Pilates Teacher Training in Seattle

Become a Pilates Instructor

Welcome to Vitality Pilates Teacher Training Academy!

We are excited that you are interested in a career as a Pilates instructor. We welcome students of all ages, fitness levels, and backgrounds. We provide an in-depth comprehensive Pilates teacher training experience attuned to individual learning needs. Some of our students are already immersed in the worlds of movement and wellness, like dance, yoga, sports, and massage therapy.

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Pilates Is For Every Body

Many others do not come from a movement background yet find the information, guidance, and support here to flourish. Some of our most gifted graduates have struggled with their own fitness goals or injury. No matter what path brings you to Vitality Pilates, our comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Academy is dedicated to supporting your professional and personal growth.

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Mission Statement

Vitality Pilates Teacher Training Academy in Seattle, WA offers students the intensive study and experience they need to tailor the Pilates method to their client’s individual needs.

We integrate the Pilates method with adaptive applications based on an evolving understanding of the human body.

Program Highlights
Admissions Requirements
Equipment Certificate
Mat Certificate
Tuition & Fees
Credit Transfers
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  • Comprehensive training on the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, and Wunda Chair.
  • Complementary training on the Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, Ped-O-Pull, Foam Roller and Magic Circle.
  • Studio access at all Vitality Pilates locations for personal practice and teaching.
  • Group classes at Vitality Pilates.
  • Private lessons at Vitality Pilates (included with equipment enrollment).
  • Study of anatomy, special populations, and postural analysis as they relate to Pilates.
  • Contemporary perspective with a firm commitment to the integrity of the original work.
  • Maximum class size: 10; 1:10 student ratio.
  • Detailed training manual.
  • The opportunity to teach community classes giving you real teaching experience!
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  • Possess a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) Diploma.
  • Conduct an interview with the Administrative Director in person.
  • Complete a minimum of six months continuous preparatory Pilates classes at Vitality Pilates. Class costs are included in the tuition. Level 3 permission is required before the first day of training.
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Comprehensive Pilates Equipment Certificate

Students have 12 months to complete all course work and the 450 required hours. The curriculum includes the full spectrum of Pilates Mat, Equipment and props as well as studies in anatomy, special populations, and body reading. Upon successful completion of this program, students earn a Comprehensive Pilates Equipment Certificate.

This course includes access to all 3 studios for personal practice and teaching. Also included is 75 group classes and 5 private lessons (a $2,700 value).

Program Hours

Personal Practice

  • 75 hours of taking classes
  • 5 hours of private lessons
  • 45 hours of peer practice/curriculum review
  • 75 hours of group class & private lesson observation

Practice Teaching

  • 100 hours of practice teaching
  • 50 hours of Community Reformer classes

Education

  • 100 hours of training modules

Weekly Time Commitment

In order to fulfill the minimum required hours, students must commit roughly 12-15 hours per week to their training for the duration of the program.

Students have 12 months to complete all course work and the 450 required hours. The curriculum includes the full spectrum of major Pilates equipment and props as well as rigorous studies in anatomy, special populations, and postural analysis.

Exams

Equipment Written Exam – Scheduled: History, Principles, Theory, Anatomy, Special Populations

Equipment Teaching Exams – by appointment: 30-minute Mat/Props, 50-minute Reformer/Cadillac, 20-minute Chair/Props

Upon successful completion of this program, students earn a Comprehensive Pilates Equipment Certificate.

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Pilates Mat Certificate

Students have 6 months to complete all course work and 100 required hours. The Pilates Mat Certificate program includes the full Mat curriculum, Foam Roller, Magic Circle, Spine Corrector, as well as studies in anatomy and special populations. Upon successful completion of this program, students earn a Pilates Mat Certificate.

This course includes access to all 3 studios for personal practice and teaching. Also included is 25 group classes (a $750 value).

Program Hours

Personal Practice

  • 20 hours of practice teaching
  • 10 hours of group class & private lesson observation

Practice Teaching

  • 20 hours of practice teaching
  • 20 hours of Community Mat classes

Education

  • 30 hours of training modules

Weekly Time Commitment

In order to fulfill the minimum required hours, students must commit roughly 10 hours per week to their training for the duration of the program.

Exams

By Appointment

Mat Written Exam –History, Principles, Theory, Mat Class Programming

Mat Teaching Exam – 30-minute Mat & Props

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Tuition: $6,900

  • Early Bird discount: $500 off if tuition is paid in full before August 1st or February 1st
  • Deposit: $1000 is required upon registration
  • Payment plan for the remaining $5900 tuition: 6 payments of $1080 (includes 10% finance fee)
  • Training Manuals, studio access, classes and private lessons are included in tuition cost

Additional Costs

  • Textbooks: Approximately $150. See page 7 for a list of required texts.

Contingency Fees

  • Missed Module Make-up session $375
  • Replacement Training Manuals $40 each
  • Failed Exam Retake Fee $95
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Transfer of Credit Policy

Vitality Teacher Training Academy does not guarantee transfer of its credits to another institution. Credits from another institution for the Comprehensive Pilates Equipment Certificate will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A maximum of 100 previously earned hours may be accepted at the discretion of the Admissions Director. Candidates with relevant certificates, diplomas or degrees should inquire. Tuition is reduced by $500 per 100 hours of credit. There is no fee required for the review of transcripts.

In-Person Pilates Teacher Training in Seattle

Spring 2024 Modules

Saturdays from 12pm-6pm, schedule subject to change.
Includes quizzes, anatomy lectures, learning Pilates curriculum & special topics workshops

Module 1 – Mat & Equipment Certificates

March 9th: Intro to Anatomy, Trunk Anatomy, Fundamental Mat, Beginning Mat, Pilates Principles

Module 2 – Mat & Equipment Certificates

March 23rd: Shoulder Anatomy, Hip/Knee Anatomy, Intermediate Mat, Magic Circle & Foam Roller, Pilates History, Teaching Skills 1

Module 3 – Mat & Equipment Certificates

April 6th: Ankle/Foot Anatomy, Elbow/Wrist/Hand Anatomy, Advanced Mat, Spine Corrector, Return to Life, Mat Class Programming 1

Exams

By Appointment

Mat Certificate Written Exam – History, Principles, Theory, Mat Class Programming

Mat & Equipment Certificates 30-minute Mat & Props Teaching Exam

Module 4 – Equipment Certificate

April 20th: Beginning Reformer, Private Lesson Programming 

Module 5 – Equipment Certificate

May 4th: Intermediate Reformer, Teaching Skills 2

Module 6 – Equipment Certificate

May 18th: Advanced Reformer, Jumpboard, Class Programming 2

Module 7 – Equipment Certificate

June 9th: Body Reading, Beginning Cadillac, Teaching Skills 3

Module 8 – Equipment Certificate

June 15th: Special Populations Lecture, Intermediate Cadillac, Scope of Practice, Code of Ethics

Module 9 – Equipment Certificate

June 29th: Fascia Lecture, Advanced Cadillac, Class Programming 3

Module 10 – Equipment Certificate

July 13th: Beginning Chair, Teaching Skills 4 

Module 11 – Equipment Certificate

July 27th: Intermediate Chair, Ped-o-Pull, Class Programming 4

Module 12 – Equipment Certificate

August 10th: Advanced Chair, Ladder Barrel, Business Skills & Legal Topics

Exams 

Equipment Written Exam August 24th – History, Principles, Theory, Anatomy, Special Populations

By Appointment

Equipment Teaching Exams – 50-minute Reformer/Cadillac, 30-minute Chair & Props

Pilates Teacher Training Tuition & Fees

Pilates Mat Certificate 

  • $1500 paid in full or 2 Payments of $800
  • Also includes: training manuals, studio access, 25 group classes, (a $750 value)

Not Included:

Comprehensive Pilates Certificate 

  • A deposit of $1000 is required upon registration
  • Early Bird discount: $500 off of deposit if paid in full before August 1st or February 1st
  • Tuition $5900 paid in full or 6 payments of $1,080 
  • Also includes: training manuals, studio access, 75 group classes, 5 private lessons  (a $2,700 value)

Not Included

 

Teacher Training Academy Scholarships Available

Are you interested in becoming a Pilates instructor? Vitality Pilates is providing thousands of dollars in Teacher Training Scholarships and a train-to-work program that may cover all training fees! 

Vitality values equity and inclusion. We strive to increase diversity within our studios by supporting representation within race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, body size, age, ability and cultural background. Fitness facilities can be intimidating. We hope to break down barriers with focused invitations. If you are interested in learning more about fitness and teaching Pilates, give us a chance! 

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Start Your Pilates Instructor & Teacher Training

Email our administrative director to get info or enroll in a Pilates teacher training course today!

Post-Program Opportunities

The Comprehensive Pilates Equipment Certificate allows graduates to qualify for an entry-level position as a comprehensively trained Pilates teacher.

Employment
Memberships
Certifications

Employment At Vitality Pilates

The Pilates Teacher Training Academy does not state or imply that employment, occupational advancement, or certification are guaranteed upon completion of the program. After completion, graduates may apply for a teaching position through Vitality Pilates’ Human Resources Manager, however employment at Vitality Pilates is not inherent with enrollment.

Pilates Method Alliance

The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) is the not-for-profit professional association dedicated to the Pilates field. Its mission is to advance Pilates as a profession and to promote and perpetuate the teachings of Joseph H. and Clara Pilates. Both student and professional memberships are available, should you want to join. pilatesmethodalliance.org

National Pilates Certification Program

Candidates that provide evidence that they meet established professional standards are awarded the title of Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT). One can sit the certification exam after graduating from a comprehensive Equipment Certificate program with a minimum of 450 hours. https://nationalpilatescertificationprogram.org