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- DO I NEED ANY PRIOR CERTIFICATION TO BECOME AN ESSENTRICS® INSTRUCTOR?
No. Our Teacher Training program provides you with the education and support you need to succeed, no matter your prior experience. To complete Level 3, you are required to take an anatomy / physiology course or provide us with proof of one previously attended. We offer a list of reasonably priced online anatomy courses that you may choose from.
- I HAVE NEVER TAUGHT BEFORE, I AM NOT FLEXIBLE AND AM NOT SURE I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO TEACH A FITNESS CLASS. CAN I STILL SIGN UP?
Absolutely. Essentrics® is for everybody. We encourage and welcome people of all fitness levels, experience and age to join our Teacher Training program. Some of our best instructors do not have any previous dance or fitness training and have thrived teaching Essentrics®. As you learn to teach your first Pre-Choreographed Workout in Level 1, your body will rapidly become much more flexible, strong, and balanced. Your movements will become more fluid and natural as you progress, and you will gain coordination and body awareness as you go. It is our job to provide you with the tools you need to succeed – no matter where you want to take the technique and what your starting point is.
- CAN I PURCHASE THE MATERIAL AND/OR ATTEND THE LIVE TEACHER TRAININGS AND WORKSHOPS FOR PERSONAL INTEREST, EVEN IF I DO NOT PLAN ON TEACHING ESSENTRICS®?
Absolutely. Many people join our program and take our LTT’s and workshops for personal interest. You will enjoy applying what you have learned to get the most of your workouts at home, and may even develop a passion for teaching. No matter your intention, they are very rewarding experiences that we encourage anyone to partake in.
- CAN I SHARE MY CERTIFICATION MATERIALS (MANUALS, PCWS, RESOURCES) WITH ANOTHER INSTRUCTOR OR TRAINEE?
No, you cannot. All Certification Materials (written or recorded; ie. Manuals, DVDs, PCWs and other resources) are for individual use and may not be shared with anyone else, whether or not they are enrolled in the Certification program.
We ask that Instructors wishing to learn the program purchase their own copies of any Certification related materials. This will ensure that all Instructors and trainees get the most out of their education and reach their full teaching potential.
- IS THERE A TIME LIMIT TO COMPLETE THE ESSENTRICS® CERTIFICATION?
Each level takes approximately 3–9 months to complete, with the entire certification taking approximately 18 months – 2 years. We provide you with a time management study guide for each Level that we recommend following for best results, though you are free to set your own pace to fit your schedule. Please note that to be listed on our instructor webpage and maintain your certification you must complete 1 level / year.
- ARE THERE REQUIREMENTS TO MAINTAIN MY ESSENTRICS® CERTIFICATION?
You must complete 1 level / year and purchase two Pre-Choreographed Workouts annually to maintain your active instructor status and be listed on our website. This sets a global standard for Essentrics which reflects that our instructors are staying current with information as they learn the technique, while adding class routines to their repertoire. Upon completing all 4 Levels and the final exam, we have a simple credit system for our instructors to abide by on an annual basis. We are always looking to work with our instructors and will absolutely consider extenuative circumstances if they should arise.
- WHAT IS THE EXAM PROCESS TO BECOME CERTIFIED?
Each Level entails a written and practical exam portion and completion of required teaching hours (your Apprentice hours). For the exact breakdown of each Level’s exam requirements, please click here: + CURRICUCULUM CHART PAGE LINK: with direct link to “evaluation process” tab from L1 chart.
- WHAT IS THE COST TO BECOME CERTIFIED?
Please refer to our certification curriculum overview chart for full details and breakdown. + CURRICUCULUM CHART PAGE LINK with appropriate tab open: “pre-requisites and fees tab” from OVERVIEW section of chart
- CAN I BECOME FULLY CERTIFIED WITHOUT ATTENDING ANY LIVE TEACHER TRAININGS OR WORKSHOPS?
Yes. Our distance learning program offers extensive support tools and an interactive experience with our Master Trainers and Head Office that will help you succeed as a confident and knowledgeable instructor from the comfort of your home. Attending Live Trainings and workshops at any point of your teacher training is highly encouraged and recommended if possible.
- WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ATTENDING LIVE TEACHER TRAININGS?
The hands-on experience is invaluable. There is no substitute for the knowledge that you will acquire about yourself and the technique while surrounded by your peers and Master Trainers. Class tricks and pointers, cuing, tempo, musicality, perfecting the angles of the body, and personalized corrections and instructions are a handful of long-lasting benefits that you will take home. If you can make it happen, absolutely go for it. Attending a live training at any point in your certification goes a long way towards helping you become a much better instructor (though not necessary to be successful). For more information and to check out our upcoming Live Teacher Trainings click here +LINK TO LTT PAGE
- WILL I GET CERTIFIED UPON ATTENDING A LIVE TEACHER TRAINING?
No. It takes a certain amount of time to learn the material and apply the knowledge from the LTT’s into your classes. It is the quality of our certification program that ensures that all Essentrics® instructors are of the same high caliber across the globe. You will receive credits towards your Apprentice teaching hours for the Level you attend.
- WHEN CAN I START TEACHING ESSENTRICS® CLASSES?
You learn to teach right away as part of your Level 1 training. As soon as you memorize the one-hour Pre-Choreographed Workout (PCW) from your Level 1 package, you can begin teaching your 30 Apprentice hours to whomever you like. Once you have passed Level 1, you will gain access to all of our PCW’s which provide you with a variety of routines to teach your students. It is at this point that you can remove “Apprentice” from your class and instructor title and begin to use “Essentrics®” exclusively.
- HOW DO I FIND STUDENTS FOR MY APPRENTICE CLASSES AND WHERE DO I TEACH THEM?
We provide you with all the details necessary for this step in your Level 1 certification package. You are free to hold your classes anywhere you like – from a private home to a public fitness space. Your participant(s) do not need to be the same for each class, nor do they need to be different. They can be family members, friends, colleagues or existing fitness clients. As long as you have one participant for your one-hour class, it counts towards your Apprentice requirements.
- HOW DO I GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT MY ESSENTRICS® CLASSES?
Once you have completed Level 1, you will have access to our marketing package with promotional material and tools to support your endeavor. We understand that this factor is critical in contributing to your success and subsidizing a career. The Head Office Teacher Training Department is happy to help you with your marketing questions and opportunities.
- WHERE WILL I BE ABLE TO TEACH ESSENTRICS®?
The sky’s the limit! You will have more job opportunities with a wider range of potential clients as you progress through our 4-level certification program. Our instructors have found employment in a variety of settings with diverse focuses, ranging from:
- Group fitness settings, such as studios and gyms
- Athletic conditioning and therapeutic rehabilitation centers, such as physiotherapy clinics, hospitals, sports camps, dance schools
- Community centers, senior’s residency, schools
- Private homes
- THERE ARE NO OTHER ESSENTRICS® INSTRUCTORS IN MY CITY. WHAT DO I DO WHEN I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT EXERCISES?Not to worry, our Teacher Training Department and mentor instructors are ready to assist you with anything big or small via email, phone calls, live meet-ups and Skype sessions. We have helped many people introduce their community to Essentrics with great success and will do the same for you.
- CAN I MAKE UP MY OWN ESSENTRICS® WORKOUT ROUTINES?
No, until you have completed Level 4, you will not have learned all the elements of the program and gained the appropriate knowledge and skillset to create your own safe, efficient, balanced routines for your students. If you attempt to do so before completing your certification, you risk misrepresenting Essentrics, creating harm, and will not be abiding by our Terms of Agreement.
- WHAT DO I TEACH MY STUDENTS?
We have a selection of Pre-Choreographed Workouts (PCW’s) for you to teach while you are working through your 4 Levels. We create PCW’s with your best interest in mind to help you succeed as an instructor and achieve the desired objectives of your class while avoiding injury. Each PCW has been developed with a specific flow and logic to ensure the results of a strong, toned, flexible, healthy body. Upon completion of our program, you will have learned how to create your own Essentrics workout tailored to any fitness goal for any clientele you desire to teach. For more information on our PCW’s click here: LINK TO PCW
- I LIKE WHAT I’VE SEEN IN ESSENTRICS® AND CLASSICAL STRETCH® VIDEOS, CAN I TAKE SOME EXERCISES AND INCORPORATE THEM INTO OTHER WORKOUTS I ALREADY TEACH?
No. Essentrics is a standalone technique. The way our exercises are strung together, coupled with the application of our unique techniques, is very systematic and fundamental in delivering the benefits of an Essentrics workout. You must be part of our training program to teach the exercises in Classical Stretch and Essentrics programming and DVDs. In addition, Essentrics is a registered trademark and the Intellectual Property of The Esmonde Technique. For more information on what is sanctioned, please refer to the Terms of Agreement which you must adhere to upon registration of our Teacher Training program.
- DOES MY ESSENTRICS® CLASS HAVE TO BE DONE TO MUSIC?
Yes. Essentrics is about imagery and getting your students to work a certain way – which is translated through your music playlist. We provide you with song suggestions, full class playlists, downloadable music, and audio workshops to help you with this element of your training. You will gain inspiration, motivation and confidence about your music as you progress and will grow to appreciate it as an essential teaching tool in creating an incredible, unparalleled workout experience.
- IS ESSENTRICS® SAFE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE INJURED, PREGNANT, OR HAVE SPECIAL HEALTH CONDITIONS?
Provided that a doctor has cleared them to participate, yes. Essentrics is a low-impact, safe, full-body rebalancing workout that can be easily modified to accompany personal conditions. We do not recommend teaching a more sensitive demographic until you have completed Level 4. It is at that point that you will have the knowledge, tools, skills, experience, and confidence necessary to adapt any workout. The Teacher Training Department will be more than happy to help you with any specific questions or concerns about your students’ health state, or that of your own, as they arise.
- CAN I USE THE TRADEMARKED NAME ESSENTRICS® IN MY BUSINESS NAME OR OTHER REGISTERED NAMES?
Due to Trademark law, no individual may use the name Essentrics® in their legally registered business name in any territory, or in any other officially registered name, for any purpose. You cannot register the name Essentrics® for any purpose, even in association with other words. Only The Esmonde Technique has the right to register other trademark names and word combinations using the name Essentrics®.