When it comes to Tarot certification, the jury is most definitely out. Some Tarot readers love the idea of becoming a certified Tarot reader and see it as an opportunity to build credibility and improve their skills. And yet others are vehemently opposed to certification, believing that something as creative and fluid as Tarot should never be ‘standardised’.
If you’ve ever considered becoming a certified Tarot reader, but you’re still on the fence, then listen up because in this post, I share everything you need to know about Tarot certification. What is Tarot Certification? Is it even a ‘thing’? Do you really need certification? How do you get certified? And so much more.
What is Tarot Certification?
Let’s start with the basics. Certification is “the action or process of providing someone or something with an official document attesting to a status or level of achievement” (source: Google). When it comes to Tarot certification, it is a recognition that you have undertaken the necessary study to read the Tarot, and that you also meet a certain standard for being able to interpret and read the Tarot cards.
To receive certification, you may need to submit a written exam or a practice reading. Other Tarot certifications may be more in depth, requiring that you complete a comprehensive training program, including in-person readings. Perhaps you’ll need to pass a number of quizes or log a certain number of hours of readings.
Ultimately, Tarot certification is designed to give you more credibility as a Tarot reader, both professionally and also personally. It’s a huge confidence boost especially when you need that little bit extra validation and confirmation that you ARE a great Tarot reader.
Do I Need to be a Certified Tarot Reader?
No. You don’t have to be certified to be a good, or legitimate, Tarot reader. If you invest in developing your Tarot reading skills and practice reading Tarot for others, you will be well on your way to becoming a good Tarot reader, without requiring certification.
However, many people choose Tarot certification because they want confirmation that they have the skills required to deliver a Tarot reading and they actually know what they’re doing. They want to be a part of a full Tarot training and certification program so that they know they’ve covered all bases, and don’t have to spend countless days, even months, searching for free Tarot classes online without getting the full picture. And they want the increased credibility that comes with certification, especially if they go on to become professional Tarot readers.
At the end of the day, no-one is forcing you to be certified, and it’s important we respect the choices each individual makes about what’s right for them. Many people take a lot of pride in their Tarot studies and certification, and rightly so – it’s an awesome achievement!
What are the Benefits of Becoming a Certified Tarot Reader?
There are LOTS of reasons why you would want to become a certified Tarot reader. Here are just a few:
You may want to become certified, because you want to have the educational base that gives you the confidence to read Tarot. A certification program, if it’s a good one, will help you master the fundamentals, including card meanings and complex interpretations.
Sure, you could probably find some free Tarot lessons online and piece together how to read the Tarot cards, but the quality of these lessons is so variable, and who knows if you’re learning the right stuff or not. Not to mention the amount of time it takes to search for the lessons, weed out the dodgy ones, and teach yourself how to read. (Hey, I was self-taught, and it literally took me years to finally work it all out.)
Learn from the Best
Tarot certification is an opportunity to learn from Tarot readers who you respect and resonate with, and who have decades of experience in reading and teaching Tarot. This may also mean getting certified through a trusted and well-known Tarot company. Plus, the credibility of the company or individual goes hand in hand with the credibility of your certification
Receive Personal Validation
So many of our Certified Biddy Tarot Readers have said to me, after completing the program, “You know what Brigit? This isn’t so much about the piece of paper. It’s about the confidence I now have when reading Tarot for myself and others. I finally feel like I know what I’m doing!”
Perhaps you want to become a certified Tarot reader because it offers you personal validation. Many of us learn Tarot on our own, but there can often be self-doubt and worry that plays in the background. Instead, a complete training and certification program can give you an extra boost of confidence to move forward with your Tarot practice.
Gain a Sense of Pride
As we go through our education, we receive marks on tests, report cards, a degree. And, assuming they meet our standards, we like to display them for others to see. They’re tangible proof of all of your hard work and personal investment. The same can be said for a Tarot reading certificate, whether it’s paper or a badge you post on your website.
I tell you what, it is such a joy to receive photos of our Certified Biddy Tarot Readers holding their certificate, beaming with pride!
Build Your Credibility
Lawyers, doctors, psychologists, and even hypnotherapists, are required to have some form of certification. Their qualifications bring peace of mind to patients and legitimacy to their practice. While the Tarot industry doesn’t require you to have certification to practice, having evidence of your commitment and dedication to your Tarot reading practice goes a long way with your clients and instantly establishes credibility.
Grow Your Client List
For people who read Tarot professionally, having a certification can be a big selling point for clients. Think about it. If you’re a hiring manager for a company, candidates with experience at well-known companies or prestigious universities automatically have an edge on the competition. Tarot Certification is validation that you’ve put in the work and have received approval from an accredited program.
Potential Pitfalls of Getting Certified
Unfortunately, there can be some downsides to certification. But luckily, there are ways to avoid them.
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Many of you will ask, “Who’s to say what’s right or wrong on a certification test, when Tarot is so subjective?” I think that’s an excellent question! Tarot is wonderfully fluid and following your intuition is more important than following the book. So how do we measure that?
When I was designing the Biddy Tarot Certification Program, I knew we had to really nip that concern in the bud straight away. I believe that a good program should have flexibility to embrace everybody’s different reading styles and interpretations. At the same time, you want to make sure that your certification program demands that you meet certain criteria that resonates with you.
The Book Versus Intuition
Make sure that your certification program makes an acknowledgement between book meanings and intuitive meanings. For example, if you feel that the Three of Cups signifies online dating, but no one can find that interpretation in the book, will you be penalized? Find a program that leaves room for creativity.
Everyone has their own method for reading Tarot cards, which is why you need to be sure that your certification program respects yours. When we consider applications for the Biddy Tarot Certification Program, we appreciate that some readers are going to have different coaching styles and some will use predictive language. Does your preferred program respect all styles of reading?
Fast and Cheap Programs
Sure, you could spend 100 bucks to have someone whip up a certificate for you, without having to go through rigorous training. Believe me, there are a number of people who will do this for you. But is that really what you want?
Be absolutely certain of the value that your program is providing to you. If it’s a six hour course with a multiple choice exam at the end, it’s probably not what you’re looking for.
As you can see, it’s incredibly important to choose your Tarot certification program carefully.
How Do You Become a Certified Tarot Reader?
There are a number of different certification programs available. So how do you decide which one is going to be right for you?
- Find an organisation that is accredited, reputable, and well known in the Tarot space.
- Find a teacher who you resonate with, who nurtures different styles of reading, and who will support your growth as a Tarot reader.
- Look for a certification program that offers an end-to-end experience, with comprehensive training and development, opportunities to practice reading Tarot in a safe learning environment and a robust certification process.
Now, of course, I want to be able to bring all of these things together. So, I’ve created the Biddy Tarot Certification Program, which is fully accredited by the International Institute of Complementary Therapists. So far, over 1,800 students from 29 countries have participated in our courses and over 300 of them are Biddy Tarot Certification graduates.
This program is an all-inclusive, 7-month online training and certification program that teaches everything you need to know about how to read Tarot with confidence.
Whether you’re on a journey of self-discovery and want to learn to read Tarot for yourself, or you’re ready to share your intuitive gifts with others, the Biddy Tarot Certification Program will challenge you to take your Tarot reading skills to the next level. It’s designed to help you access your inner wisdom, increase your confidence, and become a trusted Tarot advisor.
You can now enrol at BiddyTarot.com/certification!
Biddy Tarot Certification Program benefits include:
- Master the Tarot Card Meanings Program
- Read Tarot with Confidence Program
- Group coaching calls with me every month for 6 months where I’ll answer your questions live
- Access to The Free Tarot Readings platform, where you can gain valuable experience and get feedback
- Support and mentoring inside the Biddy Tarot Community, where you can interact with over 500 members
- The opportunity to apply for certification and become a Certified Biddy Tarot Reader
- A listing on the Certified Biddy Tarot Reader Directory on our website for 12 months
- A beautiful paper certificate mailed to your address anywhere in the world
- Certified Biddy Tarot Reader badges for your website
- Much, much more!
My Personal Thoughts on the Biddy Tarot Certification Program
I take this program so seriously and I want to make sure you have everything you need to be the Tarot reader you’ve always dreamed of becoming. At the end of the day, this isn’t just about a piece of paper. This is about helping you become a trusted Tarot advisor, and giving you the skills, experience, and support to do so.
This is not one of those fly-by-night certification programs you see in a pop-up ad online in the middle of the night. The Biddy Tarot Certification Program offers an end-to-end learning experience, complete with comprehensive training, opportunities to practice reading Tarot in a safe learning environment, and a robust certification process.
We open this program once a year in around March and April. The Biddy Tarot Certification Program encompasses training, practice, and certification.
Of course, there’s so much more in this certification program. If you want to find out more about it, head over to BiddyTarot.com/certification and you can see everything that’s included.