PBTT is a very comprehensive teacher training program. As such, our students and graduates are prepared for nearly any situation that might arise in a Pilates studio. It takes one year to complete a course. That said, often our students have full-time jobs or other time constraints, in which case they are welcome to take longer to finish their program.
Our course consists of in-person workshops, observation, practice teaching and doing the work - which we call “self practice” (but does not mean to practice alone, simply that you yourself are doing Pilates. More on that in the hours section.)
Workshops are called modules. We have nine modules, 158 face-to-face hours. Those modules are: Foundations, Mat I, Mat II, Reformer I, II and III and (other) Apparatus I, II, and III.
The apparatus we cover in our course is: mat, ring, hand weights, reformer, cadillac, wunda chair, high chair, ladder barrel, spine corrector and ped-o-pul.
Anatomy is a very important part of our training. We cover anatomy, biomechanics, alignment, pathologies, contraindications and modifications in depth throughout your education. Anatomy and Physiology at a college level is required before testing out of our program. We are currently building our very own course to meet this need - we’re looking to release that course in the summer of 2019.
Pro Tip - you can take anatomy and physiology for free with Carnegie Mellon, online.
Students in our program complete homework throughout their coursework. From Foundations to practicum, students will complete 200 observation hours, 200 student teaching hours and 200 ‘self practice’ hours. Self practice means you are taking a live class or session taught by a comprehensively certified teacher. Streaming classes and practice by yourself, while valuable, will not count towards our self practice requirement.
Once each module is complete (however long that takes, at least 12 months minimum), all hours are logged and complete, the anatomy requirement has been met, then students are qualified to sit for their practicum exam. This final test out, to gain a comprehensive Pilates certification from our program, consists of two parts. The first, a two-question, hand-written long answer essay. The second, two hours of teaching another person with a hypothetical set of goals, issues and pathologies, on each piece of apparatus covered in our course. We’re looking for a comprehensive knowledge of the Pilates method, how to properly teach and progress any client.
Pro Tip - you will be more than ready to take your practicum, no worry required.
The cost of our course is $6300. One of the many uniques of our program is that once you register for our course, you are always and forever a student with us. You can take any module, anywhere, at any time if you’d like - for free. We believe in always learning and always growing and want to give our students the right to audit any module they’d like, with any faculty they’d like, for as long as they need or want to. We’re not sure how to calculate how far someone’s $6300 actually goes - but each module you audit has a calculated value of $700.
Paying in full is slightly more cost effective than our payment plan, but we know not everyone can do that, so …
We offer a payment plan to everyone. The payment plan is nine payments of $750. Your first payment is due to hold your spot and then eight monthly payments follow.
Each host location has it’s own scholarship information. In Texas, the Texas Pilates Association offers scholarships twice a year. In some locations hosts are offering scholarships and in other cities and states you might find scholarships as well. Don’t hesitate to ask your local studio host for resources.
One of our core-values is community. We strive to set new standards in the Pilates world for building a thriving and supportive community with those who share our purpose and values. As such, we have our very own digital community where we gather, share, inspire, learn-from and support each other. Once a part of our tribe, you are forever a part of our tribe. Our mission is to transform the industry and this is one of the ways we’re accomplishing that. We believe that everyone has a seat at our table. We believe that you can sit with us.
Taking your classes and sessions
A cost you should consider as part of your entire education is for your self-practice hours. You’ll be taking classes and sessions with comprehensively certified teachers, 200 of them, so be sure to add this to your budget. Host studios are paying to have our training in their space, they are not benefiting financially from hosting our course. They host us in hopes of hiring teachers out of the program, so their reward is longer term. One way you can support your host is to take classes and sessions there but also don’t feel obligated to do so if you have different plans for your practice hours.
Pro Tip - often studios need front desk staff and typically offer free classes to their staff - it’s worth asking about if this is a financial burden for you.
All of our graduates (and many of our current students) are working in the Pilates industry. From very large national gyms to local boutique studios, requests for our graduates come in nearly every day. The Pilates world needs good teachers and the hiring managers are looking to PBTT to help fill those spots. There are more requests than graduates, we have an abundance of interview opportunities waiting for those who finish our program.
Pro Tip - your host is hoping to hire you when you’re done, if you’d like to work at your host studio, approach your time in their studio as a very long first interview.