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COURSE SYSTEM OF THE
INTERNATIONAL PNF ASSOCIATION (IPNFA)


I.          PARTICIPANTS:

- Qualified Physiotherapists

- Occupational Therapists (PNF 1-5) and Physicians (PNF 1-3 only)

- Other health care related professionals may participate at the discretion of the individual IPNFA Course Instructor. Such persons will receive a certificate of hours completed, but will not receive an official certificate.

II.         COURSES OFFERED

A. BASIC COURSE PNF 1+2 (75 hours à 60 minutes)

B. ADVANCED LEVELS


                        1. PNF 3 (37 hours à 60 minutes) with written and practical test .
                            Successful completion of each test is required to attend the next
                            level
                        2. PNF 4 (37 hours á 60 minutes) with written and practical test plus
                            patient demonstration. Successful completion of each test is required
                            to attend the next level
                        3. PNF 5 (37 hours à 60 minutes) with written and practical test plus
                            patient demonstration. Successful completion entitles to be called 
                            „IPNFA certified PNF-Therapist“ and to proceed to the assistantship
                            qualification course with recommendation of the instructor

C. INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

1. Assistantship qualification course (37 hours à  60 minutes) with
    written and practical tests

2. Assistantship with Basic and Advanced Courses

3. Instructor Certification Course

III.        BASIC AND ADVANCED COURSES


            It is recommended that during the progression of the IPNFA program
            participants should take courses from at least two different instructors

            A. Basic and Advanced courses will be recognized by the IPNFA after the
                course program with content and duration have been approved by the
                Education Committee

            B. Information regarding IPNFA courses may be obtained from the Education 
                Committee


IV.       PROGRESSION OF THE IPNFA

A.    PNF 1+2 represent the basic course

1. Each level consists of a 1 week course totaling 37,5 hours
2. The basic course must be finished with 24 months
3. No evaluation of course participants is required.
4. Participants must work a minimum of 6 months using PNF before progressing to PNF 3.

             B. PNF 3 & 4

1.     PNF 3 represents the 3rd. week of course instruction and contains a

minimum of 37 hours à 60 minutes

a. Objectives: see IPNFA PNF3 (Level III) Course Objectives
b. Participant requirements:

1. have completed PNF 1 & 2
2. have had a minimum of 6 months practical experience
    following PNF 2

c. All participants will be tested. The test will consist of two parts:
    written and practical test. Each test must be 50 % correct
d. The participant must successfully complete all parts of the
    examination to continue to the next level.
e. All participants receive a written evaluation from the instructor.

2.     PNF 4 represents the 4th week of course instruction and contains a

minimum of 37 hours à 60 minutes instruction, including a minimum
of 5 hours á 60 minutes patient treatment. 

a. Objectives: See PNF 4 Objectives
b. Participant requirements:

1. have completed PNF 3 with a satisfactory evaluation

2. have had a minimum 6 months practical experience after
    completion of PNF 3

c. All participants will be tested. The test will consist of three
    parts: written, practical and treatment demonstration. Each
    test must be 66 % correct                            
d. The participant must successfully complete all parts of the
    examination to continue to the next Level.

e. All participants receive a written evaluation from the instructor.

Alternatively to the PNF 4 course a second PNF 3 course may be taken with a different instructor than in the first PNF 3 course. Testing procedure and Standards remain equivalent to those of the PNF 4 course. This second PNF 3 course can replace a PNF 4 in the Progression of the IPNFA program.

B.    PNF 5


1. PNF 5 represents the 5th week of course instruction and contains a
    minimum of 37 hours à 60 minutes instruction.
    a. Objectives: See: IPNFA PNF 5 (Level 5) Objectives
    b. Participant requirements:
           1. have completed PNF 4 with a satisfactory evaluation and 
               written recommendation to proceed to PNF 5.
            2. have had a minimum of 6 months practical experience after
                completion of PNF 4.
    c. All participants will be tested. The test will consist of three
        parts: written, practical and treatment demonstration. Each
         test must be 80 % correct
    d. All participants should be familiar with:
             1. PNF literature
              2. PNF definitions, philosophy and principles

              3. PNF basic procedures (grip, traction/approximation etc..)
              4. All patterns and combinations of patterns with the
                  variations of the middle joints (including extremities,
                  bilaterals, neck, trunk, scapula/pelvis).
              5. The types of muscle contractions and their uses.
              6. Indications, contraindications and the application of stretch.
              7. Use of irradiation and timing.
              8. Assessment/reassessment throughout treatment.(Giessen, 1994).
      e. All participants receive a written evaluation from the instructor
          and after successful completion a diploma „IPNFA certified PNF

                   Therapist“

In order to proceed to the instructor training a recommendation “ready for Assistantship Qualification Course“ is mandatory. The supervising instructors will select the participants, which will get this recommendation (see Objectives PNF5)

V. PERSONS WHO HAVE ATTENDED THE KFRC, VALLEJO PROGRAM:

             A. 3 MONTHS:
                        1. Participate in 1 PNF 4 course and receive satisfactory evaluation and
                            recommendation for PNF 5
                        2. continue with Level 5 etc. with the requirements as stated above.

             B. 6 MONTHS:
                        Participate in a PNF 5 and receive a satisfactory evaluation and

Recommendation for PNF 5

            

C. 9 MONTHS:
                        Receive a diploma „IPNFA certified PNF Therapist“ after successful

completion and a recommendation to the AQC

VI. BASIC COURSE INSTRUCTOR TRAINING PROCEDURE
            Pre-requisite courses must be completed and satisfactory evaluations
            received from the course instructors before the Instructor certification

program is started. Copies of all certificates, evaluations and recommendations

for the  instructor program must be in order and sent to the Education Committee
            upon applying for the instructor certification course.

            

 A. REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion of:
                        1. PNF 1 & 2 (basic course)
                        2. PNF 3 OR 3 month Vallejo course. (both with satisfactory evaluation)
                        3. PNF 4 OR 6 month Vallejo course. (both with satisfactory evaluation)
                        4. PNF 5 OR Vallejo 9 months course with a satisfactory evaluation
                        5. Assistantship Qualification Course with satisfactory evaluation and
                               written recommendation. The Assitantship Qualification  Course

   instructor should not  be the same as in PNF 5 if possible.


 
B. ASSISTANTSHIP QUALIFICATION COURSE:
     Pre-requisite to enter the instructor assistantship program consists of a
     minimum of 37 hours à 60 minutes instruction.

1. Objectives: See IPNFA Assistantship Qualification Course Objectives
2. Participant requirements:
    a. have completed PNF 5 with satisfactory evaluation and written
        recommendation to proceed to Assistantship Qualification Course
    b. have 6 month practical experience after completion of PNF 5.
    c. All participants receive a written evaluation from the instructor.
    d. Participants will complete an application form in which they
        state their wish to be tested to begin the assistants program.
    e. have five years post graduate patient treatment experience with
        a minimum of 6000 hours of patient Treatment

 f. demonstrate proficiency in the ability to read, write, speak and comprehend the

     English language. Should there be a question as to the applicant's English  

     capabilities, the applicant MAY be required to pass a TOEFL test with a

     Minimum score of 18 in each of the 4 sections - reading, writing, speaking and

     comprehension (or equivalent (or equivalent test).

                           g. All applications have to be sent to the Education Committee

 

During an Assistantship Qualification Course a maximum of 8 candidates for one instructor will be tested.

Alternatively to the AQC  the candidate may take a two days Didactical Assistantship  Preparation Course plus a PNF5 course . The testing criteria during the PNF5 course are the same as in the AQC. 

 

C.    ASSISTANTSHIP:

Assistants must be IPNFA Associated members and declare on their membership-application form their intent to assist before beginning assistantship. They must also submit their enrollment form to the Education Committee at the beginning of their assistant training.

Assistants must start their assistance latest three years after passing the AQC. (This rule becomes effective from January 1, 2013) In case they do not start to assist within the set time frame the AQC becomes void.

Before being considered for Basic Course Instructor:

1. All pre-requisite courses must be completed.
2. Assistance in a minimum of 5 IPNFA recognized basic courses (PNF1+2)
    taught by at least 2 different IPNFA recognized instructors, is required.
3. Assistance in a minimum of 3 PNF 3 courses is required.                  
4. In total, the assistant must assist four different Instructors.
   This rule is valid for those who have not started their assistantship yet

5. „Successful completion of assistantship“ and recommendations from each
     supervising instructor must be obtained in writing.

6. Ready for instructor certification course“recommendation must be obtained in
   writing from two different Instructors, one must have Senior status, the other can be  Advanced or Senior. The earliest recommendation is cannot be received before the fourth basic course assistance
7. All assisting requirements must be completed before the application
    for the instructor certification course.
8. Assistantship will last a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 10 years.
    Beginning of the assistantship is the date that the applicant is accepted as assistant; end is the date of the application for the instructor course.

    (This rule becomes effective January 1st 2013)

9. Assistants are responsible for maintenance of required teaching units
    and teaching records
10. See:VII,2 for recognized Instructors allowed to train assistants.
11. Application for the Instructor certification course is to be sent to the
      Education Committee
12. Recommendation: one course series (PNF 1+2+3) should be completed
       before assisting the next series.
13. To maintain assistant status, each assistant must attend the IPNFA
        general meeting at least every four years.

D. INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION COURSE - 13 days 


1. Assisting the senior instructor(s) on a basic course
2. Complete the 3 day instructor review course
3. Successful completion of the Instrcutor Certification Course

VII.       BASIC COURSE INSTRUCTOR

1.     Is approved to teach the IPNFA Basic Course. PNF1 & 2

2.     Must teach 10 basic courses before taking assistants for training and evaluation. Instructors  who want to start taking assistants have to notify the IPNFA Education Committee

VIII.      ADVANCED COURSE INSTRUCTOR
           

Is approved
            1. to teach PNF 1 & 2 & 3 & 4  courses.
            2. evaluate assistants
            3. recommend assistants for the instructor certification course

             A. PRE-REQUISITES:
                        1. has been a basic course instructor a minimum of 4 years
                        2. has taught a minimum of 10 basic courses.
                        3. has applied in writing to the Education Committee with a Curriculum
                            vitae and statement as to why he/she wishes to be an advanced
                            instructor.

             B. INSTRUCT IN PNF 3 course under the supervision of an Senior instructor.
                        1. Demonstrate
                                   a. superior skills in PNF
                                   b. be familiar with the new literature
                                   c. be skilled in the evaluation/guidance of course participants
                                   d. superior clinical reasoning skills.            
                         2. Receive a written recommendation from the senior instructor. A copy
                             is to be sent to the Education Committee.    

 X.       SENIOR INSTRUCTOR
            Is approved
            1. to teach PNF1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 courses
            2. to teach Assistantship Qualification Courses with a second senior 
                instructor or senior  instructor candidate,
            3. to evaluate and certify new instructors with a second senior instructor
                or senior instructor candidate,
            4. to evaluate and certify new advanced instructors

           A. PRE-REQUISITES:
                        1. has been advanced course instructor a minimum of 6 years
                        2. has taught a minimum of 12 level 3 or 4 courses.
                        3. has taught a minimum of 20 level 1 and 2 courses.

4. has taught  internationally in three countries with different languages and  cultures  excluding the own country
5. has superior handling and teaching skills.
6. is familiar with new literature and trends.
7. has an ability to accept and acknowledge persons with different opinion.
8. has exceptional ability to observe, guide, facilitate and evaluate both
    course participants and fellow instructors
9. The physical therapist who is in direct charge of the PNF program at Vallejo and a member of the IPNFA  makes that person a permanent Senior Instructor of the IPNFA.
10. Is a role model in knowing and following the IPNFA Constitution and Rules and      Regulations
11. has been active in the IPNFA and can prove a positive contribution to the         development of the concept by PNF relevant research, publications and/or      presentations on IPNFA meetings or congress.     
Maintains the highest standards of professional and ethical behaviour

B. REQUIREMENTS:

1. The Senior instructors group, in consultation with the Executive Committee and the Educational Committee will select Senior Instructor Candidates when appropriate.  The candidates will be informed in writing

2. teach a PNF 5 course, an Assistantship Qualification Course and an Instructor certification course with a senior instructor.

3. will develop and present outlines with time guidelines of a level 5 course, an assistantship qualification course and an Instructor certification course to the Senior instructor.

4. will receive a written evaluation and recommendation from the senior instructor of each course. A copy is to be sent to the Education Committee.

X.         ADMISSION OF INSTRUCTORS WHO ARE NOT IPNFA RECOGNIZED INSTRUCTORS

INTO THE IPNFA.
                       

See information from C.Tanner-Bräm,Basel, 1991
IPNFA approved course content and the names of  IPNFA recognized instructors may be obtained from the Education Committee:

 

                        Marcel Grzebellus, Aachweg 32,D-78315 Radolfzell, Germany,
                        Fax:++49-7732-54875, e-mail:  ipnfa.educom@gmx.net
            or
                        Tim Josten, PNF-Program,KFRC, 975 Sereno Dr, Vallejo Ca 94590 USA  
                        Fax:   ++1-707-651 2199   e-mail:  tim.josten@kp.org

 

                                                                                                              version after General Meeting Rio 2009