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 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 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.



There are two avenues of certification: The Bridging Program and the full Teacher Certification Program

Bridging Program for


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”) for


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.

Course Formats & Descriptions for


Systems Workshops for


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 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.

Application Process for


Pre requisites:

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 1 personal & 1 professional letter of recommendation (Also required for Bridge Program)
  1. Personal interview & practical assessment at the Certification Center of origin with Center Director or Teacher Trainer.

Tuition, Enrollment & Program Fees for


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/ 600 hour test
  • Testing per every 200 hours, and re tests, where necessary

As follows:
(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,

Tuition Payment:

$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.

Tuition Payment:

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 for


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:

  1. 1st failure requires an additional 10 hours before retesting
  2.  2nd failure, and each additional failure, requires an additional 25 hours
  3.  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.

Application Checklist for


  1. Signed and Initialed Application (Whether FULL or BRIDGE – ALL Pages 1-21 MUST be Initialed and Signatures Where Required)
  2. (Appendix A) – Apprentice Bio
  3. (Appendix B) – Medical Health History
  4. (Appendix C) – Enrollment Agreement
  5. (Appendix D) – Bridge Curriculum Form (ONLY If BRIDGE Apprentice)
  6. (Appendix E) – Non-Competition and Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreement
  7. (Appendix F) – General Release Form (ALL 5 Boxes Initialed)
  8. Prior Sessions Logs Documenting 35 Pilates Lessons Completed
  9. Doctor’s Note (Letter from Physician stating that applicant is physically capable of participating in the Certification Program. Also
    required for Bridge Program)
  10. 1 Professional Reference Letter (FULL or BRIDGE)
  11. 1 Personal Reference Letter (FULL or BRIDGE)
  12. Copy of State Driver’s License or ID
  13. $500.00 deposit made payable to U.S.P.A.®
    (Also required for Bridge Program)
  14. Professional Liability Insurance as a Pilates Instructor

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.