Exposing the True Cost of Pilates Instructor Certification

/ BLOG

Exposing the True Cost of Pilates Instructor Certification

Do you enjoy teaching? Are you comfortable talking to big groups? Do you have a nurturing personality? Have you ever been a coach or a tutor? Are you looking for a flexible schedule? Is working weekends and nights okay? There are many practical aspects of working as a Pilates instructor which you will need to consider. Once you’ve thought everything through and have a plan, it’s time to begin the Pilates certification process.

How Much Is a Pilates Instructor Certification?

First, define your ultimate goal. You must decide if you want to teach group mat classes or train students on Pilates equipment. Maybe you want to do both. You also must decide how much you would like to earn as a Pilates instructor. From there, you can determine the certification program that will help you meet these goals.

If you simply want to guest teach the Thursday night Pilates class at your local gym, then you should be fine in securing a mat certification. However, if you dream of opening your own studio or becoming a full-time instructor, it’s usually recommended you go for the comprehensive certification. This certification will prepare you to teach the mat class, as well as all Pilates machines. Sure, it will mean more time and money to get a comprehensive certification, but it will pay off in the long run.

Certification normally costs between $100 and $300 for a basic mat. This certification program can be completed in less than 40 to 50 hours or at most 12 months.  You will go over all the basic mat movements, along with the corresponding modifications. At the end of your mat certification, you will be required to complete a written exam and a teaching demonstration.

A comprehensive Pilates certification has a more expensive price tag of $3,000 or more. Finishing this program will take about 500 hours of training and student teaching. Remember, a comprehensive certification provides the opportunity for you to offer more skills to your students and, therefore, charge more for your services. Having such a broad set of skills will certainly mean earning the money you invested and then some.

Keep in mind, many of the certification organizations do offer payment plans for tuition and fees.

Several of the certifications programs will want you to do some hands-on student teaching in their studios. To do so, you’ll have to purchase Pilates instructor liability insurance. This will be mandatory for you to teach in the certification studios. Most professional liability policies are about $500 to $1,000 per year. You may even be able to find a liability policy that’s a little less expensive.

 

Types of Pilates Instructor Certification Programs

There are dozens of Pilates instructor certification programs available. You will notice they fall into two different categories: classical or contemporary. The classical technique stays true to Joseph Pilates original teachings. Contemporary technique blends newer movements into the classical teaching style.

Many of these certification programs will require you to complete prerequisites before beginning their courses. You will want to gather all the pre-requisite information when trying to decide which program is best. You’ll also want to consider the schedule for the certification classes. Does the program match your personal schedule? Will you need to travel to finish your classes? Are you required to be an apprentice under a certified instructor?

You may want to talk with your favourite Pilates teacher to find out what program they followed. If you enjoy the teacher’s style, then it may be best to do the same certification program and technique they followed. You should also get other tips and recommendations from your favourite instructors and fellow Pilates enthusiasts. It helps to have an insider’s perspective on the process of certification.

Below is a list of the most popular certification programs nationwide (Ogle, 2018). Hopefully, the information provided will be useful to you in your research of the best certification program for your future.

 

 Program DescriptionTechnique StyleCertification HoursCost
Balanced Body EducationOffers training in modules that can be taken independently over time. You can get the benefit of training with various instructors in different locations.Contemporary500Average
Body Arts and Science International (BASI)Training is offered over a three to six-month period and can last between three and six intensive weekends depending on the dates and location.Contemporary500Average with payment plans
Polestar Pilateshas a strong rehabilitative component to their educational training.Contemporary452Above average with payment plans
PhysicalMind Instituteoffers separate mat certification as a prerequisite for the equipment courses.Contemporary500Less than average
Romana’s PilatesThis is one of the most traditional classical Pilates training programs.Classical600Above Average
Stott PilatesComprehensive certification is mat and reformer. Other equipment is another 165-hour program.Contemporary310Less than average
Peak PilatesComprehensive instructor training in three levels. Each level covers mat and equipment with increasing depth.Contemporary500Average
Power PilatesFive-weekend intensive programs with 24 hours of weekly meetings. The program takes six to nine months to complete in New York City or six to 12 months to complete elsewhere.Classical600Average
Ron Fletcher ProgramA year-long program that includes training such as Fletcher towel work and percussive breathing.Contemporary500High
Core Pilates, NYCOffers six intensive weekends plus monthly review meetings.Classical500Average

 

It’s important to remember what makes for a reputable certification program:

  • 500 hours of training for a comprehensive certification
  • Training modules that take place over many months
  • Pilates certification requires at least a year of study and hundreds of hours of apprenticeship
  • Recognized by Pilates Method Alliance

 

PMA Certification and Advanced Training

In addition to receiving your teaching program’s certification, you can certainly pursue a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certification as well. The Pilates industry is unregulated and, therefore, a PMA certification is not required. It is certainly positive to receive the PMA’s stamp of approval. Most instructors get hands-on experience teaching before they begin studying and preparing to pass the PMA exam.

To obtain your PMA certification, you will sign up for the Internet-Based (IBT) test. The fee for IBT is $295. You will receive a list of dates, times, and locations where the exam can be taken via computer. Once you secure the PMA certification, you will need to take continuing education courses and renew your PMA certification every two years. There is a renewal fee of $150 plus the cost of your continuing education courses. Initial continuing education courses usually start around $150 and go up to $500 per class.

Remember, continuing education for your professional designations is normally an income tax expense (deduction). Check with your tax specialist for verification.

After completing your basic mat or comprehensive certification, you can also study advanced coursework that will provide you with a specialization.

If you specialize in an area, it will expand your teaching opportunities and increase your base pay by as much as 27%. Examples of speciality tracks are:

  • spine care
  • pre/postnatal
  • cancer survivorship
  • orthopedic concerns
  • scoliosis
  • osteoporosis
  • athletic performance

Most Pilates speciality niches are focused on assisting fitness professionals (i.e. competitive athletes) while another specialization is designed to support physical therapy and repair.

 

Certified and Ready for Business

The final step in your dream of teaching Pilates is to secure a professional liability insurance policy. Most studios will stipulate the need for your own liability insurance. Plus, you should have a liability policy anyway to protect your business and personal assets from any malpractice allegations. The legal fees alone could dry up your savings and credit card limits.

By paying a minimal premium (usually a few dollars per day), you could potentially save yourself millions of dollars in the long-run. Also, by having liability insurance, you will be more likely to get gigs for various community centers, health clubs, gyms, and Pilates studios. Without professional liability insurance, you will be excluded from many teaching jobs.

Fitness centers usually require Pilates instructors to have liability insurance because accidents can happen, and claims are filed. The fitness center wants to be sure you will be able to cover the costs if something does go wrong.

For example, a Pilates student named Henry takes your weekly mat class at the local 24-hour fitness center. After six months of coming to class, Henry begins having severe shoulder pain. He believes this shoulder pain is from your Pilates class. Furthermore, Henry believes your poor instruction is the cause.

Henry decides to file a claim against you for the medical costs needed to alleviate his shoulder pain. Henry has visited his family doctor a few times and had an x-ray taken, utilized prescription pain relievers, met with a chiropractor twice a week for 2 months, and now he sees an orthopedic doctor for relief. The medical costs for Henry currently total around $20,000. At this point, Henry is not sure if he will eventually need shoulder surgery and physical therapy which could easily cost over $30,000. Henry also expects you to pay for his attorney fees too.

As you can see from this example, Pilates liability insurance would certainly be an asset in dealing with such a claim. It would provide the financial means to legally dispute Henry’s claim. If you were to lose the court case and be instructed to pay Henry, your liability insurance would absorb the cost of this claim. This means you would not be expected to take the money from your business funds (or personal funds) to pay for such a claim. Liability insurance is obviously a valuable asset.

Another bonus: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allows the premiums for a liability plan to be deducted as a business expense. This will help you save on your income taxes.

Now that you know the steps to take, it’s time to get started on your Pilates instructor training. Over the next decade the fitness industry, including Pilates, is expected to steadily grow by ten per cent. You should feel reassured there will be plenty of room for long-term career growth and financial security. Plus, you’ll be teaching people how to gain mind-body strength. How many people can say they get paid to do something they truly enjoy?

 

 


Reference

Ogle, Marguerite (February 16, 2018) Pilates Teacher Comprehensive Certification Programs [Online] Available from: https://www.verywellfit.com/pilates-teacher-training-programs-2704317

Compare quotes in minutes with no obligation to buy

Get Quotes

Compare quotes in minutes with no obligation to buy

More than 6,000 customers covered by top-rated insurers.

Get instant quotes
MOVING FORWARD, I WILL BE SENDING ALL OF MY BUSINESS TO THIS COMPANY !!!! Incredible customer service!!! Thanks
THEODORE WELLS
THEODORE WELLS
19:49 09 Sep 21
Daniel Patrick Sullivan
Daniel Patrick Sullivan
16:49 07 Sep 21
Their representative clearly explained different kinds of policies to help me select the one appropriate for my needs and then helped me enroll by phone painlessly. By the end of the call, I had a policy in place.
Dissent Doe
Dissent Doe
22:21 02 Sep 21
Sheree Williams
Sheree Williams
19:39 27 Jul 21
Eugene was Awesome!!!!
Lakesha G
Lakesha G
17:19 21 Jul 21
Excellent solution for writers and authors professional liability policy as well as coverage for copyright and trademark infringement. Service was prompt and excellent.
Lane
Lane
18:22 22 Jun 21
Jugrid Ombisi
Jugrid Ombisi
16:26 15 Jun 21
Done in less than an hour!
William Opperman
William Opperman
00:30 02 Jun 21
Efficient, and great value. The agent was able to give us a quote and a new policy in a short period of time. Thank you
Brenda Jones
Brenda Jones
20:30 24 May 21
I had a great experiencing obtaining several of my insurance needs as a landscaping company here in Northern Colorado. BizInsure's team took care of my needs and was very responsive to help with paperwork needed to secure a potential client account!
Arik Solberg
Arik Solberg
16:34 10 May 21
Adj Ako
Adj Ako
16:47 05 May 21
Very efficient they were able to help me out with my request promptly....highly recommend this companyI am very happy to have them
Elba Perez
Elba Perez
18:50 26 Apr 21
I need a help getting errors and omissions insurance along with general liability. Jose was very friendly informative and was very patient with me during the process. He found me some of the best rates for the coverage that I needed. Highly recommend
Casper Martinez
Casper Martinez
19:51 20 Apr 21
I had numerous conversations with several business insurance agents over a month's time. I also had several conversations confirming the policy inclusion/exclusions and asked many questions. My BizInsure agent was professional, knowledgeable and most important—detail oriented. Even after having an initial conversation a month earlier he knew and *remembered* all my personal/professional insurance needs. When I asked for additional information on the third call he was able to provide me with details very quickly. He was also VERY patient. That is a big plus in my opinion. It illustrated a high level of respect for my needs. I also found when I called back and asked to talk with the initial agent, the person who answered the call was able to get in contact quickly and my agent responded and returned the call within 5-10 minutes. The transaction was smooth, and I think it's a good sign should I ever need to make a claim. I highly recommend BizInsure.
Poetic Films
Poetic Films
21:00 07 Apr 21
Sandra Darjean-Murphy
Sandra Darjean-Murphy
17:48 31 Mar 21
Jusephine Ghong
Jusephine Ghong
17:58 23 Mar 21
The rep was extremely helpful actually lowered my quote and made sure I was covered to fit my needs with my growing business! 5star!!
Franklin Behm
Franklin Behm
19:04 16 Mar 21
Excellent service and prices.
Cassiopée V Lapierre
Cassiopée V Lapierre
23:13 09 Mar 21
S & S Professional care llc Home Health Agengy
S & S Professional care llc Home Health Agengy
04:15 24 Feb 21
Mr. Daniel Scott was very responsive to my professional needs.
Stephanie Woodruff
Stephanie Woodruff
17:38 18 Feb 21
Eugene deserves a raise! First time purchasing insurance and he made the process so simple for me. His patience and attention to detail left me feeling confident in my decision to choose BizInsure. Gracias Eugene!
Esined Perez
Esined Perez
23:32 17 Feb 21
DIVINE FIJIANS HOME CARE SERVICES
DIVINE FIJIANS HOME CARE SERVICES
22:49 05 Jan 21
The customer service provided by Jose was outstanding. He explained everything in a very clear/logical way and answered all of my questions. After providing all the information to obtain general liability insurance, Jose sent me the declaration page of the insurance for review. All of the information matched what I provided over the phone and there were no typos. The next day I called back to purchase the insurance which was easy and fast. Overall, my experience with BizInsure including the customer service by Jose exceeded my expectations.
Joe Wajdula
Joe Wajdula
03:29 12 Dec 20
Hiscox/BizInsure made getting Liability Insurance very easy and reasonable.I expected it to be a long and complicated process and it was a nice surprise that they made it so uncomplicated. Thank you. Lisa
Lisa Word
Lisa Word
21:51 24 Nov 20
Eugene was incredible. I called 4 other brokers before him who were impossible to get any help.
rhonda hale
rhonda hale
23:26 12 Nov 20
Owner (LPN)
Owner (LPN)
23:19 06 Nov 20
Cincere Browdy
Cincere Browdy
15:16 29 Oct 20
Very quick to get in touch with you and good with follow up. Had some trouble retrieving my quote to log into my account initially but Daniel assisted me and the changes were made to get me into my account. Great value for the money.
Fran Sutton
Fran Sutton
16:34 20 Sep 20
Very happy to be insured with this company. Professional, Timely, very helpful. Thank you Juan, you made it so much easier for me to understand.
Aileen Day
Aileen Day
19:55 15 Sep 20
This company responded when I needed them to respond while facing a deadline. They are an excellent choice for business Insurance.
Michele Harris
Michele Harris
01:52 12 Sep 20
Jose Quintero took such great care of me and was very patient explained everything I did not understand and got me set up quickly. Fabulous customer service
Christina Rose
Christina Rose
02:41 27 Aug 20
I can't say enough good things about Daniel Santos kind and effective communication skills as an insurance agent. Daniel was so pleasant, friendly and efficient with helping me obtain insurance as a teacher. If I were to give Daniel a grade, he has earned an At . He made the process easy to understand, it was far easier than what I anticipated. Nancy S.
Nancy Sloan
Nancy Sloan
00:47 26 Aug 20
I was in need of professional liability insurance for my sole proprietorship. A friend referred me. Everythng was quick and simple and AFFORDABLE!
hope jones
hope jones
20:31 25 Aug 20
If you need Private Home Care Provider insurance for your company, BizInsure, LLC can get it for you!
Pamela Curry
Pamela Curry
16:45 24 Aug 20
Cameron Peek
Cameron Peek
19:25 24 Jul 20
Great and fast service!!!! The representative was very professional!!!!
Tanya Sweet
Tanya Sweet
19:51 14 Jul 20
I was tryi9ng to find commercial liability insurance for my new comp-any and BizInsure was easy to use and very affordable which is great for me as a new business.
Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
19:01 14 Jul 20
Great service, but they're also extremely patient. I called over a month ago for specialized E & O coverage, and Bizinsure was able to put me in touch with an extremely reasonable quote. Absolutely invaluable time and monetary savings to be had by going through these folks. If you can-- ask for Anthony. Absolute gem of a human.
James Lang
James Lang
18:19 02 Jul 20
Ken M
Ken M
23:21 28 Jun 20
Great service insurance prices are great for professionals looking to get insurance for businesses....
Rhonda Gray
Rhonda Gray
22:34 22 Jun 20
The provided very professional service and made the process easy.
Paul Rising
Paul Rising
21:51 04 Jun 20
Bradley Hoyle from the Biz Insure team was excellent to work with. Everything was quick and smooth. Great service, much appreciated!
Kristene Smith
Kristene Smith
02:03 04 Jun 20
Anthony Spencer was great!! Very quick response time!! He was very Professional! I would suggest him because he helped me find a affordable rate and explained all the technicalities..
Fre Hall
Fre Hall
16:38 28 May 20
I was referred to Bizinsure by a industry trade group that I am a member of. It was easy to get a quote online and then received excellent customer service from Bradley H. to complete my policy purchase over the phone. I have shared this company information now with other business owners for their policy needs.
Dawn Torres-Gale
Dawn Torres-Gale
22:11 08 May 20
This company was very precise with explaining services and made sure I chose the right business insurance coverage, great customer service at purchasing.
Nekeisha B.
Nekeisha B.
01:30 05 May 20
Amazing
Jasmine Q
Jasmine Q
14:31 02 Dec 19
Trish is the most patient, professional and understanding insurance agent I’ve ever worked with. Trish has taken care of all my business insurance needs for the last couple years. I am really happy that I found an insurance agent that I know will take care of me & all of my concerns. I feel like a valued customer & I appreciate the great customer service that I get every time!!THANK YOU!
Dr. Youssef C. Atallah
Dr. Youssef C. Atallah
17:21 14 Nov 18
Tricia helped me get insurance for my business. The task of obtaining a quote was really starting to frustrate me until I was referred to BizInsure through a different agency. Tricia got me a quote fast, and even took a down payment over the phone and issued the proof of insurance the same day. a+ service, would do it again in a heartbeat!! Thank you!!
Josh Mariscal
Josh Mariscal
18:07 22 Jun 18
BizInsure was a great find! I did not have to fill out applications, and Tricia was able to quote and bind business insurance for me within half an hour.
Allison Young
Allison Young
17:28 21 Jun 18
Started doing business again and needed a policy fast. Ramez was reasonable, helpful and the rates are OK. Buyer beware? Sure, for me it turned out OK this time. Worth a call.
Mark Wallace
Mark Wallace
23:42 13 Nov 17
Daniel Scott
Daniel Scott
15:15 27 Jun 17
Great customer service. I've been very inpressed with my dedicated representative that had helped me navegate my insurence needs. Thanks so much!
Graham Blair
Graham Blair
22:12 23 Jun 17

Popular Searches