To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor (Mat, Reformer or Comprehensive) you must complete all required coursework, hours and pass a written and practical exam to demonstrate your teaching abilities. 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.
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.
Prices quoted include the test out fee. If students do not pass on the first attempt a fee will be charged to re sit exams. Cost of personal sessions and self mastery are not included and are the responsibility fo 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.
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.
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 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 centre or studio or for family and friends.