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Pilates Certification FAQ's

How do I register for a Pilates instructor workshop or course?

Registering for a course is easy. View our course schedule to find and select a course in your area and click on “Click Here to Register”.  For detailed instructions on registering for workshops, click here.

Do I need to take an anatomy course before I take the Mat 101 course?

A formal anatomy course is not required to take Mat 101. We do review basic anatomy terminology and briefly discuss the bones, muscles and joints of the core. If you are interested in learning more about anatomy please register for our online course 201W: Anatomy and Biomechanics for Movement Instructors.

Do I need to be good at Pilates before I take a course?

This is a workshop for Pilates instructors. Therefore, a basic knowledge of the Pilates beginning exercises is required before taking Mat 101. A comprehensive knowledge of Pilates is required before embarking on the Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training process. Please refer to the Pilates teacher training pre-requisites for each course to prepare yourself for this process.

Can anyone take any course offered?

Please review the Pilates Certification Course overview. If you meet the requirements, please view our course schedule to find and select a course in your area and click on “Click Here to Register”.

Why is the Mat 101 course required before the Equipment Instructor Education?

This is a workshop for Pilates instructors. Therefore, a basic knowledge of the Pilates beginning exercises is required before taking Mat 101. A comprehensive knowledge of Pilates is required before embarking on the Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training process. Please refer to the Pilates teacher training pre-requisites for each course to prepare yourself for this process.

How does it work if I finish the Pilates Reformer component and then decide to return for the comprehensive component?

If you are interested in continuing with the Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training after you have completed all requirements for the Pilates Reformer Teacher TrainingComponent, you can register for Cadillac, Chair and Barrels.  After complete the lecture, observation and self-practice for the Cadillac, Chair and Barrels component, you will need to complete a 200 hour additional student teacher apprenticeship. This track is outlined under the Pilates Equipment Course Description in our curriculum.

Will I be certified to teach Pilates after completing the course work?

You are qualified to teach Pilates after completing the coursework, written and practical exams and the apprenticeship hours.  If you are interested in pursuing full PMA certification, please visit the PMA website to learn more about the PMA-CPT program.

How do I keep my instructor education and certification current?

Copied from the PMA website:  "PMA certification is valid for 2 years. The PMA requires all PMA Certified Pilates Teachers to earn 16 PMA approved CECs (1 hour = 1 CEC) in order to renew certification at the end of their two year term."

Where can I work after I am certified?

Pilates instructors are needed all over the country in Pilates and Yoga Studios, Fitness Centers and in Private Personal Training settings. Personal Best Pilates Studio is the largest Pilates studio in the metropolitan Kansas City area. If you are interested in working at Personal Best Pilates Studio please contact Carrie Cohn, Owner 913-345-8787

What National Standards have been established for Pilates Instructors?

The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) is leading the way in establishing National Standards of Instructor Education for Pilates Instructors with their NCCA-accredited exam to test the minimal knowledge required to be a Pilates Instructor.  To sit for the PMA exam, an instructor must have a minimum of 450 hours of formal education with a reputable Pilates Instructor Certification Program which includes an apprenticeship. Personal Best Pilates Instructor Academy’s Comprehensive Equipment Instructor Education exceeds these requirements with 500 hours of formal study including a 300-hour apprenticeship.

Is the Personal Best Pilates Studio Instructor Education Program recognized nationally?

Our Instructor Academy exceeds the National Standards set by the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Many of our courses are recognized by the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), and American Council on Exercise (ACE), for continuing education credits (CEC’s).

Our Director of Education, Amanda Jessee holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and is a certified Pilates Teacher with the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). She has over 30 years of experience in the fitness industry including teaching college level exercise science courses and curriculum development. Amanda is a certified Pilates Mat and Equipment Instructor.

What is your cancellation policy?

In order to serve all our clients, we require a minimum of two (2) weeks notice of cancellation for refunds. There will be a 25% adminstrative fee for all cancellations made with two weeks or more notice. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds for cancellations made with less than 2 weeks notice.

Do you provide continuing education courses?

Yes, we do! We offer both live and online continuing education workshops, please visit our Pilates Continuing Education Courses or our Online Pilates Classes page to learn more.

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