Apr 24 / Kate Garfield

How To Choose a Pilates Certification Program

You’re ready to become a Pilates instructor, but are not sure how to pick a training program. A career teaching Pilates means you are going to be a lifelong learner. So, where to start? Here are some practical ways to choose the Pilates certification program that’s best for you.

1. Research the Pilates school where you are considering certifying: 

Verify that it’s a well established and respected school. Ask instructors questions about their certification journey. Investigate: what kind of Pilates certification is it? Single Apparatus or (like the Pilates Link recommends) Comprehensive? Are their graduates teaching? Is it Classical or Contemporary? Take classes from different schools so you experience their different styles and methods

2. Evaluate the curriculum:

Research if it aligns with your goals and interests. What kind of Pilates certification do you want to do? Online, in-person, or hybrid? Classical or Contemporary? Does the program have mentorship from senior instructors throughout the program, or just during lectures? Look for well-rounded programs that teach the fundamentals of Pilates, provide opportunities for observation, practice, lecture, and feedback to help develop your teaching skills.

3. Evaluate the instructors:

Consider the qualifications and experience of the instructors actually leading the course. Look for programs that employ instructors who are certified by reputable organizations and have extensive experience in teaching Pilates. Take their classes to learn their teaching style.

4. Evaluate the program:

Whether you choose a Comprehensive, single apparatus or mat program, choose one that also teaches anatomy, biomechanics, Pilates history, best business practices, and offers practical teaching experience. Look for programs accredited by reputable organizations, such as the National Pilates Certification Program (formerly the Pilates Method Alliance), or Classical programs led by instructors directly descended from Joseph Pilates teaching lineage.

5. Consider the cost:

Teacher training is a big (but valuable) investment. Factor in not just the cost of the course, but the cost of any additional required Privates or classes prior or during the course. Look for programs that offer transparent pricing and lists all materials. Many studios offer discounted courses for work-study hours.

6. Read reviews:

Before choosing a Pilates certification program, read reviews from current and past students. Look for reviews that highlight the quality of instruction, the effectiveness of the program, and the overall experience of attending the program. Find out if the graduates are currently employed (even at the studio).
You’re just at the beginning of your journey. Pick a training that is right for you. After certifying, you will keep learning through working with clients, continuing education programming (like the Pilates Link) , and from the amazing community of instructors all over the world.
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