Tai Chi for Arthritis Falls Prevention (SIPP) + STCA ~ Christchurch – 9 Nov 2024


Tai Chi for Arthritis Falls Prevention + Seated TCA
Instructor Training Workshop (+ Refresher/Updates Available)

9 November 2024
9am – 6pm



Phillipstown Community Hub
39 Nursery Road, Phillipstown, Christchurch 8011

Please Enrol NOW … Complete your SIPP Online learning … and then attend the training workshop..

* You will receive the link to complete your SIPP, after you have enrolled and paid the fee.
* After your successful completion of the SIPP and the 1-Day training workshop … You will receive 3 certificates (TCA, TCAFP, STCA)
* Read below for Refresher/Updates

NOTE: There is also a 1-Day Tai Chi for Rehabilitation Instructor Training Workshop on Sunday 10 November

Visit the page at this LINK



Step 1 ~ Enrol and Pay your Workshop Course Fee(s) to the Master Trainer (section below)
Step 2 ~ Order Required Resources (section below)
Step 3 ~ Register with TCHI (Dr Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute Inc) (Link Coming Soon)
Step 4 ~ Prepare for the Instructor Training Workshop: Complete SIPP, and read the Teaching Tai Chi Effectively book.
Step 5 ~ Complete pre-workshop paperwork (Google Forms emailed before the workshop)
Step 6 ~ Attend the Stage 2 workshop
Step 7~ Become a TCHI BCI (Board Certified Instructor) … read below
Step 8 ~ Share your knowledge and skills with others …
Step 9 ~ Update/Refresh your qualification(s) every two years, practise tai chi & have FUN!

TCHI Board Certified Instructor fee is required on successful certification:

The annual fee is payable direct to the Tai Chi for Health Institute. Following successful completion of the instructor training workshop, you will receive an email invitation to become a Tai Chi for Health Institute Board Certified Instructor (BCI), which is required before teaching the program (if not already a member). Annual fee is $40 AUD (Standard Membership) or $70 AUD (Premier Membership) regardless of the number of certificates you have. A TCHI Board Certified Instructor is a person who has fulfilled the requirements, completed the training of a Tai Chi for Health programme, and is registered with the Tai Chi for Health Institute board. For detailed information please go to this link HERE

What is SIPP? (Self-paced Instructor Preparation Package)

Dr Lam and the TCHI Board created the SIPP training system.

1: Complete the SIPP for the TCHI program you are enrolled to train in. The SIPP a self-paced online virtual program containing essential material to train effective and safe instructors. All you have to do is to follow the sequence with Dr Lam’s online training.

  • After you enroll and pay for this workshop, you will receive a link to the SIPP that you can complete in your own time.
  • Do enroll asap, because you must complete the SIPP before the workshop.
  • Depending on your experience, it may take anywhere from 10 to 70 hours.

2: Attend the TCHI Workshop: After completion of the SIPP, you will be ready for the Workshop (either via ZOOM or In-Person), at a one or two day instructor training workshop to be eligible to become a Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI) Board Certified Instructor (BCI).

Suitable participants include: health and fitness professionals or those with other similar qualifications and experienced tai chi students.


This workshop is personal. The Master Trainer will work with you to answer your questions and help to improve your tai chi and ensure you can teach the program safely and effectively.

There will be discussions, practice sessions, sharing of skills  and knowledge, Question and Answer portions, and, most importantly, personal tuition. The Master Trainer will give you feedback on what you did well and how you can improve your tai chi and teaching skill  and connect you to the Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI), fellow instructors, Senior Trainers and offer continual support.

What is Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention?

Dr Paul Lam and his team of medical and tai chi experts designed this program to be safe and effective for people who are at increased risk of falling. It will also provide health benefits and improve almost anyone’s quality of life.

Based on the Sun style of tai chi, Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention (TCAFP) is easy to learn, effective and safe. It improves flexibility, muscle strength, increases heart/lung activity, aligns posture, improves balance, and integrates the mind and body.

The TCAFP program includes warm up and cool down exercises, the teaching method, knowledge about arthritis and the cause of falls, and how to teach this program safely.  This program is the same as the Tai Chi for Arthritis program with the addition of a specialized module to further enhance its efficacy in preventing falls.

Qualified participants who successfully complete the course will be accredited by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to teach this program.

Thousands of people around the world have gained health benefits from the TCAFP program. Many scientific studies have shown that the program relieves pain, improves quality of life and makes people feel better. Studies also shown the program prevent falls; that is why the Center of Disease Control and Prevention recommends it for this purpose. It is supported by many Arthritis Foundations including the USA, Australia and UK.

Reasons to Come

  • Enjoy learning at your own pace and the personal training to become eligible to be an instructor of this program
  • Learn how to teach this program effectively and safely
  •  Discover how tai chi improves health and relieves arthritis
  • Learn Dr Lam’s Stepwise Progressive Teaching Method
  • Gain essential knowledge about arthritis and fall prevention
  •  Learn about the essential principles of tai chi
  •  Improve your level of tai chi in a positive, enjoyable and interactive environment


Anyone is welcome to attend, but in order to be eligible to be certified as an instructor, please check the recommended qualifications listed below.

  •  Physical therapists or physiotherapists
  •  Tai chi teachers or advanced students
  •  Exercise instructor
  •  Other similar professionals

Participants will receive either an attendance or instructor/leader’s certificate.

  • By the Completion of the Workshop you will:
  •  Know the Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention set at a deeper level
  • Understand how tai chi improves health and relaxation and helps to prevent falls
  • Have learned how to teach this program effectively and safely
  • Have improved your tai chi skill and knowledge
  • Have learned how to attract and retain more students


Wear loose comfortable clothes and flat shoes suitable for exercise.

Course Fees: 

Registration Course Fee Includes: SIPP online learning and one-day Workshop, morning and afternoon teas.
*Participants provide your own lunch
*Participants must have the required resources, see below
*Cancellation administration fee $150 (transferable to a future TCAFP Workshop)

Fee sections below:

  1. Full Price Workshop
  2. REPs, TCHI BCI Member 
  3. Resources Required
  4. Refresher/Updates

1. Full Price Workshop (Non-TCH Member)

ADD TO CART ~ 9 November 2024 … 1 Day (Includes SIPP online learning link)
Early Bird $345 incl GST  (After 1 October 2024, $375 incl GST)

2. REPs, TCHI BCI, or TCHC NZ Inc Member (15% Discount)

REPs 20 CPDs (TBC)

ADD TO CART ~ 9 November 2024 … 1 Day(Includes SIPP online learning link)
Early Bird $295 incl GST (After 1 October 2024, $320 incl GST)

3. Resources Required:

Teaching Tai Chi Effectively book 2011 ($25 discounted price for workshop participants ONLY)     ADD TO CART

Tai Chi for Arthritis DVD ($35 discounted price for workshop participants ONLY)     ADD TO CART


Recommended Additional Resources:$30 extra for the Tai Chi for Arthritis Handbook, Tai Chi for Arthritis movement chart and the Warm-Up & Cool-Down chart ($39 if purchased separately from workshop registration) ($30 discounted price for workshop participants ONLY)    ADD TO CART

Recommended: Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis DVD ($30 discounted price for workshop participants ONLY)     ADD TO CART


Note: A current First Aid certificate is required for all Tai Chi for Health Institute Instructors and workshop participants. Students are welcome to attend as course participants (Attendance certificate)

4. Refresher / Update(s)

TCA, TCAFP, STCA TCA2 (TCA Suite) Refresher/Updates:

ADD TO CART ~ 9 Nov 2024
Early Bird $150 NZD incl GST (After 1 October 2024, $165)
*If you’re Refreshing/Updating TCA and want to gain the Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention qualification and/or Seated TCA as well, then you must attend both Sat & Sun.

Please email Tamara to let me know which qualifications you are wanting to update.

Other Updates
ADD Additional Refresher/Updates to the workshop price for $40/each.
NOTE: Your assignment(s) will be emailed after enrollment and payment is received, and your TCHI registration has been completed online.



NOTE: If you are updating 4 or more Additional qualifications maximum ‘Update’ payment of $125  ADD TO CART
Please email Tamara with the name of the updates you need.