A competitive edge in today’s fitness world is an absolute necessity. Quality education, professional training, and superior credentials are the foundation for this. The New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program, started in November 1992, was the first and remains the oldest Pilates professional training program in the world.
With over a 1000 graduates, word wide, its message of excellence in training and education stands tall. The copyrighted The New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program Manual used exclusively by this Program* was created to ensure a comprehensive formula for translation of the Authentic Pilates® system of exercises to the student or “apprentice”, and it has remained the hallmark of The New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program today.
The United States Pilates Association®, LLC (U.S.P.A.®) is the exclusive provider of The New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program in the U.S. The U.S.P.A.® continues the rich tradition of this Certification Program started in 1992 by providing instruction and continuing education in Authentic Pilates™. The U.S.P.A.® will also conduct Joseph H. Pilates Archival Seminars using exclusive footage and photographs taken from the Joseph Pilates Archives. The mission of the U.S.P.A.® is to preserve and continue to promote the highest standards in Pilates education and professional training for future generations.
- Course Formats & Descriptions
- Application Process
- Tuition, Enrollment, & Program Fees
- The Teacher Certification Program Apprenticeship Requirements
- National Certifying Centers
- Application Checklist
FULL APPLICATION: DOWNLOAD
There are two avenues of certification: The Bridging Program and the full Teacher Certification Program
The Bridging Program is a condensed version of the full Apprentice Program where Pilates Instructors, certified comprehensively in another program, wish to get certified in a Classical Pilates Program. The Bridge Program is fully described in Appendix A of the Application (Download “Full Application” above and go to Appendix A); and
The Full Teacher Certification Program (“Apprentice Program”)
The Apprentice Program is comprised of 600 hours inclusive of Observation, Training, Assisted Apprentice Teaching and Independent Apprentice Teaching. Also included are three (3) System Workshops each 2-3 days. In some cases these Workshops are replaced with one 10-12 consecutive day Intensive). See below for description. There are 3 exams at approximately 200 hour intervals and also a required attendance at an Anatomy Seminar (“Mechanics of Pilates”).
Course Formats & Descriptions
The workshops covering all the apparatus and mat work are broken down into three segments, 2-3 days each, of beginner, intermediate, and advanced systems and must be taken in sequential order. Required Reading books will be reviewed and Apprentice will be tested on these books.
Part 1: Beginner System:
Beginner system focuses upon technical and teaching aspects of all of the apparatus at this level minus the pedi pull. Modifications for physical limitations are taught.
Part 2: Intermediate System
Intermediate system follows the teaching progression to this level, and outlines the appropriate evolution of the client. Modifications for physical limitations are taught
Part 3: Advanced System:
Focuses on the advanced and some Archival exercises and breaks down the more highly customized needs of the client through identifying weaknesses, or injuries, and applying Authentic Pilates™. Modifications for physical limitations are taught.
10-12 Day Intensive Course
The intensive combines all of the material from all three systems, beginner through advanced, into one module of 10-12 consecutive days. This course is given on a very limited basis. Most apprentices attend the 3 System Workshops. Application is limited to Apprentices who have extensive Pilates experience, and who are in excellent physical condition. Approval is subject to audition/interview as conducted by the U.S.P.A.®. This Program is offered on a limited basis at U.S.P.A.®‘s discretion.
- 35 private sessions inclusive of up to 10 mat classes given by an Instructor certified through the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program (“Certified Instructor”) are prerequisite to applying to the Program. 75 private sessions, inclusive of the prerequisite 35 total classes, as referenced above, are required during the Apprenticeship prior to graduation. At least 35 private sessions must be taken at the Certification Center of origin.
- Written application including:
- Apprentice Bio (Also required for Bridge Program) See Appendix B
- Enrollment Agreement (Also required for Bridge Program)) See Appendix C
- *Medical History Form (Also required for Bridge Program) See Appendix D
- Non Compete & Confidentiality/Non Disclosure Agreement (Also required for Bridge Program) See Appendix E
- 1 personal & 1 professional letter of recommendation (Also required for Bridge Program)
- Personal interview & practical assessment at the Certification Center of origin with Center Director or Teacher Trainer.
Tuition, Enrollment & Program Fees
Apprentice tuition is: $4,000.00 US dollars.
Tuition does not include:
- Prerequisite interview & practical assessment ($100.00)
- Cost of mandatory private sessions taken prior to and during the Program.
- Cost of liability insurance (required of each Apprentice including the Bridge Program)
- Cost of traveling to Workshops/ Intensive/ Anatomy Seminar/ 600 hour test
- Testing per every 200 hours, and re tests, where necessary
(200 hours; $75.00) practical, oral Q & A
(400 hours; $100.00) practical & written, oral Q & A
(600 hours; $125.00) practical, written, oral Q & A,
- Anatomy seminar, $250.00 (required to be taken during the Apprenticeship)
$500.00 deposit with application
$3500.00 upon acceptance to the Program
Alternate payment arrangement may be available upon request; however there will be an additional administrative fee. Please call David Freeman at (954) 467-6977.
No Manual will be distributed until payment in full has been received.
Cancellations prior to official Program acceptance will result in a $50 application-processing fee, which will be deducted from the $500.00 deposit and the balance will be refunded to the applicant.
ALL payments made subsequent to Program acceptance are NON REFUNDABLE.
Upon receipt of a fully completed application, candidates will be contacted by the Certification Center to schedule their interview, and practical evaluation.
The Teacher Certification Program Apprenticeship Requirements
The Apprenticeship consists of 600 hours logged with a Certified Instructor at a recognized Certification Center or other training center recognized in writing as an Authentic Pilates™ center by the U.S.P.A.® (The last 200 hours must be logged at the Certification Center of origin).
60 hours of documented practice per month are necessary for active Apprentice status, along with monthly attendance at Apprentice meetings at the center of origin. Centers reserve the right to terminate Apprentices who do not adequately satisfy all requirements. Special Exceptions can be made only at the sole and absolute discretion of the U.S.P.A.® Apprentices shall submit a written request specifying reasons for requesting an exception.
Apprentice logs will be issued by the Certifying Center, and must be signed by the supervising instructor regularly (every 50 hours). Every 100 hours the logs must be turned in to the Certification Center of origin.
Apprenticeship must be completed within one year of entry into the Program. Program Extensions for extenuating circumstances are granted at the sole and absolute discretion of the U.S.P.A.®, Apprentice must submit to the U.S.P.A.® a written request setting forth in detail the extenuating circumstances at least one month prior to the end of the Apprenticeship year. Apprentices will not teach clients outside of the Certification Center of Origin until they have graduated from the Program. Apprentices in violation of this policy will be expelled from the Program without refund. See exceptions for Bridge Program. During the Apprentice program (including the Bridge Program) the Apprentice shall be required to teach at the Certifying Center of origin and the Apprentice will receive compensation at the minimum hourly rate permitted by law. Exceptions and modification to Apprenticeship requirements may be granted in the U.S.P.A.®’s sole and absolute discretion.
There are practical and or written exams upon completion of each 200 hours Apprenticeship phase. Exams are evaluated pass/fail, and Apprentices must pass the requirements at each phase prior to proceeding to the next phase. This process and costs are overseen by the Centers. Apprentices are NOT allowed to observe other Apprentices testing.
Testing will be done only by instructors selected by the U.S.P.A®.
Levels of Exams:
200 hours-practical & basic question & answer
400 hours-practical & written
600 hours-practical, oral, & written
Failure to pass:
- 1st failure requires an additional 10 hours before retesting
- 2nd failure, and each additional failure, requires an additional 25 hours
- A retest fee in the amount of $75.00 will be charged for each retest.
Leave of Absence Policy
The Apprenticeship reflects a physically intense learning environment. Apprentices, with extenuating circumstances may request a leave of absence for a reasonable amount of time. Leaves will be granted at the sole and absolute discretion of The U.S.P.A.® Apprentices who have been medically rendered unable to exercise for 30 days, must obtain a doctors’ note for reinstatement. Apprentices shall submit written requests to the U.S.P.A.® outlining in detail reasons for a leave of absence.
Transferring between Certification Centers:
Special circumstances, for example, relocating for business, moving, etc. may permit a Certification Center transfer by special request. However written request and approval must be obtained from the U.S.P.A.® with detailed explanation. In the event that the certification center of origin (where the Apprentice signs up for the Program or the Bridge Program), for any reason, is not in operation for the entire certification process, the Apprentice shall continue the certification at any other U.S.P.A.® training center selected by the Apprentice. The U.S.P.A.® shall be under no obligation to refund any portion of the tuition.
- Signed Application and Bridge Program Enrollment Agreement (Appendix A)
- Completed Apprentice Bio & Enrollment Agreement (Also required for the
Bridge Program) (Appendix B)
- A signed Enrollment Agreement (Also required for the Bridge Program)
- Medical Health History form and Letter from Physician stating that applicant
is physically capable of participating in the Certification Program. (Also
required for Bridge Program) (Appendix D)
- Signed Non-Competition and Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreement (Also
required for the Bridge Program) (Appendix E)
- Signed General Release Form (Appendix F)
- Signed copy of this Application and, if applicable, the Bridge Certification
- Prior Sessions Logs documenting 35 Pilates lessons completed.
- 1 professional, 1 personal reference letter (Also required for Bridge Program)
- Copy of State Driver’s License or ID
- $500.00 deposit made payable to U.S.P.A.®
(Also required for Bridge Program)
Upon receipt of the above, an interview and practical assessment with a Teacher Trainer, or other U.S.P.A.® appointed instructor must be scheduled. Video assessments are available for applicants residing 100 or more miles away.