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Completing a SpinPoi Certification will give you the credibility and resources you need to facilitate safe and engaging poi sessions in a health/wellness context. In addition, you will gain access to exclusive resources to help you on your journey, and become part of the global community of certified instructors.

Certification Courses

We are currently busy running a course in Melbourne, but starting March 1st 2023 we are available to run more courses both in-person and online. If you have a group of 6 or more people interested please email [email protected] to discuss the details and schedule a time that works for your group. Alternatively, let us know your preferences for a future Certification Course and we will email you when a course in your time zone has been scheduled.

Self Directed Certification

Poi for Seniors Certification (self directed)

This certification is for those working with older adults, from independently living to rest home or hospital level. It is entirely self-directed and completed online/virtually. $165 USD (includes application and study materials). Read the application instructions.

Poi for Early Childhood Education Certification (self directed)

This certification is for those working with children aged 3-8. It is entirely self-directed and completed online/virtually. $165 USD (includes application and study materials). Read the application instructions.

How does the Self-Directed Certification work?

1. Read the application instructions

Please carefully review the Application Instructions PDF below before moving forward with your application. It is important to ensure you understand what is involved in applying, and that you are eligible to apply, before proceeding.

2. Purchase your application and study materials

Once you have carefully reviewed the application instructions and are ready to move forward, you will need to purchase 2 things in order to apply: the application and the study materials

3. Turn in qualifying documents, written exam, and practical exams

Once you have purchased your application and study materials, you will gain access to the certification portal where you can take the written exam and keep track of your progress. There is no deadline for turning in the materials, so you can take your time and complete the components of the application at your own pace.

4. Become certified!

Once you have turned in all the application components, your application will be reviewed. This process takes 1-2 weeks. If successful, you will join the global community of SpinPoi certified instructors and gain access to additional resources to support you on your journey. If any changes are required, you will be notified and given the opportunity to address the changes and resubmit your application.


Yes! You will need to do a bit of practicing, but anyone can learn the poi movements necessary in order to fulfill the certification requirements. The SpinPoi Beginner Pack or our Facilitator Training are great resource for learning everything you’ll need to pass the certification.

Yes! A certain level of experience working with older adults or children is required, but don’t fret. Try reaching out to your local retirement villages/aged care facilities, schools, or even your neighbors! Explain that you are interested in teaching some poi classes. They will likely be excited to try a new activity, and you will gain experience, which will be necessary in order to pass the practical exam for the certification.

The self directed certification costs $165 USD. The virtual course ranges from $250-300 USD. If cost is a barrier, you can always fill out the resource subsidy form.

Your certification is valid for 1 year. Before your certification is due to expire, you will receive an email with instructions on how to renew. This process will include a brief refresher course and questions regarding your work as a poi instructor over the past year. The fee for renewal is $50 USD but a sliding scale is offered for those facing financial hardship.

Yes you are welcome to submit your teaching video, your letter of recommendation, and your lesson plans in your native language. Please note the written exam and the study materials are in English, so a certain level of English comprehension is necessary in order to pass this part of the certification.

Yes, the whole certification is completed online. If you would like to book an in-person training course, please email [email protected] to inquire about bookings.

The time it takes heavily depends on your personal learning speed and if you have any previous experience with poi which may help accelerate the process. On average, we suggest allowing for 20 hours of work.

The police check and letter of recommendation are hard requirements, so unfortunately you will not be eligible to apply for the certification.

The written exam can be taken as many times as you like with no additional fee. Each time you take the exam you will receive immediate feedback on which questions you got wrong and where the correct answer can be found.

The practical exam can be resubmitted as many times as you like. If you do not pass the practical exam you will receive feedback on what parts needs improvement.

The review process typically takes 1 week. If you do not hear back within this time frame, please feel free to get in touch with Kate at [email protected] to enquire about the progress of your application review.

As a certified instructor you will gain access to additional resources to support you on your journey such as poi routines, documents to help you run your classes smoothly (consent forms, invoices, etc.) and you will gain access to the SpinPoi certified instructors forum. You will also receive a certificate and be listed on, and be promoted as a certified instructor across SpinPoi’s social media.

Feel free to get in touch with Dr. Kate Riegle van West at [email protected] with any additional queries.

Certified Instructors

Joanne Paton
Auckland, New Zealand

Rehabilitation assistant at Middlemore Hospital primarily working with patients rehabbing from stroke or other neurological conditions. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Jamie Moore
London, UK

Social arts facilitator specializing in circus and intellectual disability with additional qualifications in community theatre. [email protected]
Certification: Early Childhood

Eunice Te Rangiuaia
Auckland, New Zealand

Ko Ngāti Porou, ko Ngāti Kāhu ōku Iwi. Kaikokiri Ratonga Māori, passionate about working with tamariki, Kuia & Kaumātua. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults, Early Childhood

Janine Warne
NSW, Australia

Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator with 38 years experience working in aged care facilities, 6 of those specializing in disability. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Sarah Poepjes
Tasman, New Zealand

Activity Coordinator for Summerset Richmond Ranges Retirement Village. Bringing the joy of SpinPoi to residents of all ages and abilities, including rest home and memory care. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

David Bulger
Florida, U.S.

Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher with experience in fitness, personal training, and flow arts. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Julie Rope
Auckland, New Zealand

Neurological Physiotherapist with a special interest in Parkinson’s & building a creative toolbox for neurostimulation and plasticity for people living with neurological conditions. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Shanana Rain Golden-Bear
Arizona, U.S.

Stroke survivor passionate about sharing the benefits and fun of poi spinning with fellow seniors in Quartzsite, Arizona. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Amelia Rika
Rotorua, New Zealand

Member of Orange Tinana o Ue with a background in Specialist Education – passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of kuia and kaumātua in Te Arawa while having fun.
Certification: Older Adults

Dr George Thien
New Zealand & Malaysia

Combining his corporate, business, academic & community-service experiences, Dr Thien is motivated to help people achieve personal goals and promote wellbeing. Author of Just Do MORE and enjoys practising Taiji and playing erhu. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Sharnie Riley
Katikati, New Zealand

Fitness instructor, mixed media artist and puppy foster carer. I very much enjoy teaching strength & balance classes to older adults of all fitness levels and abilities. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Dori Maloney
Texas, U.S.

Dedicated flow artist, relentless problem solver, and empathetic advocate for poi as a fun and therapeutic tool in the wellness journey. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Jocelyn Watkin
Auckland, New Zealand

Qualified instructor for mind/body flow arts of qigong and tai chi with specialist skills in teaching people who are blind/have low vision. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Jesse Moran
Victoria, Australia

Disability Support Worker specialising in children and adults on the Autism Spectrum with a background in Outdoor Leadership. [email protected]
Certification: Early Childhood

Juliana Flaxman-Hendriks
Auckland, New Zealand

Tai Chi specialist offering a fun and unique fusion of Tai Chi and SpinPoi that is focused on boosting fitness, strength, balance and well-being. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Karanjot Kaur
California, U.S.

Flow artist and research assistant at the Comparative Cognition Lab and Cognitive Science Department at UC San Diego. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Heidi Madeira de Carvalho Che
Macau, China

Poi & Arts Workshop Facilitator for children and seniors since 2007, Kintsugi Artist. Love nature, hiking, meditation and playing with children from 0-99. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults, Early Childhood

Shaina Pietersz
Westland, Netherlands

Primary school teacher, poi dance teacher and macrame artist with a speciality in interpersonal relationships in the teaching environment. [email protected]
Certification: Early Childhood

Maria Niedermann
Uster, Switzerland

Physiotherapist specializing in rehabilitation for older adults post surgery or with neurological disease.
Certification: Older Adults

Latasha Emery
Feilding, New Zealand

I am a Mum of two young adults. I have a soft spot for the elderly and my passion is to interact with them creating magic moments.
Certification: Older Adults

Annemarie Bruin
Southland, New Zealand

Qualified yoga teacher offering Hatha yoga and yoga infused Strength and Balance classes. I am passionate about challenging people and adding fun to my classes
Certification: Older Adults

Karma Buckland
NSW, Australia

Flow artist, performer, mental health and disability support worker. Passion for movement, fun and challenges to be found in poi as movement therapy and performance art. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Lien Chang Hsu
Taipei, Taiwan

Circus performer, poi teacher, elders counseling therapist, whole brain development rhythm workshop, and writer & international tour guide. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Alexa Mamet
Cap Malheureux, Mauritius

As a self proclaimed dopamine distributor, I’ve always taken it upon myself to help others find happiness. When poi entered my life in 1999, I knew instantly that I found a treasure, and now it’s time to share that treasure with my community. [email protected]
Certification: Early Childhood

Maureen Mong Ying Sim
New Zealand & Malaysia

An experienced social worker and a keen cook who enjoys promoting and helping people to eat healthy food for better well-being, and specialises in co-facilitating of poi sessions with her husband. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Lesley Morrison
Rotorua, New Zealand

Kaiawhina with Dementia Lakes, Rotorua.
Certification: Older Adults

Juee Bhide
Auckland, New Zealand

Neurological Physiotherapist working with people with Parkinson’s, passionate about adding fun and challenge to therapy! [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Daria Pejic
London, UK

Aerobic instructor, flow artist, dancer, performer and fashion designer sharing poi with older adults and those with cognitive disabilities. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Rebecca Frechtling
Taranaki, New Zealand

Diversional therapist working in aged care with a mix of Resthome, Hospital & Dementia level residents. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Izabela Nurkowska
Dublin, Ireland

Owner of Flow Studio, fitness instructor, flow artist, and martial artist specializing in Shaolin Kung Fu.
Certification: Older Adults

Anja Lohoff
Haag in Oberbayern, Germany

Carer for disabled people, supporting those with Parkinson’s in a geriatric hospital. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Hilary Williams
Mapua, New Zealand

Fitness instructor at Move Good Now specializing in the physical and neurological benefits of movement and exercise in a group environment. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Deb Gully
Wellington, New Zealand

Nutrition Coach and Certified Natural Health Practitioner in Energy Kinesiology specializing in chronic health issues.[email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Bruno Rubini
Auckland, New Zealand

Tai Chi instructor specializing in mindful movement with additional qualifications in massage therapy and nutrition. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Patricia Tinoco
Panama & Venezuela

Certified yoga teacher FIYI200 and QiGong for yoga teachers. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Tara Stratton
Saskatchewan, Canada

Inspires and promotes overall wellness and through prescribing poi; a coach and educator of life skillz in circus flow art culture with the goal of ‘poi mastery’. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults

Kate Riegle van West
Auckland, New Zealand

Founder of SpinPoi, with a PhD in the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function for older adults. [email protected]
Certification: Older Adults, Early Childhood

See our Certification Course in Action

Harness your full poi-tential through our two day comprehensive certification courses, held virtually and in-person. During the training you will learn the necessary skills to confidently and safely facilitate poi sessions to improve wellbeing in your community. Upon course completion, you will join the community of certified instructors across the globe.