Pilates Teacher Certification

A unique and rigorous course taught by a physical therapist

Pilates Teacher Certification

What You Learn

You WILL NOT LEARN a cookie cutter approach to studying Pilates where students learn exercises and routines and then copy and repeat them over and over again!

You WILL LEARN an integrative approach to Pilates that will maximize your worth as a teacher or your ability as a Pilates practitioner and bring the greatest possible value to you and your clients.

What We Teach

We teach a systematic approach to studying Pilates, grounded in the evidence based practice of physical therapy.

We teach a logical framework that will allow you to develop truly customized routines to address the complexities of real world populations.

We teach a progressive curriculum based on the classical Pilates repertoires that will allow you  to not only become a Certified Pilates Instructor, but one who knows how to sequence movements and appropriately modify the exercises to safely work with a large population of clients.

Prerequisites and requirements

In order to be accepted into our Pilates Instructor Training we require the student to possess both physical strength as well as basic knowledge of anatomy and of the Pilates repertoire. It is also highly recommended but not required that the student has at least 40 hours of prior Pilates training.


To complete the Pilates Teacher certification, each student will need to perform the repertoire from pre-pilates to the advanced repertoire as well as pass a written exam that will include anatomy, exercise names, posture, and exercise modifications.

Students without adequate strength and/or without prior Pilates experience may take longer to complete the certification program, and they will have the ability to postpone final testing.

Course Highlights


Certified Instructors

Taught by a physical therapist and PMA Certified Pilates Instructor and assisted by a PMA Certified Pilates Instructor with 18 years of combined experience in the field of rehabilitation and sport medicine and fitness.


A Five Module Course

Presented weekly over a four month period that takes into consideration busy schedules (see course details).


Flexible Payment Schedule


Career Possibilities

Join the Synergy+’ team of highly qualified instructors or we can help you start your own Pilates business.

Course Details

Course starts September 5th, 2018

Module 1: Pilates Concepts Review, Mat and Foam Roller - 5 week module

Module 2: Reformer - 5 week module

Module 3: SpringBoard - 3 week module

Module 4: Chair - 4 week module

Module 5: Cadillac, Barrel/Arc and Course Wrap Up - 5 week module

Practical Testing:  – TBD in September 2018

Written Testing:  – TBD in November 2018

Please note that any date may be subject to change.

The full course is made up by the five sequential modules. Students can also sign to for single modules.

Pay by Module: $900 / module

Testing per module: $200 per module test (includes certificate of completion)

Pay in full: $4,200

Full Testing: $350 (includes certificate of completion)

Benefits of Attending the Full Course

1- Each student is allowed 10 hours of participation in group classes at Synergy+ throughout the course, then will receive a 10% discount on all other courses or private sessions through the duration of the Teacher Training program (until final testing date)

2- Each student is allowed to train 4 students for 10 hours for free (first 40 hours of teaching practice) at Synergy+. After the first 40 hours, Synergy+ will collect a $20 studio use fee per hour of teaching.

3- After a student has completed 100 hours of practice teaching, the student may apply to apprentice teach at Synergy+ in which the student would be paid at an introductory rate (there is no guarantee of space/client load).

4- Student will have access to the studio for self-practice hours during off-peak times throughout the duration of the course.  Additional hours post course test date will be $20/hour studio use fee.

The above benefits are not available to students attending single modules.

General Requirement

In order to complete the certification, the Student will need to perform the repertoire from pre-Pilates to the advanced repertoire as well as pass a written and practical exam that will include anatomy, exercise names, posture, and exercise modifications

Self Practice Hours Requirement

Each student is required to complete the following self -practice hours in addition to course work:

Mat – 60 Hrs

Reformer – 60 Hrs

Springboard – 30 Hrs

Cadillac – 15 Hrs

Chair – 30 Hrs

Barrel – 15 Hrs

Student Teaching Hours Requirement

Each student is required to complete the following teaching hours in order to receive a certificate:

Mat – 100 Hrs

Reformer – 100 Hrs

Springboard – 50 Hrs

Cadillac – 25 Hrs

Chair – 25 Hrs

Barrel – 25 Hrs

Assistant Teaching Requirements

Within the self-practice and student teaching hours, the Student needs to have 10 hours of assistant teaching for group classes (either at Synergy+’s place of business or other facility), and 20 hours of observation of private sessions.

Examination Requirement

Each student will be required to pass both a written exam and a practical exam in order to receive his/her certification.

Course Material

Additional cost/expenses:  Each student will be responsible for the purchase of his/her own manuals in addition to the course material that is distributed during class.  These can be purchased through Synergy+ or independently.

Required Reference Material

  1. Pilates, Joseph H., Return to Life Through Contrology, Pilates Method Alliance, INC, Miami, 2003. ISBN 0-9768232-0-9
  2. Kendall, McCreary, Provance; Muscles Testing and function, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, current version.
  3. Blandine Calais-Germain, Anatomy of Movement, Eastland Press, Seattle, updated version.

Recommended Reference Material

  1. PMA certification manual. (This can be attained on the PMA web site)
  2. Anatomy atlas: such as Netter and/or Trail Guide to the Body, or an anatomy app in 3D (these can be viewed at the studio if interested prior to purchase).

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