Share the game you love by introducing bridge to new players! Bridge teachers are the cornerstone of continuing this great game, and the ACBL understands the importance of being well prepared to teach its complexities.

There are many approaches to facilitating bridge lessons. Read below to learn more about these methods and the certifications available to you.

Select the Program that’s Right for You

The ACBL currently recognizes four teacher certification programs:

ACBL Online Teacher Certification Program

Making online bridge lessons more engaging and effective is the purpose of a new “how to teach” workshop jointly sponsored by ACBL and the Education Foundation, and in consultation with the ABTA.  It introduces teachers to apps/websites that offer unique teaching capabilities and uses each to demonstrate creative lesson dynamics. Teachers can pick and choose what works best for them. The workshop is content neutral so teachers can use the apps and lesson structures they learn with any materials.

The workshop also assists teachers in creating or re-purposing online lessons.

The Online Teacher Certification Workshop was designed by the creator of ACBL’s Best Practices Workshop, it consists of four sessions spread over two days. Note that you must attend all four sessions. Participants have the opportunity to become Certified ACBL Online Teachers at optional sessions later the same week.

Qualifications: You must be able to navigate multiple windows, share screens, set up Zoom breakouts and polls, use SharkBridge’s Teaching Console and learn new apps. Note that proficiency must be demonstrated before participation in workshop. You can find helpful tips and tutorials in our Setting Up 4 Success page.

ACBL Online Certification Workshops

Teaching Engaging Online Lessons Workshop

Dates Time Optional Certification Fee
November 2 and 3 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Eastern (must attend all four sessions) Prep Session: November 4, 2-2:30p.m. (stay later if questions)
Certification Sessions:
Demo lessons for those seeking certification. (4 Lessons per Certification Session) Must attend at least two sessions
Dates: November 5 and 6 (must attend at least two)
Times: 1-2:30p.m., 3-4:30p.m. and 6-7:30p.m. Eastern
Workshop fee is $125, and space is limited. Register Now
December 7 and 8 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Eastern (must attend all four sessions) Prep Session: December 9, 2-2:30 p.m. (stay later if questions)

Certification Sessions:
Demo lessons for those seeking certification. (4 Lessons per Certification Session) Must attend at least two sessions
Dates: December 10 and 11 (must attend at least two)
Times: 10am-11:30a.m., 2pm-3:30p.m., 4pm-5:30p.m. Eastern

Workshop fee is $125, and space is limited. Register Now
January 11 and 12 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Eastern (must attend all four sessions) Prep Session: January 13, 2-2:30p.m. (stay later if questions)

Certification Sessions:
Demo lessons for those seeking certification. (4 Lessons per Certification Session) Must attend at least two sessions
Dates: January 14 and 15 (must attend at least two)
Times: 1-2:30p.m., 3-4:30p.m. and 6-7:30p.m. Eastern

Workshop fee is $125, and space is limited. Register Now
February 8 and 9 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Eastern (must attend all four sessions) Prep Session: February 10, 2-2:30 p.m. (stay later if questions)

Certification Sessions:
Demo lessons for those seeking certification. (4 Lessons per Certification Session) Must attend at least two sessions
Dates: February 11 and 12(must attend at least two)
Times: 10am-11:30a.m., 2pm-3:30p.m., 4pm-5:30p.m. Eastern

Workshop fee is $125, and space is limited. Register Now

Note- if you try to register and the workshop is full, please let us know and you will be added to the waiting list. To sign up for email updates about upcoming workshops, contact education@acbl.org.

Thanks to a program from the Educational Foundation, TAP and Best Practices certified teachers can get a special deal on workshop fees. The foundation will pay a partial rebate for costs over $50. The rebate will be automatically refunded to your record of payment after the workshop. The amount charged over the first $50 will be reimbursed (maximum $75 repayment).

ACBL Best Practices Certification Program

The Best Practices Teacher workshop trains teachers on how, rather than what, to teach. It is built around simulations to engage participants in analyzing and practicing as well as giving and receiving feedback on working with students while delivering bridge lessons. Participants have the opportunity to earn ACBL’s Best Teaching Practices Certification by completing a proficiency assessment demonstration after the workshop.

Teachers earning Best Practices Certification receive a special pin and certificate, and are entitled to place the BP Teacher logo on marketing literature as well as have access to special templates for ads, business cards, etc. In addition, they will be distinguished in ACBL’s teacher directory as a Best Practices Teacher.

More info and upcoming workshops

Contact education@acbl.org for more information

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Better Bridge Accreditation Program

The Better Bridge Accreditation Program is managed by Audrey Grant’s Better Bridge organization. Grant has developed teaching methods and the new Bridge Basics series of books to assist teachers in introducing players to duplicate.

The Better Bridge accreditation can be taken both live and online. Click the link below for more information.

Better Bridge

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Easybridge! Accredited Presenters Program

Easybridge! is a full marketing program designed to start a new club game by recruiting primarily brand new players and social bridge players to duplicate. The participants learn as they play. The lessons are designed to create a new club game and the program is best suited to bridge teachers who are club managers. The Easybridge! teacher-training program is administered by popular teacher and club owner, Marti Ronemus.

Easybridge! Presenters are trained through a mail-order course and a telephone follow-up test. Presenter manuals and mini-lessons are available for three levels of study.

Contact Marti Ronemus for more information, mronemus@comcast.net

Easybridge!

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Learn Bridge in A Day?® Instructor Accreditation

This program instructs teachers in methods of administering and presenting LBIAD.

Teachers wishing to be accredited must complete the following two requirements:

1) Serve as a Table Mentor at an LBIAD seminar led by Patty Tucker, and

2) Attend a two-hour LBIAD Teacher Training event presented by Whirlwind Bridge.

Teacher Training will include information on organizing and marketing LBIAD as well as maximizing retention rates, writing effective grant requests and the presentation of the seminar. LBIAD Instructor Accreditation is offered at NABCs and other Whirlwind Bridge events.

Please contact Patty Tucker for more information, Patty@whirlwindbridge.com

Whirlwind Bridge

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Benefits of the Certification Programs

Upon completion of any of these programs, teachers will be recognized as certified by the ACBL* and receive these benefits:

  • A listing on the ACBL’s online Find a Teacher directory. Apply here.
  • A $100 gift certificate for Baron Barclay for every 25 new members recruited during a calendar year.
  • A $500 bonus check for every 100 new members recruited (no time restrictions).
  • An invitation to the ACBL’s Teacher/Club Manager Thank You Reception at each NABC

*We also recognize ABTA Members including Master Teachers, and teachers accredited through the former ACBL TAP program.