Over my time spent with Charlie, we had often discussed formalizing a certification program for his system. We had discussed different ideas on how to set various levels within the certification program (i.e. Level 1, 2, 3, etc) and how students would achieve their standing within the certification program. We wanted it to have a signficant practical component, where students would have to demonstrate their knowledge and coaching skill. At the same time, we want to make it as accessible as possible, so that students did not have to fly from all over the world to meet face to face - as this can be financially restrictive.
In his final years, we did manage to put together an outline for the requirements. He also passed on the sentiment that he would have allowances for certain individuals to be granted Level 1 status based on their time spent learning with Charlie, as well as those individuals who have hosted seminars with Charlie. I am working closely with Ange to try to come to a reasonably accessible program that allows many of you to get appropriately evaluated and certified.
Having said that, I have a few questions to forum members:
Would you be interested in participating in the program and learning more about the Charlie Francis Training System?
Do you feel that being certified under the CFTS would carry some weight in your profession?
What is the best way to reach people? Video resources, Skype, seminars, etc? We would like to provide as many options as possible?
How would you like to be evaluated? Case studies, quizzes, projects, video conferences, etc.?
My initial idea - shared with Ange - is to have an on-line certification program that could be carried out via video and audio resources, as well as over different social networking mediums, including video conferencing over Skype. The program would also include hypothetical workout program assignments that students would have to complete within a reasonable time frame. A work book would be created for different levels of the certification program. And, we would also evaluate you based on your progress in training athletes. In essence, there would be a theory and practical component for each level.
One area that would be of great importance to include at the outset, is the ability to plan sprint workouts. I get numerous requests on sprint programming every week, and I get the distinct feeling that many individuals are not comfortable with writing long-term sprint programs (i.e. 12 weeks in length or greater). Many people simply are copying Charlie’s short-to-long and long-to-short examples verbatim, without a greater understanding of how and why he arranged them as such. There also appears to be some assistance needed in how to integrate weights successfully with speed work.
I am open to any suggestions or requests, as I’m currently working on the content for such a certification program. As I’ve mentioned before, I have hundreds of pages of notes/workout plans, etc., and about 50 hours of video footage that can be of assistance to people interested in Charlie’s work.