We do ask that you let us know which class you can't attend and that you have another Master Home Educator take notes for you and collect any hand-outs. We also ask that you write up one page on the topic you missed.

Our Master Home Educators fulfill their outreach hours in a number of ways that don't necessarily include public speaking. There are many opportunities to educate others without having to speak in front of a large group. Each of our Master Home Educators comes up with an individual outreach plan with our program staff that takes into account what populations they want to reach and how they prefer to work.

All of our Master Home Educators perform indoor air quality home assessment visits in the community (each takes about 1 to 1 1/2 hours to complete). During the visit, the Master Home Educator meets with the resident and walks through their home with them, addressing ways that they can reduce their exposure to toxins. They often pair up with other Master Home Educators to do the visits and either come up with their own referrals or take referrals that we get through our office. Master Home Educators also can get involved in a number of different projects. They may help out at booths for fairs and other community events, do slide show presentations, lead a household hazardous waste workshop, work with a special project targeting childcare providers, or write articles for our Master Home Educator newsletter. We encourage our Master Home Educators to be creative with their outreach ideas and we do what we can to support you so you can be a successful Master Home Educator.

Yes, in order to protect you and the individuals whose home you'll be visiting, a background check will be conducted prior to you receiving a home assessment assignment.

Yes. We do have a Master Home Educator training manual that you will receive on the first night of training and there are readings that correspond to most of the classes. There are usually a number of hand-outs from each class also. We ask that our Master Home Educators complete two practice in-home assessments during the course of the training.