HEMA Alliance

Preparation for Your Certification

Preparing for Your Certification

For many applicants this process will be a formality for recognizing that the candidate has professionalism, knowledge, and skill well beyond the basic requirements for Instructor Certification.  Our concern with this type of candidate is that they not turn a valuable opportunity for self-examination and new goal-setting into a set of expectations that blows the IC out of proportion.  It's not a Master's Exam even if you want it to be, though we are happy to have candidates who want to impress the panel as a personal achievement.

For candidates who are using the IC as more of a growth-opportunity and personal benchmark, we want to help you with that process.

The first step is to take the Application as part of the process, not just a few hoops to jump through *before* the preparation starts.  Go over the application with your instructors and training partners, and maybe even your students.  Your success is their success, and getting their help is not cheating.  In the same vein, please use the HEMA Alliance community and the general HEMA community.  We hope that we will not be the first people to see your prequalification video.

In the coming weeks we will add testimonials here from those who have already take the exam, including examples of the questions they were asked and how they responded.  The intent is to eventually have enough detail here (without creating a canned test that would defeat the purpose of individually-tailored curriculum interviews) so that candidates can create fairly realistic mock-panels in their schools and among the community.

Consider putting at least portions of your curriculum and videos on our forum and asking to be "drilled" about them there.  The more you share your materials, the more and better feedback you will get.

In readying for your test, consider these areas, the history of your sources, your body mechanics, your ability to instruct, your ability to fence and your overall presentation of the material.