Zumba Licence without group ex certification?
A recent question sparked my interest and I investigated. It appears that you can be a Zumba instructor without having training as a group exercise instructor. The Zumba web site only talks about teaching people 'moves'. There is more to know about group exercise than that. I like to hear your opinion.
Now I do have to agree that I feel that some ZUMBA Instructors should get group ex certified. My reasoning for this is because I have seen far to many ZUMBA instructors who are doing high impact aerobics and straying away from the latin dancing.
As far as coming into ZUMBA with a dance background......
I am ZUMBA Licensed, and while I came into it with a dance background I do have experience teaching groups; as well as instructing my students on the proper foot placement etc. I am looking to get certified - because I feel that it will be an added bonus to my repertoire and enhance my skills.
I agree with you that being educated to train groups does make sense. I also see LaRue's point.
I agree with you. I teach Zumba. There is a heated debate going on write now where many Zumba instructors feels that it is not necessary to have a group fitness instructor certification in order to teach Zumba.
I disagree with this position.
Zumba does encourage their licensed instructors to earn a group fitness certification though.
Cross fit would be another example of this and perhaps Jazzercise and Pilates?
We have no enforced standards as an industry, it is still truly up to the individual to maintain
their own, whatever that means!!
Zumba's not unique in the industry for not requiring a group-ex certification. Most agencies that sell CECs will sell them to you without a group-ex certification. TRX. Bokwa. Pound. Bolly-X. Masala Bhangra. And some of the formats that do "require" a group-ex certification in order to teach their format don't enforce it.
instructors and zumba instructors *( which I feel is group exercise) to get certified. A LICENSE is NOT a certification, it is a license, and Zumba will gladly give you a license if you pony up the money for a workshop. I do have several zumba licenses, and I think being certified in addition adds to my credibility as a professional who knows industry standards and safety guidelines.
That being said, there's loads of GREAT Zumba teachers who are not certified but I think that if someone gets hurt you'll have a better chance defending yourself against a lawsuit if you can prove you know safety guidelines.
As a coordinator, I know my boss wants me to hire certified zumba instructors. Certified through ACE, AAFA, SCW in addition to zumba license.