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PILATES Instructor Training Program SPRING 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE CERTIFICATION FOR? 
THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM PREPARES FUTURE INSTRUCTORS TO SUCCESSFULLY TEACH A WELL PREPARED AND ARTICULATED PILATES MAT CLASS & PILATES REFORMER CLASS. SOME PROGRAMS SEPARATE THE MAT & REFORMER CERTIFICATION PROCESS INTO A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT PROGRAMS (I.E. MAT 1, MAT 2, REFORMER 1/ REFORMER 2 / REFORMER 3 ETC.) THIS PROGRAM WILL BE AN ALL-INCLUSIVE TRAINING PROGRAM OF ALL MOVEMENTS TAUGHT ON THE MAT & THE REFORMER DURING THE 9 SCHEDULED MODULES.


WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO TAKE THE PROGRAM? 
WHILE PILATES IS FOR EVERYONE, BEING AN INSTRUCTOR MAY NOT BE. A GOOD INSTRUCTOR NEEDS TO HAVE A LOVE FOR PILATES, GREAT SELF-BODY AWARENESS, A STRONG MIND BODY CONNECTION, ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE FORM IN OTHERS, AND PATIENCE WHILE ARTICULATING BODY MOVEMENT TO A LARGE CLASS OF 10 CLIENTS. WE DON’T EXPECT YOU TO HAVE ALL OF THE LISTED ABOVE FROM THE ONSET. IT IS THROUGH THE PROGRAM THAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOU TO DEVELOP THESE QUALITIES/SKILLS. INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ALREADY IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY, HAVE A DANCE/YOGA/GYMNASTICS BACKGROUND, ARE ATHLETIC WITH GREAT BODY CONTROL, OR ARE IN THE FIELD OF TEACHING TEND TO EXCEL IN THE PROGRAM.


WHAT IS THE STYLE/OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAM? 
THE SALT ‘PILATES’METHOD ADDRESSES THE BASICS OF ANATOMY THAT ARE NECESSARY TO SAFELY TEACH PILATES. SOME PROGRAMS ARE GEARED TOWARDS MORE OF A PHYSICAL THERAPY FIELD OF EDUCATION. THE SALT ‘PILATES’METHOD APPROACHES CERTIFICATION WITH THE GOAL OF DEVELOPING EXCELLENT PILATES INSTRUCTORS. IF YOUR INTEREST IN THE PROGRAM IS GEARED MORE TOWARDS ANATOMY THAN INSTRUCTION, THIS PROGRAM MAY NOT BE A GOOD FIT FOR YOU. THE SALT ‘PILATES’METHOD WANTS GRADUATES OF THE PROGRAM TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO DEVELOP A WELL-ROUNDED CHOREOGRAPHED CLASS WHILE DELIVERING STRONG ARTICULATION SKILLS THAT LEAVES THE CLIENT WITH AN EXCELLENT WORKOUT.


WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PROGRAM? 
THE PROGRAM IS PRICED AT $3500. THERE WILL BE NO OTHER HIDDEN FEES ASSESSED. STUDENTS REGISTERED BEFORE JANUARY 31ST WILL RECEIVE 10%.


IS THERE A PAYMENT PLAN? 
THERE ARE ONLY 10 SPOTS AVAILABLE IN THIS PROGRAM. THIS IS A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE OPPORTUNITY. FULL PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY FEBRUARY 15TH, 2020. YOU MAY MAKE AN INITIAL DEPOSIT OF $500 AT ANYTIME TO HOLD YOUR SPOT IN THE PROGRAM. ONCE YOUR PAYMENT IS RECEIVED IN FULL, YOU CAN BEGIN TO USE YOU 100 CLASS PACKAGE THAT IS INCLUDED IN THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (THE EARLIEST YOU CAN USE THESE CLASSES ARE JANUARY 15TH). PAYMENT IS NON-REFUNDABLE 1 WEEK PRIOR TO THE START DATE OF THE PROGRAM. IF YOU REGISTER FOR THE PROGRAM AND ARE UNABLE TO COMPLETE THE MODULES, YOU CAN COMPLETE THEM DURING OUR NEXT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM.


WHAT DOES THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM INCLUDE WITH MY REGISTRATION FEE?
THE CERTIFICATION FEE WILL PAY FOR ALL COURSE MATERIALS, STUDY GUIDES, FREE ACCESS TO THE SALT PILATES STUDIO DURING OFF HOURS TO PRACTICE ON YOUR OWN OR TEACHING FRIENDS & FAMILY (SCHEDULED IN ADVANCE WITH SALT METHOD), AND 100 GROUP CLASSES (CLASSES EXPIRE 6 MONTHS FROM FIRST DAY OF USE OR 6 MONTHS FROM THE START OF THE PROGRAM, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST).

ALL BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE DURING THE COURSE OF THE 9 MODULES. AFTER THE 9TH MODULE, YOU WILL NO LONGER HAVE THE ABOVE BENEFITS AND ACCESS TO THE STUDIO OUTSIDE OF SCHEDULED CLASSES WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE.


WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM? 
OUR TRAINING PROGRAM WILL BE TAUGHT OVER THE COURSE OF 9 SEPARATE MODULES DURING THE SPRING MONTHS OF 2020:
DATES: MARCH 1st, 15TH, 29th / APRIL 19th, 26TH / MAY 3rd, 17TH, 31st/ JUNE 7TH. THE MODULE SESSIONS WILL RUN FROM 12:30-5:30. YOUR “FINAL EXAM,” WHICH IS AN EXAM WITH MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS, FILL IN THE BLANKS, SHORT ESSAY QUESTIONS AND ONE DETAILED ESSAY QUESTION WILL BE SCHEDULED AFTER COMPLETION OF THE 9TH MODULE. YOU MUST PASS WITH A GRADE OF 80% OR BETTER. ONCE THE PROGRAM CONCLUDES, YOU ARE EXPECTED TO COMPLETE YOUR CERTIFICATION HOURS. THE CERTIFICATION HOURS INCLUDE 100 TEACHING HOURS (60 PRACTICE TEACHING, 40 ASSISTANT TEACHING), 50 OBSERVATION HOURS, AND 100 SELF-PRACTICE HOURS. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO BEGIN COLLECTING HOURS AT THE START OF THE PROGRAM. ONCE YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR HOURS, YOU ARE EXPECTED TO RETURN FOR YOUR “FINAL TEST‐OUT”. YOUR ‘FINAL TEST-OUT’ WILL INVOLVE SUCCESSFULLY TEACH A BEGINNING CLASS, INTERMEDIATE CLASS, AND AN ADVANCED CLASS TO A GROUP OF CLIENTS SELECTED BY SALT METHOD. 


WHAT DO THE TEACHING HOUR REQUIREMENTS ENTAIL?
THE SALT PILATES CERTIFICATION REQUIRES A TOTAL OF 100 LOGGED TEACHING HOURS TO QUALIFY FOR THE CERTIFICATION. IMMEDIATELY UPON STARTING THE PROGRAM, WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO BEGIN PRACTICING ON FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND YOUR COLLEAGUES IN THE PROGRAM (WITHOUT COMPENSATION). THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO LEARN HOW TO TEACH THAN PRACTICE. WE WILL REQUIRE YOU TO LOG 60 TEACHING HOURS AS WELL AS 40 ASSISTANT TEACHING HOURS.


WHAT ARE OBSERVATION HOURS?
YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO LOG 50 OBSERVATION HOURS, WHICH MEANS SIMPLY OBSERVING THE CLASSES OF EXPERIENCED INSTRUCTORS. YOU CAN ATTEND A CLASS AT SALT METHOD (WITH PRIOR PERMISSION) TO OBSERVE AND TAKE NOTES. IF OTHER STUDIOS ARE WILLING TO ALLOW YOU TO OBSERVE THEIR CLASSES AS WELL, YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM SEEING HOW OTHER STUDIOS INSTRUCT. WE WILL REQUIRE YOU TO BE SPECIFIC IN LOGGING YOUR HOURS.


WHAT DOES “SELF‐PRACTICE” MEAN?
“SELF-PRACTICE” HOURS REFER TO THE TIME YOU SPEND PRACTICING PILATES BY YOURSELF, TAKING GROUP CLASSES OR PRIVATE SESSIONS. THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO LEARN THE MATERIAL THAN PERSONALLY PRACTICING IT YOURSELF. WE REQUIRE YOU TO LOG 100 SELF-PRACTICE HOURS.


HOW LONG WILL THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS TAKE?
THE MODULES WILL TAKE PLACE OVER A 3.5-­MONTH PERIOD. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO COLLECT HOURS DURING THE 3.5-MONTH MODULE PROCESS & AFTER THE TRAINING CONCLUDES AND WHEN ALL HOURS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND LOGGED YOU WILL RETURN TO “TEST-OUT.” WHILE WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO COMPLETE THEIR CERTIFICATION IN 6 MONTHS, WE UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE FULL-TIME COMMITMENTS, SO THE PACE IS ULTIMATELY UP TO YOU.


WHAT TYPE OF CERTIFICATION WILL I RECEIVE?
THE CERTIFICATION YOU WILL RECEIVE IS A PRIVATE PILATES CERTIFICATION BY SALT METHOD ON THE PILATES REFORMER. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR FUTURE GOALS WITH THE CERTIFICATION WILL BE MET. EVERY STUDIO THAT HIRES THEIR INSTRUCTORS HAVE DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS.


DOES COMPLETING THE SALT METHOD PILATES CERTIFICATION MEAN THAT I WILL GET HIRED TO TEACH PILATES AT SALT METHOD?
ALTHOUGH, WE WOULD LOVE TO HIRE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU, IT IS BEYOND OUR MEANS. HIRING IS ALWAYS DEPENDENT ON SHIFT AVAILABILITY, STUDIO NEEDS, AND BEST FIT OF THE INSTRUCTOR. WE WILL SUPPORT YOU IN YOUR JOB SEARCH ENDEAVORS.


WHERE WILL THE TRAINING SESSIONS BE HELD?
THE TRAINING WILL BE AT THE SALT PILATESSTUDIO.


WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE ALL OF THE SESSIONS?
IF YOU MUST MISS A SESSION, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PASS OUR SESSION QUIZ WITH A RATE OF 70% OR BETTER.