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Tai Chi Certification Application & Renewal

 
Categories of Certification  
Certified Tai Chi Practitioner
  • 1. At least 150 documented hours in formal Tai Chi training
  • 2. Two or more reference letters.
Certification Renewal: Receive continuing education (in the form of self-study, workshops, seminars and/or classes) in Tai Chi for at least 10 hours a year.
 
Certified Tai Chi Instructor (Level I)
  • 1. At least 150 documented hours in formal Tai Chi training
  • 2. At least 500 hours of experience in teaching Tai Chi
  • 3. Three reference letters from other Tai Chi instructors, students, your trainers, etc. At least one of them should come from Tai Chi instructors (can be your trainers and/or peers).
  • 4. Optional: Awards, publications, etc.
 Certified Tai Chi Instructor (Level II)
  • 1. All the criteria from Level I
  • 2. At least 1000 hours of experience in teaching Tai Chi
 Certified Tai Chi Instructor (Level III)
  • 1. All the criteria from Level I
  • 2. At least 2000 hours of experience in teaching Tai Chi
 Certified Tai Chi Master Instructor
  • 1. At least 5000 hours of experience in teaching Tai Chi
  • 2. Manifestation of Leadership: promoting Tai Chi to the public through such channels as social events, writing articles for the media, and so on. Demonstrated influence in the industry.
  • 3. Five or more reference letters from other Tai Chi instructors, students, clients, etc. At least three of the letters should comment on your teaching performance. At least two of the reference letters provide proof for your leadership.
  • 4. Other supporting documents: certificates, publications, etc.
Certification Renewal :
  • 1. Receive continuing education (in the form of self-study, workshops, seminars and/or classes) in Tai Chi for at least 10 hours a year.
  • 2. Maintain at least 100 hours in teaching Tai Chi every year.
 
Meeting the above criteria does not automatically qualify you for the ATCQA Certification. The decision will also depend on the credential of the organization(s) from which you received Tai Chi training, the significance of the reference letters, etc. ATCQA reserves the right to make these assessments on a case-by-case basis.
 
Tai Chi Certification Fees
  • Application fee: None - the application is free
  • Certification fee (for the first term only): $100/term(2-year) for Practitioners, $120/term(2-year) for Instructors
  • Renewal fee (for the second and later term): : $30/term(2-year) for Practitioners, $50/term(2-year) for Instructors
ATCQA Professional members receive 30% discount on the above fees.
 
How to apply
  1. Download the application form here: the Word format or the PDF format.
  2. After filling in the form, mail it and all the supporting documents to ATCQA.
 
Questions or comments? Please check the FAQ page or email us at TC@AmericanTaiChi.net

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