The International Ballet Barre Fitness Association (IBBFA) was founded in 2013 by a team of professionals in the Dance, Fitness and Medical fields. IBBFA recognized a need for standardized metrics for Barre workouts and instructors around the world. Its mission is to educate Barre Instructors and ensure that their participants experience a safe, high quality and thoughtful class every time. Though Barre has its roots through many different sources, the founders of the IBBFA have collaborated their more than 100 years of combined experience to ensure that every exercise, term and cue used in a Barre Workout is accurate and anatomically sound. Instructors that have been certified through IBBFA are sought after as being experts in their area and set the Gold standard for Barre. There are many training programs, methods and styles that emulate one instructor or founder’s philosophy, but IBBFA certified instructors have gone through extensive, well rounded training that understands every approach to Barre Fitness. 


We urge you to take the next step in demonstrating your proficiency as a Barre Instructor by obtaining the IBBFA Barre Certificate

Purpose and Scope of Program:

The International Ballet Barre Fitness Association (IBBFA) is a professional association, and certifying agency, dedicated to setting the professional standard for Barre instructors internationally. The IBBFA’s mission is to provide quality education in barre fitness that promotes safe and effective barre training internationally. The purpose of IBBFA is to advance the profession of comprehensive Barre instruction by establishing, maintaining, and promoting professional standards and education. The scope of the IBBFA Barre Certificate program is to train individuals in: the fundamentals of barre exercise, the basics of human anatomy and body mechanics as they pertain to barre fitness, the correct usage and application of ballet terminology in barre classes, and safe movement practice. Individuals who complete a certificate in Barre with IBBFA are tooled with the skills to create and implements safe and effective individualized programs for apparently healthy clients to improve health and fitness through exercise and physical activity. The goal of the IBBFA Barre Certificate program is to train individuals in the knowledge, translational skills, and professional competencies necessary for working with clients in the fitness realm. By awarding the title of IBBFA Barre Instructor, IBBFA is formally recognizing the instructor as providing evidence that he, she, or they meet(s) accepted professional standards. The target audience of this program includes: fitness professionals from any background or specialty, individuals who want to teach or currently teach barre, and dancers.

Program requirements for completing the IBBFA Barre Certificate Program are contingent on an applicant completing all parts of the program application, the applicant’s possession of a valid certificate in fitness and/or academic degree (defined in detail below), and the applicant’s successful scoring on the program assessment. IBBFA confines its program requirements to those matters specifically related to the purpose and scope of the IBBFA Barre Certificate Program.

Prerequisites and Eligibility for Program participation:
The eligibility requirements to participate in this Barre certificate program are:
•Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
•Candidate must have a valid CPR Certificate.
•Candidate must be certified in group fitness, personal training, yoga, Pilates, dance, or possess a degree (associates, bachelors, masters, doctorate or other professional degree) in a related field or some equivalent of professional training from an accredited educational institute

How to Apply for the IBBFA Barre Certificate Program:

Required Application documents and program fee
Complete applications consist of 4 required, completed documents:
1.Application Form,
2.Copy of Government issued ID,
3.CPR certificate/card,
4.Proof of previous certification in group fitness, personal training, yoga, Pilates, dance or possession of a degree (associates, bachelors, masters, doctorate or other professional degree) in a related field or some equivalent of professional training from an accredited educational institute
Proof of Eligibility may include:
oCopy of a valid certification in group fitness, personal training, yoga, Pilates, Dance
oCopy of Degree (associates, bachelors, masters, doctorate or other professional degree) in a related field or some equivalent of professional training from an accredited educational institute
oExample related fields include: Dance, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician, or Physician Assistant. If you are unsure if your credentials will allow you to qualify, please contact support@ibbfa.com before applying.

Upon submission of a completed application, all candidate agree to the following statement:
“I agree to abide by the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice, and Grounds for Disciplinary Action guidelines.”

Program Design:

Course goals
•To understand basic anatomy as it relates to barre fitness
•To understand ballet terminology
•To differentiate safe movement practice from movement that leads to injury

Course Learning Objectives:
Program learning objectives are drawn from Bloom’s Taxonomy , and touch on multiple levels of learning and both low and high order thinking. These learning objectives directly address the course goals.
1.When presented with a ballet term the learner will identify the resulting action or movement with no errors.
2.After completing Chapter 2 of the manual, the learner will recognize variations in posture and skeletal alignment.
3.After completing Chapter 3 of the manual, the learner will be able to recognize the major muscles of the upper body.
4.After completing Chapter 4 of the manual, the learner will be able to recognize the major muscles of the lower body.
5.After completing Chapter 5 of the manual, the learner will be able to recognize the major muscles of the core (abdominals & back).
6.The learner will distinguish exercises done correctly using safe movement practices from those that are unsafe and lead to injury.
7.The learner will be able to apply their knowledge of anatomy and ballet terminology to teaching barre classes through completing this program.

Program Assessments:

The IBBFA Barre Certificate Program utilizes a variety of assessment types to evaluate program participant learning. Depending on the content chapter, the program participant will be given:
content to read and review, a Workbook Activity to complete that reviews the chapter material and apply core concepts, and an Application Exercise where a participant is presented with real-life scenarios related to teaching barre fitness that requires them to evaluate safe exercise form. At the conclusion of the program, the participant must pass the Written Examination with a score of 70% or better. The Written Exam is the only graded component, and is required to earn a program certificate. The other assessments (Workbook Activates, and Application Exercises) are not graded, nor required to complete in order to acquire a program certificate. They function as learning guides for the participants in preparation for the Written Examination

for e (which is also covered by verbiage above): Program Examination
To successfully achieve a certificate in the IBBFA Barre Certificate Program candidates must pass:
1.A 60 item, multiple-choice examination (henceforth known as the “written exam”) with a score of 70% or higher

Upon starting the written exam, a timer will begin allowing a total of 60 minutes to complete the exam. To ensure student accessibility and inclusive learning practices, we provide accommodations for individuals upon request for both the written and practical examinations. This is further detailed below under “Accommodations for Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Practices”. The written examination is offered at www.ibbfa.org through a provided secured network. The written exam must be passed to earn their certificate in barre. The IBBFA assessment-based certificate program written examination has been designed to validate the skills and knowledge of a comprehensively trained Barre instructor. Examination questions are written by IBBFA’s Subject Matter Experts who currently hold academic positions in accredited universities and who have completed training in pedagogical best practices. All examination questions are multiple choice and derive from content related to basic anatomy, ballet terminology, and safe movement practice. Further detail on the written exam is contained below under “Written Exam Information”.

Certificate Renewal:

All course content is developed, deployed, and regularly reviewed by IBBFA’s Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). All SMEs hold doctoral degrees in addition to current certifications in barre fitness and/or ballet.

The IBBFA Barre Certificate Program certificate is valid for 2 years. The IBBFA requires all IBBFA Barre Instructors to take the Renewal Exam, or continue their education by taking and completing anonther IBBFA course in order to renew certification at the end of 2 years. This policy ensures that professionals are current with the best practice guidelines, specific knowledge, skills, and abilities in the field.

As stated in the IBBFA Code of Ethics, IBBFA professionals agree to continue gaining education to enhance their skills and knowledge, and to provide the highest quality services to clients. The purpose of this requirement is twofold:
(1)First and foremost, the purpose of continuing education is for the protection of the public. Continuing education that advances knowledge,
skills, and abilities, supports the Barre professional in providing safe and effective instruction.

(2) Secondly, given the dynamic nature of the Barre industry, it is imperative for Barre professionals to go beyond entry-level and embrace the cutting edge of scientific understanding and validation of Barre Technique; to stay abreast of the development in the field in order to stay competent and competitive; and to broaden their skill set with a variety of approaches including training beyond the Barre fundamentals in order to enhance their capacity to work with a variety of clients including special populations.

The current certification renewal requirements were adopted in 2017. It was determined that a the Renewal Exam or participation in another course were appropriate to ensure that IBBFA certificate holding professionals remain current with the best practice guidelines, specific knowledge, skills, and abilities, in consideration of the expansion of the Barre field. Certificate holders are allowed a six-month grace period, beyond certificate expiration, to complete and/or petition for credit; late fees will apply. Reinstatement of certificate beyond the grace period requires retaking the certificate exam.
The IBBFA Barre Certificate Program webpage shall be updated regularly to ensure that accurate and clear information regarding the maintenance of the IBBFA credential is accessible to participants at all times.

Program Design:

As an individual who holds a certificate from the IBBFA Barre Certificate Program, that individual has demonstrated a knowledge of ballet terminology, basic anatomy, and movement safety as it pertains to barre. Thus, in alignment with the scope of the program, it is inferred that that individual is able to teach a barre fitness class that adheres to correct body mechanics and basic ballet technique, and recognizes the correct ways to work with clients in a barre class to ensure they do not become injured. The IBBFA Barre Certificate Program does not claim, state, or imply that the program is a professional certification.
The appropriate ways in which to reference the certificate includes:
•An individual may say they “hold a certificate in Barre through the IBBFA Barre Certificate Program”.
•An individual may NOT say they “are certified in Barre…” or “are certified in Barre through IBBFA”. The individual will also not use any acronyms or letters after their names to reference this certificate.

Appealing Written Exam Results:

Candidates that wish to appeal their written exam must submit a petition to the IBBFA Exam Committee within 30 days of exam completion. The petition document is available on IBBFA.org. In addition to completing the petition, candidates must submit a signed letter to the committee explaining the reasons for the appeal as well as provide justifications for why their score may be in error. An appeal process will begin once both documents are submitted. Meetings to review appeals are scheduled as needed, and review of the appeal will be made no later than 45 days following the appeal’s submission, and a decision (of either accepted or denied) will be rendered and returned to the appellee no later than 60 days from their appeal’s submission. For appeals that are denied, a recommendation of additional training will be provided and the candidate may re-apply when desired.

Filing complaints for non-compliance:

Any consumer, facility owner, or auditor may recommend an IBBFA Barre instructor for review. Concerns must be addressed in the Complaint Form found on the IBBFA Barre Certificate Program website: www.ibbfa.org. Communication with instructor in question must be made by IBBFA within 30 days to notify them of complaint and any further action required.

Overview of process for developing and gathering validity evidence for the program assessments:

The IBBFA Barre Certificate Program employs generally accepted instructional design methods that are most relevant to the content, goals, and learning objectives of this online course. The course goals were determined based on the need identified by the needs analysis performed and through participation in the global barre training community and observance of these needs. The learning objectives for the course derive from the course goals, and was constructed using Bloom’s Taxonomy (Bloom, 1956 see footnote on pg 1). In creating the content and assessments, this program utilizes the tools of inquiry-based learning (see Pedaste et al., 2015 for definitions) to assess an individual’s prior knowledge, to stimulate motivation, and enhance self-learning skills to increase participant engagement throughout this program. In addition the content is created with the intention of utilizing various forms of learning including passive forms such as reading, audiovisual, demonstration, and participatory or kinesthetic learning through practice by doing and (ultimately) teaching others. To accomplish these the course provides content (images and text) chapters on specific topics related to the course goals. Images included also provide demonstrations of the ballet positions and anatomical structures covered throughout the course. Participants can then operationalize this knowledge in practice as they perform barre exercises. The final chapter of the course provides discussions on barre teaching practices to help guide the participant in teaching their knowledge to others during a class. Because this course is online, the learning methods employed are those that can be facilitated in an asynchronous course where a participant may not have access to a locality like a studio or gym to work in-person. The audience for this program includes dancers, fitness professionals, or individuals who wish to teach barre, however given the current pandemic and wide restrictions on athletic facilities it is not reasonable to assume participants have access to these facilities. Moreover, the flexibility of this program’s offering allows anyone who meets the eligibility requirements to participate regardless of whether they have access to an athletic facility or not. In addition, the content is delivered at a level appropriate for an individual who has not had dance, or anatomy training to ensure the content is accessible to a participant of any professional background (provided again that they meet the eligibility requirements).

To assess content knowledge, assessments are used at the end of each chapter. These are detailed in the “Linkage between Instruction and Assessment” chart below, but in general:

Workbook Activity: This assessment type uses reading and visual elements (images or diagrams) to assess participant knowledge on the previously covered content area. This can include labelling diagrams, identifying a term based on a definition, providing a short response based on a specific learning outcome etc. These activities are not graded, and participants receive feedback on objective questions they answered incorrectly.

Application Exercise: This assessment types uses reading, visual elements, and real-life scenarios related to teaching barre that require the participant to analyze and evaluate a question using their knowledge gained to date. These test higher levels of learning (e.g., applying) compared to Workbook Activities, and are given at the end of each content area following a workbook activity. For example, this can include being asked to provide a ballet position that targets a specific muscle group. These exercises are not graded, but are meant to help review content in preparation for the written exam.

Written Exam: To earn the IBBFA Barre Certificate Program certificate, a participant must pass the Written Exam with 70% or better. This exam is cumulative, and draws equally on the three main content domains of the program. Questions are all multiple choice. Within the questions for each content domain, an equal number draw from lower and higher levels of learning that the participant completed as part of their workbook activities and application exercises. For example, this includes an equal number of questions that ask about definitions, locations of specific muscles, and ballet positions that recruit a specific muscle. No “trick” questions are included. The written exam is the only assessment that must be passed in order to earn a certificate in this program. Upon completing the exam, the participant’s score is automatically tallied, and they are able to review the entire exam to see which questions they answered incorrectly and what the correct answer was.