I have been asked by many people if it is actually necessary to be qualified to be an instructor, so I thought I would answer this question comprehensively.
So the answer technically, is "No", however this is not the best way to become successful at what you do.
As the pole dance industry is largely unregulated, it means that there are a lot of people opening studios, or doing pole dance parties who have little or no experience in pole. Why is it necessary to be qualified then?
Would you attend classes with someone who is unqualified in their field? Whether it be yoga or pilates?
Pole may look easy, but it is strenuous and students can injure themselves very easily, especially when the instructor is not aware of either the short-term or the long-term damage that can occur if they have the incorrect hand, shoulder or leg positions.
I advise all my trainees to get insurance for public liability, as accidents can and do happen, even to the most experienced instructors. A person who is not qualified will no doubt also be making themselves vulnerable to prosecution should something happen to their students.
I have trained over 200 instructors since 2004 and I have taught 20 x more students and I have heard many horror stories from studio instructors that were not properly trained. Here are some of the stories:
What saddens me is that these people are discrediting the pole dancing industry. Most of the injuries were avoidable and they are making students feel inferior or stupid.
There is a reason why you would want to get qualified and recognized:
At the end of the day, any qualifications you get will add to your CV and show you as a person who is interested in furthering themselves in life.
I cannot tell people what to do, but I do fear for some students who are attending at studios, just because they are closer to home or work. Every pole studio is not just a pole studio. There is a vast difference in background, experience, training and knowledge, and at the end of the day it will come down to the instructor.