What is required:
Part of the accreditation process is a review of your self-defense curricula. Your application should include a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF document or documents containing your curricula. A master document/table of contents should also be included.
Curricula must include:
The above should be submitted for all standard trainings (for example for a multi-session course as well as a single-session workshop or a short and long workshop).
Instructor Training Process
Your application should include a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF document or documents containing your process as part of this application. Include an executive summary that briefly describes your process, as well as detailed descriptions addressing the requirements below. Your instructor training
● a foundation in the philosophical framework of the empowerment model of self-defense
Site Visit Requirement
In order to receive accreditation, your school must be visited by a NWMAF-certified instructor who is not affiliated with your school / organization nor any martial arts or self-defense organization with which you are affiliated. For example, IMPACT International, the International Karate Federation, etc.
Programs run by instructors who have taught the model course at NWMAF Special Training may apply for exemption from the site visit for initial accreditation and for any re-accreditation so long as the head
The instructor conducting the site visit must either:
Additionally, the site visitor will interview both a senior instructor and a trainee, apprentice, or new instructor who has experienced the training program.
Retroactive recognition of these visits within the previous 5 years may be made, provided that documentation can be provided.
Policy Addressing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
Include with your application your policy (or policies) protecting students from sexual harassment or sexual misconduct.
Thank you for your interest in applying to become an accredited empowerment self-defense training school.
Accreditation will allow your school to affirm that instructors trained by you have met the requirements for NWMAF certification, simplifying the certification process while maintaining the high level of quality that NWMAF certification has always stood for.
To apply for accreditation, schools must have at least one NWMAF certified self-defense instructor who is a current member of the NWMAF. They must also have a documented instructor training program, as well as a documented empowerment self-defense curriculum.
Please fill out this application completely by responding to each question. Use additional space if needed.
Pay an accreditation fee of a maximum of $500. The primary purpose of the accreditation fee is to cover travel costs for site visitors, and factors such as school size, geographic proximity, and financial ability of the school will be considered when determining fees. This should not be understood as a direct cost, however --some fees may be in excess of travel costs for the site visitor, with the understanding that they will subsidize site visits for schools with lesser means.
If your school would needs to pay a lesser accreditation fee, address this in your application.