Online Teacher Training FAQs
Thank you for your interest in our Level One Teacher Training course.
Below are answers to frequently asked questions. If you don't see the answer to your question please contact us.
How old do I have to be?
You must be over 18 to participate.
I've been practicing silks for 1 year, can I apply?
We applaud your enthusiasm, however, participants should be at an Intermediate or above with a minimum of 2-3 years of silks experience. Click here to see the required skills for the video portion of your application.
I can't do the splits, is that a dealbreaker?
We look mainly for clean technique in your application video. While having full splits is great, if yours aren't super bendy, not to worry. You can still be a great instructor without full splits :).
Is the course live?
The entire course is pre-recorded and broken up into modules so you can tune-in anytime you'd like. No timezones to worry about! You can join us LIVE for weekly Zoom calls between February 14th - April 14th to ask questions and connect with fellow aerialists.
Do I need an aerial rig?
Yes, you will need access to a safe aerial set-up to take part. We may ask to see photos when you apply.
My home rig isn’t very high. Is that ok for this program?
Yes, most skills don't require much height. We recommend a minimum of 9-10 feet (3 meters).
What will I learn in the course?
The foundation is the most important part of an aerialist's training and the same goes for teaching. To ensure safety and success for you and your future students, the course focuses on risk assessment, optimal technique, essential modifications & progressions for aerial skills, clear cueing, spotting, basic anatomy, common injuries, stretching & conditioning methods, Pilates concepts & exercises, along with basic rigging, class structure, lesson plans & the business side of aerial arts.
How long do I have access to the course materials?
Upon completion of the course, you'll have access for years to come.
Do I need a student to teach?
Yes, after you've taken the time to learn and practice the skills on your own, you will need a student to teach in order to practice what you've learned. This is especially important to prepare for your final teaching test (a video of you teaching a class in order to receive your certification).
How long does it take to complete the course?
There are 10 modules in the course, each takes 1-2 hours to complete with the exception of two aerial modules. The Intro Level Silks module will take you approximately 2-3 hours to watch the videos and read through the manual. The Beginner Level Silks Module will take you approximately 5-6 hours to watch the videos and read through the manual. After reviewing the materials, we recommend dedicating 4-5 hours per week (for 8 weeks) to practicing the skills learned in the course (on the floor and in the air) and studying. The course dates are between February 14th - April 14th, however, you'll have plenty of time to practice after, your final tests aren't due until October 31st, 2021.
How much is it?
A $25 non-refundable application fee applies. Upon acceptance, the online course is one payment of $897 USD or 3 monthly payments of $325 USD. Upon completion of the course you'll be given until October 31st, 2021 to send in a video of your final teaching and skills tests for evaluation. An additional $150 USD review fee applies. Attendees must pass both evaluations in order to receive their Level One Certification from Aerial Physique.
Is the course available in multiple languages?
Currently, the course is available in English only.
Does the online course cost less than the in-person course?
Yes, click here for in-person pricing.
How long do I have to send in my application and videos?
You have until January 31st, 2021.
What if I'm not accepted into the course?
If you're not accepted, it's likely due to a lack of the necessary skill set that is required to take part, or concerns regarding your rigging set-up. We'll offer individual feedback for each applicant with tips for improvement.
Once I'm certified can I call my classes 'Aerial Physique'?
Attendees are not permitted to name or announce their classes, studio, or workshops ‘Aerial Physique' without written permission from Jill Franklin and a franchise fee. You can say you are Level One Certified with Aerial Physique.
I want to take the course for myself, but I don't intend to teach or get certified, is this ok?
Yes, if you'd like to take the course for yourself and not complete the final certification evaluations, you can do so.
I'm a studio owner and have a few teachers that I'd like to take the course. Do you offer discounts?
We offer group discounts for 3 or more people. Click here to fill out our studio form and we'll get back to you soon.
How long are the Zoom calls? Will Jill be live?
The Zoom calls will last approx. 1 hour. Jill will lead the Sunday 10am PST meeting and Gabe will lead the Wednesday 4pm PST meeting. If you can't make it all calls will be recorded.
My friend and I want to join together. Can we share the course and expense?
Each participant must have their own course login and pay their tuition separately. Attendees are not permitted to share their course log in information with other aerialists who are not enrolled in the program. Doing so will result in the removal of your opportunity for certification and a $1000 USD fine. We have cybersecurity monitoring course activity at all times.
My studio is closed due to Covid and I have nowhere to practice. Will you offer this again?
We understand these are uncertain times. We do plan to offer it again in the later part of 2021.
Is the program recognized through a national fitness or circus education association?
Aerial Physique Teacher Training is proudly recognized by NASM, AFFA and American Circus Educators.
I'm interested in taking the course to obtain CEUs for my NASM or AFFA certification. How many credits is the course good for?
For NASM 1.9 CEUs and for AFAA 15 CEUs.
I’m interested in taking the course but don’t intend to teach. Is this allowed?
Yes! Everyone attends our courses for different reasons. Many aerialists join to gain more awareness and understanding of their own practice. If this is your intention, please indicate it on the application.
Will you offer Level 2 and Level 3 in a virtual format?
Due to the skill level required and higher risk, we are currently unsure if we will offer other levels online. Feel free to check back with us in a few months to see if we've finalized the answer.
I attended an in-person course a couple of years ago but didn't pass. Can I take this course?
Yes, you can! We offer discounts for those who have already attended. Email us for more details.
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