The REPs accredited qualification is a first for the industry and combines two existing certificates
Zumba, the largest dance-fitness company in the world that counts 15 million fans in 180 countries, has teamed up with the Exercise, Movement and Dance (EMD) Academy and Lifetime Training to create and launch the new ‘Zumba® Combo Qualification’.
Developed and delivered exclusively by the EMD Academy and Lifetime Training, the new qualification combines the teaching certificate in Exercise, Movement and Dance (EMD) and the instructor certificate in Exercise to Music (ETM).
The Zumba® Combo is available to members of the Zumba® Instructor Network, known as ZIN™ members, who have already completed their Zumba® B1 training.
Those who complete the Zumba® Combo Qualification will also have access to EMDP benefits, which guarantees free REPs membership and insurance, discounted PPL music license fees and ongoing teacher support.
The course takes four days to complete and will be launched in London on 23-26 June. Nine courses are scheduled across the UK in July, with further dates secured nationwide throughout August - October.
REPs Head of Membership Greg Small said: “This qualification is great news for the exercise industry. It is no secret that Zumba has proved hugely popular, and this qualification will only improve the service and elevate delivery to a higher standard.”
Commenting on the introduction of the new qualification, Dave Sibley, Managing Director of Europe for Zumba®, said: “With our ‘exercise in disguise’ method that is practiced in more than 200,000 locations worldwide, Zumba® has shaken up the fitness industry and given thousands of people the opportunity to make a career out of doing something they love. We know our instructors are passionate about continuing their educational journey to improve their skills and knowledge. This course allows them to do so whilst keeping Zumba® centre-stage.”
Nigel Wallace, Client Services Director for Lifetime Training, said: “The qualification is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to advance their instructor career; we have already experienced fantastic interest, and we are confident that, with our reputation for quality and excellence in teaching delivery, learners will benefit hugely from the new qualification.”
Daran Bennett, CEO of The Exercise, Movement & Dance Partnership (EMDP) said: “This is a significant development for the world of EMD and dance-fitness teacher training in the UK. It demonstrates the high professional standards we encourage across the sector. We are delighted that Zumba® continues to embrace ongoing education and qualifications for its ZIN™ members. It will support and guide further excellent teaching to encourage more movers to the party! An aim EMDP are here to guide and champion. It’s been partnership working at its best.”
For more information in completing the Zumba® Combo Qualification, visit www.lifetimetraining.co.uk/zumba or call 0870 120 1207