HEMA Ireland runs regular instructor assessments for those running or forming their own study groups or classes. The lowest of these, the Level 1 Instructor assessment, serves as a baseline check on safe practices whilst teaching and running a class, and establishes a basic level of skill and ability to develop a lesson plan and a beginner-suitable course of development.
Whilst this assessment is primarily geared towards instructors and groups who are affiliated, or wish to be affiliated directly with HEMA Ireland, it is open to any HEMA instructor operating or intending to operate on the island. For contact with venues, insurers, or the public in general, it can be a useful reassurance for them to be able to see an instructors certificate issued from a body they can contact and double check with.
Higher level instructor assessments (Level 2 and beyond) are being finalised and details will be announced in the coming year.
The body of HEMA practitioners on the island is small and co-operative, and one of the main aims of HEMA Ireland is to increase that co-operation and foster strong ties between the various clubs and groups. In the spirit of that co-operation it is preferred that candidates for instructor assessments are nominated by other current instructors. For fledgling study groups starting to take their first steps, this can be the instructor of whichever group has been helping you along, for established classes outside HEMA Ireland it’s very likely that in such a small community you already have contacts with several HEMA Ireland instructors willing to nominate you.