Training and Certification Tracks and Coursework Hours

Certification Track

Coursework Hours

Enthusiastic Citizen

Healer Within Practice Leader

12 hours

Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader

25 hours

Integral Energetics, Level 1

35 + Hours
Certified Integral Qigong and Tai Chi™ Teacher

200-hour training program complete in
Levels 1, 2, 3
Level 1 - Integral Qigong™ Practice Leader
Integral Qigong Basics = 60 hour training course + 10 hours self study
Level 2 - Integral Tai Chi™
Practice Leader


Integral Tai Chi Fundamentals = 60 hour training course + 10 hours self study
Level 3 - Advanced Integral Qi Cultivation
Prerequisites - Completion of Levels 1 and 2
Advanced Integral Qi Cultivation Including Inner Alchemy = 60 hour training course + 10 hour self study. Upon completion of Levels 1 - 3, hours total 200-210.
Advanced Qi Cultivation Retreats
Inquire at IIQTC office


The Institute of Integral Qigong & Tai Chi (IIQTC) offers several levels of Qigong, Tai Chi and Medical Qigong certification:

Enthusiastic Citizen
This is not a certification, but a unique approach to sharing Qigong with others. If you are enthusiastic about Qigong and the Healer Within concept, have read books, attended lectures or workshops, or are simply inspired to spontaneously begin sharing with others, then you qualify as an Enthusiastic Citizen. This activity is founded in the virtues of compassion and community service, it is usually done for little or no compensation. The Enthusiastic Citizen works with others to help create a culture of health self-reliance in her or his community. People who help launch and sustain the practice of Qigong in their community are heroes.

Visit which helps to coordinate The Nationwide Network of Community Practice.
Healer Within Practice Leader
The Healer Within Practice Leader (HWPL) Training is a 12 hour training that empowers participants to share the 4 essential self-care practices from the Wellness System of Chinese Medicine. The Healer Within Practice Leader is trained to lead individuals and groups in the Vitality Enhancement Method — Bu Zheng Qigong -- a very accessible form of Chinese Medical Qigong. These 4 Baskets of Practice -- body practice, breath practice, self-massage and meditation - are the foundation of Qigong and Tai Chi from the groundbreaking Qigong and Mind Body Practice book by Dr. Roger Jahnke, The Healer Within.

The Healer Within Practice Leader Training is suitable for individuals from any background and is easily adaptable for individuals who are recovering from health challenges, such as surgery or illness. The Healer Within Practice Leader curriculum is a subset of the 200-hour Integral Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher/Instructor Certification Program; it may be of interest to pursue the comprehensive curriculum.

An individual trained as Healer Within Practice Leader™ can continue training to become a Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader, Integral Qigong™ Practice Leader, or ultimately a Certified Integral Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher.

Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader
Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Training is 25 hour training that empowers motivated individuals to share the self-care practices of Qigong and Tai Chi in a widely diverse variety of environments and institutions. Many social agencies, educational institutions and corporations are seeking this very type of program for wellness programming - including social service agencies, YMCAs, schools, churches, spas, fitness centers, seniors centers.

Recently, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the National Emphysema/COPD Association (NECA) have become proponents of widespread implementation of Tai Chi Easy™. In the new era of complementary and mind/body medicine, Tai Chi and Qigong are rapidly ascending to the status of wellness power tools. The material learned in the Tai Chi Easy™ curriculum is a subset of the 200-hour teacher certification program.

Tai Chi Easy™ is especially suited for those whose primary career is set but who wish to add Tai Chi Easy™ to the skills they bring to their work already -- teachers, senior activities coordinators, fitness coaches, yoga teachers, social workers, occupational therapists, faith based health ministry coordinators, nurses, wellness coordinators, spa fitness coaches, wellness coordinators, health promotion professionals, and life coaches.

It is not unusual for a Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader to continue training to become an Integral Qigong™ Practice Leader, and ultimately a Certified Integral Qigong and Tai Chi™ Teacher.
Integral Energetics Level 1
Integral Energetics Level 1 is its own unique 35 hour plus course that “stands alone" and is separate from the comprehensive Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) 200-hour teacher training program.

Integral Energetics Level 1, a gateway to the realm of Energy Medicine, Energy Healing, and the cultivation of energy awareness, assists trainees in exploring all views of the energy, vitality, Qi, Prana system with the intent of eliminating false assumptions and developing natural gifts. We are all healers. It is rare, that as healers we receive help in bringing our gift into light and out in the world. The truth is we need a little coaching and nurturance to bring this gift out of ourselves.

This course focuses on learning and gaining skill to develop one’s natural "energy" gifts and abilities, through practice and observation over time, from a body of information with no association with medicine or therapy in the public domain. This training is designed for anyone interested in uncovering and developing their healing skills within a supportive, empowering community.

Like the IIQTC Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader Training program, Integral Energetics Level 1 has no prerequisites. To learn more, see the Integral Energetics FAQ.
200 Hour Integral Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher Certification

This certification program consists of the completion of three 7 day, 60 hour intensives (IIQTC Levels 1, 2, and 3) plus 30 hours of self-study and completion of all written assignments. This certification path satisfies the Professional Membership level for the National Qigong Association (NQA). Each student will demonstrate proficiency as a teacher before certification is awarded. Participants will gain three powerful benefits from completion of this training:
  • Ability to teach Integral Qigong and Tai Chi safely, confidently, and effectively
  • Deepen personal practice
  • Collaboration with a growing community of Qigong and Tai Chi practitioners dedicated to fostering healing and empowerment

A graduate of the 200 hour Integral Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher Training program is automatically considered a Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader as well.

Level 1 – Integral Qigong™ Practice Leader
This is a 60-hour certification program consisting of a thorough introduction to Qigong and Tai Chi, an investigation of the origins, the rationale for and practice of the Qi cultivation. View curriculum. This certification is useful for people who wish to lead Qigong practice sessions at YMCAs, community recreation centers, senior programs, etc.

The essence of the Integral Qigong™ approach is the Three Treasures - DNA (Jing), Qi (life force) and Shen (spirit), the Three Domains of practice - body Earth mind HeartMind, and spirit Heaven and the nine phases of cultivation and mastery. The key texts are The Healer Within (Enhance Vitality Method- Bu Zheng Qigong) and The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness through Qigong and Tai Chi classic texts of Qi cultivation in the West and the award winning DVD Qigong-Chi Kung: Awakening the Medicine Within. To review please click here.

Level 2 – Integral Tai Chi™ Practice Leader
Level 2 is primarily focused on Tai Chi while reviewing the material for Level 1. In most communities the largest demand will be for approaches to Tai Chi that are accessible to a wide variety of learners -- including many who are rehabilitating from injury, neutralizing the effects of stress, hoping to maximize energy and productivity or delay the effects of aging. We work with Integral Tai Chi ™ which is not simply a Tai Chi form, but a Tai Chi teaching method that is assured to sustain student enthusiasm.

In the Integral Tai Chi™ framework we work with Tai Chi Qigong, a simplified approach wherein the complexity of the footwork is postponed for ease of leaning - followed by Tai Chi Easy™ (noted above), Tai Chi Chair™ and Tai Chi Mirror™ which are all carefully and respectfully simplified forms of Tai Chi which create a great deal of positive effect including enthusiasm. The traditional principles of Tai Chi and Qigong are the heart of the Integral Tai Chi™ program.

Level 3 – Advanced Integral Qi Cultivation
Level 3 takes Qi cultivation, Integral Qigong™ and Integral Tai Chi™ to the advanced level called in the ancient tradition Inner Alchemy. The focus is maximizing the potential of Qi cultivation, healing and empowerment. We review all former material, accelerate teaching skills, optimize the ability to attain advanced Qigong states and teach advanced cultivation skills with a focus on Shen Gong (Spiritual Qigong - understanding and revealing the eternal self).

On completion of level three graduates will have 30+ hours of actual experience in teaching others - communicating principles, descriptions of methods, demonstrating methods, making corrections, presenting visualizations and meditations.

Advanced Qi Cultivation Retreats

Retreats and workshops on advanced Qi cultivation and inner alchemy topics. Often these are continuing education events for IIQTC alumni only.