FFF Casting Instructor Certification:
FFF Casting Certification Preparation. Casting Certification applicants should purchase and study the test preparation protocols and materials that can be found on the FFF website at:
Fees for the required FFF certification workshop and tests are published on the FFF website.
After you've taken a Casting Workshop at the start of your preparation for taking the candidate test, you may request WTF provide you a Casting Tune-up at any of our outings---to assist you with fine tuning your technique or to practice teaching. Just give us a call or an email beforehand. These will be given by a FFF Certified Casting Instructor.
Some of our instructors are also available to give one-on-one instruction to anglers in preparation for the FFF Casting Certification tests outside of member meetings and events. Depending on the nature of the request and our instructor’s availability, there may or may not be a charge for this.
In addition, one of our members will be happy to give you an oral preparation quiz to help give you confidence for this part of the test if you feel you need it. That said, this is not the part of the test that most candidates struggle with.
Once your preparation is complete, you will need to take and pass both Written and Performance Tests within one you of taking the Required Short Seminar (aka Short Workshop).
Summary: The FFF Casting Instructor Certification Program. The program began in 1992 for the purpose of enhancing the overall level of instruction in fly casting, including instructor knowledge, casting proficiency, and teaching ability.
To educate and enhance the growth of fly casting instructors by:
- Establishing high standards for teaching
- Conducting teaching workshops that are a required part of the certification
- Administering a test that assesses the applicants knowledge of casting, teaching ability, and casting proficiency
- Conducting clinics on how to teach fly casting at FFF shows, conclaves and at consumer fishing shows
- Establishing and maintaining communication networks for certified instructors
Who Runs it?
The Board of Governors for Casting Certification (or CBOG for short) developed the program and administers it. The volunteer Board is an arm of the FFF and is made up of some the most respected names in the world of fly fishing and fly casting, and includes Bruce Richards, Gary Borger, Steve Rajeff, Al Buhr and other well-know experts. The certification tests are administered either by one member of the Board of Governors, or by two Certified Master Instructors for the first certification or CI test.
Why Take it?
As a Certified Casting Instructor, you will:
- Become a more effective casting instructor, by being exposed to the state-of-the-art in casting and casting instruction.
- Become part of a network of the best casting instructors in North America, who are eager to share their knowledge of casting instruction with you and who want to learn what innovations you may have developed.
- Have your name in a FFF directory for those in search of a qualified person to teach them to fly cast.
- Be listed as a Certified Casting Instructor in Black's Fly Fishing, the annual fly fishing reference and buyer's guide.
- Be listed on the FFF website, with links to your e-mail.
- Receive the FFF's quarterly newsletter of teaching tips for Certified Casting Instructors, called The Loop and receive a handsome, suitable-for-framing certificate.
Why is this good for our sport?
We believe that with FFF's "raising the bar" of fly casting instruction, beginners will have a smoother entry into fly fishing. In addition, fly fishers who want to build on their existing casting skills will have ready access to instructors trained to help them advance to the next level. Finally, the Program fosters the exchange of teaching and casting ideas among instructors across the world.
How do you get Certified?
In general, you must:
- Be an FFF member.
- Attend a certification Short Seminar (aka Short Workshop)
- Pass both a written test and a performance test that demonstrates your teaching/instructing and fly casting abilities.