The Estill Voice Training® community includes over 850 certified members in more than 33 countries, each with unique artistic specializations and interests spanning vocal performance, education, and rehabilitation. Our rigorous certification standards ensure that all of our members have demonstrated expertise in Estill Voice Training.
Estill Voice Training Certification Levels
Estill Figure Proficiency (EFP)
Everybody starts with Estill Figure Proficiency
The EFP is earned by demonstrating the basic options for voice control taught in Estill Voice Training Level One and Two Courses.
Estill Master Trainer (EMT)
Many EFPs move on to Estill Master Trainer
The EMT is earned by demonstrating basic knowledge of Estill Voice Training Content, advanced proficiency in the EVT Voiceprint protocol and hand signals, and effective training of individuals learning the EVT Figures and Qualities.
Estill Mentor & Course Instructor (EMCI)
Some EMTs aspire to Estill Mentor & Course Instructor
The EMCI earns the privilege to present public courses in Estill Voice Training and commits to “training the trainers”, playing a vital role in the certification process as coach, examiner, and mentor.
Where Do I Start?
The Certification-at-a-Glance, Version 5.0 has been edited for process clarification purposes and outlines minimum fees.
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1. Attend a Level One and Two Course
When people hear about the power and effectiveness of Estill Voice Training, they want to become Certified as soon as possible. But, taking a course is Step One! The more courses you attend, the more you will learn. Estill Voice Training includes the theoretical understanding of the Estill Voice Model (the “book learning” of the anatomy, physiology, and acoustics of voice production), AND the motor learning of the Figures and Qualities (can you demonstrate these throughout your range?).
2. Practice the Figures for Voice Control and Six Qualities
Practice the Figures and Qualities for a few minutes every day. Use the Figures in a Flash and Estill Voiceprint Plus to enhance your practice routine. And, sign up for many courses by many instructors to increase your brain and voice skills.
3. Find an Estill Mentor & Course Instructor for EFP Testing
You can study Estill Voice Training and coach with either an Estill Master Trainer or an Estill Mentor & Course Instructor. When you are ready to take the Estill Voiceprint Protocol examination for the Estill Figure Proficiency, you must find an EMCI to administer this examination. You must pass off on all the tasks in the Voiceprint Protocol within 3 attempts.. The exam takes less than an hour for the well-prepared applicant. Each EMCI sets his or her own fee for EFP Testing (minimums are suggested by EVI and listed in the Certification-at-a-Glance)
4. “Sign Up” in the Estill Certification Center to “Register for EFP Testing”
When you are ready to Register for Estill Figure Proficiency Testing, click HERE. This link will take you to our Certification Center where you can “Sign Up”. You must “Register for EFP Testing” before you meet with your examiner. This process enters you into the Estill Voice International certification registry and gives you access to the EVT Representative Extranet. This will facilitate getting your name onto EstillVoice.com once you earn that Estill Figure Proficiency!
Earning the EFP qualifies you to move on towards becoming a Estill Master Trainer. Consult the Certification Manual and browse the EVT Representative Extranet to learn all the steps to take.
Becoming an EVI-certified teacher is a personal journey that always begins with attending a Course. These courses are offered all over the world and in a variety of formats, from 5-day intensives to weekend study spread over several months. You can search for upcoming courses by clicking here. You may also consider reaching out to a Estill Master Trainer or Estill Mentor and Course Instructor to learn more about studying Estill Voice Training at a distance. Many of our of our instructors are available online through platforms like Skype and Google Hangouts. You can find out more by searching our directory of Estill Certified Instructors here.
It may be possible for you to study with a certified instructor at a distance via remote platforms such as Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangouts, but online lessons will not fulfill the course attendance requirements for certification. You can find out more by searching our directory of Estill Certified Instructors here. You may also consider beginning your Estill Voice Training journey by traveling to attend a Level One Course. These courses take place all over the world, with new offerings being added to our list of upcoming courses every day.
Estill Figure Proficiency – for anyone who wants to demonstrate that they can do all the figures and qualities
Estill Master Trainer – for those who want to teach the figures and qualities in a private studio, clinic, or office
Estill Mentor and Course Instructor – train the trainers, mentor others in the certification program, and teach the official Level 1 & 2 courses
“Why am I an Estill Voice Training practitioner? Obviously, I respect the quality of Jo Estill’s research. She has produced a systematic approach to voice training that I have used successfully for the past twenty-two years in my work with undergraduate singers. It is one thing for Jo Estill to have been named one of the most significant voice scientists in the world today. She joins the ranks of many such gifted scientists. However, it is quite another thing to have fine tuned her research in such a way as to offer singers a disciplined approach that meets the demands of the profession today; namely, the ability to sing a variety of voice qualities with confidence, endurance, and artistic sensitivity. My colleagues and I think so highly of Jo Estill’s work that we have developed a four-year undergraduate voice curriculum using her published materials. There is no greater “testimony” as to the trust we have in this approach to the training of the singing voice than to offer it to the next generation as a foundation for their professional careers.”
“I wanted to write and thank you for such a great weekend and such a fascinating course. I was enthralled by the entire concept and approach. You also really gave me something that I needed at that moment and I’m grateful. My season of marathon singing began last weekend and I had a chance to put what I had learned to some very practical use. And it worked beautifully. I’m finding all sorts of new places and colours and choices. And the public reaction was immediate to what I was doing! Yow!”
“40,000 people at Jamboree in the Hills waited, but I didn’t step on stage until I finished my Estill Voice Exercises I sing daily with my IPod. After my rousing vocal performance, those 40,000 people transformed into 40,000 cheering fans!”