Pilates Instructor Certification

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We do not sell Pilates Certification... We offer Authentic Pilates Education... It is up to the individual to follow the process. The process to earn full Pilates Certification for ALL of our "online students" is exactly the same for students who have participated, or who participate in our "in studio" certification program. And this process is the same since 1992, guaranteeing consistency.

   

Our Pilates Certification program is the most established Pilates programming available, and the only difference between our online program and our in studio program, besides cost, is our online students are able to choose when and where they would like to take their classes. The end results are the same. All students must earn the required practical hours and must pass all tests in order to earn Certified Pilates Instructor status. The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles requires a minimum of 450 hours apprenticing under the direction of a Certified Pilates Instructor.

Currently PCO offers three different Pilates Certification Programs. The general process for the Mat and Reformer certification options are the same with a few specific differences, such as the hour requirement for each one.

Please Note: Below you will find general information about each of our 3 programs.  For more specific certification related questions and answers, and for specific "required apprenticeship hours" breakdown, please visit our Frequentlt Asked Question's page.


Program #1 - Pilates Instructor Certification
(The Complete System - The most comprehensive program designed for individuals who wish to master the entire Pilates system including the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs and Barrels.)

 

Basic Requirements:

  1. The Pilates courses available on PilatesCertificationOnline.Com become the first step in becoming a Certified Pilates Instructor. You may apply 40 hours towards your appenticeship upon completing all of the 5 required PilatesCertificationOnline.Com courses (all levels of Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs and Barrels).
     
  2. The next step is to work under the direction of a Certified Pilates Instructor. You may choose to assist a Certified Pilates Instructor at a location of your choice, which may be close to your home, work, or school. You will be responsible for contacting the Pilates facility's owner and instructor to arrange an apprenticeship on your own. You must abide by the rules of the Pilates facility and teacher.
     
  3. Apprentice hours may be a combination of observation, workshops, seminars, practice teaching, private sessions, mat or reformer classes, and teaching clients on mat and all apparatus. No more than 20 hours may be observation. No less than 10 hours of study on the mat and each apparatus will be accepted. Proof of all hours must be documented on our "Offsite Pilates Studio Verification Form.” The signature of the Certified Pilates Instructor is required, and will be verified.
     
  4. Upon completing all 5 Pilates courses here at PilatesCertificationOnline.Com, and your apprentice hours, you may submit all Pilates Course Completion Certificates, documentation of 450 apprenticeship hours, proof of current CPR certification, anatomy study sheets, and specific apprenticeship site/instructor information to our corporate office. All required forms are conveniently available on your student profile page under your name. Click on “my documents.” Instructions will then be provided for the final practical testing procedures, which will be conducted on-site in Los Angeles, via Skype online, or DVD review.

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Program #2 - Pilates Mat Instructor Certification New!!!
(For the individual seeking the complete traditional Pilates Mat Program with Certification)

Basic Requirements:

  1. Completion of the Mat Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels
     
  2. Must pass all written online tests and have earned the “Course Completion Certificate.”
     
  3. 100 hours of apprenticeship (10 hours total from the online courses may be applied to these 100 hours). No more than 10 hours may be observation.
     
  4. Scan and submit the required documents by email or fax (available in student account section)
     
  5. Upon receipt and approval, arrangements will be made for final test, test fees, and test procedure (either live test via Skype or DVD review)
     
  6. Upon passing, student will receive a  Pilates “Mat Instructor Certificate, ” signed by Melinda Bryan, with official logo and seal, which will be mailed to the student directly from the Pilates Studio of Los Angeles. All students must earn the required practical hours and must pass all tests in order to earn Certified Mat Pilates Instructor status. The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles requires a minimum of 100 apprenticeship hours under the direction of a Certified Pilates Instructor.

Click here to see Sample Final Certificate

Note: (Sample certificates are NOT actual size. True size are standard at W-11 x H-8.5.)


 

Program #3 - Pilates Reformer Instructor Certification New!!!
(For the individual seeking the complete traditional Pilates Reformer Program with Certification)

Basic Requirements:

  1. Completion of the Reformer Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels
     
  2. Must pass all written online tests and have earned the “Course Completion Certificate.”
     
  3. 150 hours of apprenticeship (10 hours total from the online courses may be applied to these 150 hours). No more than 10 hours may be observation.
     
  4. Scan and submit the required documents by email or fax (available in student account section)
     
  5. Upon receipt and approval, arrangements will be made for final test, test fees, and test procedure (either live test via Skype or DVD review)
     
  6. Upon passing, student will receive a  Pilates “Reformer Instructor Certificate, ” signed by Melinda Bryan, with official logo and seal, which will be mailed to the student directly from the Pilates Studio of Los Angeles. All students must earn the required practical hours and must pass all tests in order to earn Certified Mat Pilates Instructor status. The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles requires a minimum of 150 apprenticeship hours under the direction of a Certified Pilates Instructor.

Click here to see Sample Final Certificate

Note: (Sample certificates are NOT actual size. True size are standard at W-11 x H-8.5.)


IMPORTANT:

Proof of certification from your “Certified Pilates Instructor” should always be verified. This is your responsibility. Only apprentice hours earned under the direction of a Certified Pilates Instructor will be accepted towards certification. A copy of your Certified Pilates Instructor's “Certificate may be requested for final confirmation.

When and Where to submit Certification Testing Forms
Following the completion of your certification requirements (Pilates courses, apprenticeship, CPR and anatomy sheets if required), all testing submission forms must be emailed or faxed at the same time to: Info@PilatesCertificationOnline.com / Subject line: Final Certification Docs or Fax to:  (888) 826-4521  / Attention: Final Certification Docs 

Special Note:  Final Certification Documents/Forms must be complete and submitted at the same time in order to be considered for final testing (after you have fulfilled all certification requirements for your program). It is not necessary to send forms prior to beginning your program.

 

Submission Checklist

  1. All Pilates Course Completion Certificates: Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, Barrels for full program; (Mat or Reformer only for individual certifications)
     
  2. Offsite Pilates Facility Verification Form
     
  3. Apprentice Hourly Log Form
     
  4. Original Anatomy Study sheets or proof of college level anatomy course (not required for Mat or Reformer individual certifications)
     
  5. Copy of CPR Certification (full certification program only)
     
  6. Copy of current state driver’s license or passport for ID verification

Once the final practical test is passed, you may purchase the shipping and handling for your original Official Certified Pilates Instructor Certificate, with an authentic seal, via an internet link provided by email invoice following the exam. This fee is $25 US Dollars.

Click here to see Sample Final CertificateCongratulations!!! (Certificate "re-prints" will be billed at an additional cost of $50 per printing)



 

FINAL TESTING FOR PILATES CERTIFICATION ONLINE PROGRAM

Following the submission of all documents required for Pilates Certification, the student will be notified by email if their submission is complete, and accepted. At that time, if no further documentation is required, they may make arrangements for the final practical test. The final exam will test overall competency and specific skills required for Pilates teaching. The exam may be scheduled for DVD submission, or may be arranged via Skype when available. Final exam fee is $195. The student must be prepared to have a mock client participate in the exam.

How to Prepare for the Final Test

  1. Know all exercises, names, repetitions, of every level, mat and each apparatus, with proper equipment set up, major muscle groups used and goals of each exercise (if mat or reformer certification, this applies to those only)
     
  2. Know the traditional sequences for mat and reformer programming - basic, int, adv; emphasis on transitions and flow
     
  3. Prepare to give verbal, manual, visual, breathing cues
     
  4. Prepare to modify exercises for physical disability, such as neck pain or ankle sprain, know basic contraindications for exercises, positioning, movement patterns
     
  5. Use proper body mechanics while teaching, and spotting techniques with your client
     
  6. Expect to be given on the spot instructions, questions, and problem solving situations
     
  7. Know the traditional 4-spring Reformer, be able to modify the exercises on other apparatus that may be in a non-traditional studio (this does not apply to mat only certification)
     
  8. Demonstrate a dynamic repore with your client, with clear, simple instruction and corrections as appropriate, with specific attention to safety
     
  9. Use The Pilates Studio of Los Angeles Official Training Manuals for exercise review