Gradual Path

UHT Associate to UHT Instructor Upgrade Training


  • Prerequisite Training


    You will need to first meet all requirements and be qualified as an Associate, which includes: 110 total hours (60 - 70 hours Associate Prerequisites and 40 hours of Senior Instructor Associate Certification Training). For more details see here.

  • Personal Practice Requirement


    Minimum 6 months of personal practice and/ or teaching experience is required after becoming an Associate Instructor. Exceptions or experience in related studies will be considered by the evaluating Senior Instructor.

  • Upgrade Training Requirements


    Additional 120 hours (3 weeks) is required for the upgrade process. When added with the 110 hours from the Associate Instructor Prerequisites the training totals 230 hours.

  • Possible Training Subjects for Instructor Training


    The additional 120 training hours can be acquired in the following 2 ways:

    Possibility 1

    All 120 hours in Core Subjects:

    • Tao Energy Basics (min. 60 hours)
    • Iron Shirt (min. 20 hours)
    • Healing Love (min. 40 hours)

    Possibility 2


    Min 60 Hours in the following Core Subjects:

    • Tao Energy Basics
    • Iron Shirt
    • Healing Love

    Min 40 hours in one or more of these Branch Practices:

    • Tao Yin
    • Tai Chi I, II
    • Fusion I, II, III
    • Iron Shirt II, III

    20 hours in any of these Additional Practices:

    • Tan Tien Qigong
    • Qigong Warm-ups
    • Five Elements Theory and Application
    • Primordial Qigong
    • Taoist Astrology
    • Iron Shirt III (Bone Marrow Nei Gong)
    • Buddha Palm
    • Wisdom Qigong
    • Elixir Qigong
    • Stem Cell Qigong
    • Deep Healing Qigong
    • Five Element Qigong
    • Eight Extraordinary Qigong
    • Chi Nei Tsang I
    • Cosmic Healing I
  • Study with Master Mantak Chia


    It is strongly recommended to study with Master Chia in any course before becoming an instructor. If that is not possible, then train with him within 3 years of being certified. Some exceptions may be granted due to challenges of locations or economics. If you cannot travel and personally meet Master Chia we require studying with his video courses or joining www.universaltao.tv

  • Letter from Trainee


    Write why you want to become an instructor. It is recommended that the instructor prepare a course outline.

  • Interview / Test by UHT Senior Instructor and UHT Instructor


    If you have already passed the Associate Instructor Evaluation of the Tao Basics (Opening the Microcosmic Orbit and passing Energy, 6 Healing Sounds, Inner Smile, Chi Self Massage) you will not be tested in this again. For Instructor Certification your grounding will be tested in Iron Shirt (Tree, Turtle, Urn). If you are upgrading for Iron Shirt (all 6 postures), Healing Love, Tao Yin and/or Tai Chi, you will be tested on these. There will be a fee for both the testing and the new certificate.