Peak Pilates Education FAQs
How long is each certification program? Are there prerequisites for the programs?
Each of the following certification programs require different time commitments. For Basic Mat, Intermediate Mat, Advanced Mat please click here (PDF) to download an 'At a Glance' document which will outline this information. For the Peak Pilates® Comprehensive Certification please click here (PDF) to download an 'At a Glance' document.
All of our certification programs require you to be CPR Certified and we recommend some background in anatomy and bio-mechanics, as well as a minimum of 20 hours of Pilates participation.
What materials do I need before starting a program?
Each certification program has specific Peak educational materials (manuals and DVD’s) which are required for the program. These materials are clearly outlined for each course and can be purchased through www.peakpilates.com
How does Peak Pilates® differ from other certification programs?
At Peak Pilates our goal is to maintain the highest standards for Pilates education in the industry. Many of our Master Instructors have been with the company for more than 8 years and we also maintain strict quality standards when recruiting new Master Instructors. Our Master Instructor education process is rigorous and is designed to set our new Master Instructors up for success. We have developed a proprietary formula for delivering Pilates training which includes a 10-step protocol for teaching exercises and a 5-part formula for successful coaching.
Do you provide payment plans?
No, but the Comprehensive Certification pathway is structured to allow students to pay per module.
What is the PMA and how is Peak involved?
The PMA stands for the Pilates Method Alliance – which is the nonprofit professional association and certification organization for the Pilates method. Upon successful completion of the Peak Pilates Comprehensive program, certified Peak Pilates instructors are eligible to test for the PMA certification. In fact, completion of the Comprehensive Certification exceeds the educational hour requirements to sit for the PMA exam.
Do I have to take the PMA exam after the program?
No, this is a personal preference and certified Peak Pilates instructors are qualified to teach Pilates at their earned level.
How can I obtain observation and student teaching hours?
Peak Pilates certification programs require you to log a certain number of observation and teaching hours prior to being awarded your instructor certification. To log these hours, you must make arrangements to observe a Peak Pilates professional teach, and you must also schedule time to practice teach Pilates in a setting that gives you access to the proper Pilates equipment. For more information/details on how to find places to observe and student teach, click here (PDF).
What is required in order to maintain my certification?
Peak Pilates requires 14 hours of continuing education credit (CECs) every 2 years. Continuing education is professional learning that follows the basic level of certification for professionals in a given field. It helps them to be knowledgeable and proficient, and is typically required to maintain certifications and licenses in any profession that involves public trust.
Can I receive credit for continuing education through organizations other than Mad Dogg Athletics?
Yes, you can petition to receive credit for workshops and courses completed through other educational organizations. You may only petition a total of 8 CECs from a different organization for every two year renewal period. Of course, the course content needs to be directly applicable to your role as a Peak Pilates Instructor and the course instructor must be qualified. Petitioned courses have to be earned within your renewal period and you cannot submit the same course more than once, within a single renewal period. Click here to learn more about the petition process.