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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)  [offered August]
    2. Tai Chi Qigong 2 + Qigong Meditation Basics 2                (5-days)  [offered August]
    3. Qigong Meditation Basics 3 + Iron Shirt 1                         (3-days)  [offered September]
    4. Fusion of the Five Elements 1 + Iron Shirt 2  PART A       (3-days)  [offered March]
    5. Fusion of the Five Elements 1 + Iron Shirt 2  PART B       (3-days)  [offered May]

  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 in August of the following year.

  3. REtake the following courses:

    1. Tai Chi Qigong 1 + Qigong Meditation Basics 1       (5-days)  [offered August]
    2. Tai Chi Qigong 2 + Qigong Meditation Basics 2       (5-days)  [offered August]
    3. Qigong Meditation Basics 3 + Iron Shirt 1                (3-days)  [offered September]

  4. Testing

    1. Pay testing fees of $170 in August of the retake year.
      This will cover all costs of guidance, testing, certificates, and organization fees to UHT and HTIA.

    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 official certificates in both the UHT and the HTIA, as well as directory listings in both professional organizations. (Note:  HTIA listing is for one-year only--after first-year, listing is renewable for $45/year to that organization)

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 $170 testing fees, plus the cost of taking all the above courses.
Depending on early bird discounts and rebates, estimated total tuition cost is $3500-$4050.
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.

Package Pricing:
$3250 Package Price for all 8 courses and for testing, if you choose to pay up-front before 4/30/2018
This is a savings of $800 of the full-price per course cost ($4050).

If enroll in the Associate Instructor Certificate Program via package pricing and it turns out that you can not complete the program, you are subject to the Cancellation Policy for the courses you didn't attend. However, in that case, any moneys lost due to cancellation are applicable to future workshops.


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, whereas Instructors 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 two years of becoming an Associate Instructor.


Instructor Certificate Program

Interested students may earn an Instructor certificate by following the Associate Instructor Certificate program as above and then additionally completing approximately two weeks of properly chosen extra course material with Master Mantak Chia. If interested in this option, please discuss this add-on directly with Steven Sy so that it may be scheduled on your behalf and all formal requirements met, to ensure that your total costs are minimized and to ensure that your Instructor upgrade is internationally recognized.


Tai Chi Student Certificate Program

Students interested in pursuing Tai Chi may choose to get tested for proficiency.
This is completely independent from any Associate Instructor or Instructor testing.
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.
To become certified as a Tai Chi instructor requires more . . . See Tai Chi Instructor Certificate Program for details.

Levels:

  1.   Trainee
  2.   Beginner I
  3.   Beginner II
  4.   Intermediate
  5.   Advanced I
  6.   Advanced II
Trainees have started learning the form, but can not complete the form beginning to end.

Beginner I's can do the whole form beginning to end, but the movements may not be correct.

Beginner II's have corrected movements of Beginner I's, but the movements may not follow proper Tai Chi principles or grounding may be weak/non-existent.

Intermediates have correct movements, follow proper Tai Chi principles, and have a decent ground connection; however, tiny improvements can be made to movements, speed/flow needs work, more grounding, and proper eye focus needs to learned.

Advanced I's have corrected subtle issues, strengthened grounding, proper eye gaze, etc., but lack high-level skills such as random root checks, psoas activation, earth power, and understanding of applications.

Advanced II's have corrected the issues of Advanced I's, and could likely pass a Tai Chi certification test to become a Tai Chi instructor (if other requirements are met).


Tai Chi Instructor Certificate Program

Interested students can pursue getting certified to teach Tai Chi.
Each level of Tai Chi (Tai Chi 1, Tai Chi 2, Tai Chi 3, etc.) has its own certification test for teaching.
One must be certified in Tai Chi 1 before testing in Tai Chi 2, etc.

Interested students must complete the following steps:

  1. Earn an Instructor certificate (see Instructor certificate program above).
  2. Pay testing fees for Tai Chi testing: $125
    This will cover all costs of guidance, testing, certificates, and organization fees to UHT and HTIA.
  3. Pass a Tai Chi Instructor certification test. (Note: Tai Chi 1 is the first one you are eligible to test in.)

RECOMMENDATION:  It is not required, but it is strongly recommended to have done one or more Tai Chi Student certificate tests to evaluate your skill level first. One can not pass the Tai Chi Instructor certification test without being at least an Advanced II in student skill.

Upon successful completion of the test:
The student will receive official certificates in both the UHT and the HTIA, as well as updated directory listings in both professional organizations. (Note:  HTIA listing is contingent upon annual dues renewal of $45/year, paid separately to that organization.)

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


Chi Nei Tsang Practitioner Certificate Program

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, 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.

Mary Ellen Derwis, our expert CNT Senior teacher, can help you navigate any of the practitioner or teacher levels of certification for CNT.


Last Revised 11/12/2017