Pilates training & Accreditation Organisations
There are many organisations offering Pilates training and/or certification worldwide and in the UK. Not all current UK Pilates Teacher Training organisations, excellent or otherwise have signed up to the UK Register of Exercise Professionals (UKREPs). It can be doubly hard for a prospective Pilates participant to distinguish the difference as there are many anomalies in certifications and registers.
For an example, in UKREPs there is no differentiation between Matwork and Full Studio Equipment training (This can range from weekend courses to 100s of hours training, observation and supervised teaching) - all are at level 3, so it is very important, for any prospective participant, to ask these key questions of any teacher, be in in a dedicated studio, village hall or a gym situation - WHO, HOW, WHEN, WHERE and WHAT with respect to their training. Use the 'net, ask around locally for information. Below are just a few of the various registration, certification bodies and training organisations.
Founded in 2001, the Pilates Method Alliance is the professional association and certifying agency for Pilates teachers.
For the past decade, Pilates teachers from around the world have worked together to create a unified community, to share knowledge and information, and most importantly, to establish the practice of teaching Pilates as a profession. To that end, in 2005 the PMA® launched the only third-party professional certification exam in the Pilates industry.
This is not a substitute for training but an accreditation of the level of training, knowledge, and experience of the fully trained Pilates Teacher. The PMA is both a professional association and a certifying agency for Pilates teachers. It is not a training organisation. There are excellent training organisations and studios outside the PMA.
Pilates Today – Why the PMA was set up and a UK perspective from Alan Herdman, Chair of the UK PMA Chapter article
ICREPs is a confederation of Registers with the US, the UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, the UAE, Poland and Belgium, collectively registering over a quarter of a million exercise professionals worldwide.
Each participating country in ICREPS agrees to recognise other participating registers. There will be full information as to each countries levels and the inter-country comparison on the ICREPS website. (The Global Matrix).
Launched in 2002, UKREPs is an independent, public register which recognises the qualifications and expertise of health-enhancing exercise professionals in the UK. They provide a system of regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure they meet the health and fitness industry’s agreed national occupational standards.
Affiliated to ICREPS. Unlike USREPS there is no differentiation in UKREPs between Matwork and full equipment certification so Pilates Teachers in the UK are registered at Level 3. Not all current UK Pilates Teacher Training organisations, excellent or otherwise have signed up to the UK Register of Exercise Professionals (UKREPs).
Established Saturday, February 22, 2014. The Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (CREP) established the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals (USREPS) so qualified individuals are easily identified by consumers, employers, and referring professionals. USREPs may be in its infancy but on joining ICREPs in March 2014 it brought around 150,000 new individual members to the organisation.
With respect to Pilates, fully equipment trained and PMA Certified Teachers are registered at Level 4, Matwork at Level 3. Like the UK not all Pilates Training Organisations, many of whom offer excellent training, are certified through PMA.
There are quite a number of Pilates Training Organisations operating in the UK, but not all are signed up to the UK Register of Exercise Professionals. Many of these are international companies. Below are just a few of them.
The Pilates Foundation is dedicated to promoting excellence in Pilates training and teaching.
Founded in 1996, the aim was to establish and maintain quality and excellence in Pilates practice and teaching.
Students can choose to follow a Matwork course, a Studio Apparatus (Bridging) course, or a Comprehensive course which covers both the Matwork and Studio Apparatus together.
Co-founded in the UK by Lynne Robinson in 1996, Body Control is renowned for making Pilates accessible to all through its comprehensive Matwork programme, covering well over 100 exercises.
All their certified teachers have, at a minimum, completed a comprehensive training course in Body Control Pilates matwork (UKREPs Level 3).
They do also offer a Comprehensive Studio Certification.
STOTT PILATES® is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates.
In 1988, Lindsay and Moira Merrithew opened their first studio in Toronto, Canada and along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, refining the method of exercise and developing a line of equipment.
STOTT PILATES was a founding sponsor of the PMA.
When Joseph Pilates died in 1967, Romana Kryzanowska, a lifelong student of his, stepped in to help his widow, Clara run the studio on Eighth Avenue in New York. When Clara died 10 years later, Romana took over the business. And there she stayed, teaching students and teachers by the hour, and later, travelling the world, teaching workshops and directing her own teacher training programme, right up until she retired in her late 80's. Romana always said, "I'm not a creator, I just teach what 'Uncle Joe' taught." And that was her enduring commitment to Pilates - to maintain the original integrity and spirit of Joseph Pilates' method.
"Our global network of deeply experienced and knowledgeable instructor trainers, training manuals, and accompanying workshops are considered to be some of the best resources in the Pilates industry."
Founded in 1992, their mission is to shape world health by making whole body fitness available to everyone, with science-based techniques, intelligent movement and the uniform development of muscles, resulting in complete mastery of body and mind. Polestar has been an active supporter of the PMA since its inception in 2001.
“Not only does the PMA certification provide peace of mind to clients and studio owners about the level of an instructor's experience and understanding, but it provides the instructor with a supportive community to continue to grow and excel in their practice.”
As well as the design, manufacture and distribution of high quality Pilates equipment, they also provide instructor training and PMA recognised Pilates on Tour CECs around the world.
Balanced Body® offers a full range of Pilates instructor training programs. whether it is in teaching Mat classes, Reformer classes or Pilates personal training sessions on the Reformer, Trapeze Table, Chair and Barrels.
They provide learning opportunities that are stimulating, personal and deeply rooted in the art and science of movement .
The APPI Pilates Method is the creation of two Australian Physiotherapists, Glenn and Elisa Withers who selected from and adapted the original exercises developed by Joseph Pilates.
All of the APPI's Pilates teacher training courses are available to Physiotherapists or those with a Physiotherapy degree equivalent.
They do offer Matwork and Equipment based training, and many of their CPD courses are now open to Pilates Teachers from other disciplines
The Alan Herdman Teacher Training Course comprises fifteen units taken over three terms and comprising at least 750 hours of student effort. Alan himself is Chair of the UK PMA Chapter.
Exercises are taught in relation to the Classical Pilates principles and objectives, with the aim that the students are equipped to apply the technique to suit individual clients rather than by a proscribed exercise sequence for all. The aim is to produce caring, informed and innovated teachers of the Pilates based method of exercise, who will have a sound knowledge of the scientific principles underlying the composition of the movements and exercise sequences and who, with practice and experience, will be able to develop high levels of expertise as teachers of the Pilates based method of exercise.
Founded by renowned international teacher trainer, Sally Anderson PMA CPT, in 2000, and within four years, Pilates International set the benchmark for formal training in the Pilates method by accrediting the first ever Pilates specialist courses in the world. Since that time,
Pilates International has delivered these qualifications in all states nationally and has licensed these courses to TAFE colleges and RTO’s all over Australia.