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  • Associate Instructor Certificate Program                     (see below)
  • Instructor Certificate Program                                   (see below)
  • Iron Shirt Qigong 1 Instructor Certificate Program    (see below)
  • Tai Chi Qigong Student Certificate Program            (see below)
  • Tai Chi Qigong 1 Instructor Certificate Program       (see below)
  • Tai Chi Qigong 2 Instructor Certificate Program       (see below)
  • Healing Love Instructor Certificate Program          (see below)
  • Big Dipper Qigong Certificate Programs                 (see below)
  • Primordial Qigong Certificate Programs                (see below)

Associate Instructor Certificate Program

One may earn an Associate Instructor certificate in the MANTAK CHIA® system from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps: 

 

  1. Take the following courses:


    1. Qigong Meditation Basics 1        (20 hours)
                           OR
      *Tai Chi Qigong 1 + Qigong Meditation Basics 1      (35 hours)
       *(see at bottom re: Tai Chi 1 requirement) 
       
       
    2. Qigong Meditation Basics 2         (20 hours)
                                  OR
      *REFINE Tai Chi Qigong 1 + Qigong Meditation Basics 2       (35 hours)


    3. Qigong Meditation Basics 3 + Iron Shirt Qigong 1     (20 hours)
    4. Healing Love    (20 hours)
    5. Introduction to Fusion + Stem Cell Qigong       (20 hours)


  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. Schedule a one hour interview with Spiritual Tao to go over the details that you will be expected to know for the test.


  4. REtake the following courses:


    1. Qigong Meditation Basics 1      (20 hours)
                          OR
      *Tai Chi Qigong 1 + Qigong Meditation Basics 1     (35 hours)


    2. Qigong Meditation Basics 2       (20 hours)
                         OR
      *REFINE Tai Chi Qigong 1 + Qigong Meditation Basics 2      (35 hours)



  5. Testing


    1. Pay testing fees of $100.
      This will cover all costs of guidance, testing, certificates, and organization fees.
    2. You will test during the retake step 4B "QMB2" course at a scheduled time outside of class.


  6. Upon successful completion of the test:
    The student must sign the Associate Instructor Agreement and Ethics Code form.
    Then later the student will receive an official certificate that gives you international recognition as being certified in the MANTAK CHIA® system.
    Note: If a student does not pass the test, the student may reschedule another test at a convenient time in the future for $50.


  7. To finalize certification:
    Student needs to upload scanned copy of physical certificate into international database, so that certification is activated.



Cost: This is the $100 testing fees, plus the cost of taking all the above courses.

 

REQUIREMENTS in short:
Basically, you need to take the three courses in QMB1-3 (with Iron Shirt 1).
Then take about a week's worth of Healing Love and Intro Fusion material (done over two courses).
Then a letter of intention, followed by a repeat of the QMB1-2 courses.
Then test, pass, and upload scanned certificate to database.


*TAI CHI 1 requirement:
Instead of the two 20-hour courses in QMB1-2, one can take the two 35-hours Tai Chi 1 courses which include QMB1-2 (See above).
Either method of taking QMB1-2 is OK; it is not required to take the Tai Chi 1 prior to Associate Instructor testing.
Tai Chi 1 coursework is only required for later upgrade to Instructor.

You need not do anything to enroll in this Associate Instructor Certificate Program, other than follow the above steps.


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. Classes taught by Associate Instructors do NOT generate qualifying hours for their students.
    Students wishing to progress toward certification can only count hours taught by Instructors (or Senior Instructors).

     

  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 Instructors 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

One may earn an Instructor certificate in the MANTAK CHIA® system 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.
    The student will need to take some additional Tai Chi 1 and Fusion 1 coursework if it was not taken during the Associate Instructor training.

     

  2. Take 70 hrs of any coursework with Master Mantak Chia.***(see below)
    This is best accrued through his three week instructor training courses, offered Summer and Winter.

     

  3. Upon completion of steps 1 and 2, pay administration fees of $100 to Spiritual Tao.
    This will cover all costs of guidance, testing, certificates, and organization fees.

     

  4. Testing

     

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

       

    2. Schedule and take the test to upgrade to Instructor.

     

  5. Upon successful completion of the test:
    The student must sign the Instructor Agreement and Ethics Code form.
    Then later the student will receive an official certificate that gives you international recognition as being certified in the MANTAK CHIA® system.
    Note: If a student does not pass the test, the student may reschedule another test at a convenient time in the future for $50.

     

  6. To finalize certification:
    Student needs to upload scanned copy of physical certificate into international database, so that certification is activated.

 

***Master Mantak Chia would like all new Instructor trainees--regardless of background--to have this extra 70 hours of live training with him personally, regardless of which Senior Instructor you train with.
Please try to satisfy this request by the founder of the MANTAK CHIA® system.

Right now, outside of a live workshop, this can also be done ONLINE!
Please give receipt of payment to Spiritual Tao, for validation of hours in Master Chia's coursework.
Please see Master Chia Online links in the MAIN MENU for ongoing coursework.

If this is not possible due to difficulties obtaining coursework, please discuss this directly with Spiritual Tao.  



Iron Shirt Qigong 1 Instructor Certificate Program

One may earn an Iron Shirt Qigong 1 Instructor certificate in the MANTAK CHIA® system 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.

     

  4. Upon successful completion of the test:
    The student must sign the Iron Shirt Qigong 1 Instructor Agreement and Ethics Code form.
    Then later the student will receive an official certificate that gives you international recognition as being certified in the MANTAK CHIA® system.
    Note: If a student does not pass the test, the student may reschedule another test at a convenient time in the future for $50.

     

  5. To finalize certification:
    Student needs to upload scanned copy of physical certificate into international database, so that certification is activated.

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: $30.

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. Beginner-Low
  3. Beginner-Mid
  4. Beginner-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

 

One may earn an Tai Chi Qigong 1 Instructor certificate in the MANTAK CHIA® system 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 a 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.

     

  4. Upon successful completion of the test:
    The student must sign the Tai Chi Qigong 1 Instructor Agreement and Ethics Code form.
    Then later the student will receive an official certificate that gives you international recognition as being certified in the MANTAK CHIA® system.
    Note: If a student does not pass the test, the student may reschedule another test at a convenient time in the future for $50.

     

  5. To finalize certification:
    Student needs to upload scanned copy of physical certificate into international database, so that certification is activated.

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

 

One may earn an Tai Chi Qigong 2 Instructor certificate in the MANTAK CHIA® system 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 a 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.

     

  4. Upon successful completion of the test:
    The student must sign the Tai Chi Qigong 2 Instructor Agreement and Ethics Code form.
    Then later the student will receive an official certificate that gives you international recognition as being certified in the MANTAK CHIA® system.
    Note: If a student does not pass the test, the student may reschedule another test at a convenient time in the future for $50.

     

  5. To finalize certification:
    Student needs to upload scanned copy of physical certificate into international database, so that certification is activated.

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).



Healing Love Instructor Certificate Program

One may earn an Healing Love Instructor certificate in the MANTAK CHIA® system from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps:

 

  1. Complete the Iron Shirt Qigong 1 Instructor Certificate Program as above.

     

  2. Pay testing fees of $100 to Spiritual Tao and schedule a Healing Love Instructor test.

     

  3. Take the Healing Love Instructor test.

     

  4. Upon successful completion of the test:
    The student must sign the Healing Love Instructor Agreement and Ethics Code form.
    Then later the student will receive an official certificate that gives you international recognition as being certified in the MANTAK CHIA® system.
    Note: If a student does not pass the test, the student may reschedule another test at a convenient time in the future for $50.

     

  5. To finalize certification:
    Student needs to upload scanned copy of physical certificate into international database, so that certification is activated.

Healing Love Instructor certification grants one permission to teach Healing Love (in addition to earlier certifications).




Big Dipper Qigong Certificate Programs

Students can take training and get certified as teachers of Big Dipper Qigong through Spiritual Tao.

There are three certification levels: Associate Teacher, Teacher, and Senior Teacher

Associate Teacher: May teach Big Dipper Qigong locally (within 50 miles), but hours are not qualifying for their students.
Teacher: May teach Big Dipper Qigong anywhere and hours taught are qualifying for their students.
Senior Teacher: May also test students for Associate Teacher or Teacher, with certificates issued by Spiritual Tao.

 

More details for Big Dipper Qigong certificate levels are listed below.


Big Dipper Qigong Associate Teacher Certificate Program

Interested students may earn a Big Dipper Qigong Associate Teacher certificate from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps:

 

  1. Take Big Dipper Qigong in a workshop of at least 3-days in length from Spiritual Tao.
    This may contain any unrelated topics, so long as it includes Big Dipper Qigong.

     

  2. A minimum of one-year practice time.

     

  3. REtake Big Dipper Qigong in a workshop of at least 3-days in length from Spiritual Tao.
    To fulfill group classroom requirements, student must have acquired a minimum of 14 hours specifically in Big Dipper Qigong after two classes.
    (If not, shortage must be made up through private lessons.)

     

  4. Private lesson requirements:
    Upon completion of steps 1-3, the student must take at minimum of 1 hour of private lessons in Big Dipper Qigong form correction.
    This hour must be taken live at some point after Step 3.

     

  5. Pay testing fees of $50 to Spiritual Tao and schedule an Big Dipper Qigong Associate Teacher test.

     

  6. Take the Big Dipper Qigong Associate Teacher test.

     

  7. Upon successful completion of the test:
    The student must sign the Big Dipper Qigong Associate Teacher Agreement and Ethics Code form.
    The student will receive an official certificate that certifies the student as a Big Dipper Qigong Associate Teacher, under the SPIRITUAL TAO registered trademark.
    Note: If a student does not pass the test, the student may reschedule another test at a convenient time in the future for $25. 

Big Dipper Qigong Teacher Certificate Program

Interested students may earn a Big Dipper Qigong Teacher certificate from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps:

 

  1. Complete the Big Dipper Qigong Associate Teacher Certificate Program as above

     

  2. An additional one-year continued practice time after becoming a Big Dipper Qigong Associate Teacher.

     

  3. Private lesson requirements:
    Upon completion of steps 1-2, the student must take at minimum of 1 hour of private lessons in Big Dipper Qigong form correction.
    This hour must be taken live at some point after Step 2.

     

  4. Pay testing fees of $50 to Spiritual Tao and schedule an Big Dipper Qigong Teacher test.

     

  5. Take the Big Dipper Qigong Teacher test.

     

  6. Upon successful completion of the test:
    The student must sign the Big Dipper Qigong Teacher Agreement and Ethics Code form.
    The student will receive an official certificate that certifies the student as a Big Dipper Qigong Teacher, under the SPIRITUAL TAO registered trademark.
    Note: If a student does not pass the test, the student may reschedule another test at a convenient time in the future for $25.

Big Dipper Qigong Senior Teacher Certificate Program

Interested students may earn a Big Dipper Qigong Senior Teacher certificate from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps:

 

  1. Complete the Big Dipper Qigong Teacher Certificate Program as above

     

  2. An additional two years of continued practice time after becoming a Big Dipper Qigong Teacher.

     

  3. REtake Big Dipper Qigong in a workshop of at least 3-days in length from Spiritual Tao.
    From taking the class the third time and from earlier private lessons, the student must have acquired a minimum of 24 hours specifically in Big Dipper Qigong.
    (If not, shortage must be made up through private lessons.)

     

  4. Private lesson requirements:
    Upon completion of steps 1-3, the student must take a minimum of 1 hour of private lessons in Big Dipper Qigong form correction.
    This hour must be taken live at some point after Step 3.

     

  5. Pay testing fees of $50 to Spiritual Tao and schedule an Big Dipper Qigong Senior Teacher test.

     

  6. Take the Big Dipper Qigong Senior Teacher test.

     

  7. Upon successful completion of the test:
    The student must sign the Big Dipper Qigong Senior Teacher Agreement and Ethics Code form.
    The student will receive an official certificate that certifies the student as a Big Dipper Qigong Senior Teacher, under the SPIRITUAL TAO registered trademark.
    Note: If a student does not pass the test, the student may reschedule another test at a convenient time in the future for $25. 



Primordial Qigong Certificate Programs

Students can take training and get certified as teachers of Primordial Qigong through Spiritual Tao.

There are three certification levels: Associate Teacher, Teacher, and Senior Teacher

Associate Teacher: May teach Primordial Qigong locally (within 50 miles), but hours are not qualifying for their students.
Teacher: May teach Primordial Qigong anywhere and hours taught are qualifying for their students.
Senior Teacher: May also test students for Associate Teacher or Teacher, with certificates issued by Spiritual Tao.

 

More details for Primordial Qigong certificate levels are listed below.


Primordial Qigong Associate Teacher Certificate Program

Interested students may earn a Primordial Qigong Associate Teacher certificate from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps:

 

  1. Take Primordial Qigong in a workshop of at least 3-days in length from Spiritual Tao.
    This may contain any unrelated topics, so long as it includes Primordial Qigong.

     

  2. A minimum of one-year practice time.

     

  3. REtake Primordial Qigong in a workshop of at least 3-days in length from Spiritual Tao.
    To fulfill group classroom requirements, student must have acquired a minimum of 14 hours specifically in Primordial Qigong after two classes.
    (If not, shortage must be made up through private lessons.)

     

  4. Private lesson requirements:
    Upon completion of steps 1-3, the student must take at minimum of 1 hour of private lessons in Primordial Qigong form correction.
    This hour must be taken live at some point after Step 3.

     

  5. Pay testing fees of $50 to Spiritual Tao and schedule an Primordial Qigong Associate Teacher test.

     

  6. Take the Primordial Qigong Associate Teacher test.

     

  7. Upon successful completion of the test:
    The student must sign the Primordial Qigong Associate Teacher Agreement and Ethics Code form.
    The student will receive an official certificate that certifies the student as a Primordial Qigong Associate Teacher, under the SPIRITUAL TAO registered trademark.
    Note: If a student does not pass the test, the student may reschedule another test at a convenient time in the future for $25.

Primordial Qigong Teacher Certificate Program

Interested students may earn a Primordial Qigong Teacher certificate from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps:

 

  1. Complete the Primordial Qigong Associate Teacher Certificate Program as above

     

  2. An additional one-year continued practice time after becoming a Primordial Qigong Associate Teacher.

     

  3. Private lesson requirements:
    Upon completion of steps 1-2, the student must take at minimum of 1 hour of private lessons in Primordial Qigong form correction.
    This hour must be taken live at some point after Step 2.

     

  4. Pay testing fees of $50 to Spiritual Tao and schedule an Primordial Qigong Teacher test.

     

  5. Take the Primordial Qigong Teacher test.

     

  6. Upon successful completion of the test:
    The student must sign the Primordial Qigong Teacher Agreement and Ethics Code form.
    The student will receive an official certificate that certifies the student as a Primordial Qigong Teacher, under the SPIRITUAL TAO registered trademark.
    Note: If a student does not pass the test, the student may reschedule another test at a convenient time in the future for $25.

Primordial Qigong Senior Teacher Certificate Program

Interested students may earn a Primordial Qigong Senior Teacher certificate from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps:

 

  1. Complete the Primordial Qigong Teacher Certificate Program as above

     

  2. An additional two years of continued practice time after becoming a Primordial Qigong Teacher.

     

  3. REtake Primordial Qigong in a workshop of at least 3-days in length from Spiritual Tao.
    From taking the class the third time and from earlier private lessons, the student must have acquired a minimum of 24 hours specifically in Primordial Qigong.
    (If not, shortage must be made up through private lessons.)

     

  4. Private lesson requirements:
    Upon completion of steps 1-3, the student must take a minimum of 1 hour of private lessons in Primordial Qigong form correction.
    This hour must be taken live at some point after Step 3.

     

  5. Pay testing fees of $50 to Spiritual Tao and schedule an Primordial Qigong Senior Teacher test.

     

  6. Take the Primordial Qigong Senior Teacher test.

     

  7. Upon successful completion of the test:
    The student must sign the Primordial Qigong Senior Teacher Agreement and Ethics Code form.
    The student will receive an official certificate that certifies the student as a Primordial Qigong Senior Teacher, under the SPIRITUAL TAO registered trademark.
    Note: If a student does not pass the test, the student may reschedule another test at a convenient time in the future for $25.

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