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Classical Academy of Arms

A Society for Classical Fencing Instructor Training and Credentialling

Verified Continuing Education

We believe that continuing professional education after credentialing is critical for our professional credential holders.  Although it is tempting to believe once you have earned a credential as a Classical Fencing Demonstrator, Classical Fencing Instructor, Classical Fencing Provost, or even Classical Fencing Master that you know everything that you need to know, that is incorrect.  Although it is tempting to believe that once you have read a book on your preferred school that you know everything you need to know, that is incorrect.  The reality is that our knowledge of classical fencing is constantly evolving as new sources are found and new translations made available.  At the same time the large area of sports science knowledge continues to evolve and grow.  Resting upon a credential you earned last year means that in a very real sense you will be behind the times next year, and that you will not offer your students the knowledge and quality of training that you should.  

As an Academy we address the need for our members to be current with a requirement for continuing education.  To maintain your credential you must complete at least 12 hours of continuing education each calendar year.

We stress that 12 hours of continuing education is a minimum number of hours.  The engaged credential holder should easily exceed this number.  Members are encouraged to report all continuing education that they complete.  Your continuing education hours are an important measurement that documents the value of our overall continuing education program.  

What Counts as Continuing Education

The following options can be used to meet the Academy's Continuing Education requirements:

WEBSITE CE - study the continuing education topics listed on the Academy's Website CE page.  These may be current year or archived topics.  Complete the review questions with a score of 2 or 3 of 3 correct.  A total of 4 completed topics equals 1 hour of continuing education.  Website continuing education offerings by the North American Mangiarotti Society may be used under the same rules.

TECHNICAL BLOG - read blog posts on the Academy's technical blog.  These may be current or previous year posts.  Click on the "No Comments:" hyperlink at the bottom of the post and make a comment or ask a question that shows you have read and understood the material.  A total of 6 completed topics equals 1 hour of continuing education.

NEW CREDENTIAL - completion of any rank in our credentialing program results in the award of continuing education hours and continuing education units based on the duration of the training course for the year in which the rank is earned.

CLINICS AND CONFERENCES - a clinic or conference conducted under the auspices of the Classical Academy of Arms, the United States Fencing Coaches Association, any other national academy of arms that is a member of the Academie d'Armes Internationale or the International Fencing Coaches Association, USA Fencing or other national governing body of fencing, or the United States Center for Coaching Excellence or other national coach development organization affiliated with the International Council for Coaching Excellence.  Participation in conferences and clinics includes as an attendee and as a presenter or instructor.  Other clinics or conferences, including those focused on sports science or sports management, may be approved for continuing education provided that approval is requested in advance.  Documentation of attendance and the number of hours involved is required.

IN SALLE TRAINING - training within the club or sale in new areas of classical technique and training skills may be credited hour for hour if documentation identifying the participants and the topic and verifying that the training was conducted by an appropriate professional credential holder is supplied.

ACADEMIC COURSES - academic courses dealing with sports science, sports management, fencing, or directly related subjects are credited at the standard equivalents for semester hours or quarter hours.  A grade of C or better for undergraduate or a B or better for graduate courses is required.  Documentation in the form of a grade report or transcript is required.

CRITICAL SUBJECT TRAINING - training in first aid or athlete or youth protection is credited at the standard number of hours for the training.  Documentation of completion is required.

PROFESSIONAL WRITING - authoring published articles, published textbooks, published training curricula, or equivalent professional writing about fencing or related sports science or sports management topics is credited at a reasonable rate for the specific product.  Translations of works in languages other than the member's native language may also be credited.  For example, the Classical Academy of Arms text Teaching Classical Fencing: A Master Text represents approximately 300 hours of work.  A copy of the document is required.   

PROFESSIONAL READING AND STUDY - independent professional reading and study is an important component of continuing education.  Fencing manuals, books related to fencing, sports science, sports management, sports medicine, sports psychology, tactics and strategy, decision making, or other related topics may be reported, including a short synopsis of key information or lessons learned. 

Procedures for Reporting

If you do continuing education, the next step is to report it.  Report as soon after the activity as possible to avoid forgetting to do so.  Reporting is simple:

1.  Use the form in the right hand column of this page.  Fill out all of the blanks.

2.  Convince our security that you really are a human by correctly completing the Captcha tasks.

3.  Make .pdf copies of any materials that support your eligibility for credit and submit them to our office.  For materials available on-line, such as published articles, include a link in the Linked Evidence blank.

4.  You should hear from us within a week verifying that your submission has been received.  If there are follow-up questions, please answer them quickly.

5.  When you receive your annual continuing education transcript, check to make sure that it is correct.

Documentation

The Academy provides an annual transcript of all continuing education reported to it for each member.  Each individual meeting the continuing education requirement is awarded a Verified Continuing Education open badge suitable for use on websites, electronic resumes, and other electronic documents, with an embedded copy of the transcript included.  Open badges are becoming an increasingly important tool for the documentation of learning and skills acquired in both the academic and the work environment.