Certification


Our Mission Statement

Tai Chi Healthways, registered in San Diego, California, is internationally recognized as a leader in Tai Chi/Qigong education and instructor’s certification, led by Dr. Jesse Tsao who has Ph.D. in Tai Chi and Qigong education from Shanghai Sport University. Since our first workshop in Tucson, Arizona in 1987, we have certified thousands of instructors over 26 countries.  Our mission is to uphold and pass on the traditional teachings of this unique Chinese healing art and martial art. We are committed to setting and promoting the highest teaching standards in the industry, training the instructors today and tomorrow in order to preserve and carry on the classical teachings of Tai Chi and Qigong. Leadership starts here. Tai Chi Healthways supports diversity and encourages the advancement of all styles of Tai Chi and Qigong. Our well developed Distance Learning Certification program is for you if you are not able come to our live class for training. –Our certification offers a strong proof of your qualifications to the public, including your current or potential students and employers: “I am proud to associate with Tai Chi Healthways. You probably know this that Tai Chi Healthways is one of the recognized organizations by Silver Sneaker for certification. I did not realize this until I took their training. Qin Z. who was just certified by Tai Chi Healthways is now hired by YMCA to teach Tai Chi.”

Get Certified With Us:

• No Annual Fee
• Low Cost
• Distance Learning Certification program
• In-person for master training 
• Learn From A True Tai Chi/Qigong Master with both traditional lineage and Ph.D academicaly
• Associate To Executive Tai Chi Certification
• Entry Level Tai Chi Instructor Certification
• Entry To Standard Qigong Certification
• No Prerequisitest

Distance Learning & Certification Program Guideline:

Note: Tai Chi Healthways Association hosts intensive 4-day training in San Diego, California during the last week of June each year.

Instructors can be certified from anywhere in the world through Tai Chi Healthways’ convenient Distance Learning Certification program. You don’t need to make a trip if you can pass the on-line Tai Chi theory exam, and provide enough evidence through your video to show your skill for the certificate. If you have previous Tai Chi experience and can perform any short or long routine/form, you are eligible for Associate Tai Chi Instructor or above. Your prior Tai Chi training can come from any school. Tai Chi Healthways certification is based on your knowledge of the Tai Chi Classics and is not limited to a particular style. We teach you not only the practical, day-to-day skills necessary to excel as a Tai Chi instructor, but gives you the theoretical knowledge you need to succeed as well.

The first step is to register as a long-distance instructor trainee, no need to select a certificate level.  The evaluation committee will decide it based on your skill.  We will send you the instructor’s training materials package, which includes:

(1) The Tai Chi Fundamentals for Beginners DVD, and a bonus video Easy Tai Chi for Health (based on the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mind), through instant download free codes; two more free download videos of your own selection from our Video download page.
(2) Leadership Manual. We put a 30-hour self-study materials through internet file, so you can study and train at your home. We keep this Leadership Manual as an e-book continually updated with the most useful information.
(3) The Tai Chi Theory Exam for Tai Chi Instructor Certification.
(4) Evaluation: When you are ready, return your exam answers to us and send us a video file of yourself doing Tai Chi movements. You can send the answer of exam and video through internet. www.YouTube.com and some other website provide free video sharing hosting. You can just upload your video and send us the links. We will review and evaluate it and issue you the certificate. If your postures, movements or routines need more works, we will provide corrections and suggestions for you to improve. No monthly or annual dues to Tai Chi Healthways. Life long valid after you become a certified instructor, but we do hope you can come to workshop once every two years to update your skills.

The total cost for this Distance Learning Certification program (including materials package, exam, evaluation, and certificate) will be $698.  There is no fee for retesting should someone not pass on the first attempt, either the theory exam written test or the demonstration.

The package also includes permanent listing of your name and contact info on the Tai Chi Healthways Certified Instructors listing, and a 20% discount on all Tai Chi Healthways workshops and all private lessons with Master Tsao.  You can aslo ask the special online download link for any of our instructional DVD at 20% off ($19.95 each video).

To register,  [Email Signup] with your mailing address, and your choice of two free download video titles on Tai Chi.

The registration fee can be paid through PayPal or Zelle bank transfer: jessetaichi@Gmail.com, or send a check payable to: Master Jesse Tsao, 5051 Sterling Grove Lane, San Diego, CA 92130.

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To upgrade your certification to the next level, the processing fee is $280. This includes two free DVD video downloads of your choice, another evaluation and the upgraded certificate. The fee of $280 can pay through PayPal account: taichitsao@yahoo.com, or Zelle bank transfer: jessetaichi@Gmail.com, or pay through mailing a check.

Potential instructors will be evaluated by our Certification Committee Members based upon ability to meet the following criteria:

(1) Pass the Tai Chi theory exam with 75% accurate (25 multiple choice questions).
(2) Complete an essay: write a handout to demonstrate your ability to research Tai Chi philosophy and its health benefits. This handout could be used later when you teach your own class or for presentations.
(3) Perform forms/routines postures.  You can just record a demonstration video of your abilities.  No need instructional talk through. A five minutes video for Entry-level and Associate level instructor certificate; Standard Tai Chi Instructor and above need 20 plus minutes to demo a long form, weapon, push hands. Associate Instructor (Town/small city and community Level) need 300 class-hour, 30 Leadership/workshop training hours (the hours are for in-person training for beginners; for Distance Learning people, no worry if you do not have the records for the class hours, your home self-study, or accumulated sporadic practice all can be counted as the hour credit, the committee will just based on your form practice to estimate your previous training hours, the leadership 30 hours will be credited from the Tai Chi exam and Leadership manual home study) + one tai chi routine; Standard Instructor (City Level) need 500 class-hour, 50 Leadership/workshop training hours + at least one traditional tai chi long form routine, tai chi weapon, and tai chi push hands; Senior Instructor (State-wide/regional Level) need 700 class-hour, 100 Leadership/workshop training hours + two traditional tai chi long form routines, tai chi weapons, tai chi push hands, and self-defense application; Executive Instructor (National Level) need 1000 class-hour, 150 Leadership/workshop training hours + three traditional tai chi long form routines, tai chi weapons, tai chi push hands, and self-defense and self-healing application. (Note: For people with tai chi experience before, you do not need to start from the entry-level. The committee will evaluate you to higher certificate level based on your demo of what you can do. For beginners, each certificate level requires progressive development and refinement of skills as determined by the Committee.)  There is no time limit to finish the distance learning course.  It is on your own pace.  Some people can get certified within two month; some people take for more than a few years.

Special Offer: There is a large and growing demand for qualified Tai Chi instructors. To accommodate this need, we are offering a special Entry-level Instructor Certificate now! Personal trainers and group fitness instructors are especially welcome. The Entry-level Instructor Certificate will qualify you to teach Tai Chi’s basic skills and lead exercises safely and effectively. Not only is this program an excellent way to expand your repertoire of wellness and fitness knowledge, but it will also increase your success and value. Instructor candidates living outside of the San Diego area can simply use the Tai Chi Fundamentals for Beginners DVD, or the Esay Tai Chi For Health DVD for at-home self-study, with no workshops to attend and no expensive travel. Leadership training materials will be e-mailed to you for self-study. You can email us the tai chi theory exam and your video clip for evaluation.

Qigong Instructor Certificate

Qigong Instructor Certification:
Tai Chi Healthways also offers Qigong Instructor Certification for distance learning people, similar to the Tai Chi Instructor Certification program. You don’t need show us proof of class hours, but you must pass the on-line Qigong theory exam and write an essay giving an introduction to Qigong. You must also submit a video for assessments. The total cost for evaluation and certification is $698, which includes:

The Qigong Fundamentals for Beginners DVD free instant download code;two more free download videos of your selection from our Video Download page; Qigong Leadership Manual through internet e-file, so you can study and train at your home. We keep this Leadership Manual as an e-book continually updated with the most useful information. The Exam for Qigong Instructor Certification. The package also includes permanent listing of your name and contact info on the Tai Chi Healthways Certified Instructors listing, and a 20% discount on all Tai Chi Healthways workshops.

Successive levels of Qigong Instructor Certification:

Entry level requires only that you know how to demonstrate the Qigong Fundamentals for Beginners set.  You can just provide a demonstration of your practice, no need instructional talk through.
Associate level requires mastery of additional two sets/titles of Qigong forms, apart from the Qigong Fundamentals for Beginners.  Just provide a demonstration of your practice, no need instructional talk through.

Standard level requires mastery of three additional sets/titles of Qigong forms, after the Qigong Fundamental for Beginners.  And also, the trainee needs to present the knowlages on Qigong’s healing aspect beyond those simple physical moves. 

Senior Qigong Instructor level requires in person training in seminar/workshop, or private lessons, or Zoom lesson.

To register,  [Email Signup] with your mailing address, and your choice of two free download video titles on Qigong

The registration fee can be paid through PayPal account ,or Zelle bank transfer jessetaichi@Gmail.com, or send a check payable to: Master Jesse Tsao, 5051 Sterling Grove Lane, San Diego, CA 92130.

If you use PayPal >>

To upgrade your certification to the next level, the processing fee is $280. Pay through PayPal at: taichitsao@yahoo.com, or Zelle bank transfer: jessetaichi@Gmail.comThis includes two more video downloads of your choice, another evaluation and the upgraded certificate.

 [Email Signup]

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