Why Certify?

HEMA Alliance Certification is a service to instructors to help them find new and wider teaching opportunities.  It’s not a method for exclusion, it’s not an anointing of “masters”, and it’s not a projection of one martial tradition’s principles and assumptions onto other traditions.  

It is less about disciplines and your credibility, more about educator skillsets and recognition *outside* of the HEMA community (ie being invited to teach a seminar on longsword to a sports fencing club).

If you'd like more information on how to certify as an instructor, contact us at governing-council@hemaalliance.com

Requirements for Certification

  • Criminal Background Check (primarily for serious & sex offenses)
  • First Aid Certification
  • Video Sample of Teaching
  • Written Curriculum


Apply for Certification

Name *
If your desired event for testing is not available, what is your second choice?
Describe yourself and your HEMA experience to date.
Can be youtube, vimeo, or any other video service.
Proof of background check *
Proof of First Aid Certification
Proof of Written Curriculum *