What is involved in becoming a certified Feldenkrais practitioner?

To be eligible to become a be certified Feldenkrais® practitioner you must graduate from an accredited Feldenkrais professional training program. raining programs include 800 hours of training over at least 36 months, have different formats and are done in locations throughout the world.

What governs how a training program becomes accredited?

The purpose of the International Training Accreditation Guidelines is to insure and promote the quality of each accredited training program. The principal intention is to support and to promote the learning of all those who are involved – the trainees, Trainers and Assistant Trainers – in a way which enables the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education to develop, and be adaptable to contemporary society.

The North American Training Accreditation Board (NATAB) was established by FGNA to uphold and further the standards of the Feldenkrais Method. This body reviews applications for training accreditation, Trainer and Assistant Trainer certification, and Trainer Candidate status. Learn more about the NATAB.

Who should take a training?

  • Any one interested in teaching the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education to others
  • If you are interested in adding the Feldenkrais Method to your existing skill sets
  • If you are looking for a deeper immersion experience of the Feldenkrais Method

How do I decide which training to take?

This is a personal decision and the things the usually influence it are the training location, the training format (how the days are divided throughout the year) and the Educational Director and staff of the training. It is up to you as to how you decide.

Are there specific requirements to do enter into a training?

Each training program has its own application process. Previous experience of Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration® lessons is required.

What if I have a disability?

Many people with disabilities come to training programs. At the foundation of the Method are the ideas that each person progresses at their own pace and acts within their own abilities.

How are the 800 hours/40 days a year divided up?

All training programs must have a minimum of 800 hours/40 days per year, 160 days over at least 36 months. Programs follow different formats ranging from weekend formats; to 4 two segments a year; to 2 one month segments a year; to 40 days in a row. These are just some examples of formats, the one you choose may have another variation.

What if I have other questions?

If you are interested in a specific training program it’s probably best to get in touch with the Educational Director or organizer of that training program as they will likely have answers you are looking for. If you are not sure which program you will attend then contact the Educational Directors and organizers of each program to find what resonates best for you.

For further information, please contact the North American Training Accreditation Board (NATAB) at natab@feldenkraisguild.com.