- 15 hours of Pilates Mat classes/privates
Tuition and Fees
Application Fee $105.00
Completion Requirements: 460 program hours
New Student: 1 hours
Orientation is completed with the students Host Advisor/Licensed Teacher Trainer. At orientation, students will review the program information in iTPC with their HA/LTT. This will be the students start date. Upon completion of the new student orientation, students will begin the training program beginning to view the online Formal Lecture Series and mentorship hours in their local studio.
Students will view the online Formal Lecture Mat Series. Students will have the option to attend them live in Boulder while enrolled in the program for no additional cost, but it will be in addition to viewing the lectures online. If students are able to attend the live lectures after viewing them online, it will reinforce the information viewed online. If students attend the lectures live, these hours can be counted towards Observation and Miscellaneous.
Local and long distance students: Attending live lectures at TPC. Schedule for Mat Formal Lecture weekend:
Friday Lecture 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday Lecture Noon – 3:00 p.m.
> Break 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
> Lecture 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Lecture 9:00 a.m. – Noon
> Break Noon – 1:00 p.m.
> Lecture 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Trainees should be dressed in comfortable attire for the Formal Lecture Series. Some trainees will volunteer to be the “body” for exercises during the weekends. On certain days of the weekends, the Teacher Trainer will teach a Mat class. Typically trainees will be sitting on the floor or equipment and are encouraged to bring seating if so desired.
First Advisor Meeting – teach Level I-II 1 hour
During this meeting, students will practice teach in front of their HA/LTT and discuss their program hours and progress. The Case Study will be discussed during this meeting as the student will begin their Case Study in Phase 2. A beginner client is recommended during this meeting. The student should plan to bring their own client to the meeting. If the student needs assistance this needs to be requested in advance. The student will be critiqued and given feedback and assistance during teaching. Full explanation in Phase 1 in the Trainee Schedule. Refer to First Advisor Meeting document.
Second Advisor Meeting – teach Level II-III 1 hour
During this meeting, students will practice teach in front of their HA/LTT and discuss their program hours and progress. A beginner client or another trainee can be used during this meeting. The student should plan to bring their own client to the meeting. If the student needs assistance this needs to be requested in advance. The student will be critiqued and given feedback and assistance during teaching. Full explanation in Phase 3 in the trainee schedule. Refer to Second Advisor Meeting document.
Third Advisor Meeting – teach Level III-IV 1 hour
During this meeting, students will practice teach in front of their HA/LTT and discuss their program hours and progress. A trainee or more advanced client is recommended during this meeting so that the student can teach more advanced exercises. The student needs to organize the body used in this meeting. If the student needs assistance this needs to be requested in advance. The student will be critiqued and given feedback and assistance during teaching. Full explanation in Phase 5 in the trainee schedule. Refer to Third Advisor Meeting document.
The Mentorship hours should not be considered as “check marks” for trainees to complete, but rather the hours are used to understand on a deep level how to teach different types of clients that will have individual needs. Trainees need to learn to evaluate how to best communicate with clients, at the same time keeping them moving during a lesson and creating a lesson plan. Part of learning how to teach is also learning how to work with different types of personalities. If a student completes the mentorship hours as “check marks” it will be difficult to pass the final exams. It is important to use this time and the requirements to understand the Pilates Method. All mentorship hours are reported daily/weekly in iTPC. Students must turn in an assignment in each Phase for the mentorship hours.
Students will begin to practice teach in Phase 1. Choose volunteer clients that are “healthy” and do not have recent injuries. These days almost all clients that you work with have a previous injury, as long as it is not within the last six months these clients are eligible to be volunteer clients. Always make sure they have been cleared by their doctor prior to working with them. Volunteer clients must be post-partum six months for a trainee to work with them. Please use the Volunteer Client Agreement when beginning to work with new clients during the program. Teach one client for a week or two before adding more clients to your schedule. Interview prospective clients to get those that will be committed two to three times per week. When working with volunteer clients, remember that they are your guinea pig. Sometimes volunteer clients will come to trainees with an agenda. A student’s agenda may be teaching that client the same exercises for a half an hour to get their words out, remember the choreography, etc. Take clear but simple “SOAP” notes in the client’s file, please refer to the SOAP Notes document.
If students are nervous about beginning this process start by attending a teaching skills class (available at TPC through Zoom), teaching another trainee, a friend, or relative.
Local Trainees: Practice Teaching is included in the tuition of the Mat teacher training program, all students can use The Pilates Center facility to teach volunteer clients. There may be busy times in the studio that trainees cannot teach. Trainees cannot teach volunteer clients during Movement Skills classes (these classes are designed for students so they should either be enrolled or observing these classes).
Long Distance Trainees: Will need to find a studio and/or their own equipment where they can practice teach their volunteer clients. Or you can teach Mat from your own home and through Zoom. Students may have to pay additional fees to use equipment outside of TPC. The student should check with the local studio regarding Studio Protocol for teaching on the equipment. It is encouraged for long distance students to visit TPC during Host Advisor and Licensed Teacher Training Meetings to volunteer to practice teach for additional feedback for no additional cost.
What is considered Practice Teaching?
- Teaching Volunteer Clients and other trainees.
- Teaching clients if already a professional teacher.
- Teaching Skills classes are considered Practice Teaching.
- Advising Appointments and Practical Exams are not.
Observation begins immediately. Prior to observing students should read the Observation Guidelines (How to Observe) document. This is a great way to begin observations. Start with the basic information; for example: names of exercises, order, set up for exercises and safety. Students should begin by observing a mixture of privates, beginner classes, and one advanced class each week. Slowly progressing to more advanced classes as the student begins to find a focus for their observation. Observing beginner clients will help the trainee to understand how to begin practice teaching. (This may not be available to long distance students depending on their local studio but we do have a library of Beginner Mat classes in the Observation Library.) Once a student becomes more comfortable with observing, refer to the Practice Teaching Critique 1 and 2 documents to further look for a deeper understanding of the Pilates exercises.
*The point of the observation is to learn in a “real life” situation how to teach clients. Students can use hours of attending live lectures towards observation but should keep in mind that students should observe throughout the trainee program. As we grow in our careers, there is always more to learn.
Local Trainees: Observation is included in the tuition of the Mat teacher training program, all students can use The Pilates Center facility to observe clients and our online Zoom Mat classes. Students must ask permission from teachers in advance and out of ear shot of clients if they can observe for in person lessons. Students should arrive at TPC in advance to determine what hours and teachers they would like to observe. This is especially true with private lessons. Private lessons can only be observed by two trainees at a time. Classes can have up to four observers as long as there are not more observers than clients in the classes. More advanced classes may have more observers since it is likely these attendees are trainees, graduates, and/or teachers that are participating in these classes; please check with the teacher prior to observing. Plan to ask questions at the end of the lesson. If the teacher is in a hurry, write your question down and leave it at the front desk or email the teacher your questions. Be sure to look for modifications, words the teacher uses to move the client on and off the equipment, safety. Please refer to the Observation Protocol when observing at TPC.
Long Distance Trainees: Will need to find a studio where they can observe TPC graduates teach clients. Students may have to pay additional fees to observe outside of TPC. The student should check with the local studio regarding Studio Protocol for observing clients. TPC offers an Observation Library with a large amount of classes to review. It is encouraged to film lessons that trainees take with any TPC graduate so that they can view it at a later date for observation. This has shown to be extremely valuable for long distance students’ progress with observation and practice teaching, as well as their own personal journey in the Pilates repertoire. Students can observe DVD’s created by TPC and Pilates Anytime classes taught by Amy, Rachel, Kelli, and Debora. It is encouraged to observe as many TPC graduates as possible, in other words if a student is working with a Host Advisor, they should still find another TPC graduate to observe. This will give the trainee more exposure to different styles of teaching, which is extremely important when learning how to teach. Master’s Program graduates who did not complete the teacher training program are observable; however, students should understand that the MP graduates did not learn how to teach from TPC so there will be differences in their teaching style. This will need to be taken into consideration when observing a MP graduate.
What is considered as Observation?
- Observing TPC graduates teach
- Observing TPC staff teach on Pilates Anytime, must be classical repertoire
- Watching TPC staff teach on TPC’s DVD’s and/or online classes
- Filming a lesson taken with a TPC teacher, Licensed Teacher Trainer, Host Advisor, and graduate then viewing it later. This option is used for local and long distance students.
Students should refer to the Personal Workout Guidelines to begin personal workouts. These workouts are important to a student’s movement progress during the program. When students take a lesson, they should write notes of discoveries that were made about Pilates exercises. It is a great idea to re-create a lesson as a personal workout. This will encourage changes in a student’s body. TPC encourages that trainee’s workout together as a group, as well as begin to find flow in the Pilates repertoire. It is encouraged for trainees to “be a body” while in the program. This is considered a personal workout because the trainee is teaching the client with feedback from a TPC graduate. This allows trainees to hear different descriptions about their movement patterns that will enhance their own teaching and movement. If students vocally record a teacher teaching a class or private, they can listen to this while working out and this is considered a Personal Workout.
Long distance students: Will need to find a studio and/or their own equipment where they can complete their personal workouts. Students may have to pay additional fees to use equipment outside of TPC. However, the students can practice Mat anywhere and don’t technically need a studio. The student should check with the local studio regarding Studio Protocol for use of the equipment. It is encouraged for long distance students to visit TPC during Host Advisor and Licensed Teacher Training Meetings to volunteer to as a body for additional feedback for no additional cost.
What are considered as Personal Workouts?
- Working out with other trainees or on your own.
- Another trainee teaching you.
- Taking a lesson with a non-TPC graduate that is not approved for the training program.
- Being a body for Host Advisor Meeting, Licensed Teacher Training Meeting, Advisor meeting, Observed Teaching, or Practical exam.
A balance of classes and privates will enhance your uniform development. Understand that the goal of each teacher is based in the foundation of “Return to Life”, although the language used for cues, images, and the modifications given for exercises may vary. When in doubt re-read “Return to Life” and see how the lessons enhance your own awareness related to the goals of Pilates or review the online lectures. Refer to the current class schedule. Take regular classes to experience this type of teaching with flow and take trainee classes to delve deeper in the teacher training questions. It is encouraged for students to film or vocal record private lessons. Students can vocally record classes as well. These are an additional cost to the student and not included in the program.
Local students: At TPC, there 8 – 10 teachers that have been working in a teacher training facility for at least 2 years, and teachers with 20 plus years’ experience. It is encouraged to take lessons (classes and privates) with different teachers to find a teacher that resonates with a student. TPC offers Movement Skills classes that are created for trainees to better learn skills needed to complete the exercises. These classes are a great way to collaborate with your fellow trainees and ask questions with the experience teachers at TPC.
Long distance students: Will need to find TPC graduates to work with that are local. It is best to take lessons from as many TPC graduates available in the student’s area, even if the student is working with a Host Advisor and/or Licensed Teacher Trainer. Students can take lessons with Master’s Program graduates who did not complete the teacher training program; however, students should understand that the MP graduates did not learn how to teach from TPC so there will be differences in their teaching style. This will need to be taken into consideration when taking lessons with a MP graduate.
What is considered a Lesson?
- Private lessons and/or classes from TPC graduates. It is encouraged to film your lessons.
- Movement Skills classes (Reformer, Mat, Chair, Pole/Tower) are considered Lessons.
- Skyping or Zooming while a TPC teacher, Licensed Teacher Trainer, Host Advisor and/or graduate teaches the student.
* At TPC, trainees receive two free late cancels. Thereafter, the trainee is charged full-price for all classes or privates for that day that aren’t cancelled within 24 hours. Any class on Monday must be cancelled within 24 hours. There are two options to cancel for Monday: Call the front desk by Saturday or use Mind Body On-line to cancel within 24 hours.
These hours are considered attending Symposium we offer at TPC on Wednesdays via Zoom at 2:00 p.m. MST with a TPC teacher which is usually Amy Alpers. This class is included in the tuition and free to the student. In Symposium, the TPC Teacher will go over the reading list. Refer to the Symposium schedule for details.
Students will complete one Case Study during their program. The Case Study is a client that has not completed any or has very little Pilates experience. Students will need to plan to meet with their Case Study client twice a week for 15 weeks teaching 30 sessions. During these sessions, students will introduce the exercises as shown on the Mat Lecture Curriculum. Students will practice creating a lesson plan for each session, introducing the Mat exercises, and using the optional exercises to help assist the client progress through the Mat repertoire. The Students will turn in a total of five Case Study Reports in iTPC. The fifth report is part of the Final Written Exam. When completing the assignment in iTPC, students will need to upload each Case Study Report. Upon completion of each Case Study Report assignment, the student should contact their Host Advisor/LTT that they have completed this assignment. Refer to the Case Study Protocol when beginning the Case Study.
Local students: At TPC, the Case Study client does not pay fees to TPC to use the facility. This is to ensure that the client will continue to work with the trainee for the required 30 hours.
Long distance students: Students can teach Mat from any location so a studio may not be necessary.
Details of Case Study
Only one case study who has not previously done much Pilates, but is strong and healthy; their lessons are free at TPC only while participating as a case study. This is to ensure that the client will commit to twice a week with the trainee. *If a case study client does not complete all 30 hours then the student will need to find a new case study client. This does not mean they must start over but will continue their required hours working with the new client writing reports.
Four case study reports are required to be turned in to receive feedback with a final report due with the final written exam.
Observed Teaching’s referred to as OT’s. These appointments can be taken with any TPC teacher in Boulder. The student should challenge themselves by completing some or all of these with examiners/LTT’s. Students can come to these appointments with an agenda; i.e. teaching flow, bringing a client they have questions about (clients do not pay a fee when being a “body” for OT’s), teaching a certain level, etc. Refer to the Observed Teaching Student Guidelines document for guidance. It is encouraged to film all Observed Teachings. These appointments are meant to allow the student to begin to get over “stage fright” of teaching in front of different teachers, especially examiners/LTT’s.
These appointments can be catered to the student’s needs. Students should come to their OT appointments with a teaching skill they would like to work on during the meeting. OT’s are 55 minutes long and students will teach for 45 – 50 minutes and discuss the notes written by the teacher completing the OT for 5 – 10 minutes. The teacher completing the OT will write notes for the student but will not be using the Practice Teaching Critique 1. The teacher will be looking for the student seeing more, multitasking, using imagery, speaking to issues with more accuracy and/or be capable of doing deeper work at tempo. The trainee will be required to turn in an assignment after completing each OT.
Local students: can work with any TPC teacher on staff that is an advisor.
Long distance students: usually will be working with a Host Advisor (HA) or Licensed Teacher Trainer (LTT). Students can only complete 2 OT’s with a HA. Students working with a HA will complete the first 2 OT’s with HA. The final OT will be completed prior to the final exams in Boulder. Students can choose to Zoom OT’s. If a student is working with a local LTT, they can complete all 3 OT’s with that LTT. However, it is encouraged for trainees to complete the required OT’s with different teachers to receive a variety of feedback. Long distance students can request different teachers when sending footage to TPC.
What is considered Observed Teaching?
- Observed teaching is in addition to teaching in Advisor meetings.
- Observed teaching can be with any TPC teacher.
- Long distance students can complete all OT’s with a Licensed Teacher Trainer.
- Long distance students can complete two OT’s with a Host Advisor.
- Observed Teaching can be done over Skype.
*(It is encouraged to film all OT’s, this can be used as observation)
Students will choose from the following Teaching Clinic topics offered in iTPC:
- Teaching Clinic – The Link System
- Teaching Clinic – Return to Life
- Teaching Clinic – Teaching to a Theme
- Teaching Clinic – Developing the Unique Skills of Group Teaching
- Teaching Clinic – Anatomy for Pilates Teachers
Teaching Clinics can be purchased in iTPC:
There is an additional cost for these clinics: $45 for each, total $90.
The Pilates Center Mat Education Program examination process ensures that each trainee graduates with the extensive knowledge necessary to be an exemplary Pilates Mat teacher. There are three objective exams, a final written essay exam, two practical teaching exams, and two performance exams. During all performance and practical exams the examiners will ask why you are making specific choices and discuss (with you) what you are thinking.
All written exams are taken in iTPC. All exams are pass/fail with the passing mark at 85%. Any failed exams must be repeated, and the trainee is responsible for paying a separate fee to repeat the exam. Should a trainee fail any exam a second time, a written warning will be issued and the Director or Education will discuss options with Amy/Rachel.
TPC’s primary mission in all teacher training programs is to produce the finest Pilates teachers in the world. To the end, the exam process is both challenging and stimulating, and yet sometimes even confronting as well. Know that the examiners have high standards; but at the same time, they are also profoundly committed to making sure you have achieved proficiency, and beyond that, to helping you reach even higher goals through the testing experience.
Because the final exams are meant to be learning experiences too, each situation is unique and personal. Expect the examiners to talk quietly between themselves, take notes, and to make requests of and suggestions to you. They may even stop you if they feel the need to steer you in a different direction or understand your thinking better. This is meant to stimulate your teaching to higher levels.
We highly suggest that you:
- take every opportunity to watch others’ exams
- consider being a ‘body’ for other trainees’ exams
- practice teach in front of the examiners and your teachers as much as possible prior to your final practical exams
- choose a volunteer client “body” who understands the rigorous agenda and is up to the challenges of this vulnerable and revealing experience. This body needs to be at least a Level IV, working on the Level V work.
Always remember that the examiners are trying to stimulate you to your deepest learning experience and to set you on the most powerful path to your future.
Written Exam 1 1 hour
A multiple choice exam that covers basic data supplied in the Mat lectures and Return to Life such as: the history of Mr. Pilates and his studio, philosophy of Contrology, names of exercises, order and number of repetitions of any given level of Reformer or Mat exercises, etc. This exam is taken in Phase 2 in the 6 month schedule. Upon completion of the exam, students will find out the grade immediately. To study for the exam refer to Written Exam 1 Study Guide, Level I-III, and Exercises – Mat (all levels).
Basic Anatomy Exam 1 hour
A multiple choice exam that covers basic anatomy information covered in the lectures as well as The Anatomy Coloring Book, Taking Root to Fly, and The Anatomy of Movement such as: the names of major bones and muscles, the primary purpose of certain key muscles, major muscles used in a given Pilates exercise, etc. This exam is taken in Phase 3 in the 6 month schedule. Upon completion of the exam, students will find out the grade immediately. Refer to the Basic Anatomy Study Guide, Diagram 1, Diagram, 2, and Diagram 3 documents.
Written Exam 2 1 hour
A multiple choice exam that covers basic data supplied in the Mat lectures and Return to Life such as: the history of Mr. Pilates and his studio, philosophy of Contrology, names of exercises, order and number of repetitions of any given level of Reformer or Mat exercises, etc. This exam is taken in Phase 2 in the 6 month schedule. Upon completion of the exam, students will find out the grade immediately. To study for the exam refer to Written Exam 1 Study Guide, Level IV-V and Exercises – Mat (all levels).
Practice Performance (perform Level III) 1.5 hours
This is an exam of the intermediate (Level III) Pilates repertoire. Students will perform Level III Mat with additional exercises on optional exercises. The scheduling of this exam insures you additional time before your Final Performance exam to work on weak areas. This exam is taken in Phase 4 with one Licensed Teacher Trainer.
Local students: complete this exam in person with a LTT. Students completing exams locally need to email Kelli Burkhalter Hutchins: email@example.com two months in advance to schedule exams to ensure availability in the schedule.
Long distance students: complete the exam via Zoom or complete the exam with a local LTT. If a long distance student is working with a local LTT, they can complete this exam in person with the local LTT and will receive feedback immediately. Any student can travel to TPC to complete this exam. LTT will use the Performance Critique 2 during this exam, students will need to complete an assignment in iTPC after receiving feedback.
*It is advised that students complete this at the end of Phase 4 so that the student has enough time to receive feedback.
Practice Practical (teach Level III) 1.5 hours
This exam is a 1.5 hours in which you teach a volunteer client who is well versed in Pilates (an intermediate (Level III) student or Trainee). This exam is scheduled in Phase 4 to assure us that you are on the right track, that there are no “holes” in your understanding or skills (levels I-III) and to give you the chance to get over any stage fright. This exam is taken in Phase 4 in the 6 month schedule.
Local students: complete this exam in person with one Licensed Teacher Trainer. Students should be prepared to teach either Reformer or Mat (depending on equipment availability). It is suggested to choose the equipment that the student feels they need the most feedback. Students will teach the opposite in the Final Practical that they complete in the practice unless requested differently from the LTT. Students completing exams locally need to email Kelli Burkhalter Hutchins: firstname.lastname@example.org two months in advance to schedule exams to ensure availability in the schedule.
Long distance students: will have a choice to either complete the exam via Zoom, or complete the exam with a local LTT. If a long distance student is working with a local LTT, they can complete this exam in person with the local LTT and will receive feedback immediately. There is one LTT’s sitting in on the exam. Any student can travel to TPC to complete this exam. LTT will use the Practice Critique 2 during this exam, students will need to complete an assignment in iTPC after receiving feedback.
*It is advised that students complete this at the end of Phase 4 so that the student has enough time to receive feedback and will not get stopped in iTPC.
Written Exam 3 (essay) 2 hours
This essay exam is purposefully worded to show what you know and how you think. The questions range from history through theory and often combine multiple aspects of your training. The exam must be typed and attached to iTPC, refer to Essay Writing document. A Licensed Teacher Trainer at TPC or local to the long distance trainee will grade this exam. Please allow up to two weeks to receive feedback. In addition, you submit your final Case Study summation at this time. This exam is taken in Phase 6 in the 6 month schedule
Final Performance (perform Level V) 2 hours
In this exam you will perform the advanced (Level V) Pilates Mat repertoire. This exam is taken in Phase 6 with one Licensed Teacher Trainer.
Local and long distance students: complete this exam in person in Boulder at The Pilates Center or via Zoom. This exam needs to be scheduled at least two months in advance to ensure availability in the schedule. If a long distance student is working with a local LTT, they can complete this exam in person with the local LTT and will receive feedback immediately; these students do not have to travel to TPC to complete their finals. There is one LTT. However, it is highly suggested to visit TPC at least once during the training program. LTT will use the Performance Critique 3 during this exam, students will need to complete an assignment in iTPC after receiving feedback.
Final Practical (teach Level V) 2 hours
This teaching exam allows us to consolidate all previous exam information so we can guide you through any lingering questions. The exam will be done on the Mat teaching the advanced work. It is a two hour exam similar to the Practice Practical and assures us that you know every Mat exercise, are able to modify as necessary for your client, and can teach using all the skills outlined in the Critique and How to Observe forms. Choose a volunteer client who is well versed in Pilates (an advanced (Level IV – V) Trainee that can complete all Level V exercises). This exam is taken in Phase 6 with one Licensed Teacher Trainer.
Local and long distance students: complete this exam in person in Boulder at The Pilates Center. If a long distance student is working with a local LTT, they can complete this exam in person with the local LTT and will receive feedback immediately; these students do not have to travel to TPC to complete their finals. However, it is highly suggested to visit TPC at least once during the training program. LTT will use the Practical Critique 2 during this exam, students will need to complete an assignment in iTPC after receiving feedback.
*Upon completion of the Final Performance and Practical, students will complete a final assignment, the Graduation Form.
Leaves of Absence
Trainees have the option to go “on hold” once during their 6 months. The hold status can last for up to one year from the date of the hold. All Trainee benefits will cease during this period of time. A Trainee may take advantage of this option if they are injured, have a personal emergency or are not progressing as required. If a trainee becomes pregnant, the student will have an extended hold until the student is six months post-partum.
Based on the length of time on hold, the Trainee may be required to purchase and perform a Re-entrance Evaluation ($80.00 USD). Should any pricing change during the leave, the Trainee is responsible to pay the cost of the current prices. The Director of Education and/or Assistant to DE must receive the signed Hold Form.
Extensions are offered to provide extra time for Trainees to prepare themselves for exams, complete mentorship hours or to extend their benefits and graduation date due to personal issues. Extensions are $175.00 USD for one month (30 days) from the date of purchase. During an extension, trainees keep all benefits and continue to count all mentorship hours. Multiple extensions may be purchased.
Each student is enrolled in iTPC and will have access throughout the program weekly mentorship requirements, program events, and online Formal Lectures and Exam requirements. Students are required to fill out, sign, and turn in an Extension Form to the Director of Education or Assistant to DE. If this does not occur, the student will be withdrawn from the program and be required to complete a Re-entrance Evaluation ($80.00 USD) and Re-entrance fee ($100.00 USD) up to one month of expiration of the program after one month has passed the student will be required to re-apply for the entire teacher training program again.