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Lions Certified Instructor Program (LCIP)

The Lions Certified Instructor Program (LCIP) training serves as the path by which Lions can apply to become certified instructors. Lions who are LCIP certified are eligible to serve as faculty at locally approved institutes (ELLI, ALLI and FDI), Lions Clubs International-directed institutes*, the International FVDG/DGE Seminar, and other training-related events. Effective July 2020, LCIP certification is a requirement to serve as Lions Clubs International-directed institutes faculty and FVDG/DGE Seminar Group Leader.  

*To be considered for faculty at LCI-directed Institutes, the candidate must also be able to communicate in English.  


The purpose of the LCIP is to deliver consistent effective training at all levels within Lions by increasing the number of qualified instructors, while also providing a framework for broadening and deepening the knowledge and experience of the instructors. The LCIP training provides Lions who have training experience the opportunity to expand their knowledge and demonstrate their training ability, including the opportunity to be evaluated for certification.

Who Qualifies?

Lions who are interested in applying to the LCIP training must meet one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Lions who have experience as a professional trainer or educator for five or more years.
  • Lions who have served as faculty at local Lions trainings (e.g. Regional Lions Leadership Institute, district-level training for club officers, etc.) or conducted Lions training at forums.
  • Lions who have served as FVDG/DGE Seminar Group Leader or Lions Clubs International-directed institute faculty.

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

To help you decide which training is most suitable for you download our Certification Tracks for Classroom Facilitation fact sheet.

Expectations of Lions Certified Instructors:

  1. Facilitate Leadership Development programs at all levels, including but not limited to: Club Officer Trainings, Zone Chairperson Trainings, Regional Lions Leadership Institutes, First and Second Vice District Governor Trainings, Emerging Lions Leadership Institutes, Advanced Lions Leadership Institutes, Faculty Development Institutes, Lions Certified Instructor Program offerings, and additional programs as requested.
  2. Seek opportunity and promote one’s availability and willingness to deliver trainings at all levels, including but not limited to all listed above.
  3. In collaboration with the Global Action Team - Global Leadership Team, provide regular updates to the Leadership Development Division on the status of trainings and training-related needs in your area.


Lions who meet the above qualifications may apply to attend an LCIP training. Applications will be available at least four months prior to the training. If you are interested in applying, please download the application for the training event you are eligible to attend from the list below. Because of the high number of applications received by the organization, acceptance into the training is not guaranteed. Furthermore, attendance does not guarantee certification.

Personal Expense Policy Regarding the LCIP Training

Lions Clubs International will provide meals and lodging according to the schedule of the training. In compliance with board policy, a non-refundable participation fee of US$200.00 will be required to offset a portion of these costs. This fee will be due no less than six weeks prior to the training start date. Please do not send fees until you receive a letter of acceptance to the training. Participants are also responsible for their own transportation and other travel related expenses to and from the training site.

COVID-19 Attendance Guidelines

In the best interest and safety of our Lions and others outside of our organization that we may encounter during travel to and participation in this training, we ask that you consider the guidelines below. 

Before Leaving Home

  • Follow relevant guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), or your local health authority.
  • Adhere to all government issued travel restrictions, quarantine guidelines, and vaccination mandates issued by the region which you will be traveling to and the region you will be traveling from.
  • Continually monitor and evaluate your own health and the health of those people who you are in close contact with.  If you have been in contact with any persons who have tested positive with COVID-19 or who have had symptoms within 14 days prior to your arrival at this event, we ask that you refrain from attendance.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Review the COVID-19 Institute Protocol

2021-2022 Lions Certified Instructor Program Schedule

All dates and locations are subject to change. Please note that application forms are available only in the languages of the institute being conducted in your constitutional area.

Constitutional Area I & II: USA, Affiliates, Bermuda, The Bahamas and Canada

Date: September 13-16, 2021
Location: Des Moines, IA, USA
Languages: English
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2021
Application Link in English

Constitutional Area III: South America, Central America, Mexico, and Islands of the Caribbean Sea

Date: April 22-25, 2022
Location: Lima, Peru
Languages: Spanish, Portuguese
Submission Deadline: January 22, 2022
Application Link in Spanish
Application Link in Portuguese

Constitutional Area IV: Europe

Date: Cancelled
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Languages: English, French, German, Italian
Submission Deadline: Closed

Constitutional Area V: The Orient and Southeast Asia

Date: May 13-16, 2022
Location: Shanghai, China
Languages: English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese
Submission Deadline: February 12, 2022
Application Link in English
Application Link in Korean
Application Link Japanese
Application Link in Simplified Chinese
Application Link in Traditional Chinese

Constitutional Area VI: India, South Asia and the Middle East

Date: March 25-28, 2022
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Languages: English
Submission Deadline: Closed

Constitutional Area VII: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Islands of the South Pacific Ocean

Date: May 20-23, 2022
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Languages: English
Submission Deadline: March 2, 2022
Application Link in English

Constitutional Area VIII: Africa

Date: April 28-May 1, 2022
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Languages: English, French
Submission Deadline: January 28, 2022
Application Link in English
Application Link French

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