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Below you will find some important information on remaining current through re-qualification, becoming a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA®) Certified Pilates Teacher, continuing your education with specialty courses, and much more.
Polestar Pilates® Education continues to improve and develop its curriculum and examination process. Re-qualification is an essential part of maintaining skills and quality of care.
In order to qualify for re-qualification, Reformer and Mat practitioners must:
All Polestar courses, workshops and Polestar International Conferences count toward re-qualification. Courses/workshops conducted by Polestar Pilates will be awarded 100% of the contact hour, e.g. a 16-hour course earns 16 hours. Polestar Students who repeat a course will receive 50% of the course contact hours that they can use towards re-qualification.
In order to remain at the highest quality of teaching, Rehabilitation and Studio practitioners should:
As of 2012, Polestar Pilates Education requires that all Comprehensive graduates become Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher(PMA®-CPT). We now include the completed Form A Verification of Teacher Training with the Comprehensive PMA certification diploma after graduation. If you graduated after 2008, you may also request Polestar to mail the Form A Verification of Teacher Training so that you may sit for the PMA certification exam. Earlier graduates or graduates who have not re-qualified in over 5 years may contact Polestar for re-qualification eligibility.
The PMA Certification Program has created the only psychometrically validated, third party certification exam in the Pilates field. The PMA aims to create a critical mass of professionally certified Pilates teachers in order to establish the teaching of Pilates as a profession.
To achieve certification in the field of Pilates instruction, candidates must meet eligibility requirements, and pass a 150 question multiple-choice examination. The Certified Pilates Teacher (CPT) examination has been designed to measure skill and knowledge level based on 450 hours or more of lecture self-study, and assisted teaching hours.
For more information regarding the PMA and its certification process, please visit their website.
After qualifying as a PMA Certified Teacher, PMA re-qualification guidelines will apply to remain in good standing with Polestar. PMA certifications are valid for 2 years. The PMA requires all PMA Certified Pilates Teachers to earn 16 PMA approved CECs (1 hour = 1 CEC) in order to renew certification at the end of your two-year term.
A1: You can still re-qualify with the old process until 2016 if you are close to your 80 hours. Please note that the next time you re-qualify, you must be a PMA Certified Teacher.
A2: If the PMA certification exam is not in your language, and there is no certifying body in your country, you may follow the re-qualification requirements for Mat/Reformer. The exam is currently in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
A3: We encourage you to contact us for your Form A Verification of Teacher Training paper so that you may sit for the PMA certification exam.
A4: If the PMA certification exam is not in your language, and there is no certifying body in your country, you may follow the re-qualification requirements for Mat/Reformer. The exam is currently in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
A5: We encourage you to contact us for your Form A Verification of Teacher Training paper so that you may sit for the PMA certification exam since you have remained current.