Become a PBIA Instructor

Become a Professional Pool and Billiard Instructor with the PBIA

The PBIA’s mission is to provide quality billiard instruction to individuals at all levels of proficiency, as well as offer training and certification program for those wishing to become qualified billiard instructors.

PBIA Program Overview

The PBIA Instructor program is dedicated to:

  • Training and certifying individuals to become professional quality billiard instructors.
  • Supporting and assisting PBIA instructors in their business of providing instruction services.

PBIA Instructor Code of Conduct

This is the standard by which all PBIA instructors provide services to students and commit to continuous improvement.

  • My primary obligation is to help my students improve their playing skills and gain a greater understanding of the game.
  • My instruction techniques will incorporate effective, positive teaching techniques.
  • I will maintain high professional standards in all aspects of instruction.
  • To ensure that instructional behavior is not misunderstood, situations that require some physical guidance properly position a student’s body will be preceded by a full explanation and a request for permission.
  • I will continuously strive to advance my instructional skills training materials.
  • I will contribute to the development and success of the PBIA.

The PBIA recognizes four levels of instructors

In general, this level verifies that an individual possesses a basic knowledge of the sport, its rules and basic training skills. Recognized Instructors typically work with novice and intermediate players.

RECOGNIZED Instructor Requirements:

To become a Recognized PBIA Recognized Instructor, you must:

  • Successfully complete a three-day instructor-training course by an Advanced or Master Instructor at a PBIA Accredited Instructor Training Academy or PBIA Certified Host Facility (There will be a fee charged by the Advanced or Master Instructor for the course.). The course will require:
    • A written test.
    • A proficiency examination.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the playing rules.
    • Basic understanding in video stroke analysis.
    • Submission of PBIA application and fees.
  • Recognized Instructor Application Fees and Dues:
    • One-time application fee: $100.00 ($35.00 annual dues included)
    • Annual dues: $35.00
In general, this level is comprised of instructors seeking to enhance their knowledge, teaching methods, and curriculum.

CERTIFIED Instructor Requirements:

To advance to a PBIA Certified Instructor, you must:

  • Pay annual instructor dues.
  • Be a Recognized Instructor for a minimum of two years.
  • Deliver a minimum of 60 hours of instruction (Tracking hours is done through the PBIA Lesson Tracking System).
  • Successfully complete a three-day instructor-training course by an Advanced or Master Instructor at a PBIA Accredited Instructor Training Academy or PBIA Certified Host Facility (There will be a fee charged by the Advanced or Master Instructor for the course.). The course will require:
    • A written test.
    • A proficiency examination.
    • Successful completion of a referee test.
    • Demonstrated proficiency in using a video camera as an instruction tool.

Accelerated Upgrade to Certified Instructor

A Recognized Instructor can apply for an accelerated upgrade before the two year period if he/she has delivered 100 hours of instruction (tracked via the PBIA Lesson Tracking System) and completed the three-day instructor training course.

Instructor Upgrade Requirements

The PBIA Instructor Committee will review each upgrade application and accompanying documents to confirm the candidate’s certification and subsequent upgrade.

Upgrade Grandfather Clause

Recognized Instructors in the program prior to Jan. 1 2010, will receive 30 hours of instruction credit for every year in which they have paid dues and turned in 12 feedback forms.

Certified Instructor Application Fees and Dues:

  • One-time advancement fee: $100.00.
  • Annual dues: $50.00.
In general, this level is for instructors that want to become more serious about advancing their career as a professional billiard instructor.

Advanced Instructors may certify Recognized Instructors and upgrade Recognized Instructors to the Certified and Advanced Instructor levels.

Advanced Instructor Requirements:

To advance to PBIA Advanced Instructor, you must:

  • Pay annual instructor dues.
  • Be a Certified Instructor for a minimum of three years.
  • Deliver a minimum of 300 hours of instruction since last upgrade (tracked via the PBIA Lesson Tracking System).
  • Assist in teaching at least two Instructor Training Courses (at least one with a Master Instructor).
  • Provide two PBIA Confirmation of Ability Forms – of which one must be from a PBIA Master Instructor.
  • Successfully complete a three-day instructor-training course by an Advanced or Master Instructor at a PBIA Accredited Instructor Training Academy or PBIA Certified Host Facility (There will be a fee charged by the Advanced or Master Instructor for the course). The course will require:
    • A written test.
    • A proficiency examination.
    • Completion of a playing rules test.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in using a video camera as an instruction tool.
    • Demonstrate ability to teach advanced strategies and techniques.
    • Demonstrate ability to recognize and correct skill deficiencies in intermediate and advanced players.

Accelerated Upgrade to Advanced Instructor

A Certified Instructor can apply for an accelerated upgrade before the three-year period if he/she has delivered 500 hours of instruction (tracked via the PBIA Lesson Tracking System) and completed the three-day instructor-training course.

Upgrade Grandfather Clause

Certified Instructors in the program prior to January 1, 2010, will receive 100 hours of instruction credit for every year in which they have paid dues and turned in 12 feedback forms.

Instructor Upgrade Requirements

The PBIA Instructor Committee will evaluate each upgrade application and accompanying documents to confirm the candidate’s certification and subsequent upgrade.

Advanced Instructor Application Fees and Dues:

  • One-time advancement Fee: $100.00.
  • Annual dues: $100.00.
In general, this level is for all professional billiard instructors wishing to make teaching the game of billiards their full-time occupation.

Master Instructors certify and upgrade all instructor levels.

Master Instructor Requirements:

To advance to a PBIA Master Instructor, you must:

  • Pay annual instructor dues.
  • Be an Advanced Instructor for a minimum of three years.
  • Deliver a minimum of 300 hours of instruction since last upgrade (tracked via the PBIA Lesson Tracking System).
  • Have been evaluated and recommended by at least two PBIA Master Instructors.
  • Successfully complete a three-day instructor-training course by a PBIA Master Instructor at a PBIA Accredited Instructor Training Academy or PBIA Certified Host Facility (There will be a fee charged by the Master Instructor or Training Facility for the course.). Instructors will certify that you can:
    • Teach advanced strategies and techniques.
    • Recognize and correct skill deficiencies in intermediate and advanced players.
    • Formulate effective student evaluations.
    • Develop, prepare, and demonstrate the use of teaching aids including videotaping.
  • Have experience in additional billiard activities, such as a Certified Referee or League Official, Tournament Director, participation in workshops or committees, development of training products/techniques, or writing instructional articles/books.
  • Certify and/or upgrade at least 5 PBIA Instructors.

Accelerated Upgrade to Master Instructor

An Advanced Instructor can apply for an accelerated upgrade before the three year period if he/she has delivered 500 hours of instruction (tracked via PBIA Lesson Tracking System) and completed the three-day instructor training course.

Upgrade Grandfather Clause

Advanced Instructors in the program prior to January 1, 2010 will receive 100 hours of instruction credit for every year in which they have paid dues and turned in 12 feedback forms.

Instructor Upgrade Requirements

Then PBIA Instructor Committee will review each upgrade application and accompanying documents to confirm the candidate’s certification at the appropriate level.

Master Instructor ongoing Requirements

Master Instructors are expected to inspire, educate, and upgrade all levels of instructors. The ongoing requirements are to certify/upgrade a minimum of 5 instructors every 5 years.

Master Application Fees and Dues:

  • One-time advancement fee: $100.00.
  • Annual dues: $200.00.

 

Questions? Please direct all PBIA Instructor Program correspondence to:

Professional Billiard Instructors Association
C/O Billiard Congress of America
Attn: Rob Johnson
10900 West 120th Ave., Unit B7
Broomfield, CO 80021
303.243.5070
rob@pbia-instructor.com