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-Hand Casting Instructor