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Different Ways to Get Certified to Teach Pole

This is the transcript of our Episode 11: Different Ways to Get Certified to Teach Pole from Pole On The Call that aired Thursday, March 17, 2022.

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Cris Rivers and Mændy Mac share some different ways you can advance your pole journey by becoming an instructor. They share their own personal teacher training journeys and offer a plethora of additional resources to help you become the pole coach of your dreams!

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Well hello everyone and welcome to another episode of Pole on the Call! My name is Mændy Mac.

And I am Cris Rivers, and we are here today we’ve got Episode 11!

We’re going to talk about a a bunch of different ways that you can get certified to teach pole.

So let’s say you’ve had the you know, the time of your life taking pole class, and you end up, it really speaks to your heart. And you want to express it to others. And you decide that you want to be a pole teacher! What are some of the things you can do?

Yes I’m sorry you always know when recording from home you have those little side things going on so! Did you mention — you just mentioned why it’s so important? It is so important to get certified because if you’re not certified, then legal action can be taken against you. That is like number one! And it just definitely helps you, how do you say, I know for me learn the basics and really master your craft in order to be able to teach people properly and safely.

I mean I went to college for for dance, and they had lots of pedagogy classes, so I kind of knew how to teach dance, but… The pole teacher training — I thought I knew everything. But really, the pole teacher training had some extra stuff that I didn’t even realize I was missing. So I was really like, thankful for that. And also, not to say that you can’t learn to be a good teacher on your own, or through you know, a mentorship or something like that — and I would always say like you definitely need to do a mentorship. But you know getting to things on your own, you’ll you’ll make it there, but it’ll just take way longer, and you’re gonna miss a bunch of things. So: teacher training!

And then I think a certification is so cool you just have it it’s proof. It’s proof that you actually put that work in, that you actually paid for it, and that you actually went out for it. And it’s also another reason so important, for insurance which covers your ass for safety. A lot some insurances won’t cover you if you’re not certified, so I think it’s important to say that.

Ah let me see. Any other reason that you can think of why it’s so important? I’m sure there are countless reasons that you are all thinking about right now as you listen.

Certification, it’s easy to achieve. Like, I mean I thought I was so badass after I got these certifications you know? You just trained really hard and you’re training with, you know, maybe a group of similar people too. And then you get that certificate! And like Mændy Mac said, you could always learn to be an amazing instructor without a certification if you do like a mentorship but I think the certification, unfortunately now in the world is more professional, more appealing, and more proof that you are qualified to teach. It’s sad to say that, but that’s just how it is. When you go to a studio, usually the first question is, well what certification do you have?

It’s just expected, especially if you’re a new, a new teacher. We want to see that you, you know have at least dedication to like,

At least when I’m hiring a teacher I’m not gonna just like take you if you have no experience and no certification that would mean I have to train you.


But yeah so there’s a number of different certifications, so it’s really easy to, to find one that’s going to work for you. And there’s a number of different ways you can get certified! There is online in person… There’s online, comma, in person…There’s live on your own time, so like on demand, you can just get all the course materials and then do it all like that. And there’s courses all over the world!

Cris and I did a lot of research and we found a really extensive list for you guys! So we’ll post the whole list and we’re gonna talk about a few today!

With that being said there are so many amazing courses out there, but not all of them are sadly the same. Let me not say that! They’re all probably amazing because it is not easy to make a course, but some of them, you will not be able to use in specific states, specific countries, different things like that, just based on accreditations and just their courses. So sometimes you might have to put in that extra work just to check their accreditation and make sure it will be accepted in a wide range of locations. But they are amazing courses! They will, no matter which one you take benefits you, but just keep that in mind that you might have to check to make sure you can use it everywhere at other places so you don’t get stuck unless you want to get stuck.

So true! Yeah and you can always just like research, obviously the website that they have for each each training and and see what kind of accreditation they offer, and if it even matters where you’re going.

Yeah so now that we have our big intro about different types of of training I guess we should go into our personal experiences?

Yes! We could definitely go into that real quick and then go into those awesome classes. Do you want to go into your live experience first, or my online? I guess mine was kind of maybe online/hybrid I don’t really know. I mean you could tell all about the differences because, that yours in particular had a lot of different options?

Yes I took the XPert Fitness and they have certifications for pole, heels, lyra, (aerial hoop), aerial hammock, aerial silk, and flexibility. And then each of those categories have subcategories within them. And it’s widely used and I think it’s from the UK, that’s where the course is from. But you can take it anywhere and it’s pretty widely accepted. They have live options, they have online, and I guess hybrid online. Mine was I guess like an online hybrid. So I got the, I signed up, I paid for the course, I got it all in one little tool. And I had, I was allowed to take as much time as I want.

But at that time I wanted to go, go, because I already knew the basics. I just needed to solidify it all. So I think I did it like this past summer. That quick. And then when I was ready done with the workbook, finished reading the textbook. I had to register for a in-person mentor meeting, so I think that’s where the hybrid came in. So we had an in-person mentor meeting it was a group meeting with people from all over the world and we got to talk and get to know each other. It was freaking fabulous! And we went over our workbook, got our questions answered, got ready for the test and the certification, and then we had to take two parts.

The first one was an in-person certification. No I lied! The first one was a written one. So you take the written one, and then you get your test, like your score, like that. And you know, if you pass, and then you schedule the in-person one for whenever you want. And you can either take that one like a zoom meeting, which is much harder, or you can pre-record it and send it, which was much easier. So I pre-recorded and sent it, but even then I messed up with my, I did the corkscrew spin, and a couple others, and because I did the corkscrew spin on a spin pole instead of a static, I failed that part. So I had to re-submit it, but it was very they were very accepting. They were like, you killed everything else! But because this is not a spin course. This corkscrew spin has to be on static, so can you please submit this part again? And I did. And it was like that. So it wasn’t that bad. And then once I completed it, I got a bunch of discounts to a bunch of different places, and a ten percent discount for my next pole certification with them, and I signed up for my level three and four. And now with this one, as I take it, I am taking my sweet ass time. I think I’ve been taking it for like the last four or five months, and I’m really trying to just master every trick. And hopefully it’ll help me with World Pole. I’ve been like kicking myself in the ass, and like you gotta finish it! But I just been enjoying it.

And yeah that was Xpert fitness online. It was an incredible program. They were awesome, they have so many certifications that you could take, and I’m excited to get certified again with this next level, and then maybe even take their spin pole certification where you do crazy spin tricks and combos! But yeah! What about you Mændy?

Yes, no that that sounds so amazing! Like I said that the Xpert, our teachers at Pole in the Wall have the Xpert Fitness Certification and I really liked, I mean what I saw from you guys, from the the training and what you might have to send in, so it seems like a really good one! And just the fact that you can like, do it in your own time. And I like that you mentioned that, because also being a pole teacher is a journey, and the the training should never stop! So just always looking to you know, up your game! And you don’t have to do everything right away. You can take your whole life to to finish your certifications. But as long as you keep learning, that’ll be really really good.

But yeah! That was a an online, hybrid sort of experience, live interactive somebody was like there for you, but not like totally in person.

Yeah it definitely was. It was it was cool, it was neat. I liked it yeah. Yeah, live! Which I can’t wait to hear about that!

Yeah so I knew I wanted to be a pole teacher, but you know, I'm kind of like, I’m a procrastinator. And I was like online and the elevatED training had an ad, and it was like, get all of these three trainings for this one low price! And I was like you know what? I’m gonna do it! I’m gonna sign up for these! And I signed up!

And it was for three separate courses. I signed up for pole level one, pole level two, and flexibility. And all three of the trainings were three separate months, and it was three days long for eight hours a day. And I was so excited because I got to go to Body & Pole which is amazing, I got to stay in New York City and meet all these wonderful amazing polers that I had always seen on instagram, and get experience, you know teaching from them. And yeah! It was just really incredible! And it was actually life-changing. And just the, you know, you get these big thick textbooks full of like, you know all the tricks you could ever imagine. And like tips on how to spot for them, and just, I appreciate it.

I’m really a hands-on person so I appreciated the hands-on experience of you know, learning how to teach other people pole dance. Because I had taught people dance before, but this was like a whole other ball game you know? Things I didn’t even think about, like I said, came out in the teacher training, that I was so appreciative of! Not only just for the classroom stuff, but for like overall studio stuff. And it helped me get the knowledge to eventually open a studio. So yeah! It was just really really good.

And also like, I, the flex training was not something that I was interested in or knew anything about. And then once I took that flex training, once again it changed my whole entire life! And yeah that’s one of my main things now is to teach active flexibility, I just love it so much.

Yeah! So go for all! Like the trainings, I would highly recommend an in-person training if you are a hands-on person. Yeah there were like 20 people in our class, so the the final exam was was very long. And we had to spot every single person in the class, and like you know go through everything everyone and critique everyone and it was just really good for me, and for everyone else in the class too!

I love it one day I’ll have to try in person experience. I’m just like, I like to do things on my time.

I need to be forced to! Like this is your deadline. You’re doing this now!

Yes I completely understand that! But I am glad you mentioned that they had hands on teaching. Because I, with Xpert Fitness, I didn’t say, they did give us videos to teach us the spotting techniques and stuff, which was cool! Which was also very important. So I am glad you mentioned that, because I completely forgot that. Sounds like you had like a beautiful, incredible experience! And three classes for like one! Oh envious!

Yeah there were really long, long, long days but it was… so it was just, it was like, I don’t know — it was the best experience. It was like summer camp. I loved it!

And the the good thing about the evevatED — I don’t know probably Xpert does this too — but I don’t know elevatED has like a a facebook group, so there’s always support for all of the teachers that have graduated from the programs. And you can like they also send emails, I think they have like an online thing too, where you can just continue your education with them, and stuff like that. So I appreciate that as well.

That is awesome! I think Xpert Fitness allows you access to all the material. I don’t know about a facebook group. I do know you can get support from them anytime if you email them with questions and stuff, but that sounds awesome for you.

Yeah sometimes they’ll post like fun games you can play with your students, stuff like that.

Yeah that is awesome! Oh my god but I guess that will get into our list!

So our list, it was longer than I had ever imagined, which is amazing!

Yes there’s more certifications than I actually thought about, because when I signed up it was you who passed the link to me, and then when we decided to do this episode I was looking for a list, and I was like holy!

So the next part we’re going to go into won’t be as detailed as we just were, because we don’t really have much experience. These are different certifications that we do want to introduce to you and we’re going to give you access to in the links below. If these certifications, listen out! And you’re looking for affiliate partners, hit us up at Pole on the Call!

We are currently not partners with anyone, but this is important information for you to have! So let us begin with that. This list is not a full list, perhaps missing some things…

Yeah yeah and it’s not really detailed neither because we don’t know much about them, we just know what they get into, and what they offer. So you want to go first?

Yeah so I my list is shorter, I’ll go! I’ll start with the ones that offer just basic pole training for like tricks, and the different levels.


elevatED (US & worldwide) Live in person

XPert (US & worldwide) Live in person, online live, and online in your own time

MyPoleSpace (Russia) Online on your own time (Russian only)

Pole Fitness Alliance (US & worldwide) Live in person, online live, and online in your own time

Spin City (UK) Live in person, online live, and online in your own time

Pole People (UK)