Diplomate Certification


Diplomate Certification Process

Appropriately qualified Gonstead Ambassadors will be advised by the board that they are eligible to apply for Diplomate examination.


To qualify for Diplomate certification the candidate must:-
* Hold active financial membership in GCS (Aust) Inc.

* Have previously attended ten Gonstead Seminars.

* Have practised Gonstead technique at least four years full time as a registered Chiropractor.

* Confirm that a 100% adherence to Gonstead system of Chiropractic is maintained and is the Chiropractic adjusting technique utilized in the practice, using a full set of Gonstead equipment (adjusting tables, scope and x-rays).

* Provide written references from at least two parties, where one must be from each of the GCS Board, a Diplomate or a Fellow

* Have attended at least one seminar in the year prior to which the application is lodged.



Qualifying candidates, who wish to participate in the Diplomate examination process will be sent an application form. Candidates will need to submit the following with their application; 

* A copy of their complete and current resume via email

* Two references

* A digital photo of themselves via email

* An application fee of $250 (GST inclusive)

* The application is to be sent to the secretary of the GCS Australia.

* The secretary will notify them that their application was received and accepted.  



The first step will be for the candidate to write a mock examination paper with answers, to illustrate their Gonstead knowledge. This is similar to module 3 in the Ambassador course, but expected to be of a higher standard, incorporating questions about heel lifts, spinal fractures, case management involving the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous systems, adjusting technique, management of acute patients, assessment and management of pregnant and paediatric cases and x-ray knowledge.


The paper is to consist of:

* 30 multiple choice Q’s

* 12 short answer Q’s (less than 20 words)

* 5 long answer Q’s (greater than 20 words)

The paper when completed should be sent to the co-ordinator of the Diplomate programme (GCS vice president) which will be forwarded to the Fellows for examination.

The next step will be for the candidate to write a case study in the same format as utilized by the AJC. Examples can been seen on the website  www.gonstead.com.au  

Both the mock examination paper and case study must be submitted to the GCS V.P. no later than 30 days prior to the designated examination date. At the examination candidates will be required to answer questions on their case study.

Candidates are then required to sit a theory exam consisting of multiple choice, short answer and long answer questions, venue to be arranged.

The next step in the examination procedure is the practical component. The practical component will be examined by at least 2 Gonstead Fellows.

For the examination you must bring an instrument, skin-marking pencil, Film-marking pencil, a parallel ruler and eraser will also be required.

Set-ups on 10 listings will be required, verbalising the process to explain preferred adjusting method/technique for that patient, contact points, line of correction, torque (if required) and stabilisation.  

At least one patient evaluation will be required, with actual adjustments to be given based on the case history, palpation, instrumentation and X-Ray findings. However, if the designated patient is likely to only require a single adjustment, then a second patient will be required. Examiners are expecting to see adjustments delivered to all primary sections of the spine (cervical: chair, thoracic, lumbar and pelvic/sacral).  The applicant will have no knowledge of the patient’s condition prior to the examination.  The candidate is to demonstrate their efficiency by completing each patient assessment and adjustment tasks within 15 minutes.  

It is anticipated that you would be available as a subject patient for other candidates.  With this in mind you will need to provide a current set of your spinographs, with the line drawing completed. If digital images are to be presented then the applicant will be required to bring a lap top computer or iPad, which will have the images with their line drawings clearly visible.

An interview with Fellows will be used to assess the applicant’s conceptual understanding of Gonstead technique system and their mode of practice. Candidates will be asked to explain one or more fundamental aspects of the Gonstead Technique to the examiners.

The pass mark required from the theory sections is 75 %.The overall pass mark required from the total practical assessment procedures is 90 %. 

Only those components not passed must be reassessed at a later date, and the candidate will ensure coaching as to areas they may need to improve in, to reach the standard required of a Diplomate.



Diplomate status must be renewed annually below is a summary of what is required.

1. Write a Case Study for presentation on Diplomate Day which occurs at the Gonstead seminar in the last weekend of August each year presented by the international seminar staff. The deadline for this submission is one month prior to the seminar.-Case Study details see below.

2. Attend and assist at one seminar per year conducted by GCS (Aust).  One of the roles of Diplomates is being available to assist in technique instruction at each of our seminars.  Participants in technique classes need assistance and critical evaluation so that they learn from the class and improve their technical skills.

3. Organise and run a workshop suitable for the target audience. 

4. Be available to help mentor Ambassador Candidates through the learning and examination process.

Case Study

The case study should delineate clearly how the Gonstead System of Chiropractic was utilised to successfully correct a subluxation in order to remove the nerve interference that was causing the patient’s presenting signs, symptoms and ill health.  This does not necessarily mean unusual and/or bizarre case material or miraculous outcomes.  Be aware that your audience for these case studies is the general membership of the Society and the greater Chiropractic population.

The purpose of the study is to demonstrate your knowledge in the application of the Chiropractic principles using the Gonstead System of Chiropractic.

The case study can be of a single patient presentation, the findings of a number of presentations in your clinic all pertaining to the same subluxation or a number of cases of the same condition with varying subluxation/correction etc. 

The case study needs to be submitted as a “Microsoft Word” document in a format compatible with that of the Chiropractic Journal of Australia (CJA).  Please review the document “Information for Authors” from CJA, which is available on the website www.chiropractors.asn.au (go to “Publications”).  Please pay particular attention to the format for listing references.  

Include in your case report all or most of the following categories:

1. Title, Author and Date

2. Abstract

3. Introduction

4. Case History

5. Clinical Findings/Assessments

6. Radiographic Examination

7. Chiropractic Diagnosis

8. Treatment

9. Results

10. Discussion

11. Conclusion

12. References 


To ensure efficient management of the editorial process, please follow the steps below:

1. Name your file with the following information: GCS Case Study, the year of submission, authors name any version number if applicable.  The filename you assign to your word document needs to give the fellows some indication of the purpose, title, author and draft number without them having to open the file to get that information.  Please use the following format:  ‘dcs.asthma.jasonpatterson.2013.v1’ which will be interpreted to mean ‘diplomate case study about asthma by Jason Patterson, 2013, version 1’.

2. Digital images of any radiographs are to be inserted into the MS Word document preferably under the heading Radiographic examination.  If you are unable to insert any images into the document, please name each image file with the information as above i.e. dcs.asthma.jasonpatterson.2013.lateral spine.

Please note that it is your responsibility to edit your case before submission to the Secretary.  The Fellows have indicated that they will reject any cases that do not meet the minimum requirements above and that contain obvious spelling, grammatical and formatting errors.  Vigilance is requested and it is suggested by the Fellows that you have a lay third party read your case to see that you “make sense”.  It would also be of value to have a Chiropractor/Diplomate colleague read it to provide suggestions.

Each case study will be retained in order to provide a source of papers for our newsletter and potential display on our website.