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Continuing Education - Professional Certificate Programs

Pilates Mat Instructor

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About the Certificate Program

Gain control of your health and well being through the Pilates Method! This four-course program certifies you as an instructor of the Pilates mat program. Learn to physically perform the Pilates mat exercises and instruct clients on how to perform them with clear and detailed step-by- step directions. Master the physical and mental principles and philosophy of the Pilates Method. Gain a solid understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the motion of the body. Use this certification to find employment in Pilates studios, chiropractic and physical therapy offices, and fitness/athletic clubs, or to start your own business.

Earn your certificate in one semester! Students may take individual courses without commitment to the entire program. Students who successfully complete the required courses are awarded a certificate from the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, reflecting 8 continuing education units (CEUs).

Note: Certificate programs must be completed within three years unless approved by the director of continuing education. woman doing Pilates on mat

To qualify for the certificate, students must:

  1. submit a Certificate Form of Intent
  2. attend 100 percent of the classes
  3. achieve a “Pass” designation in coursework from the instructors
  4. submit a Certificate Request Form after all requirements have been met
  5. submit a Professional Certificate Program Survey

Required Courses

  1. Pilates Mat I (Beginner)
  2. Pilates Mat II (Intermediate)
  3. Anatomy and Physiology for Pilates
  4. Pilates Mat III (Advanced)

Additional Courses

  1. Pilates Mat Certification Workshop
  2. Pilates Mat Exam Retake

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Two-Part In-Class Exam
Each course ends with a two-part exam: the practicum/oral exam (approx. 50 minutes) and the written exam (approx. 30 minutes). Exam retakes, when applicable, require an additional $150 fee and registration for PMC1040/Pilates Mat Exam Retake.

Costs
In addition to the tuition, there is a $25 nonrefundable registration fee paid once per semester.

Required Observation/Practice
Students are required to accumulate a total of 100 apprentice (observation/practice) hours at instructor-approved studios; up to 10 hours may be accumulated by viewing the recommended Pilates videos. It is highly recommended that students amass 30 hours between each Pilates mat course. Only original Pilates mat work is acceptable; no other work, including Pilates equipment work, will be counted. Students with an extensive background in fitness and bodywork may apply for an exemption in writing with a copy of their résumé.

Annual Workshop to Maintain Certification
To maintain certification, one Pilates Mat Certification Workshop (PMC1050) must be taken annually.

Updated April 11, 2014

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