Bridge Teacher Training Program

Pilates Teacher Training

Bridge Program


The Bridge Other Teacher Training Program is 500 hours and is done in 9 months. 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 downloading it off the website or filling it out directly on the website. Students are responsible for paying the application fee $75.00 USD, Practical Program Evaluation $160.00 USD, and Performance Program Evaluation $80.00 USD upon submission of the application. In order for students to be eligible for the Bridge Other Program, they must have graduated from a 450 hour comprehensive teacher training program (based on classical repertoire). To be accepted into the Bridge Other Teacher Training Program students must pass a Level III (Intermediate) Practical teaching on the Reformer and Mat; and a Level IV (Intermediate/Advanced) performance on the Reformer. This can be sent by video through the internet or DVD or completed with a TPC teacher. If there is a local LTT, the student can complete their Program Evaluation with that LTT for acceptance to the program. Applicants must make payment of $80 for the 1 hour performance evaluation and $160 for the 2 hour practical evaluation when filling out the application online. 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 Practical 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. Students will be contacted after the application is received by email or phone. Once the Program Evaluation is reviewed and the student passes, the student will receive an email accepting them into the program. The email will have documents that are sent to the student; the Payment Options and Plan, and 5 Enrollment Agreements. Students must return to TPC by email (preferred) or mail the first and last page of all 5 Enrollment Agreements and Payment Options and Plan signed and initialed, and the first installment for the training program must be paid in advance to Orientation.

Completion Requirements:

Successful Completion of 500 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 – 60 hours

All students must attend the Formal Lecture Series (60 hrs) once 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 – 3 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 (teach Level III)- 1 hour[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Second Advisor Meeting (teach Level IV) – 1.5 hours[/lollum_list_element]

Mentorship – 418 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 – 120 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Observation – 100 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Personal Workouts – 75 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Lessons* – 50 hours[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Miscellaneous – 14 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* – 4 hours[/lollum_list_element]

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

Exams – 14 hours

[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]Registration Fee – $250[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Application Fee – $75[/lollum_list_element]

Total – $435

[lollum_list_element]Education – $3565[/lollum_list_element]
[lollum_list_element]Lessons & Teaching ClinicsProgram Evaluation Fee – **Price varies[/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 – $1,700

Books/Supplies – $300 *estimate

Total Program Costs: $5,565 + lessons/teaching clinics and text books

Program Schedule:

The Pilates Center’s Bridge (Intermediate) Teacher Training Program is nine months long. It requires a minimum of one trip to Boulder, Colorado to complete the program.  Students will need to dedicate a minimum of 10 – 12 hours per week to their Mentorship.

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 three times during their 9 months to attend the Formal Lecture Series live. Two 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 ($75), performance evaluation ($80), and practical program ($160) fees. After processing payment, the system will take you to the application form:

If you are a graduate if The Pilates Center’s Intermediate or Intermediate Pus Program, please click below to submit your registration ($250) fee. After processing payment, the system will take you to the application form: