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FIDE Handbook B. Permanent Commissions / 08. Regulations for the Titles of Chess in Education /
International Chess Federation
FIDE Handbook
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B. Permanent Commissions / 08. Regulations for the Titles of Chess in Education /

08. Regulations for the Titles of Chess in Education

FIDE Chess in Education Commission (EDU)
Titles & Diplomas
EDU regulates the FIDE School Instructor (SI) title the FIDE School Chess Leader (FSCL) diploma, the FIDE Early Years Skills (EYS) diploma, the FIDE Chess in Education Lecturer (CEL) certification and such other diplomas and certificates as it may need.
1. School Instructor (SI) [GA 2012]
  1.1 Mission:  Introducing the school student to the basic chess rules to improve their educational and social level and to broaden the base of chess players worldwide.
  1.2 Qualification - Professional Skills & Requirements:  
    1.2.1 Teaching or will teach in a school.
    1.2.2 Knowledge of psychology and pedagogy.
    1.2.3 Good knowledge of chess basics.
  1.3 Title Award: By successful participation in an EDU Seminar or by successful completion of the distance learning online course, in each case with a pass mark in the examination.
2. FIDE School Chess Leader (FSCL) [EB 2015, GA 2016]
  2.1 Mission: As for SI but specially to coordinate and assist groups of teachers.
  2.2 Qualification - Professional Skills & Requirements:  As for SI, additionally:
    2.2.1 Current holder of SI Title.
    2.2.2 Greater knowledge of psychology and pedagogy.
    2.2.3 Knowledge of chess extending beyond simple basics.
    2.2.4 Knowledge of organization.
  2.3 Diploma Award: By successful completion of a seminar or the distance learning course, including a pass mark in the examination.
3. Early Years Skills (EYS) [EB 2015, GA 2016]
  3.1 Mission: To introduce the FIDE EYS program to very young children (typically aged 4-7), usually in kindergarten or the earliest stages of primary school.
  3.2 Qualification - Professional Skills & Requirements:
    3.2.1 A recognised teaching qualification.
  3.3 Diploma Award: By successful completion of the online course, including a pass mark in the examination.
4. Chess in Education Lecturer (CEL)
  4.1 CEL Lecturers lead the seminars for teachers. 
  4.2 Lecturers will be experts in educational chess (not necessarily experts in competitive chess). They will be trained by the EDU Commission (until 2018 they were simply appointed, without any certification).
  4.3 The objective of the preparation of CEL Lecturers is to develop and enhance the skills of effective teaching of chess basics by using active and interactive teaching methods, digital tools and positive professional communication skills.
  4.4 Certificate award by successful completion of PoL seminar (see 6.4.1 below.
5. Procedures
  5.1 Every individual must: 
    5.1.1 complete a REG form (Annexes 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d) and email to the Commission Secretary (edu.secretary@fide.com).
    5.1.2 pay the appropriate seminar, award and examination fees.
  5.2 Financial
    5.2.1

Fees:

Course

FIDE Seminar fee

Title/Diploma Award fee

SI

€ 100

€ 50

FSCL

€ 100

€ 30

EYS

€ 50

€ 20

CEL   (validity 3 years)

€ 75

€ 50

    5.2.2. Payment must be made direct to FIDE except in the case of seminars organized by National Chess Federations (fees will be included in the usual invoices from Lausanne).
6. SEMINARS
  6.0 All seminars will usually be online.
  6.1 School Instructor Seminars
    6.1.1 A School Instructor Seminar shall be organized by EDU or by a chess body (Federation, Chess Club, Chess Academy or other Chess Organization), the latter after the submission of an application form (see Application Forms for National Chess Federations –Annex 6.1a - and Others – Annex 6.1b) to the FIDE Chess in Education Commission and its approval. An application form that has not been completed in full will not be accepted. Application forms must be received by EDU at least 14 days before the seminar is due to take place
    6.1.2 Approval by EDU Council.
    6.1.3 EDU will appoint CEL certified Lecturers (Annex 7).
    6.1.4 Announcement on FIDE and EDU websites.
    6.1.5 Seminars will normally occupy 3 or 5 days (15 hours total).
    6.1.6 The seminar and the examination will be based on the FIDE Preparation of Teachers (PoT) document and other materials created by or recommended by the EDU Commission.
    6.1.7 Seminar evaluation is by examination.
    6.1.8 Results submission by the Lecturer(s) to EDU for approval (Annexes 6.8a, 6.8b).
    6.1.9 EDU Council submission of the results to FIDE Secretariat, FIDE accounts and FIDE titles.
       
    6.1.10 Title certificates are sent to successful candidates by email from FIDE.
  6.2 FIDE School Chess Leader Seminars
    6.2.1 Exact procedure to be finalized, but basically the same as for SI Seminars but with different content.
  6.3 Early Years Skills (EYS) Online course
    6.3.1 No seminar is involved. This is a distance learning course. Applicants familiarize themselves with all the materials at eys.fide.com and then take an automated online examination.
  6.4 Chess in Education Lecturer (CEL) Seminars
    6.4.1 A Chess in Education Lecturer Seminar (PoL) shall be organized by EDU together with the Chess Scientific Research Institute (CSRI).  
    6.4.2 Announcement on FIDE and EDU websites.
    6.4.3 Seminars will normally occupy 15 hours total.
    6.4.4 The seminar and the examination will be based on the FIDE Preparation of Lecturers (PoL) document and other materials created by or recommended by the EDU Commission.
    6.4.5 Seminar evaluation is by a multi-factor system (see below).
    6.4.6 Results submission by the Lecturer(s) to EDU for approval (Annexes 6.8a, 6.8b).
    6.4.7 EDU Council submission of the results to FIDE Secretariat.
    6.4.8 Certificates are sent to successful candidates by email from FIDE.
    6.4.9 Certification is valid for three (3) years from the date of award.
7. Lecturers 
  7.1 All EDU seminars are conducted by Lecturers (List of Lecturers – Annex 7). Both CSRI and CEL Lecturers are highly skilled professionals, each with many years of experience in the chess education field.
  7.2 Lecturers will be experts in educational chess (they may, additionally be expert in sport chess).
    Lecturers will be appointed by the EDU Commission after appropriate online training (PoL documentation) and certification.
  7.3 Seminars: Certified lecturers will be responsible for leading the SI and FSCL seminars for teachers (2 lecturers per seminar), and they receive 50% (shared between them) of the total income (excluding Award fess) generated by the seminars they offer.
  7.4 Seminars: CSRI or other EDU appointed lecturers will be responsible for leading the CEL seminars (usually 2 lecturers per seminar), and they receive 50% (shared between them) of the total income (excluding Award fess) generated by those seminars.
  7.5 Payment to lecturers does not include travel expenses or board & lodging which are additional costs for the organizers in the event of an on-site seminar.
8. Seminar Evaluation
  8.1 A multi-factor evaluation system will be applied for FSCL and CEL (SI and EYS by exam only), where the final evaluation will be carried out by summing the evaluation weights of different components:
    8.1.1 Exam 50%
    8.1.2 Project 30%
    8.1.3 Participation 20%
  8.2 Pass marks:
    8.2.1 CEL & FSCL (with a minimum 50% in each component) 70%
    8.2.2 SI & EYS 65%