Certification FAQ

While instructors of all abilities and backgrounds will benefit greatly from attending Barre Forte Teacher Training, experience instructing Pilates, yoga, dance, and/or barre is preferred. While attendees are not required to hold current CPR or Group Fitness Certifications to attend Barre Forte, both are required in order to obtain continuing education units from ACE and AFAA. While not all barre studios require their instructors to have CPR and group fitness certifications, they should, so plan to get yours, before instructing, whether required from your employer or not.

Yes! Barre Forte Teacher Training has been approved by American Council on Exercise (ACE) and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) as a continuing education provider, meaning that Barre Forte Teacher Training qualifies you to receive continuing education credits for attending Barre Forte from both nationally recognized organizations.

A barre instructor instructs barre classes to the general fitness seeker, while a master barre instructor teaches other students to instruct barre and must be approved as a master barre trainer by any organization recognizing the certification program as a continuing education provider.

Whatever you want! Barre Forte alumni have ventured into many exciting and challenging endeavors. Some have opened barre studios, some have begun instructing barre for national yoga and fitness studios, while others have brought barre to already established Pilates studios, rec centers, country clubs, and dance studios. Some Barre Forte alumni seek to learn only for themselves, and yet others have simply integrated the principles of barre into personal training or general group fitness classes. The possibilities are endless! Feel free to call us and discuss your personal goals. We’ll help point you in the right direction, even if that excludes Barre Forte. We remember how confusing beginning a fitness career can be, and we’re happy to give you honest advice about where to start.

Our students have varied backgrounds, strengths, and interests, yet are united in their passion to learn more about barre workouts. A typical Barre Forte Teacher Training might include soon to be barre studio owners, yoga studio owners, personal trainers, group fitness instructors, yoga teachers, barre instructors, pole instructors, and general fitness enthusiasts.

You should. Barre Forte Teacher Training emphasizes safety specific to barre workouts. Some studios do not require their instructors to hold group fitness or personal training certifications. While this may be the case for a studio you instruct at or plan to instruct at, you should plan to obtain a group fitness and/or personal training certification. Both are necessary to understanding general fitness principles that are important for keeping your students safe.

No. There is no ongoing certification dues or licensing agreements to maintain your Barre Forte certification. Many certifications will require that you only instruct their format, their music, and use their name to promote your barre program. We’ll show you how to instruct to a proven and effective format, but you’ll have great freedom to use that format exclusively or in conjunction with other programs you choose.

Barre Forte has two ways in which they can bring a certification to your studio. 1.) Host a private certification exclusively for your staff 2.) Host an open certification at your studio. Barre Forte will provide you with marketing materials to attract students in your area, and will provide pr, online and social media marketing to promote the event. Depending on the number of students who attend the certification, you will receive discounted and/or free certifications for your staff. Requirements to hosting an open certification at your studio: Ability to host at least 18 Barre Forte students Your partnership in promoting the event Wall or floor mounted ballet barres and other essential barre equipment.

A large franchise may have different requirements for instructing at their studios than an independently owned barre studio or other facility that hosts barre classes. We recommend contacting a few of the studios you are interested in instructing for to ask about their requirements. We recommend, that whether your desired place of employment requires you to hold a group certification or not, that you do obtain a group fitness certification and/or personal training certification. Depending on where you want to receive your barre training, you may be required to receive your certification prior to attending the training. While Barre Forte does not require you to receive a group fitness or personal training certification before attending Barre Forte, either would be required to instruct in our home studios, and both provide a good foundation for understanding the body alignment and safety principles we discuss during our certification program. Regardless of where you choose to instruct, obtain a CPR and AED certification. Most often, you will be required to hold a current CPR/AED certification before attending a group fitness or personal training certification. Assuming you plan to use your certification to instruct barre, rather than for personal use, we recommend receiving your CPR/AED certification, then your group fitness or personal training certification, and then your barre certification.

You and/or your facility will need to hold a commercial liability policy specific to the fitness industry. If you are independently contracted with the facility you instruct for, you must obtain your own insurance policy. If you are an employee of the facility you instruct for, you may be covered under their commercial policy. Be sure to ask them. Our home studios hold commercial liability coverage and require instructors to hold a liability policy.