STOTT PILATES® certification shows clients and employers that you are a well-qualified professional. At the conclusion of each course, you receive a letter of completion and continuing education credits.
STOTT PILATES® certification is awarded upon successful completion of a course plus a written and practical exam.
|Intensive Mat Plus (Level 1)||$255|
|Intensive Reformer (Level 1)||$255|
|Intensive Mat Plus & Reformer (Level 1)||$285|
|Intensive Mat Plus, Intensive Reformer, and Intensive Cadillac, Chair, Barrels (Level 1)||$375|
|Advanced Mat (Level 2)||$210|
|Advanced Reformer (Level 2)||$210|
|Advanced Mat & Advanced Reformer (Level 2)||$210|
|Advanced Mat, Advanced Reformer and Advanced Cadillac, Chair, Barrels (Level 2)||$210|
|Mat, Reformer and CCB (Level 1 and Level 2)||$375|
|Written Exam Retake||$130|
|Practical Exam Retake||$150|
|Instructor Trainer private session||$115|
Preparing to take a STOTT PILATES® course examination requires time and attention. In addition to physically reviewing the exercises and understanding the material conceptually, you will be required to apply what you have learned to a real body in a timed setting.
In addition to STOTT PILATES® manuals and support books, other highly recommended books and resources include the following:
You must take your exam within six months of completing your last STOTT PILATES Education course. We encourage you to take some time afterward to practice and synthesize the information prior to taking the exam; however, you are welcome to take the exam immediately after you complete the course if you and your instructor agree you are ready.
The following exams are available in a Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate), Level 2 (Advanced), or Combined Levels 1 & 2 format:
If you take the CMR, IMP, IR or ICCB you are eligible to take a Level 1 exam.
If you take AM, AR, or ACCB courses you are eligible to sit for a combined Level 1 & 2 exam.
If you choose to examine at Level 1 (written and practical components) and wish to upgrade to Level 2 certification at a later date (practical component only), there is a separate fee.
If you hold Matwork certification and want to certify in Reformer or vice versa, you must take a combined Matwork and Reformer exam, so that we can test your ability to program various equipment repertoires together. You are not obliged to take (and pay for) two or more exams if you are planning to take more than one course. You may wait until completion of the second or final course to take a combined repertoire exam.
If you prefer to pause between courses, you may take an exam to become certified in one course only, and other combined exams (after completing the second or subsequent courses) to become certified in all the work. In this case, separate exam fees would apply.
You are eligible to take a Full Certification exam if you have completed all levels of training on all pieces of equipment AND have also taken the Injuries & Special Populations course.
The written component must be conducted at a location where you can be monitored. This can be at a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center (visit www.stottpilates.com for a list of these locations) or a library (public, college or university).
The practical component must be conducted in the presence of an instructor trainer at a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center. Alternatively, the exam can be submitted by videotape or DVD (guidelines to follow).
The written and practical components may be taken on different days but MUST be taken within 7 days of one another.
Level of Certification
If you have only taken Intensive or Comprehensive courses covering Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate) repertoire and have not taken the Level 2 (Advanced) repertoire course(s) you may only take a Level 1 exam.
If you have taken the Level 2 repertoire course(s) and do not hold a Level 1 certification, you may choose to take either a Level 1 or a combined Levels 1& 2 exam.
If you have taken the Level 2 repertoire course(s) and already hold a Level 1 certification, you are only required to take the Level 2 exam, which is practical only.
You may also choose to examine at Level 1 on a certain portion of the repertoire and at Level 2 on another portion.
However, as a general rule, we do not recommend only testing on part of the repertoire learned. We encourage you, if at all reasonable, to test on all levels and all repertoire for the courses you have taken. Exceptions can be made if you and your instructor trainer feel it impossible for competency to be reached in all areas within the prescribed time period, with the provision that you will not teach that repertoire.
If you test for a Combined Levels 1 & 2 (Essential, Intermediate, and Advanced) certification and only do well on the Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate) repertoire, you will be awarded Level 1 certification.
If you are taking a combined Matwork and Reformer exam or a combined Matwork, Reformer, CCB exam and testing for Level 1 & 2, you may be awarded Level 1 in a certain
You must receive an average score of 80% (practical and written) and achieve a minimum score of 75% on each portion in order to pass. Both of these requirements must be met in order to achieve certification.
If you have failed to meet the six-month requirement to complete your examination, you must complete private reviewhours with an instructor trainer to reinstate your eligibility. Material covered will be specific to your needs to better prepare you for the exam. The number of hours required is based on the course material that must be covered and the demands of the course repertoire.
The Minimum Private Session Requirements Are:
The Instructor Trainer may recommend further privates or study as preparation.
The time allotment for each practical exam is as follows:
The Instructor Trainer may recommend further privates or study as preparation.
The initial five to ten minutes of the exam are dedicated to information gathering. You are required to ask your subject pertinent questions regarding history, physical condition and goals.
For the postural analysis portion of the exam, you are required to analyze the subject from both sides, front and back view. Using visual observation AND palpation, verbally relaying your findings to the examiner.
You are also required to give a general description of your planned workout including: what muscles / muscle groups will be targeted, what alignment issues will be addressed and what props or modifications may be necessary.
For the next five to ten minutes you will take your subject through the Five Basic Principles in proper sequence, using clear imagery and movement cues to help the subject properly achieve biomechanical body awareness. You must clearly explain why each of the principles is important.
The following key points should be mentioned and proper cueing and correcting of the subject should be demonstrated.
2. Pelvic Placement
3. Rib Cage Placement
4. Scapular Movement & Stabilization
5. Head & Cervical Placement
The remainder of the practical exam is dedicated to taking your subject through an appropriate workout. The following areas will be evaluated:
Expect to be questioned periodically on the exercises and your choices. This is to evaluate the depth of your understanding of the exercises and how to administer them.
After working on each individual piece of equipment you may be asked to teach a few exercises of the examiner’s choosing to “spot check” your knowledge of the entire repertoire.
Completed Observation and Practice Logs must be brought to the practical exam. Exams will not be processed unless accompanied by these logs.
The number of exercises listed after each type of exam below is the attached minimum requirement. More exercises can be included where time allows.
Note: an exercise with variations only counts as one exercise. For example, if Footwork positions 1, 2 and 5 are shown it counts as one exercise, not three. Also, advanced versions of exercises that are only slightly different from the intermediate (e.g., Short Spine) would not count as meeting the minimum requirement of advanced exercises,but may certainly be included.Matwork Exam
In addition to fully understanding the material conceptually and physically reviewing the exercises, the best preparation for the practical exam is the practice teaching of as many different people as possible (family, friends, classmates) to apply your knowledge, adapt it to many different body types, improve your teaching skills, and become comfortable with your teaching experience.
Practice teaching within the specified timelines and meeting at least the minimum number of exercises.
The written exam consists of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank or matching type questions, and muscle identification questions. It will take you approximately 2-3 hours to complete the exam. However, you are not required to finish within a specified time limit.
The exam tests your knowledge of the following:
If you are unable to complete the written portion of your exam at a Licensed Training Center you have the option of writing the exam by Proctor. The conditions of a proctored exam include the following:
Use of a public library is standard protocol for most STOTT PILATES course examinations as these locations proctor a variety of examinations for various organizations.
Proctored Exam Procedures
Video Exam Procedure
The purpose of the practical examination is to observe you as you lead a “subject” through a workout. The subject should be another STOTT PILATES® student who has taken the course covering the same level and repertoire covered in the exam.
The videotaped workout will be one hour for the Matwork or Reformer exam, one and a half hours for the Matwork & Reformer exam, and two hours for the Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels exam.Technical Considerations
Conducting the Exam
Please read, ‘What is Involved in the Practical Exam?’ section for more detail. Follow the timelines and minimum requirements outlined. You should state your name and the name of your test subject. The test subject must be familiar with the required repertoire associated with your exam.
Exam results will be sent directly to you, normally by email. The LTC and/or Instructor Trainer will also be informed of the marks. Marking takes between four to six weeks from the date of the exam.
If you have to retake a portion of or the entire exam, this should happen within six months of the date of the original exam. This ensures that the information remains relatively fresh but allows time to study and improve in the necessary areas. If this time limit has passed, it is highly recommended that you book privates with an instructor trainer.
If you take your exam for the first time and fail both portions, you have one more opportunity, within six months, to successfully pass the exam. If you fail both portions the second time, you must wait six months before retesting.
If you fail one portion of the exam on the initial test, you must retake that portion within six months of the original exam. If the six-month time limit has passed you must take both the written and practical again.
To find a Licensed Training Center near you visit: www.stottpilates.com/education/centers.html