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Becoming a certified SpinPoi instructor will give you the credibility and resources you need to facilitate safe and engaging poi sessions in a health/wellness context. In addition, you will gain access to exclusive resources to help you on your journey, and become part of the global community of certified instructors.


Poi in Aged Care: Sit & Spin

This certification is for working with poi and seniors who will primarily stay seated during exercise. $144 USD.

Poi in Aged Care: Up & Spin

This certification is for working with poi and seniors who will primarily stand during exercise. $144 USD.

Poi in Aged Care: Combined

This certification is a combination of the Sit & Spin and Up & Spin, and is for those who will work with older adults who will both sit and stand during exercise. $190 USD.

Application Process

1. Read the application instructions

Please carefully review the Application Instructions PDF below before moving forward with your application. It is important to ensure you understand what is involved in applying, and that you are eligible to apply, before proceeding.

2. Purchase your application and study materials

Once you have carefully reviewed the application instructions and are ready to move forward, you will need to purchase 2 things in order to apply: the application and the study materials

3. Turn in qualifying documents, written exam, and practical exams

Once you have purchased your application and study materials, you will gain access to the certification portal where you can take the written exam and keep track of your progress. There is no deadline for turning in the materials, so you can take your time and complete the components of the application at your own pace.

4. Become certified!

Once you have turned in all the application components, your application will be reviewed. This process takes 1-2 weeks. If successful, you will join the global community of SpinPoi certified instructors and gain access to additional resources to support you on your journey. If any changes are required, you will be notified and given the opportunity to address the changes and resubmit your application.


    Yes! You will need to do a bit of practicing, but anyone can learn the poi movements necessary in order to fulfill the certification requirements. The SpinPoi Fundamentals course is a great resource for learning all the building blocks of poi. For the Up & Spin certification, the Beginner Routine 1 and Beginner Routine 2 series are also valuable resources, as they cover all of the poi movements required for the practical exam.

    Yes! A certain level of experience working with older adults is required, but if you have never worked with older adults before don’t fret. Try reaching out to your local retirement villages/aged care facilities and explain that you are interested in teaching some poi classes. They will likely be excited to try a new activity, and you will gain experience working with older adults, which will be necessary in order to pass the practical exam for the certification.

    The Sit & Spin and Up & Spin certifications cost $144 USD ($115 application fee, and $29 for the study materials). The Combined certification costs $190 USD ($145 application fee, $45 for the study materials)

    Your certification is valid for 1 year. Before your certification is due to expire, you will receive an email with instructions on how to renew. This process will include a brief refresher course and questions regarding your work as a poi instructor over the past year. The fee for renewal is $75 USD.

    Both certifications involve the same process and components (written exam, practical exam, and qualifying documents). The primary difference is in the poi proficiency exam (Up & Spin requires knowledge of more advanced poi moves) and in the written exam questions (different knowledge is required to teach those who will sit vs. those who will stand. This is covered in the different study materials).

    Yes, the whole certification can be completed online. If you do want some extra help, Kate offers in person training courses which will prepare you for completing the certification. Check out Events and Workshops to see any upcoming trainings, or email to inquire about booking a training session near you.

    The police check and letter of recommendation are hard requirements, so unfortunately you will not be eligible apply for the certification.

    The written exam can be taken as many times as you like with no additional fee. Each time you take the exam you will receive immediate feedback on which questions you got wrong and where the correct answer can be found.

    The practical exam can be resubmitted as many times as you like for an additional fee of $25 USD. If you do not pass the practical exam you will receive feedback on what parts needs improvement.

    The review process typically takes 1-2 weeks. If you do not hear back within this time frame, please feel free to get in touch with Kate at to enquire about the progress of your application review.

    As a certified instructor you will gain access to additional resources to support you on your journey, such as poi routines, documents to help you run your classes smoothly (consent forms, invoices, etc.) and you will gain access to the SpinPoi certified instructors forum. You will also receive a certificate and be listed on

    Once you have paid the application fee there is no refund. Please look over the application instructions carefully, and be sure you would like to apply for certification before paying the fee.

    Feel free to get in touch with Dr. Kate Riegle van West at with any additional queries.

Certified Instructors

Anja Lohoff
Haag in Oberbayern, Germany

Carer for disabled people, supporting those with Parkinson’s in a geriatric hospital.

Bruno Rubini
Auckland, New Zealand

Tai Chi instructor specializing in mindful movement with additional qualifications in massage therapy and nutrition.

Joanne Paton
Auckland, New Zealand

Rehabilitation assistant at Middlemore Hospital primarily working with patients rehabbing from stroke or other neurological conditions.

Janine Warne
NSW, Australia

Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator with over 30 years experience working in aged care facilities, 6 of those specializing in disability.

Hilary Williams
Mapua, New Zealand

Fitness instructor at Move Good Now specializing in the physical and neurological benefits of movement and exercise in a group environment.

Deb Gully
Wellington, New Zealand

Nutrition Coach and Certified Natural Health Practitioner in Energy Kinesiology specializing in chronic health issues.

Maria Niedermann
Uster, Switzerland

Physiotherapist specializing in rehabilitation for older adults post surgery or with neurological disease.

Kate Riegle van West
Auckland, New Zealand

Founder of SpinPoi, with a PhD in the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function for older adults.

Jamie Moore
United Kingdom

Social arts facilitator specializing in circus and intellectual disability with additional qualifications in community theatre.