Welcome to the Application Process for Admission to the

Rolfing® Structural Integration Certification Program

These steps will guide you through the admissions process:

Before you apply to the Rolfing Certification Program, you will need to have the following documents:
  • A High School diploma or recognized equivalent.
  • One of the following:
    1. An official academic transcript, equivalent to an AA degree or occupational certificate, showing at least 60 credit hours at an institution of adult or higher education.
    2. Documentation of a minimum of four years of equivalent career experiences and professional accomplishments.
  • A federal- or state-issued ID and solo headshot photograph (for identification purposes).
  • International Students only: Copy of passport ID page and TOEFL test scores.
  • A resume of professional experience.
  • Three professional reference letters (1-2 pages maximum length).

International Students enrolling in Boulder, CO only: Please indicate the need for an I-20/M-1 Visa and submit your completed application, including a copy of your passport ID page and official TOEFL scores, no later than 60 days prior to the class start date.

Note: Only students attending the Rolfing Certification Program in Boulder, CO are eligible to receive an I-20/M-1 Visa.

Admission Requirements also include:

  • Non-refundable $50 Enrollment Application fee ($100 for students enrolled in South Africa, which includes the Administrative fee).
    • The fee will be refunded if the student is not admitted or has not signed an enrollment agreement.
  • Verification of having received a complete Rolfing Ten-Series from a Certified Rolfer. DIRI reserves the right to require a physician's release for any student.
  • Approval of an application and required enrollment forms.
  • A written 2-3 page personal life experience essay.
For Students applying for the Regional Certification Program, or who plan to transfer hours into the Rolfing Certification Program you will need to have the additional following documents:
  • Proof of completion of a minimum 250-hour bodywork program.
    • Students must submit an official transcript that shows at least 47 hours of Anatomy, 21 hours of Physiology, 45 hours of Massage or other approved touch training, and 15 hours of Therapeutic Relationship.
  • 50 documented hours of post-graduate massage practice experience or comparable clinical experience.

Students study Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Physiology from the distinct perspective of Rolfing SI. All students must pass the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute's Life Sciences Exam to advance to Phase II.

Military Veterans, Spouses, and Dependents enrolling in Boulder, CO only: The Rolf Institute® is approved by the Colorado State Approving Agency for Veterans Education and Training benefits.

  • You will be asked to provide a copy of your DD-214 and/or Certificate of Eligibility to the Financial Aid office.
  • Veterans using Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits will be required to obtain approval from their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor prior to enrolling in the program.

Please be advised that because DIRI is a Non-College Degree (NCD) School, students using Chapter 33 VA Education Benefits will exhaust between 12 and 12 ½ months for this program. For more information contact the VA Education Benefits Hotline at 888-442-4551.

Note: Only students attending the Rolfing Certification Program in Boulder, CO are eligible to use their Veteran's Education Benefits.

Click Here to check eligibility requirements with the VA.Click Here to Apply for VA Education Benefits.


DIRI is also a participant in the Federal Financial Aid Title IV funds program. We are approved to administer the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Student Loans. For more information on Federal Aid, or to speak with our Financial Aid Department, call 303-449-5903, ext 107, or email for more information and details.


This institution has AGREED to Executive Order 13607 "Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members"

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

  • Complete the Prospective Student Application Form.
    • Students attending in South Africa will need to contact the Director of Admissions at to begin the Application Process. 
  • Pay the Application Fee.
  • Receive your username and temporary password by email (the temporary password will expire if not changed).
  • Go to the Canvas Learning Management System, using the link from the email, to start the Admissions Process course.
  • Read the online instructions.
  • Complete and/or submit the requested forms.
Note: The Admissions Process is structured like an online class where the requirements are structured like assignments.
  • Alert the Director of Admissions stating that your application is complete
  • Wait to be notified of the status of your application.
  • Read student policies provided within the Admissions Course, including the Student Code of Conduct, Copyright Infringement, DIRI Drug & Alcohol Policy, and FERPA.
  • Ask any remaining questions.
  • Receive the Enrollment Agreement from the Director of Admissions.
  • Return to the Admissions Process course on Canvas and upload the completed Enrollment Agreement to the respective assignment in the Enrollment Module.
  • Receive registration links from the Director of Admissions.
  • Enroll in your phases using the online registration system and the provided links. Pay the deposits ($900 total for the 731-hour Rolfing Certification Program in Boulder, CO; $300 total for the 600-hour Regional Rolfing Certification Program.)
  • Return to the Admissions Process course and complete the Registration Confirmation form, entering your invoice numbers in the text boxes for your phases.