How to become an instructor of Dr Lam Tai Chi for Health Institute’s program/s

By: Dr Paul Lam

See also the FAQs for Board Certified Instructors


What are the Tai Chi for Health programs?group with certificates
Dr Paul Lam and his team of medical and tai chi experts have created several Tai Chi for Health programs to empower people to improve their health and wellness. >> more  

Becoming a TCHI Board certified instructor

Dr Lam and his authorised master trainers conduct instructors training workshops around the world. All Board certified instructors have attended the workshop, completed prior preparation and fullfilled requirements to be a safe and effective teacher of the respective program, and registered with The Tai Chi for Health Institute. Our training is comprehensive and specific for our programs.
By 2016 there were over 20,000 instructors/leaders certified, and millions of people had learned one of the programs. Over 35 scientific studies have shown the programs being safe and effective for health. Many health departments around the world inclulding the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, universities, arthritis foundations support these programs. Teaching tai chi for health is one of the most fullfilling experiences, almost all qualified participant who prepares well would be certified at the end of the training. 

The Certification Process:  DSC04708

Although almost anyone can participate in the instructors’ training workshop, only qualified participants will be certified to teach after they have successfully completed Steps 1 to 5 below. Please enquire with the master trainer who will be conducting the workshop for more information.
1. Enrol in a workshop: Find a workshop at Dr Paul’s workshop calender or the Master Trainers’ workshop calender.
2. Prepare for your workshop: click here for details.
3. Attend the workshop with Dr Lam or his authorised master trainer. You will learn:
  • tai chi skill and knowledge: the essential principles and the forms
  • how to teach the program effectively and safely
  • how to deliver the program
  • how to work with people with chronic conditions (such as arthritis and diabetes) safely
  • how to work with people with different ages and conditions.

4. Register with the Tai Chi for Health Institute Board.DSC01768

You will be assessed on your performance of the tai chi forms, as well as completing a written test. Almost all qualified participants who have prepared prior to the workshop will be certified for competency at the completion of the workshop, then you would be entitled to register and would be invited to register by the TCHI Board. We put great emphasis on practicality and safety, you will learn well in a friendly and interactive environment.

NB: Dr Paul Lam Tai Chi for Health Institute lists all current authorized Master Trainers, Senior Trainers and Board certified instructors on this website. All levels of instructors must fullfill all requirements and attend in person respective training workshops as well as prior preparation. We are proud of the high quality of our training and strive to keep improving it.  


5. Update and Follow Up: Instructors are required to continue to practice and teach the program and to attend an update workshop every two years. The training certification will be valid for two years, and registration for Board certification will last for 12 months. At the end of the two years, you can attend an update workshop either physically or by correspondence (for people with exceptional circumstances only) to update your certification. Your master trainer and Dr Lam will provide continual support with technical advice and other optional training. Available update workshops are listed on this website at the workshop calendar. If an update workshop is not available, you may be eligible to update your certification via correspondence.
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 Qualified participants include:new-6

  • Tai Chi teachers or advanced students (at least one year of experience)
  • Physiotherapists or physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Allied health professionals
  • Nurses
  • Rheumatology professionals
  • Qualified exercise instructors/leaders
  • Other appropriate health professionals
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Preparation:MT and ST training in Solothurn220

All participants who attend the workshop will receive either an instructor/leader or attendance certificate.
Different programs have different requirements for preparation, but they are similar to the Tai Chi for Arthritis program (described below). It will take from 20 hours to 200 hours to prepare depending on your experience in tai chi and health education. For example an experienced tai chi practitioner would not need as much time (about 15 to 30 hours) to learn the program from the instructional DVD

Preparation for the Tai Chi for Arthritis program

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Study the instructional Tai Chi for Arthritis DVD (it consists of twelve virtually real time lessons from Dr Lam), “Teaching Tai Chi Effectively” book by Dr Lam and handbook, and learn how to do the Warm up and Cool down exercises, the Basic Six movements and the Advanced Six movements. Even if you attend the workshop to learn a program for your own health and wellness, Dr Lam strongly recommend you prepare the same way as it will enable you to gain more skill and knowledge from the workshop. Read the handbook to understand what is tai chi, what is arthritis and how does it work.
The “Teaching Tai Chi Effectively” book is the text book for instructors of the Tai Chi for Health programs and would be an useful reference book for any tai chi teacher.
If you are especially interested in medical knowledge of arthritis, “Overcoming Arthritis'” written by Dr Lam and Judith Horstman is a valuable resource for both you and your participants.


Guide for the training workshops:

The key is to have the preparation done prior to the workshop and the ongoing training that follows afterwards. The overall training is comprehensive and practical; it consists of self-study and preparation, face to face learning, and ongoing support and resources with updates required every two years. It also incorporates your knowledge in health, fitness and tai chi to make your training easier and more
Our focus is on training safe and effective tai chi for health program instructors for their community. The training is comprehensive and specific, enjoyable and practical. Almost anyone complete the requirements with a bid smile. 
Once you have completed your training you will be entitled to registered as a TCHI Board certified instructor. We encourage everyone, every level of instructors to keep developing and growing their tai chi and teaching skills.
Over 35 medical studies have shown the Tai Chi for Health programs and our training to be effective and safe.
NB: Our syllabus is much more than two face-to-face days of training, the entire training would be equivalent to around 200-400 hours pending on your prior qualification. 

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