In Person Teacher Training

About BarreConcept

BarreConcept® is the only internationally accredited barre course in the world, with approval in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

BarreConcept is a creative 60 minute workout, which combines the precision of Pilates, alignment of yoga and the grace and technique of ballet. Add to this the strength from sports conditioning and you have all the elements of a typical BarreConcept session.

The BarreConcept Formula

This unique programme is designed to tone the thighs, lift the butt, sculpt the arms and flatten the abdominals. Full range muscular contractions are performed, followed by end range isometric contractions and then a static hold in order to fatigue the muscle. Stretches follow directly afterwards in order to elongate the muscles, creating that long, lean physique. Equipment such as balls, weights and bands are added to the class to challenge the body further.


Instructor Training Venues

All two day, in-person instructor training courses take place in London and Surrey at the following addresses –

Factory Fitness and Dance, 407 Hornsey Rd, London N19 4DX

The nearest tube station is Archway, on the Northern Line.  From there, it is a ten minute walk to the studio.  There are limited parking spaces available at the venue and these spaces must be pre-booked with the venue reception in advance.

Horner Fitness Studio, 8 Hunting Close, Esher, Surrey KT10 8PB

This dedicated barre and Pilates studio is located in the grounds of BarreConcept’s UK master trainers home in Esher.

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Prerequisites for Instructor Training

Any of the following qualifications are acceptable as a prerequisite:

– Pilates teacher
– Yoga teacher
– Personal Trainer
– Group Fitness Instructor (Gym instructor/ Exercise to Music)
– Accredited Dance Instructor

If you do not possess any of the relevant qualifications but have other industry teaching experience or similar qualifications (e.g. physiotherapist, dancer with some teaching experience), please email us and we can assess your suitability to take this course. If you have no teaching experience or qualifications, then you must obtain a relevant qualification to enter into the fitness industry before taking the BarreConcept training course. The most basic course for entry into the fitness industry at Level 2 would be an Exercise to Music course. BarreConcept is classed as CPD (continuing professional development) and therefore you are building upon your existing knowledge and qualifications within the fitness industry. The course assumes a certain level of knowledge combined with industry experience and will be taught according to that level.


BarreConcept was launched in 2011 and was the first barre instructor training course to gain international recognition.  The teacher training course is accredited in the UK, Australia, Canada and USA. 

In the UK, this training is endorsed by the awarding body, Active IQ.  This certification carries the following CPD points:

UK – CIMSPA – 10 CPD’s
Canada – CanFitPro – 4 FIS CEC’s
Australia – Australian Pilates Method Alliance – 18 CEC’s
Australia – Aus Active (Formerly Fitness Australia) – 15 CEC’s
USA – National Pilates Certification Program – NPCP (Formerly Pilates Method Alliance – PMA) – 24 CEC’s



There are several costs involved in the BarreConcept Instructor Training. These include the course cost, training manual, exam assessment fee and lifetime membership fee and these are all detailed in full below.

BarreConcept Course Fee
The cost of the BarreConcept® 2 day Instructor Training course is £345.
The online course option is £245.

BarreConcept Training Manual Fee
The cost of the BarreConcept Workout Method Manual is £21.99.

Exam Assessment Fee
The cost of your assessors fee to view your exam is £45.

Assessments and Certification

In order to achieve a pass in this course, there are two assessments involved:

Assessment One – BarreConcept Theory Quiz (80% pass)

Assessment Two – Practical Teaching Video Exam.

Assessment One – Theory Quiz.

There are 15 theory questions, which we will discuss on the course as a group task. For the online version, this will take the form of a quick quiz.

Assessment Two – Practical one hour exam.

You must submit a video of you teaching a minimum of two healthy adults. You must teach from your choreographed week 5 lesson plan routine that you will learn on the course.

This lesson routine includes the warm up, barre work and floorwork. You will be assessed on a list of selected criteria. These categories include: safety; modifications; teaching points; observation; correction; demonstration; proper technique; tactile cueing; pitch and tone of voice. You will be given the full list of criteria on the course so that you can prepare for your practical assessment accordingly.

Ideally, you can use an iPad to film your exam video. Place the iPad on a surface where you and your client are in full view for the entire video. It is suggested to film for a few minutes and then check your video to see that the angle is correct and that your voice is sufficiently audible. If everything seems fine, go ahead and video your full lesson.

Upon completions of your video, you can upload this onto any internet application that allows you to send large files (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, We Transfer or You Send It). You must not upload to You Tube or any publicly viewable social media. You may also put your video onto a CD or USB stick and send via the post.

Please note that there is a £45 cost for your assessment. This covers your assessors time to watch your video and give you feedback. This also covers the cost of your certificate.

Upon successful completion of all assessments, you will receive CPD points from your relevant body, along with the Pilates Union certificate of competency to teach BarreConcept.


Candidates who refer any aspect of the assessment will be offered an opportunity to re-take that element in accordance with the terms and conditions and guidelines of the approved centre. Re-taking of any assessment will incur another £45 fee. However, if you refer on your second attempt, we suggest you complete the teacher training again. This will be offered to you at half the price of the cost of your original course fee.

Reasons to choose BarreConcept

BarreConcept is the first internationally accredited barre instructor training course in the world and is now approved in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. BarreConcept Training is one of the most comprehensive barre instructor courses available on the market today. Each exercise is dissected, with an emphasis on correct technique and alignment, for the maximum results. Modifications, contraindications, adaptations, variations and progressions are covered in great detail, along with common pitfalls and tactile cueing. This information gives our instructors the best knowledge possible so that they can effectively teach them.

Our programmes work perfectly alongside other training modalities and are suitable to run in existing Pilates studios, gyms, health and fitness centres and retreats.

By adding this hot new workout method to your existing schedule, you can drive new traffic to your website and open your doors to a varied range of clientele. Offering BarreConcept training keeps your existing clients interested as well as attracting new ones. This allows you to remain competitive in an increasingly tough marketplace by offering something different in addition to increasing revenue to your venue.

We want our trainers to be the best they can be and it is our mission to support and continue to develop and build on the skills of our international community of BarreConcept instructors, so that they are not only the most successful barre teachers around the world but also the most profitable.

Course Structure

Day One – Barre work

Ballet Barre Exercises. Learning ballet basics, positions and terminology. You will be taught all of the individual toning and stretch exercises at the barre, along with various modifications, contraindications, adaptations and progressions. Work from the exam lesson plan to teach the BarreConcept routine for your practical assessment. Learn the different approaches and techniques to teaching a complete beginner and a more advanced student.

Day Two – In The Centre and Floorwork

Learn the basics of the BarreConcept warm up and how to work to the beat and phrase of the music. Advance cueing skills taught along with the basic warm up movements to form a choreographed routine that flows effortlessly, including complex transitions.

Conditioning exercises on the mat for the abdominals, legs, butt, upper body and back. Modifications for adaptations and progressions are covered in depth. Cool down stretch series choreographed to the beat and phrase of the music. Work from the exam lesson plan to teach the floorwork series to music.

Course Cancellation

No refunds are given under any circumstances, should you wish to cancel your place on a course. if cancellation takes place within 21 days of course commencement. A place on a future course will be offered to you.

In the event that a student needs to cancel, then the following options are available. 1) Transfer to another course where space available 2) Transfer your place to a colleague of your choice (provided they satisfy our prerequisites) 3) Transfer your funds to any of our online courses available on

In order to run any course, there has to be sufficient numbers of students in attendance. In the unlikely event that a course has to be cancelled by us, due to insufficient numbers or for any other reason, you will receive a full and complete refund or offered a place on another course if you wish.

Booking online does not ensure that the course will take place. Please check that your chosen course will run as normal before making any travel or accommodation arrangements.  All courses are confirmed 21 days before course commencement.

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