Training and Certification Tracks and Coursework Hours

Certification Track

Coursework Hours

Certified Integral Qigong and Tai Chi™ Teacher

200 hour professional training program
complete in 3 trainings - 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


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 Certification
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. This certification training was formerly called Community Qigong Practice Leader Training. 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 3, 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.