Core Advancement: Pilates Teacher Training Program

Core Advancement Pilates Teacher Training Course prepares participants to teach private and group Pilates sessions on the Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table, Wunda Chair and Ladder Barrel. Our curriculum includes basic anatomy as it relates to Pilates, history of the Pilates method, Pilates repertoire for the general and special populations. We welcome students from all fitness levels and backgrounds. Successful completion of all modules does not imply certification of any kind only that the participant has successfully completed the program and makes the participants eligible to sit for the PMA Certification Exam.

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Comprehensive Training

Comprehensive Training on Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table, Wunda Chair and Ladder Barrel.

Access To Studios

Access to both Pilates in the Grove studio locations in Miami FL to take classes, fulfill observation hours and studio practice time.

Apprentice Program

Full Apprentice program offered at no extra cost, to those who qualify.

Small Classes

Maximum class size of 10 participants, to ensure that you get the dedicated training you need.

Our Philosophy

Teaching You To Empower Future Clients

Our program incorporates the fundamentals of the Pilates Principles with up to date research on anatomy and physiology to provide a well-structured and complete learning experience. Our instructors are highly educated in biomechanics allowing for a full understanding of how the body works. We strive to teach with an emphasis on proper form and correct technique to allow participants to empower their future clients to correct muscles imbalances, improve posture, enhance flexibility and range of motion and increase overall body strength and structure through the practice of the Pilates method.


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Programs Offered

Mat Teacher Training

Mat Teacher Training requires completion of Principles and History of Pilates, The Fundamentals of Teaching, and Mat sequencing. Curriculum takes approximately one month to complete.

Attend 5 hours of Introduction to Pilates Principles and History Course

Attend 2.5 hours of The Fundamentals of Teaching Course

Attend 16 Hours of Training Modules

Fulfill 10 Observation Hours

Fulfill 25 Practice Teaching Hours

Fulfill 25 Personal Practice Hours

Comprehensive Teacher Training

Comprehensive Teacher Training Program requires completion of 450 hours of study and takes approximately 6 months to complete.

Attend 5 hours of Introduction to Pilates Principles and History Course

Attend 2.5 hours of The Fundamentals of Teaching Course

Attend All Hours of Training Modules

  • 16 Hours Mat
  • 16 Hours Level 1
  • 16 Hours Level 2
  • 16 Hours Level 3
  • 16 Hours Clients with Special Needs
  • 3 hours The Business of Pilates

Fulfill 75 Observation Hours

Fulfill 100 Practice Teaching Hours (50 private + 50 Group)

Fulfill 20 Practicum Teaching Hours (Apprentice Teaching)

Fulfill 175 Personal Practice Hours


Breakdown of Hours

Training Modules: Hours spent learning curriculum, anatomy and biomechanics

Observation: Hours spent observing a certified instructor in a private or group setting at an approved studio

Practice Teaching: Hours spent teaching group sessions (3 or more clients minimum of 50 hours) and private or duet session (2 clients max for minimum of 50 hours). These sessions can be made up of friends, classmates and other volunteers free of charge.

Apprentice Teaching: After successful completion of mid-term exams you will have the opportunity to begin teaching as an apprentice at Pilates in the Grove. These sessions will include subbing group classes, teaching community classes and apprentice private sessions. Apprentice sessions are to be performed under the direct supervision of a certified Pilates instructor that is approved by the Core Advancement program. The instructors are to observe you teaching a private client or group class and give you direct feedback either during or immediately after the session.

Self-Practice Hours: Hours spent practicing exercises independently or as a student in a group class or private sessions with a certified Pilates instructor.

Completion of Program

Students must pass all exams with a minimum of 75% and successfully pass all check-offs throughout the training program. Midterm and Final Exams include the following:

  • Written Test is made up of questions pertaining to anatomy, biomechanics, principles of Pilates and basic pathologies
  • Practical Exam requires students to teach 10-20 exercises pulled from a variety of apparatus that was taught throughout the program
  • Teaching Exam requires students to teach a 30 minute reformer class to a small group consisting of exercises from the beginner to advanced curriculum.

Upon successful completion of all of the above requirements, students will receive a Certificate of Completion. The certificate verifies that students completed a 450 hour Teacher Training Program and passed all exams making them eligible to sit for the PMA exam.  Passing of the PMA exam is not guaranteed. 


Tuition and Fees

What is included in the registration fee: All training days, Exams, Check-offs and Course Materials, Open Studio Time for Self-Practice and Observation, Ability to use both studio locations for Practice Teaching, 10 Class Group Package, 5 Session Private Pilates Package, Apprentice Program and Mentorship, Additional services offered at discounted rates while enrolled in program.

Choose from our 100 Hour Mat Program or 475 hour Comprehensive Program

Comprehensive Program: $5500 (+ Anatomy $300)

  • Anatomy (optional): $300.00
  • Principles and History of Pilates: $250.00
  • Fundamentals of Teaching: $250.00
  • Mat Module: $950.00
  • Level 1-3: $950.00/each
  • Special Population: $950.00
  • The Business of Pilates: $250.00

Mat Certification Only: $1450 (+ Anatomy $300)

  • Anatomy (optional): $300.00
  • Principles and History of Pilates: $250.00
  • Fundamentals of Teaching: $250.00
  • Mat Module: $950.00

Payment Options:

  1. Early Bird Discount: Paid in full at time of registration, 30 days prior to start date = $5,100 (+ Anatomy Fee if necessary)
  2. Two payments of $2,750 (+ Anatomy Fee if necessary)

2018 Teacher Training Schedule

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