Teacher Training Program

Requirements, Tuition, and Class Information

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Advanced Teacher Training Program

Entrance Requirements and Fees

  • Passing an Intermediate (Level III) Performance on Reformer or Mat (Zoom or in-person)
  • Application and Program Evaluation Fees: $185

Program Schedule

The Pilates Center Advanced Teacher Training Program is twelve (or eighteen) months long and may require a trip to Boulder, Colorado to complete their final exams or with a Licensed Teacher Trainer. Students are encouraged to visit The Pilates Center as often as possible. Students should expect to dedicate a minimum of 15 – 20 hours per week towards their  mentorship requirements.


  • Advanced 12 Month Program : $8,500 + enrollment fees and lessons*
  • Advanced 18 Month Program: $9,250 + enrollment fees and lessons*
  • Books: $300 estimate

*Lesson costs can vary depending on a student’s location and studio access

Class Structure

Completion Requirement: 950 hours

  • Formal Lecture Series – 120
  • Mentorship Hours – 802
  • Exams Hours – 20
  • Other Program Requirements Hours – 8

My overall experience with The Pilates Center was absolutely amazing!!!Everyone was always very helpful if I had any questions or concerns.

—Eugenia Richardson, Advanced Graduate

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Pilates Teacher Training

Advanced Program


The Pilates Center’s renowned Advanced Teacher Training Program is 950 hours and can be done in either 12 or 18 months. It has been recognized as the most respected, comprehensive and intensive Pilates teacher training program of it’s kind for over 20 years. Students can attend this program locally or long distance. Upon completing the program students will be proficient performing and teaching the complete classical Pilates repertoire from a beginner level to the advanced level on all pieces of equipment. It is our belief that you must be proficient with the full body of work to fully understand how it can enhance a client’s movement and health. Upon completion of all requirements of the program, participants receive an Advanced Teacher Training diploma and meet eligibility requirements to take the PMA Certification Exam (this can be done through the Pilates Method Alliance)

How to apply for the program:

Students can send in their application by filling it out directly on the website. Students are responsible for paying the application fee of $105.00 USD upon submission of the application. To be accepted into the Advanced Teacher Training Program students must pass a Level III (Intermediate) performance on Reformer or Mat. Generally it is preferred that students complete this on the Reformer, because the equipment can be challenging and complicated. This can be sent by video or completed with a TPC teacher. Applicants must make payment of $80 for the evaluation.  Students must complete the performance without being told what to do, knowing the order, repetitions, springs, equipment changes, and breath while moving from their core.  The Pilates Center sells a DVD showing the exact order, repetitions, springs, equipment changes, and breath to assist students with passing their Program Evaluation. All students applying for the program must be injury free (recent injuries) and post-partum at least six months. Once accepted into the program, students must pay the registration fee of $250 to begin the enrollment process. All fees can be paid online or by contacting the front desk at The Pilates Center. Students can begin the program at any time.

Completion Requirements:

Successful Completion of 950 program hours:

Orientation – 5 hours

Orientation can be done with the Director of Education, Advising Coordinator, or Host Advisor.

[lollum_list_element]New Student Orientation – 1.5 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Case Study Orientation – 1 hour[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Advising Hours: Q&A – 2.5 hours[/lollum_list_element]

Formal Lectures – 120 hours

All students must attend the Formal Lecture Series (60 hrs) twice during their program for a total of 120 hours. The Formal Lecture Series: Weekends I – IV is offered twice a year at The Pilates Center. Students have the option to attend the lectures live at The Pilates Center (or a TPC Licensed Studio), or online through our online teacher training program, or students can complete a combination of live and online lectures. The lectures need to be taken in order.

Advisor Meetings – 5 hours

All students are assigned an Advisor at The Pilates Center. If a student is completing the program long distance, they can use a Host Advisor (if there is one located in their area) instead of a teacher located at TPC. Students are only assigned one Advisor during the program. These appointments are built into the program for Advisors to periodically watch the student teach practice clients and give feedback, and to check in with the students regarding their progress.

[lollum_list_element]First Advisor Meeting – 1 hour[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Second Advisor Meeting (teach Level I-II) – 1.5 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Third Advisor Meeting (teach Level III-IV) – 1.5 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Fourth Advisor Meeting – 1 hour[/lollum_list_element]

Mentorship – 800 hours

Mentorship hours can be completed at or outside of The Pilates Center. If students are completing their mentorship hours outside of TPC, they must work with a TPC graduate, Host Advisor, and/or Licensed Teacher Trainer to complete the Observation and Lesson hours. This will ensure successful graduation from the program. If hours are completed outside of The Pilates Center, they may be required by their local studio to pay an additional fee to observe, practice teach, and complete their personal workouts on their equipment. All students are required to have student liability insurance.

[lollum_list_element]Practice Teaching – 250 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Observation – 200 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Personal Workouts – 150 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Lessons* – 100 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Miscellaneous – 42 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Case Study (5 reports) – 40 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Observed Teaching – 10 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Teaching Clinic* – 8 hours[/lollum_list_element]

(*Lessons and Teaching Clinics are not included in the cost of the program.)

Exams – 20 hours

[lollum_list_element]Written Exam 1 – 2 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Performance Evaluation (perform Level IV) – 2 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Written Exam 2 – 2 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Practice Performance (perform Level V) – 2 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Practice Practical (teach Level V) – 2 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Written Exam 3 (essay) – 6 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Final Performance (perform Level V) – 2 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Final Practical (teach Level V) – 2 hours[/lollum_list_element]

Tuition and Fees due:

Enrollment Fees: All Non-refundable
[lollum_list_element]Application Fee – $105[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Program Evaluation Fee – $80[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Registration Fee – $250[/lollum_list_element]

Total – $435

[lollum_list_element]Education – $6400[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Lessons & Teaching ClinicsProgram Evaluation Fee – **Price varies[/lollum_list_element]

[lollum_list_element]Written Exam 1 – $100[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Performance Evaluation – $200[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Written Exam 2 – $100[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Practice Practical – $400[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Practice Performance – $200[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Written Exam 3 – $300[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Practical – $400[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Performance – $400[/lollum_list_element]
Total – $2,100

Books/Supplies – $300 *estimate

Total Program Costs: $9,235 + lessons/teaching clinics and text books

Program Schedule:

The Pilates Center Advanced Teacher Training Program is twelve (or 18) months long. It requires a minimum of one trip to Boulder, Colorado to complete the program.  Students will need to dedicate a minimum of 15 hours per week to their Mentorship. If a student works full time, they may be interested in completing the 18 month Program which allows for 6 extra months. It costs an additional $750. These students will need to dedicate a minimum of 10-12 hours a week.

Monthly extensions can be purchased for $175 per month to extend the program. All students have the option to put their program on hold once for up to one year during their program at no additional cost. This means that the program will be halted until the student returns and no hours completed while on hold will count towards the required mentorship hours.

Long distance students can choose to travel to Boulder five times during their 12 or 18 months to attend the Formal Lecture Series live. Four of the trips are 10 days long so that the student can attend weekends back to back and allow time for mentorship hours at TPC in between the lectures. The final trip is to complete the final exams, so this trip can be shorter than the 10 days. Students have the option to take all required lectures online instead of traveling to Boulder if they are working with a Host Advisor. This option can still be available to a student without a Host Advisor in their area but this needs to be discussed with the Director of Education. All students must come to The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO to complete their final exams. If a student only plans to come once, it is encouraged to visit for at least 5 days to get acclimated to the studio prior to taking exams.

Long distance students will need to plan to send in videos of themselves teaching and performing Pilates periodically throughout the program for feedback; as shown on the Trainee Schedule. This is true even if a student is working with a Host Advisor. It is encouraged for all students to film their lessons with TPC teachers to help them progress through the program. This is especially true for long distance students.

To apply, please click below to submit application ($105) and program evaluation ($80) fees. After processing payment, the system will take you to the application form: