Free Zumba Instructor Class TemplatesWhen you first start teaching Zumba there are many legal requirements you need to make sure you understand.

It can often be very confusing to find out exactly what you need to do to stay within the letter of the law.

Here is a 5 step Zumba Instructor legal plan, bringing all the legal requirements and resources into one place for you.

Make sure to bookmark this page and refer back to it as you progress through the topics.

Step 1 -Decide on your business structure & review gym contract (if applicable)

a) Read these two ZIN Legal resources articles (requires ZIN login)

b) If you will be registering a company, review the types of business structure in the country you will be working in:

Step 2 – Obtain a Zumba waiver form

a) Read this ZIN legal resource article (requires ZIN Login)

b) Review the Sample Zumba Waiver Form

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Becoming a Zumba Instructor is a great way to earn a self employed income, while keeping fit, making lots of new friends and having a great time. When you become a Zumba Instructor everyday at work is a party!

Most new Zumba instructors are already existing fitness or dance instructors, however Zumba is open and very welcoming to first time instructors too. Zumba can be the perfect entry point into a fitness or dance teaching career.

To become a Zumba Instructor you must attend one of the Zumba Instructor training courses, and then keep your instructor license current, through a number of varying courses offered by Zumba or by joining the Zumba® Instructor Network (ZIN).

Step 1: Go to Local Classes

If you have not already done so, attend several different Zumba classes in your area, this helps you several ways:

  • Gain some experience of several different teaching styles,  giving you a feel for what is involved
  • Understand the local areas and days already well covered by existing Zumba classes
  • Start to meet the people who will be your local fellow Instructors (treat this more as a networking opportunity than meeting the competition – at one time or another everyone needs cover for their classes)

Step 2: Chose A Zumba Qualification


Zumba Basic 1This is the basic entry level course most people take, it teaches the basics and the Zumba® formula for teaching a class, covering these 4 basic steps:

  • Merengue
  • Salsa
  • Cumbia
  • Reggaeton

During the course you will learn how to put these steps together into a song and how to create your first Zumba class and receive the following material:

  • Cardio Party and Live Class DVD
  • 20 Minute Express Workout DVD
  • 4 Basic Rhythms Review DVD
  • Cardio Party Music CD
  • The Zumba Instructor’s Manual
  • Zumba Certificate of Completion
  • AFAA Trainers receive 5.5 CEU’s
  • ACE Trainers receive 0.7 CEC’s
  • One-year license to teach basic Zumba classes


Zumba Basic 1

This course is for new instructors to teach Zumba Gold, which is taylored to older adults and those whose fitness levels would prevent them from attending the standard Zumba Fitness. The course focuses specifically on the anatomical, physiological and psychological needs relevant for a Zumba Gold class.

The Jump Start Gold Instructor Training teaches you the foundation and Zumba class formula and prepares you to teach the Zumba Gold® classes by integrating the concepts of the Zumba Gold program.

During the course you will receive the following material:

  • Cardio Party and Live Class DVD
  • 20 Minute Express Workout DVD
  • 4 Basic Rhythms Review DVD
  • Cardio Party Music CD
  • The Zumba Basic 1 Instructor’s Manual
  • The Zumba Gold Instructor’s Manual
  • Zumba Basic 1 Certificate of Completion
  • AFAA Trainers receive 7.25 CEU’s
  • ACE Trainers receive 0.9 CEC’s
  • One-year basic Zumba license; Zumba Gold license as long as you are a ZIN Member in good standing

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Zumba Waiver Form

by Joanne Chapman

As an Instructor do I need a Zumba waiver form? The short answer is, yes.

As a new Zumba instructor a waiver is one of the key pieces of documentation you will want for all your students to complete.

By completion of a waiver form your students are waiving their right to seek damages against you for any injuries sustained. For a waiver to be valid the following must apply:

  • You explain the hazards and potential dangers to the person before the activity begins
  • The signatory is over 18 years of age or the parent/guardian is the signatory.
  • The waiver is signed before the activity begins.

Where Can I find An Example Zumba Waiver Form?

Read our article about Zumba Instructor Legal Requirements and download your Free Zumba Instructor Class Templates

Zumba Insurance

zumba insurance

by Joanne Chapman

Every Zumba Instructor operates as an independent contractor and carries their own public liability insurance applicable to their area of operation.

As a new instructor you will need to buy a personal liability insurance policy to protect yourself and your students in case of any injuries. You can either purchase Zumba insurance coverage via your own insurance agent or through an online agency which specifically provides insurance covering fitness trainers and instructors for group exercises.

For no further fee, it may be possible to list the venue of your class as an additional insured, some venues require instructors that rent their premises to carry insurance covering the venue too.

For links to Zumba Insurance read our information on Zumba Instructor Legal Requirements

In addition to obtaining you Zumba insurance you should investigate obtaining or creating a liability waiver. We have created an example Zumba Waiver Form for you to use as a template, however the regulations concerning the rights of instructors and students are different from state to state and country to country, so you should consult your local lawyer for further clarification.

A liability waiver indicates the student will not blame or sue the instructor if they suffer any injury during a Zumba class.