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. Some students may wish to pursue more education to incorporate Pilates into careers such as Kinesiology, Athletics, Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, Studio Owner, etc.

The Pilates Certificate program includes instruction in the technique, pedagogy, history and theory behind Pilates as well as fundamental musculoskeletal anatomy and kinesiology. Students are required to procure personal sessions, observation hours, and student teaching hours during each course.

Open Studio hours are available through the San Mateo Athletic Club at College of San Mateo while students are enrolled in our program. Open Studio hours provide a wonderful opportunity for students to practice exercises on the Pilates equipment and obtain student teaching hours. Personal sessions and observation hours are obtained through taking classes and actively observing classes at various Pilates studios, fitness centers, and community centers.

Students may choose to obtain one or more of the certificates listed bellow.

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 website. Balanced Body requires its instructors to earn 20 CECs every 2 years.

Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certification
Students who complete CSM's Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Certificate and/or Specialized Pilates Instructor Certificate (and are 18 years of age or older) are 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