Pilates at College of San Mateo - Degrees & Certificates
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Degrees & Certificates

The Pilates Instructor Certificate Program at College of San Mateo prepares students to teach at a health club, fitness center, or privately owned studio. Students may choose to obtain a Pilates Mat Instructor Certificate, Pilates Mat and Reformer Certificate, or the full Pilates Instructor Certificate.

The Pilates Certificate program includes instruction in the technique, pedagogy, history and theory behind Pilates. Students will procure personal sessions, observation hours, and student teaching hours by taking the Pilates lab course; opportunities to complete these hours may also be available through the San Mateo Athletic Club at College of San Mateo.

Certificate of Achievement (CA)

Specialized Pilates Instructor 18-21 units

Certificate of Specialization (CS)

Pilates Mat Instructor 7 units
Pilates Mat and Reformer Instructor 10 units
Comprehensive Pilates Instructor 13 units

Additional (Non-CSM) Certificates

Balanced Body University (BBU) Certificate
Once a CSM Pilates Instructor Certificate has been obtained and Balanced Body Lab Hours* have been completed, students have the option of paying a $150 fee to obtain a Balanced Body Certificate and be listed as an instructor on their web site. Balanced Body requires its instructors to earn 20 CECs every 2 years.

Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certification
Students who have received a Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Certificate and are 18 years of age or older will be eligible to sit for the Pilates Method Alliance Certification Exam. The PMA requires all PMA Certified Pilates Teachers to renew their certification every two years. To renew, certificants must earn 16 CECs within the 2 year time frame, submit the Certification Renewal Application, and pay a renewal fee. www.pilatesmethodalliance.org