How to Become a Certified Instructor
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Casting Instructor Certification Program

Photo Credit:  Masa Katsumata
Casting Instructor:  Tomonori “Bill” Higashi (MCI, THMCI, CBOGe), Japan

Certification Provides Benefits

Four levels of Casting Instructor Certification Program

  1. Casting Instructor
  2. Master Casting Instructor
  3. Two Hand Casting Instructor 
  4. Master Two Hand Casting Instructor

Why Certify?

Obtaining an instructor certification with FFI takes you to a new level of professionalism and instills self-confidence in your teaching abilities. Quality instruction, particularly on slow fishing days, will increase guest return rates, as guests return for both fishing and further instruction.

Benefits of a Certified Casting Instructor include:

  • Become a more effective casting instructor, by being exposed to the state-of-the-art in casting and casting instruction.
  • Become part of a network of the best casting instructors in the world. Men and women who are eager to share their knowledge of casting instruction and would like to learn from you too. 
  • Listed on Fly Fishers International's website with a link to your email.
  • Receive FFI's casting journal, The Loop. Find teaching tips for Certified Casting Instructors inside.
  • Receive a certificate of completion, suitable for framing.            


If you need assistance please contact our casting coordinator.


Telephone: 406-222-9369


Financial Commitment

FFI's Casting Instructor Certification Program comes with a financial commitment which includes an examination fee, a pass fee, and an annual renewal fee.   The fees collected support the examiner's expenses as well as the on-going operations of the program.

Examinations fees are $350 for a CI exam or $450 for an MCI, THCI, or THMCI exam.  Please read the Casting Exam Refund Policy before you sign up for an exam.

Pass fee - prorated to match your membership expiration; typical $50 which covers up to 1 year of dues.  

1 Year - $45 (renewal rates once you become a Certified Casting Instructor)

Must be a current FFI member to maintain certification status.

Certified Casting Instructor


Master Casting Instructor


Two-Handed Casting Instructor