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Non-Certifying Senior Instructor

The ChiRunning and ChiWalking Non-Certifying Senior Instructor Program offers individuals the opportunity to license the trademarked ChiRunning and ChiWalking techniques and partner with ChiLiving in business development opportunities. The certification process is outlined below.

Benefits of Being a Non- Certifying Senior Instructor (Bolded Below):

  • Senior Certification promoted on ChiRunning and ChiWalking websites
  • Potential Financial Compensation for:
    • Partnering with ChiLiving in business development opportunities
    • Video Analysis of ChiLiving customers
  • Facilitation of Corporate Groups
  • Active participation in ChiLiving Program Development
  • Allowed to charge more for Workshops
    • Full Day ($250 Maximum), Half Day ($195 Maximum)
  • Allowed to teach more clients per Workshop
    • We recommend 12 maximum, and require at least one Instructor or Instructor Candidate Assistant for classes of 15 or more participants
  • Use of the trademarked ChiRunning and ChiWalking logos for marketing
  • Teach individuals and groups the ChiRunning and ChiWalking techniques
  • Partner commissions from ChiRunning and ChiWalking product sales
  • Opportunity to join the ChiLiving PRO Workshop marketing program
  • Participation in ChiLiving blogs, social media, bulletin boards, and/or articles
  • Give public talks and presentations
  • Lead group runs and walks

Certification Requirements:

Non-Certifying Senior Instructor Certification applications are due no later than October 31st of each year. Certification status will be communicated to the Instructor Candidate by November 30th, and, pending Certification approval, will be posted to the ChiLiving website by January 1st.


  • Submit Application to ChiLiving, Inc. for Evaluation and Approval*
    • Applicants will be evaluated on teaching experience, proven business success, and active growth and effort with ChiLiving (such as assisting Danny Dreyer at workshops, see application for details)
    • Applicants must submit two videos to ChiLiving® for review and evaluation. The first video should include shots of the Instructor’s running form from both sides, the front and back. The second video should be recorded in a system similar to Coaches Eye, with the same parameters as the first video, but should include the applying Instructor’s self- evaluation, as well.
  • Participation as a Certified Instructor for a minimum of eighteen months and show proven success as an Instructor (ex. Number of clients taught, number of workshops held, etc.)
  • Assist at a minimum of two workshops with Danny Dreyer or Certifying Master Instructor
  • Participate in ChiLiving Program Development and/or Business Development
  • Actively participate in ChiLiving blogs, social media, bulletin boards, and/or articles

Financial compensation for completing the above requirements will not be provided. These requirements support the development of Instructors for the next Level of their Certification.

If these requirements coincide with the year of your Recertification, you can use one workshop and/or Instructor Training to complete both Non- Certifying Senior Instructor Certification and your Recertification requirements. If it is not a Recertifying year for you, there may be a fee assessed for you to be evaluated as a Senior Instructor at a workshop.

Recertification Requirements:

To maintain status as a Non-Certifying Senior Instructor, the Instructor must complete the following each year:

  • Pay Annual Fee
  • Submit a Noncompete and Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA), updated Insurance documentation
  • Assist Danny or a Certifying Master Instructor every two years. We recommend assisting Danny as often as possible.
  • Host a minimum of two PRO Workshops per year to provide ChiLiving opportunity to review survey responses
  • Partner with Chi Living in business development opportunities*
    • Host media in workshops
    • Corporate lunch and learns
    • Private trainings for high profile requests
    • ChiLiving representatives at trade show events
  • Actively participate in ChiLiving blogs, social media, bulletin boards, and/or articles
  • Attend the bi- annual Instructor Weekend

*A Non-Certifying Senior Instructor may be eligible for financial compensation for partnering with ChiLiving in business development and/or program development.

If at any time you, or ChiLiving, deem it appropriate, you may return to a Certified Instructor status. If recertification requirements are not completed by January 31st of each year, Instructor status may be suspended, including removal from the ChiLiving website, until recertification is completed.