Q1. What is the BTA Pilates Matwork Teacher Training?
This course is for individuals who are looking to become a Certified Pilates Mat Teacher.
Q2. What are the prerequisites?
- Passing the Prehab Trainer Foundation Theory Exam
- 3 months regular pilates practice at PBT or Entrance Evaluation Test (refer to Q5)
In order for the classroom hours to be conducive, it is essential that you are familiar and are able to execute Pilates Matwork pieces. This will allow you to engage with discussions with the trainer and your peers, as well as prepare you for the performance evaluation.
Q3. How long does it take to complete the Mat TT?
About 20 weeks:
- 20 CLASSROOM HOURS: This is the teaching lab. Delivered either in person/live stream.
- 30 PRACTICE HOURS: group classes and/or private sessions with Pilates BodyTree (PBT)
- 15 OBSERVATION HOURS: observe prerecorded PBT teacher teach Pilates Mat group classes, and
- 15 PRACTICE TEACHING HOURS: practice teaching a group of minimum 4 persons either in person or via zoom. To commence after the first teaching lab.
The student will be awarded the teaching certificate upon completing all required hours above AND meeting the minimum requirements of the Theory, Performance and Teaching evaluations.
Q4. How is the BTA Mat TT unique?
The BTA believes in teaching excellently.
We want to help you help others move well and with ease.
The BTA Approach is a client-centric approach. We believe in teaching the bodies (clients) presented, as opposed to mindlessly applying a fixed sequence of exercises to any client.
During the TT, you will learn a critical thinking process. This process is imperative for you to teach a class that is relevant, meaningful and effective for your clients.
You will understand and learn how to do each Matwork exercise well and what each exercise’s primary intention is. But more importantly, you will:
- Learn how to look and “read” a body (your clients’)
- Make informed judgements about what you see
- Know what you can do to address the issues e.g. a Release, Stretch, Activation, Modification/Progression etc
You will also learn about class design and class programming so that your clients can benefit maximally from your Pilates Matwork classes.
This solid foundation in the BTA Mat TT is the prerequisite for the BTA Compre TT and the BTA Slider & Tubing™ TT.
Q5. Entrance Evaluation Test
BTA also accepts students who have consistent personal practices and display a certain level of understanding the Matwork or physical movement in their own bodies.
This is a 55-minute one-on-one session (SGD200) with a BTA Founder or Educator to assess your readiness to enter the Pilates Matwork Teacher Certification. You will be guided through selected pieces during the session. Time will be allocated to discuss if you are ready and areas that you need to work on, if any.
To schedule a session, please email Tabitha Poh at [email protected].
Q6. What is the fee* for the Mat TT? What does it include?
The Mat TT fee* is SGD2,507.
This fee consists of 20 classroom hours, PLUS
+ Access to observe Mat classes online
+ Program manuals
+ Evaluation fee to certify you as a Pilates Mat Teacher
A BTA Educator will also be your Mentor for the duration of your TT program.
Q7. Do I need to set aside additional budget for the Mat TT?
Yes. Please plan to set aside additional budget for:
- Practice hours
- First aid certificate
- Venue for practice teaching (rental) if necessary
Q9. After I am certified, what next?
You can teach Pilates Matwork, or enroll in our Slider and Tubing Level 1 Course or Spine Corrector Course.
Q10. Is the BTA certificate internationally recognised?
BTA is affiliated and associated with the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).
The PMA is the international, not-for-profit, professional association and certifying agency for Pilates teachers.
The BTA Founders and all Educators are all Nationally Certified Pilates Teachers (NCPT), formerly known as the PMA-Certified Pilates Teachers. As a school, BTA’s selected courses also offer NPCP-approved continuing education credits (CECs) for NCPTs to renew their standing with the Program.