Would you like to train to be an Alexander Technique Teacher?
AUSTAT ACCREDITED TRAINING COURSES
Further training in the Alexander Technique can be both personally rewarding and career enhancing.
There are several AUSTAT-approved Alexander Technique training courses around Australia that meet the required standards for professional membership.
To qualify as an AUSTAT-approved Alexander Technique teacher, you must complete the following:
- At least 1600 contact hours over at least 3 years and within 4 years.
- A minimum of 12 hours study and up to 20 hours study per working week.
- Students must attend training for a minimum of 3 days per week.
- Variations to these requirements can be made on application by a Head of Training on behalf of a trainee.
- 80% of class time will consist of practical instruction, practice in personal application and 'hands on' procedures.
- During practical work, the student-to-teacher ratio will be no more than 5 to 1.
Trainees must meet the assessment criteria expected by their school. In addition, all trainees are strongly encouraged to undertake a moderation process by an independent evaluator/moderator. AUSTAT moderators are acknowledged expert teachers meeting the criteria of experience and length of time teaching, and are constantly engaged in Alexander Technique work.
AUSTAT Student Membership
All students on an AUSTAT Accredited Training Course are eligible and encouraged to become AUSTAT Student Members. This gives them the support and resources of their professional society, and provides a moderation process independent of their training course.
AUSTAT Teacher Membership
Students graduating from an AUSTAT Accredited Training Course who have been Student Members of AUSTAT and have been moderated during each year of their training by an AUSTAT appointed moderator are eligible to become full Teacher Members upon graduation.
Graduates who have not taken up Student Membership and moderation are required to undergo an assessment process before being eligible to join AUSTAT as a full Teacher Member.
See the full list of AUSTAT approved training courses below.
Blue Mountains Alexander Technique
Location: Leura NSW
Head of Training: Michael Shellshear
Canberra Alexander Teacher Training School
Head of Training: Michael Stenning
Location : Sandy Bay, Tasmania
Head of Training : Penny McDonald
Mind Body Program
Location : Taiwan
Head of Training : Richard Peng
School for FM Alexander Studies
Location : Fitzroy North, Victoria
Head of Training : David Moore
As a qualified AT teacher you are most likely to work in private practice. Alexander Technique teachers work in multidisciplinary clinics as well as in solo practice.
Often, teachers are contracted to work in universities, schools and other educational institutions and organisations. Many private acting schools and courses, drama and music groups are including Alexander Technique consultants on their staff.
There are also opportunities to work in healthcare, pain management clinics, assisting the elderly, those with stress and anxiety issues, and supporting people with Parkinson's Disease. It is also not uncommon for Alexander Technique lessons to be included in NDIS plans.
If you are a yoga, tai chi or movement teacher, the Alexander Technique can complement and enhance your professional skills.
As mindfulness and holistic thinking about the mind and body is becoming more widely accepted in modern scientific thought, the profound value of the Alexander Technique is being recognised for what it can offer to healthcare and to people's overall wellbeing.