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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 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)

NOTE:  Certification Rules have been recently updated below to reflect current global standards. 


Associate Instructor Certificate Program

This is a 120-hr program with a 20-hour finalizing certification course.
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:


      •  ST101: Qigong Meditation Basics 1                                          (20 hours) 
      •  ST102: Qigong Meditation Basics 2                                           (20 hours)
      •  ST103: Qigong Meditation Basics 3 + Iron Shirt Qigong 1     (20 hours)



    2.  Informally start to practice teaching the Inner Smile, Six Healing Sounds, Qi Self-Massage, Qigong Basics (Self-Healing Qigong) to family/friends.
       Fill out NINE Case Study Forms as you do this.  Form is here.  While you are working on this step, you can proceed with Step 3.



    3.  While working on your teaching practice as in Step 2, you may continue with this step and take:

      •  ST201: Healing Love                        (20 hours)



    4. While doing steps 2 and 3, take 40 additional hrs of any coursework with Master Mantak Chia.***(see below)
      This is best accrued through his two four-day-long online Basics and Healing Love courses, offered Winter and Summer.



    5. Upon completion of steps 2-4, write a one-page "Letter of Intention" explaining why you wish to become an Associate Instructor.
      Please submit this to Spiritual Tao.



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



    7. REtake the following course:
      •  ST101: Qigong Meditation Basics 1      (20 hours)

      This course serves as your "evaluation" course--you must submit before or at the very beginning of this course, the following:
      • Your Letter of Intention
      • Your Nine Completed Case Studies

      When the course completes, you will test a scheduled time outside of the class time.



    8. Testing and Certificate Fees

      1. Pay testing and certificate fees of $160.
        This will cover all costs of guidance and testing ($100), along with certificate ($60) fees.
      2. You will test after completion of  retake step 7 "ST101" course at a scheduled time outside of class.



    9. 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.



    10. 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 Associate Instructor trainees--regardless of background--to have this 40 hours of live (online) 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.


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.  

 

REQUIREMENTS in short:
Basically, you need to take the three courses in QMB1-3 (with Iron Shirt 1).
Then do nine Associate Instructor Case Studies forms while taking Healing Love and 40 hours with Master Chia.
Then repeat QMB1 course, turning in Letter of Intention and Case Study Forms at beginning of the QMB1 repeat. 
Then test, pass, and upload scanned certificate to database.

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 Meditation Basics 1  and  Qi Self-Massage.
    Instructors may teach Qigong Meditation Basics 1-3

     

  2. Associate Instructors may teach only to a single student or to a local group (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 for Associate Instructor 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.


(Certified) Instructor Certificate Program

This is a second 120-hr program with a 20-hour finalizing certification course, after one becomes an Associate Instructor.
One may earn an (Certified) Instructor certificate in the MANTAK CHIA® system from Spiritual Tao by completing all of the following steps:

 

    1. Do the Associate Instructor Certificate Program as above.


    2. Take the following courses, either during the Associate Instructor program or afterward:

        •  ST300: Introduction to Fusion + Stem Cell Qigong               (20 hours)
        •  ST301: Fusion of the Five Elements 1                                      (20 hours)
        •  ST111: Tai Chi Qigong 1                                                             (20 hours)


    3. REtake the following course, anytime after completing the Associate Instructor program:

        • ST102: Qigong Meditation Basics 2                                      (20 hours)



    4.  Informally start to practice teaching the Three Fires and Six Directions Form to family/friends.  Practice Passing Energy to them.
       Fill out 15 Case Study Forms.  Form is here.  While you are working on this step, you can proceed with Step 5.



    5. While doing steps 3 and 4, take 40 additional hrs of any coursework with Master Mantak Chia.***(see below)
      This is best accrued through his two of his four-day-long online courses, offered Winter and Summer, but can be done in any manner.



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



    7. REtake the following courses:
      •  ST103: Qigong Meditation Basics 3 + Iron Shirt Qigong 1      (20 hours)

      This course serves as your "evaluation" course--you must submit before or at the very beginning of this course, the following:
      • Your 15 Completed Case Studies for (Certified) Instructor

      When the course completes, you will test a scheduled time outside of the class time.



    8. Testing and Certificate Fees

      1. Pay testing and certificate fees of $160.
        This will cover all costs of guidance and testing ($100), along with certificate ($60) fees.
      2. You will test after completion of  retake step 7 "ST103" course at a scheduled time outside of class.

         

    9. 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.

       

    10. 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 40 hours of live (online) 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.


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.  

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



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 and certificate fees of $160 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 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 and certificate fees of $160 to Spiritual Tao and schedule a Tai Chi Qigong 1 Instructor test.

       

    3. Take the Tai Chi Qigong 1 Instructor test.
      Note: One should consult with me first about your current skill level at Tai Chi 1.  This is a hard test.
      One can not pass the Tai Chi 1 Instructor certification test without being at least Advanced-High in student skill in Tai Chi 1.
      This usually requires taking Tai Chi 1 multiple times, followed by several refinement courses (either as a workshop, or scheduled privately.)

       

    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 and certificate fees of $160 to Spiritual Tao and schedule a Tai Chi Qigong 2 Instructor test.

       

    3. Take the Tai Chi Qigong 2 Instructor test.
      Note: One should consult with me first about your current skill level at Tai Chi 2.  This is a hard test.
      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 and certificate fees of $160 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 2-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 2-days in length from Spiritual Tao.
      To fulfill group classroom requirements, student must have acquired a minimum of 10 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 2-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 20 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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