Wim Hof Method Academy
Are you interested in becoming the next WHM Instructor?
Learn all the ins and outs to teach the Wim Hof Method in a fun and safe way. This program is designed to take your practice to the next level. It will take you on the journey from WHM Practitioner to becoming a Certified WHM Instructor.
When the WHM is practiced in the correct way, it contributes to a healthy, strong, and happy life. As a Certified Instructor you can teach and guide others in the Wim Hof Method, and form a tribe closer to home.
The Academy program consists of three Modules, detailed below. All three must be completed in order to certify.
Enrollments in the Academy are currently paused. Stay connected by filling out the interest form at the bottom of the page and be the first to know when applications resume.
How do I become certified?
To begin this program, the first step is completing Module I (Online Fundamentals Course). Then you can continue with Module II (Instructor Video Course), where you gain Instructor skills and knowledge.
After the completion of both Online Courses, you will be invited to participate in Module III. Module III consists of a 5-day physical training in Spain, Poland, Australia or in the United States. In these contact hours you will receive expert instruction on all parts of the method, and more importantly how to teach them in a safe and professional manner. Between Module II and Module III there is study material and homework to be done.
After you pass all parts and pass the evaluation, you will be certified as a level 1 WHM Instructor.
During the course you obtain the following skills:
- Be able to convey the correct technique in order to guarantee a safe and sustained practice
- Have a thorough grasp of the various physiological mechanisms that are impacted by the Wim Hof Method
- Be able to tailor the application of the Method to the characteristics of individual practitioners
- Possess presentation skills that translate to an enjoyable experience, showing that the Wim Hof Method is fun and accessible - ultimately incentivizing people to share our important message
Our Fundamentals Online Course will get you acquainted with practicing the Wim Hof Method. The course will give you the tools and techniques to develop your own practice and provide you with relevant experience to pass on when learning to teach the Method.
Completion of our Fundamentals video course grants eligibility to apply for the Online Instructor Course. In addition, you are expected to familiarize yourself with the basic physiological principles underlying the Wim Hof Method.
Module II is our Instructor Video Course. This course is specially designed for prospective instructors. The video course program covers both the theory and practice of the Wim Hof Method. It consists of 10 parts, containing over 10 hours of video material. In each part, we will focus on a topic related to the WHM. You will delve into physiology; breathing, cold exposure, physical exercises, learn about mindset, our body’s systems, the scientific studies, safety aspects, etc. We finish each Module with homework and exercises.
- You must have completed the Fundamentals video course to be eligible for application for the Advanced Course.
- Instructors do not offer any of the Academy Modules directly, and you can only apply and register through this website.
- As a general rule the Trajectory has to be completed in one year. Please consider this carefully when applying.
This final leg will test you on what you have been taught and practiced during the Online Instructor Course, as well as on your ability to teach prospective participants. We expect instructors to have all the knowledge and practices ready before attending Module III. Keep in mind that Module III is primarily meant for evaluation of all that has been learned in preparation for the Module. Next to this, we will delve deeper into your practice and understanding during a 5-day training program. Our Master Module will take place in the Pyrenees of Spain.
This part of the training is led by a certified Wim Hof Method Instructor. Wim may be present, but this is not guaranteed.
Successfully finishing the Master Module will allow you to become a Certified WHM Level 1 Instructor, and enables you to host Level 1 activities (eg. WHM Breathing Classes, WHM Fundamentals Workshops, 5-10 week courses). After one year, you can apply for promotion to Level 2. This will guarantee a certain degree of competence and allows you to host Level 2 activities, including Travel events.
Note: You must have successfully completed the Online Instructor Course to qualify for, and be invited to Module III. To become certified, all three must be completed successfully.
Program Costs & Master Module Dates
Our full Academy Program is available for a price of €4298,-* (Module II: Instructor Video Course + Module III: Master Module), for the year 2023.
Module II and Module III are split, so you can register for these Modules separately. Sign up with the link below to receive notifications about the opening of a new Academy Trajectory. Once notified, you can purchase the and purchase Module II – Instructor Video Course (€1499,-). Immediately after completing your order, you will find the Instructor Video Course on the Dashboard of your WHM account.
During the first week of the Instructor Video Course program you will receive an invitation to register for Module III – Master Module (€2799,-). This includes accommodation, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and activities guided by our certified teachers. This 5-day training program will be organized in several locations around the world. Including Poland, Spain, Australia, and the United States. You can book your preferred dates and location during the first week of the Instructor Video Course.
*We believe the power of teaching the Wim Hof Method should be available to everyone. For the Academic year 2023-2024, we will provide financial support to talented potential instructors. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find out about Scholarship Opportunities.
How do I sign up?
The WHM Academy is currently closed for enrollments. Stay connected for future application possibilities!
- Minimum 2 years in teaching/coaching experience in a relevant working environment (e.g. teaching adults)
- Excellent teaching and/or coaching skills
- Commitment to the principles of Innerfire and to the Wim Hof Method
- Agree to the Wim Hof Method Manifesto
- You have practiced with cold exposure (including an ice bath)
- Good English language proficiency (the Academy is only taught in English)
- First Aid Certificate
Note: We reserve the rights to not certify you if your proficiency is considered inadequate and/or if you do not meet the requirements.
Please take note of the following:
The Wim Hof Method Academy is only taught in English.
The Module content, certification criteria and Instructor Guide are examples only and we reserve the right to make amendments to the Academy Program as necessary.
This course is not intended for people who are pregnant or who suffer from epilepsy. People with cardiovascular health issues, or any other (serious) health conditions, should always consult a medical doctor before starting with the Wim Hof Method.
For additional questions please contact email@example.com. Our support team will ensure to get back to you within three working days.
FAQ — Before your journey
To qualify for the Wim Hof Method Academy program, you must have at least two years of teaching, coaching, or similar experience. An official degree is not required, but you will be asked to demonstrate your ability to confidently and competently guide a group of trainees.
Teaching experience is recommended because it is important to communicate the educative aspects effectively. This skill comes with time and experience teaching others. It is important to help people grow and get the absolute most out of themselves. Therefore, two years of relevant experience is a guideline. Teaching skills is also part of the evaluation that will take place. Eventually, it’s up to you whether you consider yourself capable of motivating and educating others.
Fundamentals Course must have been completed on the account they use to register for the course. This has to be purchased separately and can be found here. We strongly advise to be at least in week 6 before starting with the Instructor Video Course.
No, the 10-week video course cannot be used as a substitute for the Fundamentals Course.
No, this is not the same. Advanced workshops by instructors are great for seasoned practitioners in the method, who want to deepen their knowledge and skill. Module II on the other hand is provided by Innerfire and specifically designed for people who want to teach this method. Participating in an advanced workshop by an instructor cannot be substituted for participating in the Module II of the Academy trajectory.
FAQ — During your journey
Yes, this is possible! Within the first week of the Instructor Video Course, you will receive an email with instructions to confirm your registration for the Master Module week of choice. Please note that the Master Module should be completed within one year after starting the Instructor Video Course. Future dates will also be communicated along the way.
Currently, our Master Module is only organized in Spain. The in-person evaluation of your Instructors’ abilities is a vital part of the process, which can not be replaced by anything online. The Master Module is an adventure. Connecting with fellow students and nature is beautiful and participants experience real growth.
Yes, you must organize the workshops yourself. This includes arranging a workshop venue and ice bath. The workshops are listed on the Wim Hof Method platform where participants can sign up. You will also have access to our official Instructors’ Library, full of workshop material. (Posters, flyers, presentations, latest scientific research, and much more!)
We have 3 Instructor Levels: Level 1, Level 2 & Level 3. A Level 1 instructor has recently passed the Academy trajectory and is fully qualified to give a.o. high-quality Fundamentals workshops. After one year, instructors can partake in Level 2 training. A Level 2 instructor is able to organize WHM travels. A Level 3 instructor is carefully selected by Innerfire and is a real ambassador of the Wim Hof Method.
Level 1 WHM Instructor
Successfully completed Module I, Module II and Module III, and received an official certificate. Together with the license, Instructors also receive access to our Toolkit / Instructors Library, which includes up-to-date information material, manuals, a promotion package, and more. They have access to our social media pages (eg Wim Hof Method group and groups like Wim Hof Method – UK) and can add their platform events there and may use the certified teacher logo on their website.Eligible to teach the following WHM activities:
· WHM Fundamentals workshop
· WHM 5-10 week Group Course
· One-on-one session for personal support
· Group session
· WHM Fundamentals Weekend
Level 2 WHM Instructor
Successfully followed the 3-day Level 2 Training. Renewed their license, and boasts a rating of an average of 5 stars or higher on their wimhofmethod.com Instructor profile; thereby guaranteeing a certain degree of competence and practical experience with teaching moderately sized groups.
· Advanced WHM workshop
· WHM Advanced Weekend
· WHM Travel Experience
Level 3 WHM Instructor
Instructors who showed great success in their teaching renewed their license, and are an ambassador for the brand - selected by Innerfire
· Specialized Workshops for tailored pre-conditions
· Teach the teachers
The application window for the Wim Hof Method Academy scholarships (Academic Year 2023-2024) has now closed. We are currently in the process of carefully assessing all applications.
We look forward to welcoming new applicants in the future.