Instructor’s Exams.

Who is eligible to take an exam?

  • This would preferably be someone who has quite a bit of experience in Line Dance (social and competitive), "Event Management" (Work Experience) at an event, such as acting as a marshall, programme/ticket seller, registration clerk etc. and experience in other allied dance forms (e.g. Ballroom and Latin) will be a recommendation as well.  This is vital if the candidate is anticipating training students for Medal Tests and Competitions.
  • Candidates who have no such experience would be better suited to teaching social classes as an assistant to a qualified professional for a period of at least 6 months. 
  • In addition they should attempt to gain other knowledge through attending workshops, taking private lessons or doing their own research, and should then apply to do a Student Teacher exam.
  • Workshops and Mock Exams are arranged according to demand, so do put your name forward to be included.
  • Student Teachers will also be required to do 2 stints of meaningful event management (work experience).  They will receive confirmation reports of these from a person in authority (Organiser, Head Judge, Scrutineer etc)
  • A candidate with the above experience, who has been running their own studio for at least 3 years may apply to jump straight to doing the Associate level exam.



  • The SADTA has an application form that should be completed by candidates wishing to do a Line Dance Teachers Exam.
  • You also need to complete an application to join the SADTA.
  • You will receive an invoice from the Chairman of the Line Dance Division, detailing the cost of SADTA subs plus the exam fee.  This should be paid prior to taking the exam.
  • The cost of your exam manual and training is usually paid separately.


After the exam.

  • A copy of your exam report will be submitted to Head Office who will issue your certificate.
  • You will also be issued with an SADTA Name Badge. (Not for Affiliate)  The badge will display the SATDA Logo, your Name and your qualifications in abbreviated format.  (These badges have not come into effect yet as they still need to be approved by the SADTA Council)

  1. Student Teacher Member - STM
  2. Associate Member - AM
  3. Licentiate Member - LM
  4. Fellowship Member - FM
  5. Competition Adjudicator - CA
  6. Medal Test Examiner - MTE
  7. Professional Examiner - PE

 Example of a Badge.

  •  In order to maintain standards, instructors are encouraged to upgrade their qualifications.



  • At the National Council Meeting held in Johannesburg in November 2015, it was confirmed that  SADTA  professional exams over all faculties are recognised by the  IDTA  (International Dance Teachers Association – UK).