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GST New 5-Day Recertification Requirement

October 31, 2011

New 2012 Dates Added

Originally, military and law enforcement professionals who completed the Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) program were required to complete a 2-day re-certification course every 6 months in order to maintain their certified instructor status. Realizing that we were going to make the entire GST course available online, we went ahead and changed the recertification requirement to every 12 months. What we noticed, however, is that ever since we've made this change, recertification course participants found it a challenge to digest all the material, especially the new details and techniques, in a short 2-day recertificaiton course. As a result, starting in 2012, the instructor recertification requirement will change to a full 5-day course every 12 months. As some of you may know, we considered extending the recertification period to every 24 months for administrative purposes, but after much consideration and correspondence with several certified instructors who have successfully implemented the GST programs at their agencies, we have concluded that 24 months is too much time between courses to ensure the sustainability of the program and the safety of the GST students.

If you hold an active GST instructor's certificate, you qualify to access the GST Online Course for free for the entire duration of your certification period. Click here to learn more and to receive access.

If you are active duty military and law enforcement professional and you would like to access the complete GST course online, click here.

Listed below are the dates for the 2012 GST Instructor Certification/Recertification Courses. To learn more or to save your spot, click on the links below.

5-Day Instructor Certification Course Dates

Torrance, California
March 19-23, 2012
Full Certification: Reserve your spot
Recertification: Reserve your spot

Norfolk, Virginia
July 16-20, 2012
Full Certification: Reserve your spot
Recertification: Reserve your spot

Arlington, Texas
August 6-10, 2012
Full Certification: Reserve your spot
Recertification: Reserve your spot

Torrance, California
September 17-21, 2012
Full Certification: Reserve your spot
Recertification: Reserve your spot