How do i become a pilates teacher? is a question i get asked quite a lot. So in today’s blog post or vlog that’s what i’m going to be discussing. So there’s lots of ways to become a pilates teacher and it’s not actually a protected title. So not that i agree with it but you don’t actually need a qualification to be a pilates teacher. It’s just that a lot of the studios and a lot of gyms will ask for a qualification. Rightly so and also your insurance company will ask for a qualification. There’s a wide range of qualifications available and the first thing is to actually decide what you want to do with your qualifications. So you know you’ve got all this equipment that you can get qualified in mat work and i highly recommend probably just starting with a matt qualification first and then building up your repertoire from there and joseph pilates. So yes all this equipment looks really fancy but actually, all of this equipment that we use in pilates was designed to make the mat work much better and to help the person’s understanding of what you’re meant to be doing in your body. Instructor Paul in front of his beloved reformers So often people think oh you’ve got to be advanced to use a reformer or something and it isn’t that’s actually not the case at all. You can get comprehensive courses which is everything so all the pilates equipment mat studio equipment and that can range from probably about four grand and upwards and it can take a year to to finish that. So like i said it really depends um what you want to do with your qualification. I always suggest start with the smaller qualification because you might start teaching and think actually you really love the mat work or you just want to work one-to-one with the mats rather than you go through your whole training program.
I Want To Tell You A Storyso let me tell you a little story so when i started my training in my head i was going to teach private clients. I did not want to teach classes at all. I was so scared to stand up in front of people and teach but what happened was that i actually really started loving the classes and the energy and the vibe, I get from a class that you know the way we teach in our studio. Well we’re not miserable people we like to have a giggle and a life in the class so and now i don’t teach any private clients. Paul teaches paul loves teaching the clients because he has a rehabilitation background and anatomy background. So he likes to incorporate both into his one-to-one sessions and sometimes someone might need a massage instead some manual handling so to speak.
So you know until you’ve actually had some experience offering your services you don’t know really what you’re going to get a niche for and likewise i actually went and did an antenatal and postnatal qualification and if anyone knows me i’m not into babies or anything like that and i taught one course and i’ve never taught it again. So before you go and spending thousands and thousands of pounds it’s start with one thing which i would probably suggest is a matt one, because it opens up all the doors and also speaking is you don’t technically need a qualification to teach the equipment um you know if you teach a reformer it is part of the pilates equipment. So if you’ve done a pilates course you are qualified to teach that but you can go and do workshops for your cpd, for your continued professional development, or you can do self-study.
So technically speaking you don’t need separate qualifications to use the studio equipment. Most studios and gyms in within the UK will ask for a level three course a level three teacher course. Now there’s different providers i think there’s um i can never remember that i want to say active skills or active iq. They run courses um and the YMCA runs courses and there’s a lot of other different courses. But a lot of the bigger brands like um body control still have to fulfill the same requirements that a studio like ours has to fulfill. There’s a minimum standard that we need to meet. So when you look at the criteria it’s exactly the same in all in most of the places i think Stott Pilates might be slightly different um in terms of that but i haven’t done a start course so and i haven’t really looked into this .
Level 3 Diploma in Mat Based PilatesSo it can be quite confusing because there’s a lot of thing there’s a lot of brands and stuff out there but what you need is a level three qualification.
Now YMCA can’t speak for active iq because i don’t know but YMCA used to run a level three pilates teacher diploma which is now being phased out. So also just check like when you’re looking at courses are they running the level three practitioner which is a new one,CIMSPA which has also been endorsed by CIMSPA and CIMSPA our chartered institute of sports some management and sports activity. So the courses have been changed slightly um so yeah so how do you become a teacher? it’s yeah go and find a place and go into a course Which is a short answer. There are a lot of variables to look at it’s like you know:= what can you afford where are you situated has the course got pr-requisites how much experience have the teachers got are they just a training provider or do they run a studio does the course offer just the minimum requirements. So what i will say is um with the YMCA courses you do not need any other qualification before you do the course.
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No Prior Knowledge Or Qualification RequiredHave a look because there are some places that will say you need to come and do a foundation course first and then you can do the level three. But that’s not a requirement of YMCA. We don’t ask for any other qualifications. There’s no prior educator qualification you need to come and do with us before we allow you on a course. So just check that because i think that’s quite sneaky The other thing you want to notice is if there are courses charging $800 pounds for a level three platters diploma and there’s also courses charging 4 000 for a level 3 pilates diploma and something that maybe you understand or you don’t understand is that you will get what you pay for and sadly we get quite a few people who come to us for more confidence building because they’ve gone with a cheaper school. I’m not saying they’re all dodgy can i use that word but saying they’re all like that but there are certain boxes that we need to tick before you get a certificate. So some courses will just do that that will just make sure that you take the boxes but really when you’re dealing with people’s body in the way that pilates does it’s a very rehabilitative kind of exercise we feel that you should it’s a lot more in depth in the minimum requirements. If you’re looking at a course and it’s 900 pounds you’re going to get 900 pounds worth of value if you’re looking at a four thousand pound course you’re going to get 4,000 pounds worth of value. It really just depends on you and what you want. You might just want a tick the box course, that’s what i call them, you just tick the boxes . I’ve done courses like that; not particularly in pilates but other courses. Where i’ve just needed the qualification i already had the knowledge and the background, it was just for insurance purposes i needed a certificate. So i’ve just found anything on the internet that i could quickly do that would give me the certificate. So you might be that kind of person and then that might be suitable for years. You might have that background. But if you’ve never done any teacher training – pilates teacher training, I would highly recommend finding a course that is quite in-depth. Okay, so that is how to become a teacher. It’s a case of looking on the internet, finding a load of schools speaking to the schools um you know i’ve got another video:- What to look for in Training Schools – but speak to the school. Find out the teacher’s education, their background, their knowledge, you know what resources do you get with your course. So what learning materials do you get ask if you can see their books, or if they’ve got any um additional videos or anything like that. Just find out exactly what you’re going to get and then of course there’s the cost.
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