Becoming a Pilates instructor requires training as a mat instructor, including well-rounded training that calls for a year of study and teaching private lessons. Those who take the comprehensive level are required to take physiology and anatomy classes before full certification is granted.
Mat instructor training is available to students. The cost of mat certification can range anywhere from $100 to $300. Even though mat training does not require Pilates experience, experts recommend that students have some level of practical knowledge before undergoing training. The mat course covers mat exercise sessions and tailoring these techniques for different groups of people. To complete the course, students must take a written test followed by a series of demonstrations.
When taking the advanced form of Pilates training, students are exposed to the evolution and history of Pilates, including the history of Joseph Pilates, the founder of the artform. Students also learn how to use various forms of equipment. There are different levels of Pilates training, which come with different levels of intensity. A total of 900 apprenticeship hours may be required in a single year to graduate from a program. Students can expect to pay $3000 or more to complete the full certification process.