Become a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor

Course Training Requirements

To become a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor (CSI), you must successfully complete:

  • Fit, or Pant Fitting & Sewing PLUS its teacher training, or,
  • the Beginning Fashion Sewing Teacher Training workshop.

Once you complete a workshop and teacher training in the same topic, you may apply to be a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor. This program is designed as a continuing education program so you can constantly better yourself and your skills.

Ongoing Certification Requirements

After applying, to maintain your certification, each year you will need to earn 100 points or Professional Development Units (PDUs) in order to renew your certification.
You can earn additional points for completing additional workshops as follows:
5-day workshops – 50 PDUs 
4-day workshops – 40 PDUs
2-day mini workshops – 20 PDUs.

We will also give you a list of the things you can do to earn PDUs, all of which will help you improve your business (a list can be found in the application/renewal form below). 

Major Benefits to Being a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor (CSI)

Repeat Teacher Training at No Cost

When you repeat any workshop that has teacher training you may repeat the teacher training portion at no additional cost — a $195 savings! We offer this benefit to ensure you maintain your skills and to provide the highest quality education to our students.

Wholesale Pricing on all Palmer/Pletsch Products

CSIs may order Palmer/Pletsch products at wholesale prices from us for resale and personal use.  Please contact us for further information.

Promotion via the Palmer/Pletsch "Find a Teacher" Section of our website.

Get free ongoing promotion and marketing as a Certified Sewing Instructor on our website.  Your name will be listed as well as your city, phone number, and e-mail address.  Students will find you using the area map and they can contact you directly to arrange for instruction. CSIs who are qualified Interfacing Experts enjoy additional directory benefits on our Interfacing Sewing Experts page. To see our teacher listings, please visit the Find A Teacher section of our website.

Advertise Yourself as a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor

Once certified, you are authorized to promote yourself as a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor and we will promote you nationally as a teacher certified in the Palmer/Pletsch System of Sewing.

Become a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor in 2 Easy Steps!

Step 1: Purchase the CSI Renewal for $39.

CSI Application – One Year
Must have completed one Palmer/Pletsch Workshop with Teacher Training

CSI Renewal – One Year
Must send completed PDU form to Palmer/Pletsch


Mail to:


12401 NE 60th Way, Unit A-12

Vancouver, WA 98682

Step 2: Download and Complete the Application / Renewal Form.

Download and fill out the Application/Renewal form, and email, fax or mail it to us at the time of payment. Once you become a Cerfified Sewing Instructor, you will be notified of additional resources available to you.