Registration and Access
Note: This is our regular online course. You may also be interested in the Registration and Access information for our North Dakota version of the course.
You can gain immediate access to this course by following these simple instructions.
Step 1: Ensure that your computer is ready to take the course
To maximize the use of the course, you will need to download Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, and Adobe Flash Player (8.0 or higher) if you do not already have them on your computer. This software is free but will require you to have administrative rights on your computer.
You will also need to disable your pop-up blocker and make sure your audio is working on your computer.
To test if your computer is ready, see Is my computer ready to take the course?
Step 2: If the course has been required, get judge/attorney pre-approval
This course has been approved by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Even though most parents have had no difficulty getting the course accepted, we still recommend that you check that your judge/attorney will accept the online version of the course (before registering) if it has been required. (Your judge/attorney may be interested in Online Course Approved by Minnesota Supreme Court.)
Step 3: See if you qualify for a reduced fee
Per Minnesota Statute 518.157, subd. 6, if a parent is determined by the court to be in forma pauperis (IFP), the parent is not required to pay the parent education program fee. If you do not have court-ordered IFP status but cannot afford to pay the full fee, you may qualify for a reduced fee.
Are you unable to pay the full price? See if you qualify for a reduced fee: Do You Qualify for a Reduced Fee?
Step 4: Register
You will register through the University of Minnesota online registration system. This system uses pop-ups.
Follow the instructions and provide the required information. This registration system will:
- Guide you to "Create a new guest account" to use for the course. (If you have a University of Minnesota x500 internet ID/password, you will skip this step.)
- Collect basic information about you, needed by the course instructor.
- Collect your registration fee of $89. (Required as a credit card payment.)
- Give you the link to access the online course after the above steps have been completed. (See below for follow-up steps.)
Step 5: Access the course
After you register, you will receive a link to access the online course.
Remember, use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome with the course to maximize course functionality. Once in the course, set your pop-up blocker to allow related course pages so that you can access all course content.
You may wish to save the direct course link in your internet browser favorites: Parents Forever™ Online Course for Parents (Moodle home page).