I'm near-new to PoA but have been searching/reading here quite a bit and it feels like home already. I tried (really!) to make this shorter but ... I'm getting back into flying and hopefully instructing after a very long break. All my kit is well past stale-date -- CPL, instrument, CFI, AGI. Not to mention after getting all my tickets I barely used them before getting distracted by my non-aviation career and thus dropped the mic on flying for 20+ years. I did renew just my CPL 8 years ago but didn't fly after that. Call it a midlife crisis checkbox at 50. I've got my CPL renewal under way now and need only a couple more flights to finish. So now if I want to instruct, it seems maybe I should up my expired CFI to a CFII. Is this just like starting over for my CFI plus adding all the instrument knowledge/flight requirements? I've read a few times here that it's not as "involved" as the original CFI? That some elements of the test are not required for a renewal? I've read both PTS's and the CFII seems like half the CFI (73 pages vs 188), but the differences are still murky to me. The chart on p.20 of the CFII PTS is confusing. I remember my own CFI experience just enough to not want to repeat if necessary. Even our local DPE said "At least you won't have to ever do that again!". But perhaps since I didn't stay current, I may have to? Or are there any reasons to get my IFR renewed first, then do the CFII? I know getting back into both instrument flying and instruction may initially uncage my gyros. My priority is of course to be a fabulous instructor, but if one path is more financially or otherwise advantageous, it would be nice to know the pros and cons. My location has a limited availability of CFIs and aircraft, and so far scheduling has been a bit problematic. I know from experience that if my training drags it'll be frustrating and more expensive. Perhaps I should consider bucking up and going to a flight school for a couple weeks and knock it all out? The thought of dealing with a 141 and all the variables there doesn't exactly give me warm fuzzies. Any other ideas on my situation? BTW I'm flying with BasicMed for now since I understand I can instruct with it and don't plan to do charters, etc. for the foreseeable future. Thanks in advance.