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Becoming a certified SpinPoi instructor will give you the credibility and resources you need to facilitate safe and engaging poi sessions in a health/wellness context. In addition, you will gain access to exclusive resources to help you on your journey, and become part of the global community of certified instructors.


Poi in Aged Care (PAC)
Rest Home & Hospital

This certification is specifically for working with poi and seniors who will primarily stay seated during exercise, and are no longer living independently (e.g. those in rest homes, assisted living, or hospital).

Other certifications

At this time we are only offering the PAC: Rest Home & Hospital certification. However, we are in the process of developing further certifications for other populations (i.e. independently living older adults, youth, general certification, etc.).

If you are interested in our other certifications please email to find out more.

PAC Application Process

1. Application instructions

Please carefully review the Application Instructions PDF below before moving forward with your application. It is important to ensure you understand what is involved in applying, and that you are eligible to apply, before proceeding.

2. Study materials

In order to pass the written and practical exams, you will need the study materials below.

The Poi in Aged Care: Sit & Spin Guide must be purchased ($35 USD). All other resources can be accessed free of charge. It should be noted that the Practical Exam Evaluation Checklists are included in the study materials, as the exam requires knowledge around what is expected for the practical exam.

Click on the study materials below to view:

Practical Exam Evaluation Forms:

New to poi? You may also need the SpinPoi Fundamentals Course in order to pass the practical exam.

3. Submit application

Once you have carefully reviewed the application instructions and study materials, you are ready to apply. This can be done by clicking the “apply now” button in the section below. This will take you to a page in which you must pay the $115 USD application fee. Once paid, you will gain access to the written exam.

Upon receiving 100% on the written exam (you may take the exam as many times as needed) you will be asked to submit your qualifying documents and your practical exam. This will complete the application process, and your application will then be reviewed.

4. Become certified

Upon successful review of your application, you will join the global community of official SpinPoi certified instructors and gain access to additional resources to support you on your journey.

Ready to apply? Super!


    Yes! You will need to do a bit of practicing, but anyone can learn the poi movements necessary in order to fulfill the certification requirements. The SpinPoi Fundamentals course is a great resource for learning all the building blocks of poi.

    Yes! A certain level of experience working with older adults is required for the PAC Rest Home & Hospital certification, but if you have never worked with older adults before don’t fret. Try reaching out to your local retirement villages/aged care facilities and explain that you are interested in teaching some poi classes. They will likely be excited to try a new activity, and you will gain experience working with older adults, which will be necessary in order to pass the practical exam for the certification.

    It costs $150 USD to apply ($115 application fee, and $35 for the Poi in Aged Care: Sit & Spin Guide).

    Yes, the whole certification can be completed online. If you do want some extra help, Kate offers in person training courses which will prepare you for completing the certification. Check out Lessons and Workshops to see any upcoming trainings, or email to inquire about booking a training session near you.

    The police check and letter of recommendation are hard requirements, so unfortunately you will not be eligible apply for the certification.

    The written exam can be taken as many times as you like with no additional fee. Each time you take the exam you will receive immediate feedback on which questions you got wrong and where the correct answer can be found.

    The practical exam can be resubmitted as many times as you like for an additional fee of $25 USD. If you do not pass the practical exam you will receive feedback on what parts needs improvement.

    The review process typically takes 1-2 weeks. If you do not hear back within this time frame, please feel free to get in touch with Kate at to enquire about the progress of your application review.

    As a certified instructor you will gain access to additional resources to support you on your journey, such as poi routines, documents to help you run your classes smoothly (consent forms, invoices, etc.) and you will gain access to the SpinPoi certified instructors forum. You will also receive a certificate and be listed on

    Your certification is valid for 1 year. Before your certification is due to expire, you will receive an email with instructions on how to renew. This process will include a brief refresher course and questions regarding your work as a poi instructor over the past year. The fee for renewal is $75 USD.

    Once you have paid the application fee there is no refund. Please look over the application instructions carefully, and be sure you would like to apply for certification before paying the fee.

    Feel free to get in touch with Dr. Kate Riegle van West at with any additional queries.

Certified Instructors

Anja Lohoff
Haag in Oberbayern, Germany

Carer for disabled people, supporting those with Parkinson’s in a geriatric hospital.

Maria Niedermann
Uster, Switzerland

Physiotherapist specializing in rehabilitation for older adults post surgery or with neurological disease.

Joanne Paton
Auckland, New Zealand

Rehabilitation assistant at Middlemore Hospital primarily working with patients rehabbing from stroke or other neurological conditions.

Janine Warne
NSW, Australia

Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator with over 30 years experience working in aged care facilities, 6 of those specializing in disability.

Hilary Williams
Mapua, New Zealand

Fitness instructor at Move Good Now specializing in the physical and neurological benefits of movement and exercise in a group environment.

Jamie Moore
United Kingdom

Social arts facilitator specializing in circus and intellectual disability with additional qualifications in community theatre.

Bruno Rubini
Auckland, New Zealand

Tai Chi instructor specializing in mindful movement with additional qualifications in massage therapy and nutrition.

Kate Riegle van West
Auckland, New Zealand

Founder of SpinPoi, with a PhD in the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function for older adults.