ACBL Teacher Certification Program Overview

  • Begin with taking the Basic Bridge Knowledge Test before participating in a Best Practices Teacher Workshop (minimum of 70% score required)
  • Learn teaching techniques in a Best Practices Teacher Workshop
  • Earn the Best Practices certification through passing a Proficiency Demonstration (participation in Workshop required)

Best Practices (BP) Teacher Workshop

This contemporary workshop is the centerpiece of ACBL’s new Teacher Certificate Program. It instructs participants on the Best Teaching Practices recommended and validated by over 400 bridge teachers in a recent survey. Training focuses on how, rather than what, to teach.

The Workshop is built around simulations used to engage participants in analyzing and practicing techniques as well as giving and receiving feedback while delivering bridge lessons. Participants may opt to demonstrate their Best Practices proficiency and earn certification as an ACBL Best Practices Teacher through successfully completing demonstrations conducted at the conclusion of the Workshop (additional $25 fee required).

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.

The Workshop may be held over two full days or three half-days.

Participants must be at least 15 years old to take the workshop.

Thanks to a program from the Educational Foundation, TAP-accredited teachers can get a special deal on workshop fees. The foundation will pay a partial rebate for costs over $50. Just apply for the rebate after you attend the workshop. The amount charged over the first $50 will be reimbursed (maximum $75 repayment).

2018-19 Calendar

Location Type Dates Times Contact
San Francisco CA NABC BP Teacher Workshop 11/29-12/1, 2019 Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.- noon; Proficiency demonstration slots will be scheduled Sunday afternoon and Monday.
Registration
Workshop Fee: $125.
education@acbl.org
Columbus OH NABC BP Teacher Workshop 3/19-3/21, 2020 Thursday 1-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.- noon; Proficiency demonstration slots will be scheduled Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
Registration
Workshop Fee: $125.
education@acbl.org
Gatlinburg TN Regional BP Teacher Workshop 4/21-4/23, 2020 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 a.m.- noon; Proficiency demonstration slots will be scheduled Thursday afternoon and Friday.
Registration
Workshop Fee: $125.
education@acbl.org
Montreal QC NABC BP Teacher Workshop 7/17-7/19, 2020 Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.- noon; Proficiency demonstration slots will be scheduled Sunday afternoon and Monday.
Registration
Workshop Fee: $125 USD.
education@acbl.org
Columbia SC Regional BP Teacher Workshop 7/26-7/27, 2020 Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday 8 a.m.- noon; Proficiency demonstration slots will be scheduled Monday afternoon and Tuesday.
Registration
Workshop Fee: $125.
education@acbl.org

Please contact education@acbl.org for more information