TEACHER CERTIFICATION CURRICULUM

The M.A.T. Pilates Teacher Certification Program consists of three consecutive stages: basic, intermediate, and advanced. Each stage is comprised of a seminar, practical training, personal Pilates sessions, classroom instruction, and practical and written tests. The program consists of a total of:

  • 62 hours of training seminars
  • 700 hours of apprenticeship (practical training)
  • 104 hours of personal Pilates sessions (52 private + 52 semi-private sessions)
  • 60 hours of classroom instruction
  • 3 practical tests
  • 2 written tests

SEMINARS

Training seminars are the cornerstones of the three stages of the program. The focus is on technique of the basic, intermediate, and advanced systems. During seminars, students learn the exercises, how they are taught, and the modifications for body types and injuries. Students also learn how to create Pilates workout systems for different clients. All aspects of the reformer, mat, chairs, barrels, cadillac, pedi-pole, and other auxiliary equipment are covered.

Stage 1 — Basic System Seminar

  • Overview of the Pilates philosophy
  • Techniques of the beginner system and modifications for injuries
  • Pre-Pilates methods
  • Basics of touch and voice
  • Total of 18 hours

Stage 2 — Intermediate System Seminar

  • Techniques of the intermediate system and modifications for injuries
  • Progressing clients along the continuum of exercises
  • Basics of rhythm and flow
  • Total of 22 hours

Stage 3 — Advanced System Seminar

  • Techniques of the advanced system and modifications for injuries
  • Dynamics of the full advanced mat
  • Applying the principles of Pilates
  • Refining precision and control
  • Total of 22 hours

APPRENTICESHIP — PRACTICAL TRAINING

The apprenticeship consists of 20 to 30 hours per week of practical training: practicing seminar material with other students, observing sessions and classes, assisting certified teachers and teaching clients. Students receive ongoing feedback and guidance from Dorothee and other teacher-trainers as appropriate. At Metropolitan Pilates, the apprenticeship hours are 8:30am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday. During each stage students are expected to meet the following requirements:

Stage 1 — Basic

  • Practicing seminar material — 100 hours
  • Observing and assisting — 100 hours

Stage 2 — Intermediate

  • Teaching clients — 100 hours
  • Practicing seminar material — 100 hours
  • Observing and assisting — 50 hours

Stage 3 — Advanced

  • Teaching clients — 100 hours
  • Practicing seminar material — 120 hours
  • Observing and assisting — 30 hours

PILATES SESSIONS

An important part of the program is becoming proficient in the Pilates method yourself. Teachers need to have a deep awareness of their own bodies in order to understand what their clients' needs are and how best to tailor a Pilates session for each client. A minimum of two sessions per week with Dorothee is required for certification. During each stage students are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Stage 1 — 2 private sessions per week
  • Stage 2 — 1 private & 1 semi-private session per week
  • Stage 3 — 2 semi-private sessions per week

CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION — APPRENTICE WORKSHOPS

Apprentice workshops (classroom instruction) are held throughout the course of the program, every Monday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. These meetings are mandatory and intended to augment seminar teachings with application to real-life clients. Case-study discussions will help prepare students for practical and written exams. Attendance at 85% of the apprentice workshops is required.

TESTS

Practical tests are given at the completion of the basic, intermediate, and advanced stages of the apprenticeship. Written tests are required at the intermediate and advanced stages in order to receive final certification in the program.