Intermediate Instructor Course Online

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Why choose to do The Pole Studio Intermediate Level Instructor Training Online Course option?

There are many benefits to choosing the online course option. If you are unable to attend a face to face course, you can instead study from home at your own pace. Online course students can usually complete The Pole Studio Intermediate Level Training Programme in approximately 60 hours.
Please note that those who are experienced in pole fitness will not take as long to complete the course requirements. Students may take up to 24 months to develop their intermediate pole fitness skills, practice instructing and hand in all of their assignments. The 24 months begins from when students enrol on the course.

The Pole Studio Intermediate Level Instructor Training Online is more cost-effective and less intensive than the face to face course. Online course students do need to have access to specific equipment in order to fulfill the training and assessment requirements.

Which moves are covered in this course? 

Conditioning Exercises  
Pole Hug Knees Up Climb Series
Tuck – Sunwheel – Tuck External Shoulder Rotation with Theraband
Windmills Rowing (Rhomboids) with Theraband
Windmills with Arm Hang Rhomboids External Rotation with Theraband
Cradles Invert Prep: Leg Grip from the Floor
Cradle Leans Invert Prep: Kick Up to Leg 

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Conditioning Exercises Intermediate

Extra Flexibility Stretches Hamstrings & Pole Stretch 
Shoulders & Pole Stretch  Quadriceps & Wall/Pole Stretch
Hangman Iliopsoas & Wall/Pole Stretch 
Bow/Rocking Prep Adductors Sitting Stretch 
Alternative Dove Stretch  Abductors & Pole Stretch 
Deep Side Stretch  Adductors, Side & Pole Stretch 

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Extra Flexibility Stretches

Spins & Tricks  
Carousel to Back Hook Spin Superman Legs Dive Down
Jump to Back Hook Spin Inverted V
Reverse Grab Spin Gemini
Tuck Spin Scorpio
Armchair Spin Caterpillar
Corkscrew Spin Apprentice
Boomerang Spin Butterfly Handstand Pose
Reverse Attitude to Reverse Grab Spin Chest Dive
Wrist Seat Inverted Crucifix
Leg Release Top Knee Bent  

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Syllabus Intermediate

What are the learning outcomes of this course?

Learn the origins of pole fitness.  You will gain a thorough understanding of where pole fitness comes from including traditional styles of pole such as Chinese Pole and how it’s reached the gyms and mainstream fitness now.

What is fitness and how is it different from well-being? Learn and understand the components of fitness, and how pole fitness improves fitness. Learn about the benefits of being fitter and healthier.

Learn health & safety in all aspects of pole fitness teaching to help you care for your students. From various contraindications your students may have, such as musculoskeletal injuries and heart problems, to learning all about safety checks of the equipment and the studio. Download the health & safety checklist for pole fitness classes. Understand how to work with pregnant women during a pole fitness class as well as the stages of postnatal exercise.

What type of insurance do you need for your studio and for your instructors? Who needs a music license? All of these essential elements are covered within the course.

Use our clearly labelled images and easy to understand muscle action explanations to learn more about anatomy and biomechanics. Find out where specific muscles and bones are and how this knowledge relates to pole fitness teaching. Understand what the key muscles are for each pole fitness movement to improve your teaching skills and pass this knowledge on to your students.

Learn and understand ethical conduct and professionalism to become an exemplary pole fitness instructor. Use our blueprint ethical code of conduct and professionalism checklist to ensure you are setting a new standard as a pole fitness instructor.

Learn the structure and delivery of a pole fitness class. You will learn how to deliver a pole fitness class from the very beginning when you walk into the studio, to the very end when you wave goodbye to a happy class. You will learn how to carry out a risk assessment, deliver a professional welcome, an effective warm-up, the main body of the class and an effective cool down with a variety of stretches.

Learn how to safely warm-up with mobility exercises, dynamic stretches and the pole specific warm-up. Understand the purpose of the warm-up. Learn all about warming up and watch the video demonstrations to see a full warm-up in action.

Learn the purpose of cooling down, how to cool-down and how to teach fifteen different stretches. Each stretch has a written explanation and a video tutorial.

Learn the differences between aerobic and anaerobic activity. Learn how you can improve the health and fitness of your cardiovascular system.

Learn and practise different methods of improving flexibility. Understand what flexibility means and the factors that affect it. Know the different types of flexibility. Practise a number of extra flexibility stretches and learn how to identify and improve flexibility in different areas of the body.

Learn and practise an extensive intermediate pole fitness syllabus. The syllabus includes twelve extra flexibility stretches, eleven gripping positions, fourteen conditioning exercises, twenty-four tricks and spins. Each move has a thorough written breakdown and a video tutorial. Learn how to teach the syllabus. You will learn how to teach these moves in a variety of ways and how to progress and regress them for your class. 

Learn how to physically support your students with inverted moves. Practise safe spotting and how to do a spotting risk assessment. Know when to spot and when not to spot. Understand what to do to help students progress without needing a spot!

What Assessments are Required? 

After you have studied, practised and perfected your techniques, it’ll be time to take your multiple-choice test and begin recording your final assessments.

The final assessments can be subdivided into three parts:

1) Final Multiple-Choice Test
Forty multiple-choice questions about the theoretical and practical content of the course. You will have an hour to answer all of the questions and submit your test. You will need at least 70% correct answers to pass. You can take the multiple-choice test as many times as you need to at no extra cost in order to pass this section of your assessments.

2) Written Class Plans
You will have to write an intermediate level class plan using the content and method from this course . You will be required to type your class plan on a PDF which you will download from the training platform. You will then upload your written class plans for assessment.

You will not receive feedback on the written class plans until all of your assessments have been submitted. This means that you won’t hear from an assessor until you have submitted all of your practical assessments.

A final note on your written class plan is that although you will have to teach a class on video for your assessor to watch; it doesn’t have to be the written class plan you submitted.

3) Practical Assessments
This will be the longest element of your assessment for this course. There are five main sections under ‘practical assessments’. Normally students take their time recording each section of the practical assessments. Once each section is filmed, cropped, edited and labelled, then you are ready to submit. More guidance will be given on how to record and submit assessments when you get to the practical assessments section of this course.

The practical assessment overview is as follows:
i) Skills Tests 1-4, all move demonstrations to be recorded on both sides to show your technical ability. These videos are silent demonstrations of each move. One video can be edited per Skills Test. You will need to upload your videos to Youtube, GoogleDrive, Vimeo or another private video file sharing site, and then share the URL when you are ready to submit your videos for assessment.

ii) Skills Test 5, your class teaching presentation. You will teach at least one student, for approximately 40 minutes. You will utilise The Pole Studio’s teaching method, move breakdown and syllabus. Your recorded class presentation will need to be submitted in full. You will need to upload your videos to Youtube, GoogleDrive, Vimeo or another private video file-sharing site, and then share the URL when you are ready to submit your videos for assessment. 

How to submit assessments

The multiple-choice test will allow you to click and submit.

The written class plan is typed into the downloadable template and uploaded back onto the platform.

The practical assessment videos must be submitted by uploading your videos to a video file sharing site such as Youtube (unlisted), Vimeo (private), OneDrive or GoogleDrive. You will only be able to submit URLs to your video assessments into this online training platform.

Course accreditation providers. 


The national governing body for group exercise are dedicated to achieving their vision of a healthier nation through exercise. EMD UK work with instructors, operators and organisations across the sector to provide help, support and advice and to ensure that group exercise continues to inspire people of all ages and abilities to take part in physical activity.

Pole Safe Federation

A collective of industry-respected instructors have created the #trainsafe #polesafe #teachsafe campaign. The entire industry needs to work hard to keep itself safe and keep the risk of injuries to students and instructors to the minimum.

Pole Dance Community

The Pole Dance Community (PDC) is an advisory and awarding body for the pole dancing industry. The PDC was established in 2009 to help self-regulate the ever-growing pole fitness industry.