Tai Chi Fundamentals® Certification
Become a Tai Chi Instructor
Teaching Tai Chi is a great way to help make a difference in other people’s lives while keeping yourself balanced, flexible and strong in the process. Our instructor training is informative and inspirational, designed to give you effective tools and techniques for learning and teaching Tai Chi.
It will take you a few months of practice in order to master the Tai Chi Fundamentals® (TCF) Program or the TCF Adapted Program Basic Moves and Form well enough to become an effective teacher. The great news is: daily Tai Chi practice is good medicine for your mind and body. You need no special clothing or equipment, it takes just a few minutes every day, and you can practice almost anywhere!
Health professionals can begin applying the Basic Moves (AKA Movement Patterns) therapeutically immediately after completing Levels 1—2 trainings.
See Certification Information PDF for complete information on certification for both the TCF Program and the TCF Adapted Program. Here are the Basics:
- Attend Training Workshops for a minimum of 30 contact hours. Everyone starts with Levels 1-2 (12 contact hours) and then chooses to take either the TCF Program Level 3 Course or the TCF Adapted Program Short Form Course for an additional 12 contact hours. For your final 6 contact hours, attend at least one Movement Intensive, or take 6 additional hours of classes or private lessons with a certified TCF Instructor for a total of 30 contact hours. Many people take additional training in order to be ready for certification.
- Practice on your own with program DVDs and Books and/or attend classes with TCF Certified Instructors until you have mastered the training materials.
- Take a certification evaluation session with an Advanced Certified instructor. Once you have the go:
- Apply for Certification
- Complete the Written Exam
- Complete the Movement Test, a 1.5 hour one-on-one session with a TCF Certification Reviewer: demonstrate proficiency in performing movements and knowledge of guidelines, benefits, program rationale and how to help do postural adjustments for students.