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Completing the Pilates Instructor Training Program

To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor (Mat, Reformer and Comprehensive) you must complete all required coursework, hours and pass a written and practical exam to demonstrate your teaching abilities.

Exams are regularly scheduled at Balanced Body Authorized Training Centers at trade shows and conferences in different parts of the world. If you are not able to test out due to geographical challenges, testing out by video may be arranged. Students do not need to test out individually for Mat, Reformer and Apparatus. Students only need to test out when they have reached the highest level they intend to complete. For example, students completing only the Mat will test out after mat coursework and hours, students completing Mat and Reformer will test out after Mat and Reformer coursework and hours, and students finishing the Comprehensive program will test out after they have completed all of the coursework and hour requirements.

Once you have completed all hours and are ready to test out, fill out and send the the test out application to the Balanced Body office. Balanced Body reviews your records, approves a test out and sends specific details to you.


The Practical Exam
During the exam your teaching skills will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Correct set–up and execution of the exercises
  • Client safety
  • Appropriate sequencing
  • Appropriateness of the exercises to the client or class
  • Understanding and application of the principles
  • Cueing and the ability to communicate with your client or class

If students do not pass on the first try, Balanced Body will discuss what they need to focus on in order to pass and set up a time line for completion.

The Written Exam
The written exam is a combination of multiple choice, short answer questions and an essay. The written exam covers exercise progressions, programming, appropriateness, organization, equipment setup & maintenance, special population & safety protocols.

Final Test Fees
All published prices for Balanced Body courses include the course fee only. There may be a cost associated with personal sessions and any costs associated with completing observation and student teaching hours are not included in the cost of the training program and are the responsibility of the student. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee employment.

Upon completing of all requirements

  • A certificate of completion as a Balanced Body Mat, Mat and Reformer, Reformer or comprehensive Pilates Instructor will be issued.
  • You will be listed on the Balanced Body website as a qualified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor.

Pilates Instructor Training Hours

Personal Sessions
Students can count any classes of Pilates personal training sessions they have already taken. Developing and committing to a personal Pilates practice is an essential part of becoming an effective and inspiring instructor.

Observation Hours
Observation hours include watching experienced instructors teach group class or private sessions in person, online or watching the Instructor training videos. Observation is a great way to understand verbal and manual cueing, program sequencing and to hone your teaching skills.

Student Teaching Hours
Teaching hours include any Pilates teaching either as an employee at a fitness center or studio or for family and friends.

Test Out Application
Student in Completion Instructor Training

Pilates Method Alliance Certification Exam
Our curriculum meets national guideline and is designed to prepare you for the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certification exam, which can be taken upon completion of the full program.

Continuing Education Requirements
16 hours of continuing education every 2 years are required to maintain your listing on our website as a Balanced Body Pilates Instructor. Listing on our website provides exposure to a variety of sources including potential students, clients or employers. Continuing education credits can be earned through workshops from Balanced Body or any of our affiliated educators or approved continuing education providers.

Not Balanced Body? See our Bridge Program.

Student in Completion Instructor Training