Certification Requirements

Practitioner and Practitioner 1 Certification Requirements

When you feel you are ready for evaluation as a Practitioner or a Practitioner 1, submit the request form along with your payment.

For Practitioner

Confirm that you have earned a minimum of 60 credits and submitted and had 5 case studies and 15 checklists accepted

Complete the written test ( 25 questions, combination of multiple choice & short written questions)

Demonstrate your skills

This can be done in person, online with an Instructor, or by submitting videos for Instructor review.

1. TTouches on a Dog – Demonstrate Tellington TTouch bodywork with a dog.  Include a minimum of five different TTouches using the concepts of the Nine Elements. Be sure to include Circular TTouches, and Lifts and Slides.

2. TTouch Extremities – Demonstrate Ear TTouch, Mouth TTouch and Tail TTouch with a dog or stuffed dog.  If you don’t have a stuffed dog or these techniques are not acceptable for your dog, a clear verbal description of what you would do will also be accepted.

3. Balance Leash and Balance Leash Plus – Demonstrate the application of the Balance Leash and the Balance Leash Plus with a dog.  Be sure to include steadying the dog before putting on the Balance Leash and removing contact with the collar (sleeping clips) after the Balance Leash is applied.  If possible, lead the dog briefly using these tools so you can demonstrate turning and stopping.  If your dog doesn’t move forward easily with the Balance Leash, demonstrate how you would give these signals while standing.

4. Body Wrap – Demonstrate the application of at least one configuration of Head Wrap and two types of Body Wraps on a live or stuffed dog.  Be sure to observe any feedback from the dog and adapt to that communication.

5. Leading with the Harmony Leash/Handle – Demonstrate leading with the Harmony Leash and Handle.  Include stopping and turning in both directions and the use of some Playground of Higher Learning Elements.  Please use the principles described in the Course Manual and demonstrated in the instructional videos in terms of speed, mindfulness, and the momentary pauses while leading your dog.

6. Leading with the TTouch Connector – Demonstrate leading with the TTouch Connector.  Be sure to include stroking the leash, rotating your body and looking where you want the dog to go.

7. Use of the Playground for Higher Learning – Describe a Playground of Higher Learning that you have created.  The Playground could be with the use of Elements on the ground or drawn on paper.  A combination of both is also acceptable.  Including a Labyrinth is required.  Use a variety of Elements and consider how you might move from one Element to the next with a dog.  Describe the benefits for the dog and the person of leading a dog through the Playground.

8. Demonstrate a session working with a dog, approximately 20 minutes in length – Include techniques of your choice, responding to the dog’s feedback and adapting accordingly. 

9.  Demonstrate working with a client in a safe and mindful way, addressing client goals in whatever way that is reasonable for your session.  Include a minimum of 20 minutes of the session.

*Note – #s 1-7 above are the assignments for the Level 2 course.  If you feel your assignment demonstrates an acceptable level of skill, it can be resubmitted as part of your evaluation requirement.

For Practitioner 1, in addition to completing the additional 12 credits:

1. Complete the written test.  

2. Prepare an outline and schedule for a hypothetical one-day workshop.  In your outline, describe the group you are working with and include the time schedule and description of what you will do during the day

3. Prepare handouts for the hypothetical workshop

4. Presentation of one section of your hypothetical workshop: This could be recorded or presented live to an Instructor. The Instructor will give you feedback about your workshop outline and handouts and let you know which portion of your workshop they want you to present. This will be a 20 minute presentation.  Part of the skill in teaching workshops is to pace your time.  You will have planning time in advance of your presentation time.  The Instructor will be available for questions and other support before your presentation.

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