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Certificate Programs


Associate Instructor Certificate Program

Interested students may earn an Associate Instructor certificate from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps:

  1. Taking the following courses:

    1. Tai Chi Qigong 1 + Qigong Meditation Basics 1                (5-days) 
    2. Tai Chi Qigong 2 + Qigong Meditation Basics 2                (5-days) 
    3. Qigong Meditation Basics 3 + Iron Shirt 1                         (3-days) 
    4. Fusion of the Five Elements 1 + Iron Shirt 2  PART A       (3-days) 
    5. Fusion of the Five Elements 1 + Iron Shirt 2  PART B       (3-days) 

  2. Upon completion of step 1, write a one-page "Letter of Intention" explaining why you wish to become an Associate Instructor. Please submit this to Spiritual Tao.

  3. REtake the following courses:

    1. Tai Chi Qigong 1 + Qigong Meditation Basics 1       (5-days) 
    2. Tai Chi Qigong 2 + Qigong Meditation Basics 2       (5-days) 
    3. Qigong Meditation Basics 3 + Iron Shirt 1                (3-days) 

  4. Testing

    1. Pay testing fees of $100.
      This will cover all costs of guidance, testing, certificates, and organization fees.

    2. During your second time taking "Tai Chi 2 + QMB2", you will attend an extra hour in the evening detailing what you are expected to know for the test. This will give you adequate preparation time for the test.

    3. You will test during the "QMB3 + Iron Shirt 1" course at a scheduled time outside of class.

Upon successful completion of the test:
The student will receive an official certificate that gives you international recognition as being certified in Master Mantak Chia's system.

If a student does not pass the test, the student may reschedule another test at a convenient time in the future for $50.

Cost:  This is the $100 testing fees, plus the cost of taking all the above courses.
Depending on early bird discounts and rebates, estimated total tuition cost is $3180-$3980.
Hotel and travel costs are separate.

You need not do anything to enroll in this Associate Instructor Certificate Program, other than follow the above steps, unless you would like a discount through package pricing as below.


Associate Instructors are strongly encouraged to upgrade later to Instructor level, which requires further coursework.

Differences between Associate Instructors and Instructors:

  1. Associate Instructors may teach only Qigong Meditations Basics 1.
    Instructors may teach Qigong Meditation Basics 1-3.

  2. Associate Instructors may teach only locally (50 miles within home address).
    Instructors may teach anywhere (internationally).

  3. A student taking a course with an Associate Instructor may not count those class hours toward the requisite needed for their own certification.
    Instructors, on the other hand, may offer qualifying hours toward certification (which is done by Senior Instructor(s)).

  4. Only Instructors can test for upgrade certifications that allow one to teach other material beyond Qigong Meditation Basics (e.g. Iron Shirt 1, Tai Chi 1, etc.).
    Associate Instructor must upgrade to Instructor level first before being allowed to test for teaching permission in Iron Shirt 1, Tai Chi 1, etc.

  5. Associate Instructors are strongly encouraged to upgrade to Instructor level within three years of becoming an Associate Instructor.



Instructor Certificate Program

Interested students may earn an Instructor certificate from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps:

  1. Complete the Associate Instructor Certificate Program as above and notify Spiritual Tao of intent to become an Instructor.

  2. Take 70 hrs of any coursework with Master Mantak Chia.***(see below)
    This amounts to two 5-day weeks of courses.

  3. Upon completion of steps 1 and 2, pay administration fees of $75 to Spiritual Tao.
    This will cover all costs of guidance, certificates, and organization fees.
Upon successful completion:
The student will receive an official certificate that gives you international recognition as being certified in Master Mantak Chia's system.

***All Instructor requirements will have already been met via the comprehensive Associate Instructor training at Spiritual Tao, EXCEPT 70 hours of additional live training in the coursework.
Master Chia would like all new Instructor trainees--regardless of background--to have this 70 hours of additional live training with him personally if possible.
Please try to satisfy this request by the founder of the system.
If this is not possible due to issues regarding logistics/economics/travel to see him, please discuss this directly with Spiritual Tao.
In these cases, alternatives exist which involve higher course hours requirements at Spiritual Tao combined with Master Chia online video instruction.



Iron Shirt Qigong 1 Instructor Certificate Program

Interested students may earn an Iron Shirt Qigong 1 Instructor certificate from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps:

  1. Complete the Instructor Certificate Program as above.

  2. Pay testing fees of $100 to Spiritual Tao and schedule an Iron Shirt Qigong 1 Instructor test.

  3. Take the Iron Shirt Qigong 1 Instructor test.
Upon successful completion of the test:
The student will receive an official certificate that gives you international recognition as being certified in Master Mantak Chia's system.

Iron Shirt Qigong 1 Instructor certification grants one permission to teach Iron Shirt Qigong 1 (in addition to Qigong Meditation Basics).



Tai Chi Student Certificate Program

Students interested in pursuing Tai Chi may choose to get tested for proficiency.
This is completely independent from any kind of Associate Instructor, Instructor, or Iron Shirt 1 testing as above.
Tests may be scheduled when the student is live at the workshops.

Note:   Each level (Tai Chi 1, Tai Chi 2, Tai Chi 3, etc.) has its own test.
Student has to indicate which they wish to be tested on.

Cost: $40.

After finishing the test, the student will earn a certificate from Spiritual Tao that demonstrates his/her skill level.
This is a record of personal achievement, not a permission to teach Tai Chi.

Levels:

  1.   Trainee
  2.   Novice Low
  3.   Novice Mid
  4.   Novice High
  5.   Intermediate Low
  6.   Intermediate Mid
  7.   Intermediate High
  8.   Advanced Low
  9.   Advanced Mid
  10.   Advanced High

To be certified to teach Tai Chi, one must become a Tai Chi Instructor.
See below for more details on Tai Chi Instructor certification.



Tai Chi Qigong 1 Instructor Certificate Program

Interested students may earn an Tai Chi Qigong 1 Instructor certificate from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps:

  1. Complete the Instructor Certificate Program as above.

  2. Pay testing fees of $100 to Spiritual Tao and schedule an Tai Chi Qigong 1 Instructor test.

  3. Take the Tai Chi Qigong 1 Instructor test.
    Note: It is strongly advised to have taken one or more Tai Chi Student certificate tests first before trying this.
    One can not pass the Tai Chi 1 Instructor certification test without being at least Advanced High in student skill in Tai Chi 1.
Upon successful completion of the test:
The student will receive an official certificate that gives you international recognition as being certified in Master Mantak Chia's system.

Tai Chi Qigong 1 Instructor certification grants one permission to teach Tai Chi Qigong 1 (in addition to Qigong Meditation Basics).



Tai Chi Qigong 2 Instructor Certificate Program

Interested students may earn an Tai Chi Qigong 2 Instructor certificate from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps:

  1. Complete the Tai Chi Qigong 1 Certificate Program as above.

  2. Pay testing fees of $100 to Spiritual Tao and schedule an Tai Chi Qigong 2 Instructor test.

  3. Take the Tai Chi Qigong 2 Instructor test.
    Note: It is strongly advised to have taken one or more Tai Chi Student certificate tests first before trying this.
    One can not pass the Tai Chi 2 Instructor certification test without being at least Advanced High in student skill in Tai Chi 2.
Upon successful completion of the test:
The student will receive an official certificate that gives you international recognition as being certified in Master Mantak Chia's system.

Tai Chi Qigong 2 Instructor certification grants one permission to teach Tai Chi Qigong 2 (in addition to Qigong Meditation Basics and Tai Chi Qigong 1).



Chi Nei Tsang Practitioner Certificate Programs

Students can take training and get certified as Chi Nei Tsang Practitioners.
This allows one to offer Chi Nei Tsang as a therapy to clients.

In short, this involves taking classes in Chi Nei Tsang, Qigong Meditation Basics, Iron Shirt 1, Tao Yin, collecting case studies, more coursework, and then passing an examination.

There are a variety of levels, each with their own required course hours, case studies, and testing:

There are also higher-level certifications that allow one to teach Chi Nei Tsang after one passes practitioner levels.

More details for the practitioner levels are listed below.


Chi Nei Tsang Practitioner 1 Certificate Program

Interested students may earn an Chi Nei Tsang 1 Practitioner certificate from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps:

  1. Take the following Chi Nei Tsang course:        Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Healing Therapy 1: Organs      (5-days) 

  2. Collecting Case Studies

    Upon completion of Step 1, you become a Chi Nei Tsang 1 trainee.
    This means you are permitted to work on people as a student-learner charging no fees.
    You are exchanging student practice with the client for the client giving you feedback on the session, known as a Case Study.

    You need to collect 100 Case Studies in Chi Nei Tsang 1 techniques.

    This 100 Case Studies must come from:

    For each person, complete this form for the Case Studies pertaining to that person:    CNT1 Case Study Form.

  3. Before, during, or after steps 1 and 2 above, take the following courses:

    1. ***Tai Chi Qigong 1 + Qigong Meditation Basics 1      (5-days)          OR          Qigong Meditation Basics 1   (3-days) 
    2. ***Tai Chi Qigong 2 + Qigong Meditation Basics 2      (5-days)          OR          Qigong Meditation Basics 2   (3-days) 
    3. Qigong Meditation Basics 3 + Iron Shirt 1               (3-days) 
    4. Primordial Qigong + Tao Yin Qigong                       (3-days) 

    ***For those that wish to eventually become Instructors, both the Tai Chi and the Qigong Meditation Basics are required (i.e. 5-day courses), not just Qigong Meditation Basics (i.e. 3-day courses).
          For those only interested in CNT1 practitioner, Tai Chi is beneficial but not a requirement; student can substitute with 3-day weekends in QMB1 and QMB2.

    Optional:  It is recommended, but not required, to become an Associate Instructor (see top) AND take the Chi Nei Tsang 2 course at least once, prior to final CNT1 course re-take and testing.

  4. REtake the following course, bringing completed 100 CNT1 Case Studies to class, and plan to test at the end:


  5. Testing

    1. Pay testing fees of $100.
      This will cover all costs of guidance, testing, certificates, and organization fees.

    2. You will test with Mary Ellen Derwis near the end of the "CNT1" course at a scheduled time outside of class.

Upon successful completion of the test:
The student will receive an official certificate that gives you international recognition as being certified in Master Mantak Chia's system.

If a student does not pass the test, the student may reschedule another test at a convenient time in the future for $50.

You need not do anything to enroll in this Chi Nei Tsang 1 Practitioner Certificate Program, other than follow the above steps.


Chi Nei Tsang Practitioner 2 Certificate Program

Interested students may earn an Chi Nei Tsang 2 Practitioner certificate from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps:

  1. Complete the Chi Nei Tsang 1 Practitioner Program as above.

  2. Take the following Chi Nei Tsang course:        Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Healing Therapy 2: Winds      (5-days) 

  3. Collecting Case Studies

    Upon completion of Steps 1 and 2, you become a Chi Nei Tsang 2 trainee.
    You need to collect 100 Case Studies in Chi Nei Tsang 2 techniques.

    This 100 Case Studies must come from:

    For each person, complete this form for the 5 Case Studies pertaining to that person:    CNT2 Case Study Form.

  4. **Before, during, or after steps 1-3 above, take the following courses:

    1. Qigong Meditation Basics 3 + Iron Shirt 1    (2nd time)               (3-days) 


    2. TWO of the following 3-day workshops    -or-   ONE of the following 5-day workshops:

      Big Dipper Qigong + Stem Cell Qigong                                         (3-days) 

                                  OR

      Fusion of the Five Elements 1 + Iron Shirt 2  PART A                   (3-days) 

                                  OR

      Primordial Qigong + Tao Yin Qigong    (2nd time)                       (3-days) 

                                  OR

      Fusion of the Five Elements 1 + Iron Shirt 2  PART B                   (3-days) 

                                  OR

      Tai Chi Qigong 1 + Qigong Meditation Basics 1                            (5-days) 

                                  OR

      Tai Chi Qigong 2 + Qigong Meditation Basics 2                            (5-days) 


    Optional:  It is recommended, but not required, to become an Instructor (see top),  prior to final CNT2 course re-take and testing.


    **Note:  For those that already became Instructors during their CNT1 practitioner training, the step 4 above is already satisfied without additional coursework.

  5. REtake the following course, bringing completed 100 CNT2 Case Studies to class, and plan to test at the end:


  6. Testing

    1. Pay testing fees of $100.
      This will cover all costs of guidance, testing, certificates, and organization fees.

    2. You will test with Mary Ellen Derwis near the end of the "CNT2" course at a scheduled time outside of class.

Upon successful completion of the test:
The student will receive an official certificate that gives you international recognition as being certified in Master Mantak Chia's system.

If a student does not pass the test, the student may reschedule another test at a convenient time in the future for $50.

You need not do anything to enroll in this Chi Nei Tsang 2 Practitioner Certificate Program, other than follow the above steps.


Chi Nei Tsang Practitioner 3 Certificate Program

Interested students may earn an Chi Nei Tsang 3 Practitioner certificate from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps:

  1. Complete the Chi Nei Tsang 1 Practitioner Program as above.

  2. Take the following Chi Nei Tsang course:        Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Healing Therapy 3: Tok Sen      (5-days) 

  3. Collecting Case Studies

    Upon completion of Steps 1 and 2, you become a Chi Nei Tsang 3 trainee.
    You need to collect a full set of 5 Case Studies from 12 different people in Chi Nei Tsang 3 techniques for a total of 60 Case Studies.
    For each person, complete this form for the 5 Case Studies pertaining to that person:    CNT3 Case Study Form.

  4. **Before, during, or after steps 1-3 above, take the following courses:

    1. Qigong Meditation Basics 3 + Iron Shirt 1    (3rd time)                       (3-days) 


    Optional:  It is recommended, but not required, to become an Instructor or an Iron Shirt 1 Instructor (see top),  prior to final CNT3 course re-take and testing..


    **Note:  For those that already became Iron Shirt 1 Instructors, this step 4 is already satisfied without additional coursework.

  5. REtake the following course, bringing completed 60 CNT3 Case Studies to class, and plan to test at the end:


  6. Testing

    1. Pay testing fees of $100.
      This will cover all costs of guidance, testing, certificates, and organization fees.

    2. You will test with Mary Ellen Derwis near the end of the "CNT3" course at a scheduled time outside of class.

Upon successful completion of the test:
The student will receive an official certificate that gives you international recognition as being certified in Master Mantak Chia's system.

If a student does not pass the test, the student may reschedule another test at a convenient time in the future for $50.

You need not do anything to enroll in this Chi Nei Tsang 3 Practitioner Certificate Program, other than follow the above steps.


To teach any levels of Chi Nei Tsang, one must be CNT practitioner levels 1-3 AND an Instructor AND several other requirements.
Mary Ellen Derwis, our expert CNT Senior teacher, can help you navigate any of the teacher levels of certification for CNT.


Last Revised 8/15/2018