Objectives, Standards & Code of Ethics

PFIC Canada Instruction Objectives Are:

  • To understand and apply fitness theory to the vertical bar and fabric apparatus.
  • To be comfortable and confident to lead a group of participants.
  • To be able to observe a move and know how to correct it.
  • To understand basic terminology of Pole and Aerial Fitness.
  • To combine Pole and Aerial moves and transitions to create choreographed sequences or movement patterns.
  • To be able to break down the movements step by step and offer exercises off the bar to gain strength.
  • To safely incorporate free flow movement into traditional linear movements.
  • To identify safe and unsafe techniques.
  • To assess and monitor group needs and teach accordingly.
  • To adjust, modify and offer alternatives to meet the varying needs of participants.
  • To effectively plan and program exercises for various ages, sizes, shapes and fitness levels.
  • To understand the professional responsibilities of being a Pole or Aerial Fitness Instructor.
  • To offer quality programs, competitions and events to the Canadian Pole and Aerial Industry.
  • To provide a unified, nationally organized commission to Canadians run by all provinces via provincial representatives.
  • To ensure awareness, education and understanding is readily accessible to the growing Canadian Pole and Aerial Industry.


PFIC Canada Technical and Legal Safety Standards

There are 2 areas of Standards that are required to be addressed by both Pole/Aerial Fitness Instructors and Pole/Aerial Fitness Studios.

Technical & Legal Standards

A.   An Pole and Aerial Fitness Instructor must:

- have basic first aid and CPR certification

- have completed a pole dance, or aerial fitness instruction program and be a registered member of PFIC Canada.

- advertise all experience, and only qualifications and certifications personally attained.

- provide safe movements on and off the vertical bar to ensure proper conditioning of the body.

- provide proper warm up and cool downs based on specific instruction.

- provide safe modifications for all levels of pole fitness, as required by individuals.

- provide multidirectional instruction to all participants in all movements.

- ensure continued cleaning during class sessions to remove all trace of oil, lotions or any other substance that may compromise the safe instruction of individuals.

- ensure usage of safety equipment as known hazard control.

- provide proof of valid instructor liability insurance.

- follow PFIC Canada's Instructor Code of Ethics.

 B.   A Studio must:

- ensure a staff member on duty with current First Aid/CPR.

- ensure ongoing usage of risk assessment, management, safety and hazards checklist.

- ensure initial health screening and standard screening practices are ongoing with usage of Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q).

- ensure only PFIC Certified Instructors operate program and classes associated with program.

- ensure public warnings to remove jewelry, including rings, watches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and body jewelry if required.

- ensure a minimum clearance of 5' between each pole and other obstacles such as walls, cabinets, doors and other fitness equipment.

- ensure a maximum ratio of "Instructor:Student" ratio of 1:9 for basic instruction, 1:7 for intermediate - advanced instruction.

- ensure a maximum ratio of "Student:Pole" ratio of 2:1 in classroom setting.

- ensure emergency action plan and safety guidelines are clearly posted for everyone to see.

- provide proof of business entity.

- provide proof of valid insurance for business and employed staff for the instruction of pole dance for fitness.

- ensure license is acquired from SOCAN if music is used in commercial setting.




1          Introduction

1.1         Ethics refers to the generally accepted norms of right or wrong of behavior, often based on universal values.  Ethics is not about legality nor is it meant to be legalistic.

1.2         Dance instructors (hereinafter referred to as instructors), due to their close interaction with students and exposure to the public, are vulnerable to various forms of ethical issues.

1.3         Hence, it is important that there exists a code of ethics for instructors.  Instructors, by adhering to a code of ethics, will not only minimize the likelihood of being accused of unacceptable behavior but will also project a sense of professionalism in their dealings with others.

1.4         One of the attributes of a profession is that the practitioners subscribe to and enforce ethical codes, which will help to demonstrate their commitment to providing quality services and expertise.

1.5         The Instructor’s Code of Ethics set out herein has been drawn up by the Pole and Aerial dance for Fitness Instruction Commission (hereinafter referred to as PFIC) and is applicable to all instructors.

2             Purpose of Instructor’s Code of Ethics

2.1         To provide an ethical framework that would guide instructors in determining appropriate behaviors.

2.2         To facilitate the self-regulation of instructing standards by instructors, and consumers of instructing services, by telling the public what is expected of instructors.

2.3         To communicate to the public the professional attitude of instructors, thereby encouraging greater confidence in these instructors.

3             The Three Principles of Instructor’s Code of Ethics

3.1         Three broad principles form the framework for the Instructor’s Code of Ethics and are illustrated by a list of key ethical standards related to instructing.

The three principles are:

-          Respect for Individuals

-          Responsible Instructing

-          Integrity in Actions

4             Principle: Respect for individuals

4.1         The concept that each individual possesses an intrinsic value and worth is integral to the principle of Respect for Individuals.  The instructor is called upon to act in a manner respectful of the dignity of individuals.

4.2         Key Ethical Standards

4.2.1     To respect the student’s right to privacy

4.2.2     That the instructor should never discriminate based on age, nationality, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or physical handicap

4.2.3     That the instructor always promote a love of dance pole dancing in the student through self-discipline and self-motivation, and always support and encourage the student

5             Principle: Responsible Instructing

5.1         The principle of Responsible Instructing requires that the instructor be competent and that sufficient duty of care to the students is being exercised such that the students are not harmed.

5.2         It encompasses the concept that risks to the students are minimized.

5.3         Key Ethical Standards

5.3.1     To provide a safe and healthy work/training environment by ensuring that the studio conforms at least to the minimum space and safety requirements with suitable and safe flooring, mirrors, lighting and sound system.

5.3.2     To define the goals to be achieved realistically according to the students needs

5.3.3     To recommend only those products and services which will serve the needs of the student, and if the teacher is recommending a product in order to gain financially, they should disclose this

5.3.4     That the teacher should have the appropriate experience, knowledge, ability and qualifications to instruct each level

5.3.5     That the teacher must be able to provide the instruction advertised

5.3.6     That the teacher should keep up to date with new developments and practices in the dancing industry in order to provide the best tuition.

5.3.7     That the instructor should be honest about their qualifications and experience and should not exaggerate or make false claims in their advertising, in order to allow students to make more informed decisions.

5.3.8     That contracts, pricing and policies between student and teacher/school should be clear and legally drawn up

5.3.9   That the instructor fulfill all legal requirements such as, but not limited to, having insurance, registering a business or company name, complying with contracts and paying taxes

5.3.10  That the instructor make fee structures available on request

5.3.11  That a dance studio inviting overseas instructors to teach should provide them with the Code of Ethics; and the visiting instructors should abide by them


6          Principle: Integrity in Actions

6.1         The principle of Integrity in Actions challenges the instructor to act with uprightness, wholeness and coherence.  Instructors are expected to be honest, principled and honorable.

6.2       Key Ethical Standards

6.2.1     To maintain only professional and appropriate physical contact

6.2.2     To never exploit the professional relationship with the student at any time, whether that be sexually or otherwise

6.2.3     That the instructor should demonstrate honesty and integrity at all times and show respect for both students and colleagues. This includes not discrediting any other teacher or studio.

6.2.4     That the instructor should maintain a professional appearance with good hygiene

6.2.5     That the instructor wear appropriate clothing for teaching pole dance

6.2.6     That the instructor use appropriate speech and language with students.


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