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The new Continuing Competence Policy is in effect for certifications beginning January 1, 2013. This is the year for transition from the “Continuing Education” to “Continuing Competence” requirements. To renew certification you must:
To renew certification you must:
1. Certify that you:
a. Have completed the required 20 hours of qualifying Continuing Education* and 100 hours of Professional Practice for 2012 (prorated for 2012 graduates) (If you have not met these requirements, see Provisional Certification Application Form below); and
b. Will write a Continuing Competence Plan** before December 31, 2012.
2. Agree to comply with the FGNA Policies “E 126.96.36.199 Feldenkrais Method Standards of Practice”, “E188.8.131.52 Code of Professional Conduct”, and “E184.108.40.206 Service Marks, Certification Marks and Trademarks”; and
3. Pay the applicable fee.
*Policy Requirements for Continuing Education (effective for certifications through December 31, 2012):
Feldenkrais® Advanced Training — attendance at seminars, workshops, and accredited professional training programs offered by any Guild Certified Practitioner having four or more years of professional Feldenkrais experience since graduation.
b. Self-Directed Feldenkrais Study — participation in peer study groups (practitioners gathering to demonstrate their skills in FI® and ATM®, giving and receiving constructive feedback, as well as analyzing issues related to understanding Feldenkrais and the professional practice of the Method); study with another Feldenkrais practitioner in order to learn additional application of the Method; and review of Moshe Feldenkrais’ Amherst Training and Functional Integration videotapes.
c. Feldenkrais Guild® of North America Annual Conference — it is intended that this will meet the 20 hours requirement for the year.
d. Teaching Experience — Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioners/Teachers with at least four years of professional experience since graduation may meet up to half of the continuing education requirement by teaching an equivalent number of hours of classes, workshops or seminars to other members of the Feldenkrais community. One does not have to be an authorized Trainer or Assistant Trainer in order to teach advanced trainings.
Trainers and Assistant Trainers may meet the continuing education requirement by teaching an equivalent number of hours in an FGNA accredited professional training program, or an advanced training.
**Policy Requirements for Continuing Competence (effective for certifications beginning January 1, 2013):
Each year you must:
1. Reflect on the plan of the previous year and certify that you have completed it (if applicable)
2. Complete a self-assessment based on the International Feldenkrais Federation Competency Profile
3. Identify learning needs
4. Write a plan which includes at least twenty hours of learning
5. Certify that you intend to implement the current plan
Learn more about how to create your Continuing Competence Plan (required for 2013 Certification renewal) here.
“A Continuing Competence Program involves engagement in self-reflection, the application of learning to practice, and subsequent evaluation. It is an active and dynamic process of continual learning which generates ongoing professional growth. It therefore involves much more than just accruing credits in an education program.” -New Zealand Psychologists Association
This process can be exciting. Transcend your fears. Go beyond what you think might be your limit. You started your Feldenkrais training because you were inspired to realize more of your potential. Continue the vision that you felt as you began your training. Jump in, make mistakes, have fun. Grow.
Thank you to members of the 2012 FGNA Board of Directors, for contributing to the resources that are included here. Thank you to the International Feldenkrais Federation for making the IFF Competency Profile and Workbook available.
Continuing Competency Resources
Continuing Competency Tools
Continuing Competence: Literature Review from a Feldenkrais Practitioner Perspective IN TOUCH articles about Continuing Competence Feldenkrais Method® Conference Recordings Amherst Training Program Video Rental
The Feldenkrais® Educational Foundation of North America (FEFNA) maintains a nonprofit bookstore and a rental library featuring the first two years of the Amherst Professional Training Program, 1980 and 1981. These are the last recorded teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais.
Awareness Through Movement® ATM® lessons are rentable in both DVD and VHS format, however Functional Integration® lessons are only available on VHS tapes. VHS tapes (both ATM and FI) are $4 each with a limit of eight per rental. DVDs are $6 each with a limit of four per rental.
Both DVDs and VHS tapes can be rented in two-week increments, plus a week of time to cover shipping. Shipping costs are generally $8 for the first rented item and $1 each additional rented item, but variations in package weight and shipping distance will influence the shipping costs.
Rentals meet the continuing education requirements for Feldenkrais practitioners seeking recertification. One hour of recording equals one hour of CEU credit.
To place an order or make inquiries, contact the FEFNA Bookstore Manager.
5436 N Albina Ave.
Portland, OR 97217
The document above contains frequently asked questions about certification. It also includes an explanation of how to meet the Continuing Competence requirements necessary for renewing certification each year.
Certification authorizes you to use the FGNA service marks and certification marks in the USA and Canada, on electronic and printed materials directly related to the practice of the Feldenkrais Method®, and training programs accredited by FGNA. Certification supports Feldenkrais® practitioners’ right to work in states and provinces that regulate hands-on work, and protects the profession and the public by requiring completion of educational and professional practice requirements, implementation of written Continuing Competence Plans, and adherence to FGNA Policies “E 220.127.116.11 Feldenkrais Method Standards of Practice”, “E18.104.22.168 Code of Professional Conduct” and “E22.214.171.124 Service Marks, Certification Marks and Trademarks”.
Feldenkrais® practitioners in the US and Canada must renew their certification with the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America annually. If you have let your certification lapse, or if you do not meet the Professional Experience or Continuing Education requirements, you must apply for Provisional Certification.
To receive Provisional Certification: Download and complete the Provisional Certification Application form provided above. Please contact the Membership and Certification Registrar at 800.775.2118 x125 if you have questions.
Practitioners who graduated in 1984 or later, and who have been certified to practice, and have practiced the Feldenkrais Method® for a cumulative total of twenty years, are eligible to receive Twenty-Year Certification. In the US and Canada, practitioners who have received Twenty-Year Certification must still renew certification annually, but are exempt from Professional Practice and Continuing Competence Plan requirements for certification renewal.
To receive Twenty-Year Certification: Download and complete the Affidavit of Eligibility for Twenty-Year Certification form provided above, and submit it to the Membership and Certification Registrar, with your annual Membership or Certification Renewal form, if applicable. Please contact the Membership and Certification Registrar at 800.775.2118 x125 if you have questions.
Practitioners who graduated in 1983 or earlier and have practiced the Feldenkrais Method® continuously for at least twenty years are eligible to receive Lifetime Certification. Maintaining Lifetime Certification is contingent on continued compliance with the following FGNA policies: E126.96.36.199 Code of Professional Conduct; and E188.8.131.52- FGNA Service Marks, Certification Marks and Trademarks completing the applicable form(s), and paying the applicable fee. After completing a Lifetime Certification Affidavit, you will have a continuing responsibility to comply with the above policies as they may be revised from time to time.
To receive Lifetime Certification: Download and complete the Affidavit of Eligibility for Lifetime Certification form provided above, and submit it to the Membership and Certification Registrar, with your annual Membership or Certification Renewal Form, if applicable. Please contact the Membership and Certification Registrar at 800.775.2118 x125 if you have questions.
If you have already received Lifetime Certification: We request that you provide a current Affidavit of Eligibility for Lifetime Certification form for 2013, using the form provided above, because FGNA Policies E 184.108.40.206 Feldenkrais® Practitioner Certification and E220.127.116.11 FGNA Service Marks, Certification Marks and Trademarks have changed recently, and we are updating our files. Please submit the form to the Membership and Certification Registrar, with your annual Membership Renewal Form, if applicable. Please contact the Membership and Certification Registrar at 800.775.2118 x125 if you have questions.
To receive Initial Certification: If you have recently graduated from a Feldenkrais® Professional Training Program, or if you have never been certified by FGNA, please download and complete the form provided above. Please submit the form to the Membership and Certification Registrar, with your annual Membership Renewal Form, if applicable. Please contact the Membership and Certification Registrar at 800.775.2118 x125 if you have questions.