Finding good professional training in any discipline requires an investment of time and money, and feng shui training is no exception. If you want to become a feng shui consultant, it is best to do thorough research into the various feng shui training programs, the training they provide, and the reputation of their teachers.
One good first step is to attend a lecture or a short seminar with the feng shui school or teacher you are considering. This will give you an immediate sense of your level of connection to the school's teachers, and help you understand if they are people you can trust and even admire. After all, these are the individuals who will help you start a new feng shui consulting career, so an intuitive sense of connection is a critical prerequisite to choosing the right program. Feng shui is a discipline devoted to managing energy flow, and a poor energy connection with its teachers and staff is a sign that you should look elsewhere.
Where to Research
The choice of a teacher or school is highly individual, and it's impossible to make a universal recommendation that one program is better than another. But to begin your search, look into the International Feng Shui Guild's listing of professional feng shui training programs. The Guild offers a list that is constantly updated, giving a detailed summary of the philosophic approach used by the schools, as well as detailed biographies of the key teachers.
A review of the Guild's listing of schools and teachers will let you narrow down to a list of programs that offer an appropriate approach and educational style for your needs.
Important Questions to Ask
After you have done some research to narrow down the list of potential feng shui schools, you can begin contacting them to learn more. Here are some key questions to ask as you seek the right program:
- How many of your graduates are active feng shui consultants? Most good feng shui programs know precisely their percentages of successful graduates. Be a little wary if the program doesn't know this figure or seems unwilling to share it.
- Can I interview some practicing consultants who studied in your program? Do they have websites? Good feng shui training programs are quite willing to provide references.
- Do you have a system of support and referral for your graduates? Good schools continue to network with students who have studied with them.
- How many of your graduates decided not to become feng shui consultants? Why? This can be a harder question to get answered, but the way in which the program deals with such questions will tell you something about their professionalism.
- Why should I choose your feng shui school over other schools? Answers to this question will provide you with a sense of how the school seeks a competitive edge.
- What feng shui schools do you focus on—the traditional (classic) or the modern schools? This may be clear from the written description of the program, but if it is not, make sure to ask this question.
- How long have you been training feng shui consultants? A track record of successful training is a good indicator of the school's long-term viability. That is not to say that a new school can't be a good choice, especially if it is staffed by experienced teachers who may be bringing new energy to their training methods.
As you investigate schools, it is important to continue your own study of feng shui principals and techniques. The more you can learn about feng shui from all the available free resources, the more qualified you will be to choose a good professional training program to help you become a practicing feng shui consultant.