Pilates Academy International Course Requirements


The Pilates Academy International upholds course requirements commensurate with other Pilates teachers training programs around the world.  In the chart below, prospective students will find the hours required of them both in the classroom and out, as observation, personal practice and practice teaching are all necessary components of becoming a successful Pilates instructor.

Observation, Practice Teaching and Personal Study Hours

Class Hours: A PAI manual will be provided for every course. ABP requires an additional text which the student is responsible for obtaining: “Trail Guide to the Body” Fourth Edition by Andrew Biel.

Students should dress in exercise clothing as they will be performing the exercises as they learn them.

There will be breaks during course hours.

Observation Hours: The student watches a class, private session, or videos. Taking class is not considered observation.

Practice Teaching: The student practices teaching the exercises on another person. PAI students may practice at Centered for free for 3 months after the last day of the course, bringing in one practice body total. After 3 months, PAI students may practice for $20/hr.

Personal Study Hours: The student studies the exercises on their own, studying design, breath patterns and muscles involved. Taking class can be considered as personal study hours.

These suggested hours are to be logged and completed taking the certification test. The logs are turned in on the day of the test.


PAI Hour Requirements

                Class    Practice Teaching    Observation    Personal Study    Total

ABP            15                     -                            -                        -                     15

APM l         35                 20                          10                      10                   75

APR l          50                25                           15                      15                 105

APCad l      30                10                            10                      10                 60

APCh l         15                10                            10                      10                 45

APB l            8                  4                             4                        4                 20

APM ll          5                   5                            5                        5                 20

APR ll          18                 10                           10                       10                 48

APCad ll      12                 5                             5                        5                 27

APCh ll        12                  5                            5                        5                 27

APB ll           4                   2                            2                        2                 10

Totals       204                96                         76                       76              452


PAI has a crossover program available for students who have already begun their studies with another program and wish to train with Pilates Academy International.

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