Last Christmas, ( in 2010) I asked my husband to pay for me to get certified thought Hoopnotica to teach Hoop Classes. I was naive and at the time did not realize that:
1) Nobody really gives a flying rats butt whether I am certified or not as long as I am an impressive hooper.
2) Most people who hire me didn’t/don’t know that there is such a thing as a “certified” hoop teacher.
Before I start my review, keep in mind that these are my opinions. If you disagree, that is fine because that is your opinion.
First, the Cons:
1) After I sent my payment in, there was no follow-up communication telling me when and where the training would be, or what the next steps would be. I had to email the company several times before they acknowledged that yes, they did receive payment and would be sending me some study materials, and that yes, eventually they would tell me when and where the training was. I should not have had to pry the information out of them. I was panicked that I had made the wrong choice from the get go. Customer services was seriously lacking. Red flag number 1.
2) Although the Certification was less expensive than others, it was still very expensive. I could have bought all of Safire’s online classes with that money, or her teacher training, or bought 4 LED hoops instead.
3) I did not learn anything NEW at the training at all. It was so basic. I wanted the training so I could learn how to be a more effective teacher. I was extremely disappointed.
4) During the training, you are made to feel like you have to “pass” (or fail) in order to be certified. So after paying hundreds of dollars, I was made to feel like I might not even get the darn certification that I paid for. I found out weeks later that I did indeed pass. At that point I was so aggravated I didn’t even care.
5) You are given the test after you just hooped for 8 hours….so I was exhausted, dehydrated, and could barely even function, let a lone take a long written test about hooping. I’m surprised I didn’t faint.
6) One year later, Hoopnotica is implementing a new rule that you have to pay a few hundred more dollars each year to “re-certify.” At this point, I don’t even want to be associated with them.It’s all about money.
7) After paying over $400 for the certification, Hoopnotica wants you to pay an extra $100 to be listed on their site as a certified teacher. I refused, obviously. Some friends of mine who are certified and paid to be listed said they got no benefit from it.
And now, for the positive:
1) I met some cool people at the training. But let’s face it, I probably would have met them at another hoop event without wasting all that money.
2) Being certified gives you access to network of other certified teachers….they are who I found most helpful, not the “training” itself.
My advice to you if you want to make a career out of being a hoop teacher, is to spend the money on a quality certification, such as Safire’s, or to get your group fitness certification instead….because nobody really requires or is aware of a hoop certification.
You don’t have to be certified to be a great teacher. I taught my husband (who has zero interest in hooping) most tricks I know to make sure I could teach before I tried to teach anyone else. Do the same by teaching your friends.
If you think that I learned any of my tricks/moves in Hoopnotica certification, think again. Most of the moves I know I either taught myself for free from youtube (plus hours of practice) or learned from hooping with friends at hoop jams. Skill sharing is free.