Clinical PIlates Instructor Training:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between traditional and clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates tends to have more of a focus on rehabilitation, and is often used in a clinical/therapeutic setting.

Traditional Pilates tends to have more of a focus on physical fitness, and is therefore not used in a clinical/therapeutic setting.

Both clinical and traditional Pilates practitioners have good grounding in injury prevention; clinical Pilates practitioners have further training beyond the scope of Pilates (such as physiotherapy, nursing, massage therapy, etc), which allows them further insight for rehabilitation.

Why should I enroll in CALIBRATE Clinical Pilates Instructor Training?

Clinical Pilates provides the clinician with many extra tools for improving patient outcomes: assessing and treating movement through whole-body integration; utilising adaptive and assistive devices to re-train motor patterning; utilising equipment to afford dynamic challenges to the body; improved patient awareness; and improved non-verbal communication.

Why should I choose CALIBRATE Clinical Pilates Instructor Training over other Pilates training courses?


CALIBRATE Clinical Pilates Instructor Training is the only clinical Pilates instructor training course offered in Canada at this time, and therefore the only course that is tailored to the unique needs of clinicians and movement therapists.

Other Pilates instructor training courses also require participants to work through many “levels” before they are eligible to undertake Pilates training for rehabilitation. CALIBRATE Clinical Pilates Instructor Training integrates clinical scenarios into the curriculum from day one, ensuring that the course is immediately relevant to you.

What if I don’t have a background in therapy?

This course assumes a tertiary level of anatomy, physiology, and pathology; this does not necessarily mean that you work in a clinical field.

Participants who do not have this level of knowledge will therefore be at a disadvantage, and are encouraged to take an anatomy course concurrently with CALIBRATE’s Clinical Pilates Instructor Training, if they still wish to enrol.

Please also note that insurance for clinical Pilates generally falls under the clinical discipline of each participant, and so those without a clinical/therapy background will have to make further enquires relating to insurance.

What will my designation be when I complete the course?

You will be a Clinical Pilates instructor.

Can I audit the course?

Yes. If you already a qualified Pilates instructor, you may audit the course. Please contact for details.

Will I have a recognisable certificate or certification when I complete the course?

CALIBRATE offers an assessment-based certification of completion, not a “Pilates Certification”, based on the recommendations of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).

The PMA created the only third-party certification exam for Pilates instructors, and is currently a voluntary process. This certification exam provides an assessment of predetermined standards independent of a specific course of study or any course provider.

For information regarding certification as a Pilates instructor, please visit the PMA website.

Is the Clinical Pilates Instructor Training course with CALIBRATE recognized by the PMA?

At this time, the PMA has discontinued its “training provider” recognition program.

Should I take the PMA exam after I have completed CALIBRATE Clinical Pilates Instructor Training?

That is up to each individual. The PMA holds some esteem in the Pilates world, but it is not necessary to hold the certification to practice as a Pilates instructor. Further to that, PMA certification is not specific to rehabilitation, or Clinical Pilates.

CALIBRATE Clinical Pilates Instructor Training also falls short of the 450 hours of training required by the PMA to sit the exam. Because of your prior knowledge as a clinician, much of the course content that is included in traditional Pilates instructor training, has been omitted. For more information, visit the PMA website.

Does this course have third party recognition for continuing education?

You will need to check with your profession’s regulatory body, as this changes from year to year. CALIBRATE is happy to assist you with enquires, and take the steps for recognition with your professional regulatory body.

Does this course have its own assessment?

Yes. Throughout the course, participants are assessed formally and informally, to evaluate their understanding and integration of course material. Participants must complete all assessments to a satisfactory level, to achieve certification.

What are the requirements for course completion?

·        100 hours class time, fulfilled by attendance at each weekend of the course;

·        50 hours teaching practice;

·        50 hours personal Pilates practice;

·        30 hours Pilates observation;

·        20 hours working through a case study;

·        5 hours monthly, for assignments.

How long does it take to complete the course requirements?

That depends on how much time you dedicate weekly to fulfilling each of the course requirements. Most participants complete the course requirements within a year.

FAQs updated as frequently as questions are asked.