A student must complete Level 2 to qualify to teach Level 1 or Level 2. A student needs to complete level 3 to qualify to teach Level 3. An active instructor can petition the education committee to allow a student who has passed Level 1 to qualify to teach Level 1. All current instructors are grandfathered in. The Instructor Certification is based upon demonstrated ability, interest and willingness to teach other blacksmiths. A prospective instructor receives his or her Instructor Certificate following completion of a Public Demonstration of a specific project, including a storyboard detailing the steps. Handouts describing the processes are encouraged, and should be provided to the California Blacksmith Magazine editor for publication. The demonstration project may be of the blacksmith’s own choosing although it is desirable that it be reviewed by the blacksmith’s instructor.
Note: An Instructor does not have to host/teach further classes - they are expected to be available and willing to help Beginner/Novice students. An instructor is expected to take Instructor refresher classes each year.