When I Contract with Community Centers and Nursing Homes
I have been teaching Tai Chi in public
facilities since 1996. When I first started contacting a community center, I was
asked two questions:
Are you a certified instructor?
Do you have Liability Insurance?
At that time, I did not have a clue about
certification and liability issues teaching in bodywork field. I was lucky to be
able to work around these issues temporarily by setting up a small Tai Chi class
with no charge. The director of the center was helpful and supportive. She told
me to put a disclaimer line in the flier that the participants should be
responsible for any possible injuries if happened while taking the class. She
also told me to proceed with my teaching certification and liability insurance
with a professional trade group.
I searched online for Tai Chi related
associations, and found American Tai Chi and Qigong Association is quite
popular. The board members have solid Tai Chi and medical research background. I
like it. It also offers the group liability insurance.
Immediately, I applied for a membership.
In my fliers, I put a line as "Member of American Tai Chi and Qigong
Association". As soon as I met the qualifications to be certified by ATCQA as
Level I Instructor, I applied for the certification. Then I put a line as
"Certified Tai Chi Instructor". It sounds better then the first one.
Over the years, the guidance from American
Tai Chi and Qigong Association has been very helpful to me on my professional
journey. Since I retired from my regular job several years ago, I started
teaching Tai Chi classes in the senior centers and nursing homes. It is very
important to be certified by ATCQA and have liability insurance when contracting
with these facilities.
Now I am a certified Level-II Instructor.
My next step is to be certified as Level III Instructor. I am working on it.