Advanced Instructor

Advanced Instructor Certification

Complete Advanced Instructor Testing Packet Available Here

The Blair Advanced Instructor certification serves to assure the doctor and student alike that the certified doctor is considered qualified to teach the Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique at all levels. Applicant will need to be well versed in every aspect of the Advanced procedures as this testing process is very detailed and requires the attendance of many series of Blair seminars and a thorough knowledge of the textbook from beginning to end.                            

Advanced Prerequisites

    1. Four years of full-time chiropractic practice (or equivalent part-time practice) using the Blair Technique on at least 80% of patients.
    2. Be a full dues-paying member of the Blair Society for the previous four years.
    3. Attendance of five full three-part Blair Upper Cervical Technique seminar series given by a Certified Blair Instructor.
    4. Current certification as Blair Instructor for one full year.
    5. Possession of or access to Blair protractoclamps and stereo x-ray equipment or other similar imaging systems such as CBCT which will produce similar articular data needed for proper Blair analysis.

Advanced Application Process

      1. Request in writing on office letterhead the desire to be evaluated for the Blair Advanced Instructor certification addressed to the Chair of Technique and Instruction as listed on the Blair Society website. Dr. Dennis Campbell
      2. Request is to be accompanied by proof of attendance of 5 sets of Primary, Intermediate and Advanced Blair Seminars, including seminar dates and names of instructors.
      3. Include a check or electronic payment for $400 made out to the Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Society, Inc., which is non-refundable and due in full prior to the initial examination or submission.

Advanced X-Ray Examination

The x-ray portion completed for the Instructor certification includes Advanced material, so therefore does not need to be repeated.

Advanced Practical Examination

    1. Once the application has been accepted and approved by the Committee of Technique and Instruction, the applicant should then contact two Blair Advanced Instructors who are willing to proceed with the rest of the examination process, and arrange for testing. These may be assigned by the Committee Chair.
      1. Demonstration on a toggle monitor (or other appropriate device) all side-opposite and bilateral C1 misalignments and corrections, side-opposite and bilateral C2 misalignments and corrections as well as multiple level corrections. The applicant will be required to explain each listing regarding both the mechanism of displacement and correction. Each simulated adjustment may be attempted twice.
      2. Applicant must set up, explain and show correct patient placement for the side posture toggle table.
      3. The applicant must explain and convey knowledge of paraspinal skin temperature differential pattern analysis, and pattern analysis in general in regards to when to adjust.
      4. The applicant will be required to manually demonstrate leg balance tests as they are taught in the Blair seminar series. This should include the modified Derifield/Thompson prone leg check, Cervical Syndrome Tests, and Modified Prill spinal balance leg checks.
      5. Applicant will need to convey skills regarding his/her Upper Cervical patient management talents.

Advanced Oral/Written Examination

This is usually done in conjunction with the Practical portion of the process. The applicant is to be tested on the Blair principles of articular misalignment in relation to joint mechanics and spinographic imaging of the upper cervical spine. Special attention will be given to the applicant’s ability to “teach” these concepts.

Passing Advanced

    1. Each section of each certification is considered passed if the applicant scores 80% correct from each of the two instructors. A “passing” mark must be earned for both of the requirements set forth above, within a period of two years of the initial examination or submission.
    2. Following successful completion of all portions of the Blair Certification process, the results will be forwarded first to the Chair of Instruction and Technique and then on to the Blair Society Board of Directors and the final decision regarding passage of the applicant will be determined by them.
    3. On final approval the appropriate certificate will then either be sent to the applicant or awarded at the annual Blair Conference. The listing on the Blair Society website will also then be updated to indicate the new certification.

Maintaining Advanced Instructor status

    1. Attend at least one Blair seminar or the Annual Blair Conference every year.
    2. Remain an active dues paying member of the Blair Society.
    3. The doctor must submit to periodic re-evaluation by Certified Blair Advanced Instructors at the choosing of the Chair of Technique and Instruction. 
    4. A Certified Instructor must maintain outstanding professional ethics as a representative of the Blair Technique and the Blair Society.
    5. Failure to comply with the above mentioned requirements or altering the instruction away from the guidelines established by William G. Blair, D.C. will result in either inactivation or revocation of the Instructor certification. Any classes taught without an active Instructor certification will not be approved by the Blair Society, and students will not be able to use those classes towards their own certifications.