The certification course is 5-8 hours depending on the size of the class and the instructor, plus 1 1/2 to 2 hours for the exam (if taken). Participants may take the course without testing, but cannot be certified without passing the exam.
NOTE: Participants can take as many classes or private lessons needed to prepare for the 5 hour course. If taken privately, the instructor can use the last hours of your training as the five hour course and should be charged as in the following Fee Schedule (in this case you would not have to take a separate 5 hour course.) That course can only be instructed by an “ELITE ADVANCED” or “MASTER” instructor of the Global PDIA.
If taken in a group setting of 6 or more participants, the cost for the course without the exam is $350.00 plus any floor fees owed.
The exam is an additional $150.00 if taken in a group setting, for a total of $500.00.
PRIVATE LESSON RATE
If taken in a private setting, participants will pay $350.00 plus the instructors private lesson rate for 5 hours. The exam will be an additional $150.00 plus 1 hour at private lesson rate.
Certified participants will pay $30.00 yearly current status dues to be listed on the GPDIA web site. On this site, certified participants will have access to online CEU classes and useful teaching tips from upper level certified professionals. If participants fail to pay dues, their names will be removed from the list until paid and will not be allowed to run certification courses if applicable.
NOTE:Participating instructors are not certified unless listed on the official GPDIA web site. This is to guarantee status as being a current instructor under the guidelines of the GPDIA.
There are five levels of certification available through GPDIA: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Elite Advanced and Master.
To qualify for the Basic Certification, students must take the Basic course for one dance style and pass the corresponding exam.
To qualify for the Intermediate Certification, students must take the Intermediate course for one dance style and pass the corresponding exam. It is highly recommended that students complete the Basic course before attempting the Intermediate course. The Basic and Intermediate courses also can be taken back-to-back with a single exam covering both levels for a savings of $150 ($850 instead of $1,000 for the individual courses and exams).
To qualify for the Advanced Certification, students must take the Advanced course for one dance style and pass the corresponding exam.
To qualify for the Elite Advanced Certification, students must take the Advanced courses for at least THREE different dance styles and pass the corresponding exams. Elite Advanced instructors can host and teach GPDIA courses in the dance styles they are certified in, and certify students up to the Advanced level.
To qualify for the Master Certification, students must take the Advanced courses for at least FIVE different dance styles and pass the corresponding exams. Master instructors can host and teach GPDIA courses in the dance styles they are certified in, and certify students up to the Master level.