Traditionally, chess coaching as a whole is seen to be low profile, which is due in large part to the fact that coaches receive little recognition. However, recent developments have started to reverse the trend, especially after the World Chess Federation (FIDE) formed a Trainer's Committee in 1998 to specially deal with the subject.
The current worldwide system of accreditation and titling was proposed by our Managing Director, Mr Ignatius Leong, in the 2004 FIDE Congress. It received widespread support and was adopted. The system is explained below.
After trainers take courses offered in regional Academies (the current two being based in Berlin and ours in Singapore), they sit for an examination. Based on their performance and other factors such as their experience, they are then awarded various titles.
Developmental Instructor (DI)
Knows the rules of Chess; rating of minimum 1400
National Instructor (NI)
Minimum 2 years experience as Developmental Instructor; rating of minimum 1600; trainees have minimum top 10 placings in recognized national-level competitions
Train players with rating up to 1600
FIDE Instructor (FI)
Minimum 2 years experience or National Instructor; rating of minimum 1800
National examiner and conduct courses for Instructors from Levels 1 and 2; train players with rating up to 1800
FIDE Trainer (FT)
Minimum 5 years experience; tertiary education or FIDE Instructor; rating of minimum 2300 or for a time; speaks one FIDE language
National examiner and conduct course for Instructors from Levels 1 to 3; train players with rating above 2300
FIDE Senior Trainer (FST)
Minimum 10 years or FIDE Trainer; tertiary education; rating of minimum 2450 or for a time; speaks English; trainees have world/international successes
National examiner; conduct courses for chess trainers from Level 3 upwards; train players with rating above 2450
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