Become Certified

General Information

Make a difference while making a living.

Do you want to help people reach new heights of harmony and creativity in their lives by teaching them how to access and combine their empathy and insight?  Become a certified Connection Practice coach, trainer or curriculum instructor.

  • Certified Coaches work with individuals, couples or small groups.  They coach in person, by phone or via audio/video conferencing to teach or deepen Connection Practice skills.
  • Certified trainers present courses to diverse groups interested in learning Connection Practice
  • Curriculum instructors provide Connection Practice Curriculum training to teachers, after school program staff, or any adults who work with children /youth.
  • Master trainers can certify the coaches and trainers they teach.

You can find them in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and beyond. 

Gen Morita, Master trainer

A Connection Practice Curriculum Instructor working with a Costa Rican teacher and students


As a Connection Practice coach/trainer or curriculum instructor, there are many opportunities open to you:

  • Teach guidance counselors and educators
  • Work directly with at-risk students and other youth
  • Train business people
  • Empower veterans
  • Support spiritual communities
  • Educate addiction recovery and domestic violence counselors
  • Enhance the skills of holistic health practitioners

Your mastery of the Connection Practice will lead to a rewarding career. And still, you may find the best part of becoming certified is what you gain for yourself.

Participants in a Fast-Track Certification course lead by Rita Marie Johnson and Ellen Anderson.
Rita Marie with Japanese trainers who just became certified
Trainer teaching the Connection Path

How to Become a Certified Trainer or Coach

After getting a taste of the power of the Connection Practice, people often want to learn more and many want to become trainers or coaches.  If you are interested in getting certified to teach or coach the Connection Practice, the process is briefly outlined below:

Review prerequisites below.

Take one or more Connection Practice courses in person or through a webinar course with coaching.

Part 1: The Connection Practice 
Part 2: The Connection Path 
Part 3: Connection Mediation

The three courses are sometimes taught together in a comprehensive 32-hour course. To sign up for a course, go to the Find a Course page or to the Webinar page. You can also sign up for the RFI email newsletter to keep up with news from Rasur Foundation International.

Schedule an interview with a Master Trainer to ensure that certification is a good choice for you and for us.  

Complete the pre-course requirement to read Rita Marie Johnson’s book, Completely Connected: Uniting Our Empathy and Insight for Extraordinary Results.

Standard Track (facilitation and certification are separate courses):

  • Facilitate a small group in course (coach participants in all skills)
  • Take a certification course

Fast Track (facilitation and certification are taught together):

  • Facilitate a small group during a course (coach fellow candidates in all skills)
  • Take a certification course

As a facilitator, you will work directly with a small group as they learn and practice the Connection Practice.  During a certification course, you will demonstrate competence in all skills and do a short teach-back.

Complete Post-Course Requirements to get additional practice in the basic skills and gain mastery.

Part 1: The Connection Practice

  • Coach the Connection Practice with a fellow candidate (complete four)
  • Coach the Connection Practice with an experienced self-study trainer (complete two on the Standard Track and four on the Fast Track)
  • Complete Daily Worksheets (complete 30)
  • Review Teleseminar on Reference Manual

Part 2: The Connection Path

  • Facilitate the Connection Path (complete four on the Standard Track and six on the Fast Track)

Part 3: Connection Mediation

  • Facilitate Connection Mediation (complete two on the Standard Track and three on the Fast Track)

Become an RFI member and be welcomed into this heart-warming group of trainers and coaches.  Connection Practice trainers and coaches want to change the world by helping themselves and others develop self-empathy and empathy for others, access practical and profound insights, and build greater connection wherever they go.  You will have lifetime access to all training and coaching materials, manuals, PowerPoint slides, and all updates to those materials.

Questions: If you have questions about becoming a certified Connection Practice trainer or coach, please send an email to

The Connection Practice is engaged in a a joint venture with Thrive, which empowers our trainers to prosper while doing what they love to do - teaching the Connection Practice.

Access to Connection Practice Training Materials

Upon final certification, you will receive links and passcodes that will provide you with access to all copyrighted training materials necessary for your new role.

Thank you for your commitment to growing our movement to create a more connected world.

Connection Practice Course Prerequisites

Part 1 Training (The Connection Practice) is a prerequisite for all other courses.

After Part 1 Training (The Connection Practice), you can take:

  • Part 2 Training (The Connection Path)
  • Part 3 Training (Connection Mediation)
  • Part 1 Certification (The Connection Practice Certification)

Part 1 Certification (The Connection Practice Certification) is a prerequisite for all other certification courses.

After completing Part 1 Certification (The Connection Practice Certification), you can take:

  • Curriculum Certification (offered through video instruction)

After completing Part 1 Certification (The Connection Practice Certification) and Part 2 Training (The Connection Path), you can take:

  • Part 2 Certification (The Connection Path Certification)

After completing Part 1 Certification (The Connection Practice Certification) and Part 3 Training (Connection Mediation), you can take:

  • Part 3 Certification (Connection Mediation Certification)

Certification Requirements to Become a New Curriculum Instructor

Watch the ten curriculum videos

  • Introduction
  • Demonstrations of six lessons
  • Three demonstrations of other applications

Write a summary of your experience (maximum of 250 words)

Send the summary and a picture of yourself teaching it to at least 2 students to

Refresher Requirements for Current Curriculum Instructors

Watch the ten curriculum videos (listed above)

Requested but not required:

  • Write a summary of your experience (maximum of 250 words)
  • Send the summary and a picture of yourself teaching it to at least 2 students to

Connection Practice Continuing Education Credits

All Connection Practice courses are approved worldwide for continuing education credits (Professional Education Development Units) through the University of the Pacific at $70 per credit hour.

  • Part 1, 2, and 3 Training Courses (1 CEU/course)
  • Part 1, 2, and 3 Certification Courses (2 CEUs/course)
  • Curriculum Certification Course (1 CEU)

How to Become a Certified Curriculum Instructor

There is an optional, certification course you can take that will certify you as a Curriculum Instructor. This will allow you to teach the Connection Practice Curriculum to teachers and other adults who then use it in their classrooms and/or with children and youth in other settings.

Part 1 certification is a prerequisite.

These trainers took a course to become Master Rasurs who can certify new trainers.

The purpose of Rasur Foundation International is to spread the Connection Practice globally.

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