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Lions Certified Instructor Program (LCIP)

Lions Certified Instructor Program (LCIP)

The Lions Certified Instructor Program (LCIP) is a new program in which Lions can apply to become certified instructors in order to be eligible to serve as faculty at LCI-directed institutes, DGE seminar and other training related events.  


The purpose of the LCIP is to provide consistent delivery of effective training at all levels within Lions by increasing the number of qualified instructors, while providing a framework for broadening and deepening the knowledge and experience of instructors.

Who Qualifies?

Lions who are interested in applying to the LCIP must fall into at least one of the following categories:

Category 1 - Lions who have not yet served as faculty at a DGE seminar or LCI-directed institute, but who have experience as a professional trainer or educator (for five or more years).

Category 2 - Lions who have served as faculty at a local training (e.g. RLLI, district-level training for club officers, etc.) or conducted training at forums.

Category 3 - Lions who have served as faculty at a DGE seminar or LCI-directed institutes prior to July 2012.

Category 4 - Lions who have served as faculty at a DGE seminar or LCI-directed institute from July 2012 to the present.

Your qualifications above will determine the path you will need to take to be eligible for certification.  

For Lions who fall into categories 1-3:

If your application is accepted:

  • You will be invited to attend a 4-day pilot training session to be held in Oak Brook, IL on May 17-20, 2018. This is the second rendition of the pilot-training and will be offered in English, Spanish and Portuguese. 
  • Throughout the training you will be evaluated to determine eligibility for certification. 

Acceptance into training is not guaranteed, and acceptance does not guarantee certification.

For Lions who fall into category 4:

If your application is accepted, your eligibility for certification will be determined by one of the following:

  • In-person observation at a future LCI-directed institute or DGE seminar, OR
  • Submission of a video sample of a training session conducted by you. 

Acceptance into the program is not guaranteed.

If you do not fall into any of the four categories, but are still interested in developing your training skills, consider applying to the Faculty Development Institute (FDI).

How to Apply

Lions who meet at least one of the above qualifications may apply to the Lions Certified Instructor Program. Please select the appropriate application below depending on your category.  

Category 1-3

Applicants in categories 1-3 who are interested in applying must:

  • Be able to understand and participate in a 4-day training that will be delivered in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Be willing to complete related pre-assignments and be able to travel to Oak Brook, IL on May 17-20, 2018 (arriving May 16th and departing the evening of May 20th pending flight schedules).
  • Be willing to incur travel-related expenses (see below). 

LCIP In-Person Training Application

Date: May 17-20, 2018

Location: Oak Brook, IL

Language: English, Spanish, Portuguese

Application Deadline: February 23, 2018

Personal Expense Policy: Lions Clubs International will provide meals and lodging according to the dates and schedule of the training. Lions Clubs International will also pay 50% of the lowest-published economy airfare up to $500. Any additional travel-related expenses will be paid for by the participant, including all ground transportation.


Category 4

Applicants in category 4 who are interested in applying must be able to communicate in English and be willing to be observed at a future LCI-directed institute or DGE seminar, or submit a video sample of a training session.  Applications for category 4 will be reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout the next couple of years.  LCIP certification will be required to serve as institute faculty effective July 2020.  The latest applications will be accepted to be eligible for faculty in 2020 is January 31, 2020.

LCIP Application

Deadline: January 31, 2020


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