Spinning® Continuing Education FAQ

The following are common questions relating to Spinning® continuing education. If you have further questions, feel free to contact us anytime.

What is Continuing Education?

Continuing education is professional learning that follows the basic level of certification for professionals in a given field. It helps them to be knowledgeable and proficient, and is typically required to maintain certifications and licenses in any profession that involves public trust.

What are STAR Points?

STAR stands for Spinning Training Achievement Ranking, and STAR points are the continuing education credits you earn after getting certified. When you become a certified Spinning instructor, you have two years from the date of Orientation to earn a minimum of 14 STAR points. Each hour of continuing education is worth .5 – 1.5 STAR points, depending upon the course. For example, rides without lectures typically award .5 STAR points per hour. Workshops typically award 1.5 STAR points per hour because they include take-home learning activities. You'll earn 6 STAR points for each 4-hour Spinning workshop, and 3 STAR points for each 2-hour Spinning workshop. To earn STAR points without leaving home, you can earn 1 STAR point for each newsletter quiz you complete, and 5-6 STAR points for each home study or online course. There are also extensive Recertification courses that award all 14 STAR points.

How do I get started?

We offer a variety of continuing education options: workshops, home studies, online courses, fitness conferences and newsletter quizzes. Visit the Continuing Education page to browse the options, or the Find Workshops and Events page to search for an upcoming workshop.

Can I earn CECs for other organizations by completing Spinning courses?

Yes, most Spinning workshops and courses award credits for ACE and AFAA, and the Orientation also awards NASM credit. Each course description will state the number of credits for that course.

Can I earn STAR points for continuing education through organizations other than Mad Dogg Athletics?

Yes, you can petition to receive credit for other workshops and courses. Of course, the course content needs to be directly applicable to your role as a Spinning instructor, and the course instructor must be qualified. Learn more about Petitions here.

What is the fee to renew my certification?

The certification renewal fee is waived if you’re a current SPIN® member. Otherwise, it’s $69.95. If you renew your SPIN membership and certification at the same time, you pay just $30 over the standard certification renewal fee, and receive a free online course, plus a package of Spinning freebies. You’ll also get 15–20% discounts on Spinning apparel and education every day. Learn more about certification renewal here.


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