Did you know there's a Crochet Guild of America?
Did you know you can become a certified Master Crocheter?
Different ways to start your work,the importance of gauge, special stitches like extended/linked, various textured stitches, creating advanced decorative stitches with just the written pattern, creating motifs, and final touches like edges and weaving in ends.
It sounds challenging but not impossible by any means, I already know the vast majority of what they test, just by teaching myself. And speaking of teaching...
I also want to become a certified crochet teacher through the Craft Yarn Council in association with the Fashion Institute of Technology's Center for Professional Studies. This consists of three levels, with a certification upon completion of each level.
Level I - Instructor requires you to complete the coursework and complete 15 hours of student teaching, qualifying you to teach beginner's classes.
Level II - Teacher requires you to complete the next level's coursework and another 15 hours of student teaching.
Level III - Professional requires you to once again complete the level's coursework, an additional 20 hours of student teaching, create your own crocheted garment, and complete a graded teaching demonstration and written exam.
On top of this, you have a six month limit to complete each level or there are additional fees.
I am totally drooling over all of this! Let's not even bring up the workshops and events associated with the aforementioned groups. Are you certified? Would you pay for it? Tell me all about it in the comments!