F.A.Q. – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between All Populations l and All Populations ll? Can I just start with any of them?

All Populations I covers the first 3 Tier Levels – Fundamentals, Fundamentals II and Intermediate. All Populations ll covers the last 2 TiersAdvanced Intermediate and Advanced of the FULL Repertoire.
You must start with our ONLY Prerequisite which is Anatomy, Biomechanics and Posture Review. Following that you will ideally continue with All Populations Mat l which gives you a great foundation to the rest of the All Populations courses.

How long after each course can I get certified?

It depends person to person and how much time each student has to commit on a weekly basis to hisĀ Practice Teaching, Observation and Personal Study Hours. Getting the certification might take few months or an entire year.

Are there any discounts if I were to purchase multiple courses at a time?

Yes! If you purchase a minimum of 3 Courses you will receive a 10% discount. This must be paid in full.

Can I do a payment plan?

Yes, we do offer payment plans for only the Group Courses not the Private Courses. We can split the training balance up into either 3, 6 or 9 month payment plans.

How fast can a student go through the program?

A student who has the flexibility to take the weekday courses in succession or train privately can finish the entire curriculum in 4-6 months.

Does the Pilates Academy offer job placement?

We absolutely LOVE to hire people from our training courses, as they usually fit in perfectly with the essence of what makes the Pilates Academy, well, the Pilates Academy. We can’t, however, promise that your schedule will fill up immediately! Great trainers get booked rather quickly, but hours available, day of week, and ability to give your own schedule “a little time” to fill up are all factors in to play.

What are the requirements to take the PMA exam?

You must complete and be certified in Anatomy, Biomechanics and Posture Review, All Populations l & ll Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels courses.

Does any hours from my previous Teacher Training Program count towards my PAI Education?

For most training programs, yes. We have a crossover program which consists of scheduling time with a certified instructor to go over all the material necessary to make sure you are comfortable and prepared for the exams. This all depends person to person and where you are in the previous training.

Can I use the Pilates Academy for my Practice Teaching hours?

Absolutely!! You are allowed to bring in one or two persons into the studio for Practice Teaching – making sure that they have signed the studio Waiver of Liability before starting any training. The best hours to avoid are 5pm-9pm. Please call the front desk to make sure there is room.

What requirements are there to keep my PAI Certificate of Accomplishment current?

You are required to do 6 hours of Continuing Education every 2 years.

What is the recommended level of Pilates/Fitness experience needed prior to starting my Teacher Training?

Our students come from all walks of life. Anyone is welcome to start our program regardless of previous professional experience. We do find, however, that students who have both taken Pilates for a while AND have experience teaching get more out of the program. Students without any Pilates experience may feel behind, and thus we highly recommend at least 20 Pilates sessions, either group or private, so that the Pilates principles are not completely new concepts.

What is the difference between Classical VS Contemporary Pilates?

Classical Pilates adheres to the repertoire as Joseph Pilates originally designed it: only the exercises he developed (without any modification) and in exactly the same order every time. Contemporary Pilates incorporates modern knowledge of the body and bio-mechanics into the Pilates repertoire. Thus, the original exercises still exist, but new exercises as well as modifications to original exercises have been added to make the system safer or more functional for a client.

English is not my first language. Will I have a hard time with the exams?

We have had many international students come through our program, and we provide verbal assistance on exams for foreign students for whom English is not their first language. In other words, we can explain each question so the exam will truly test your knowledge of the subject matter NOT test your knowledge of English! International Instructors will also be available at the studio in case you might want to take the Practical Exam in your native language.