GEL Frequently Asked Questions
How do I determine which specialization I should choose?
Assess the current class or classes you teach and determine what the primary purpose of the class is. For example, if the class is predominately a choreographed class with a small amount of equipment being used, it would fall under the Choreography designation. If it is a step class with some mind body visualization, than it would fall under the Step designation.
If I choose a step designation and choreography designation may I still use some equipment in my classes, or do I need to take the portable equipment designation as well?
The designations are designed to be representative of the majority of the content of the classes you teach; they do not exclude leaders from adding smaller elements to their classes. If you teach a choreography-based class with a relaxation mind/body component, for example, you would not need to have the mind/body designation as it is not the essence of the class.
For the Mind/body designation will I need to send in documentation of the courses and training I have taken?
Yes. Mind/ body is highly specialized and the AFLCA needs to ensure that your training is adequate. When completing the Designation Declaration form, if you choose mind/body please ensure that you submit documentation about the training you have in this area.
Is this going to cost leaders more money?
No, the recertification fee is the same—a flat rate of $140.00 regardless of the number of specializations a leader holds. The new policies require one less practical assessment required therefore it will save leaders those costs.
Will I require a practical assessment in each specialization that I have?
No, only one practical assessment is required. If you have specializations in step, cycle and portable equipment you can choose which class you would like to have observed.
Will I be certified under the specialization area?
No. You are certified in Group Exercise, with one or more specializations listed on the certificate. All leaders will need to choose at least one area of specialization. Leaders will be certified under Group Exercise.
When should I send in the Designation Declaration form?
We encourage leaders to submit the form and necessary document (if applicable) with their recertification documents at the time of their next recertification.
What if I teach unique classes which do not seem to fit under the new model (i.e. Karate, specialized dance, etc.)?
Again, refer to the scope of activity information to determine the main purpose of this class to assign your designation accordingly. You may also have other training, outside of the AFLCA for the specialized classes you teach which covers those areas. Please contact us if you need help with this.
If I have more than one specialization do all go onto one certificate or do I received a certificate for each area?
You will receive one Group Exercise certification and all of your specializations listed.
What if I want to obtain a new specialization?
You need to attend an approved course and complete the certification requirements for that specialization.