choose the right instructor certification course.
There are many things to consider when choosing a program and
not all of the same things apply to everyone. What is right for
one person may not be right for another.
Certification courses are primarily offered in two different
formats – one is teaching you how to teach and build your own
program and the other is teaching you how to teach their
Certification courses are just as important for experienced pole
dance instructors as for inexperienced ones. As an experienced
instructor you likely would not pass up the opportunity to train
with a pro – and the people who teach (good) instructor
certification courses are recognized pros in what they do best,
teaching pole dance.
Consider taking different certification courses. Every other
professional industry does this. You will often see that most
fitness professionals have several certifications and licenses
behind their names…as pole instructors so should we!
Other points to consider and questions to ask about a program:
What is the background and experience of the person who
authored and is presenting the course?
Is that background relevant to training someone how to
teach pole or are they just great pole dancers themselves?
Being a great dancer doesn’t mean you can teach!
Does the author keep himself or herself up to date by taking
other programs and classes to continue their own education and
Is there more than one presenter and if so what are the
What is the length of the course is the course and what type
of information do you review in that amount of time?
Are several levels covered in the same amount of time as
another course covers just one level? This may be fine if you
feel you really don’t need all that training but consider how
much content the longer course has and what you may be
What is the cost of the program and is it relative to the
experience of the presenter, the number of hours of
training and the amount of course content in the program?
Is the program recognized by a respected fitness organization
This will not mean that the program was reviewed by pole dance
professionals who understand any of the concepts of pole
dancing and therefore might even have some content which is
not safe or correct in relation to pole dancing.
However, it does mean that this program has passed the
standards of a well planned and thoroughly designed course
based on their organization’s standards.
Is the program recognized by a respected pole dance
organization (or authored by one) in which recognized pole
professionals have reviewed the content for appropriate pole
Is the program a certification
program or is it providing a certificate of completion?
Certification courses are approved by a third party provider
considered an expert in the field. Examples of such providers
would include but are not limited to The Pole Fitness
Association, The Pole Dance Community and the US Pole Dance
What are the pre-requisites to the program you are
considering? Are they too easy to meet?
Are there different levels to the program based on the
participants’ experience or do they allow all levels of
experience to participate in the same group?
What are the renewal requirements for ongoing certification?
What is provided in ongoing support, perks, classes or other
services after you complete your
program? Do you now have a resource and mentor to go to?
Is the presenter available for a phone interview or
consistently available by email to answer your questions about
What is the criteria for passing this program? Is it something
YOU can be proud of? Do you just pay and walk out with a
"certification" or do you have to prove your abilities through
thorough and fair testing?
Does the program offer an opportunity for teaching with the
studio or offering the training program itself?
about the difference between certifications, a certificate of
completion and continuing education can be found on the ACE
While it is the
opinion of ACE that only NCCA and ANSI are qualified to
recognize a certification program, neither has a recognized
board of professionals who are proficient in pole dancing. They
are both based in the traditional fitness industry of personal
trainers and group exercise professionals, etc.
Obviously other fields have certification programs which are not
recognized by NCCA - health care for example. However, the
points made about what determines the difference between
certification, education, CEUS, and certificate of completion
are explained well on the above link.
With that in mind, at
this time the pole industry has it's own groups to recognize and
sanction pole dance certifications like the Pole Dance Community
and the Pole Fitness Association, however from a fitness
perspective, achieving such recognition from the traditional
fitness industry also has it's own benefits.
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