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  • Associate Instructor Certificate Program                     (see below)
  • Certified 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 for  NEW GLOBAL RULES for 2021. 


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                                                                                      (20 hours)
      •  ST104: Qigong Meditation Basics 4 + Wisdom Qigong + Iron Shirt Qigong 1               (20 hours)
      •  ST105: Qigong Meditation Basics 5 + Craniosacral Qigong + Intro Healing Love         (20 hours)
      •  ST201: Healing Love 1                                                                                                             (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. Upon completing steps 1-2, schedule a one hour interview with Spiritual Tao to go over test preparation.  In brief, test will cover material of Qigong Meditation Basics 1 (i.e. Qigong Basics, Inner Smile, Five Element Theory, Six Healing Sounds, Classical Microcosmic Orbit, and related material).  Specific details will be given in the prep interview.




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

      This course serves as your "evaluation" course.
      When the course completes, you will test a scheduled time outside of the class time.




    5. Testing and Certificate Fees

      1. Pay testing and certificate fees of $165.
        This will cover all costs of guidance and testing ($100), along with certificate ($65) fees.
      2. You will test after completion of  retake step 4 "ST101" 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.

  

REQUIREMENTS in short:
Basically, you need to take the five courses in QMB1-5 (with Iron Shirt 1, Wisdom Qigong, Craniosacral Qigong, Intro Healing Love).
Then take the ST201 Healing Love course.
Then turn in Letter of Intention and repeat QMB1 course with test after course. 
After passing, 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 Certified Instructor level, which requires further coursework.

Differences between Associate Instructors and Certified Instructors:

 

  1. Associate Instructors may teach only Qigong Meditation Basics 1  and  Qi Self-Massage.
    Certified Instructors may teach Qigong Meditation Basics 1-4  and  Qi Self-Massage.

     

  2. Associate Instructors may teach only to a single student or to a local group (50 miles within home address).
    Certified 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 Certified Instructors (or Senior Instructors).

     

  4. Only Certified 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 Certified 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 Certified Instructor level within three years of becoming an Associate Instructor.


Certified Instructor Certificate Program

This is a 140-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. Begin teaching Inner Smile/Six Healing Sounds/Qigong Basics from QMB1 and Qi Self-Massage from QMB4, to family/friends/local students.
      As you do so, have at least 9 students Fill out Case Study Forms.  Form is here.  While you are working on this, you can proceed with Step 3.



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

        •  ST202: Healing Love 2 + Stem Cell Qigong + Five Element Qigong         (20 hours)
        •  ST203: Healing Love 3                                                                                     (20 hours)
        •  ST300: Introduction to Fusion + Tan Tien Qigong                                      (20 hours)
        •  ST310: Fusion of the Five Elements 1 + Iron Shirt Qigong 2                     (20 hours)
        •  ST311: Advanced Fusion 1                                                                              (20 hours)


    4. REtake the following courses, anytime after completing the Associate Instructor program:

        • ST102: Qigong Meditation Basics 2                                  (20 hours)



    5. While doing steps 3 and 4, take minimum 20 additional hrs of any coursework with Master Mantak Chia.***(see below)
      Of the 20 hours, these MUST be in Basics and Fusion.  He offers Basics, Healing Love, Fusion training weeks in Winter/Summer, currently online. 



    6. Upon completing steps 1-5, schedule a one hour interview with Spiritual Tao to go over test preparation.  In brief, test will cover material of ST102-103 (i.e. Three Fires and Six Directions form, and related material) and parts of ST311 (i.e. Passing Energy protocol).  Specific details will be given in the prep interview.



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

      This course serves as your "evaluation" course--you must submit before or at the very beginning of this course, the following:
      • Your 9 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 $165.
        This will cover all costs of guidance and testing ($100), along with certificate ($65) 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 Certified Instructor trainees--regardless of background--to have this extra 20 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 Certified 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 Certified Instructor Certificate Program as above.

       

    2. Pay testing and certificate fees of $165 to Spiritual Tao and schedule an Iron Shirt Qigong 1 Instructor test.

       

    3. Take the Iron Shirt Qigong 1 Instructor test.
      Note: It is recommended--but not required--that a person retake the ST104: Qigong Meditation Basics 4 + Wisdom Qigong + Iron Shirt Qigong 1 course, and to get some private personalized advanced instruction in Iron Shirt Qigong 1-- prior to taking the test--to optimize success.

       

    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 Certified Instructor Certificate Program as above.

       

    2. Pay testing and certificate fees of $165 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 $165 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 $165 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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