Exam Registration


  • How Long Do I Have to Complete My Course Examination?

    You must take your exam within six months of completing your last STOTT PILATES Education course. We encourage you to take some time afterward to practice and synthesize the information prior to taking the exam; however, you are welcome to take the exam immediately after you complete the course if you and your instructor agree you are ready.

  • What Exams Should I Take?


    The following exams are available in a Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate), Level 2 (Advanced), or Combined Levels 1 & 2 format:

    ◗ Matwork
    ◗ Reformer
    ◗ Matwork & Reformer
    ◗ Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels

    If you take the CMR, IMP, IR or ICCB you are eligible to take a Level 1 exam.

    If you take AM, AR, or ACCB courses you are eligible to sit for a combined Level 1 & 2 exam.

    If you choose to examine at Level 1 (written and practical components) and wish to upgrade to Level 2 certification at a later date (practical component only), there is a separate fee.

    If you hold Matwork certification and want to certify in Reformer or vice versa, you must take a combined Matwork and Reformer exam, so that we can test your ability to program various equipment repertoires together. You are not obliged to take (and pay for) two or more exams if you are planning to take more than one course. You may wait until completion of the second or final course to take a combined repertoire exam.

    If you prefer to pause between courses, you may take an exam to become certified in one course only, and other combined exams (after completing the second or subsequent courses) to become certified in all the work. In this case, separate exam fees would apply.

    You are eligible to take a Full Certification exam if you have completed all levels of training on all pieces of equipment AND have also taken the Injuries & Special Populations course.

    The written component must be conducted at a location where you can be monitored. This can be at a STOTT PILATES® Licensed Training Center (visit www.stottpilates.com for a list of these locations) or a library (public, college or university).

    The practical component must be conducted in the presence of an Instructor Trainer at a STOTT PILATES® Licensed Training

    Center. Alternatively, the exam can be submitted by videotape or DVD (guidelines to follow).

    The written and practical components may be taken on different days but MUST be taken within 7 days of one another.

  • Level of Certification

    If you have only taken Intensive or Comprehensive courses covering Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate) repertoire and have not taken the Level 2 (Advanced) repertoire course(s) you may only take a Level 1 exam.

    If you have taken the Level 2 repertoire course(s) and do not hold a Level 1 certification, you may choose to take either a

    Level 1 or a combined Levels 1& 2 exam. If you have taken the Level 2 repertoire course(s) and already hold a Level 1 certification, you are only required to take the Level 2 exam, which is practical only.

    You may also choose to examine at Level 1 on a certain portion of the repertoire and at Level 2 on another portion.

    However, as a general rule, we do not recommend only testing on part of the repertoire learned. We encourage you, if at all reasonable, to test on all levels and all repertoire for the courses you have taken. Exceptions can be made if you and your Instructor Trainer feel it impossible for competency to be reached in all areas within the prescribed time period, with the provision that you will not teach that repertoire.

    If you test for a Combined Levels 1 & 2 (Essential, Intermediate, and Advanced) certification and only do well on the Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate) repertoire, you will be awarded Level 1 certification. If you are taking a combined Matwork and Reformer exam or a combined Matwork, Reformer, CCB exam and testing for Level 1 & 2, you may be awarded Level 1 in a certain portion of the repertoire and Level 2 in another portion.

  • What is a Passing Score?

    You must receive an average score of 80% (practical and written) and achieve a minimum score of 75% on each portion in order to pass. Both of these requirements must be met in order to achieve certification.

  • What if My Course Finished Longer Than Six Months Ago?

    If you have failed to meet the six-month requirement to complete your examination, you must complete private review hours with an Instructor Trainer to reinstate your eligibility. Material covered will be specific to your needs to better prepare you for the exam. The number of hours required is based on the course material that must be covered and the demands of the course repertoire.

  • The Minimum Private Session Requirements Are:

    ◗ Matwork – 1 hour
    ◗ Reformer – 1 hour
    ◗ Matwork & Reformer – 1 to 2 hours
    ◗ Matwork, Reformer, & CCB – 2 to 3 hours

    The Instructor Trainer may recommend further privates or study as preparation.

  • What Will I Be Asked to do for My Practical Exam?

    The time allotment for each practical exam is as follows:

    ◗ Matwork – 1 hour
    ◗ Reformer – 1 hour
    ◗ Mat & Reformer – 1.5 hours
    ◗ Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels – 2 hours

    The initial five to ten minutes of the exam are dedicated to information gathering. You are required to ask your subject pertinent questions regarding history, physical condition and goals.

    For the postural analysis portion of the exam, you are required to analyze the subject from both sides, front and back view. Using visual observation AND palpation, verbally relaying your findings to the examiner. You are also required to give a general description of your planned workout including: what muscles / muscle groups will be targeted, what alignment issues will be addressed and what props or modifications may be necessary.

    For the next five to ten minutes you will take your subject through the Five Basic Principles in proper sequence, using clear imagery and movement cues to help the subject properly achieve biomechanical body awareness. You must clearly explain why each of the principles is important.

    The following key points should be mentioned and proper cueing and correcting of the subject should be demonstrated.

    1. Breathing

    ◗ In through the nose, out through the mouth with pursed lips
    ◗ Emphasis is on 3-D breath especially into the posterior and lateral aspects of the rib cage, because these tend to be under utilized areas
    ◗ Exhaling deeply can also help activate the deep support muscles by engaging the transversus abdominis
    ◗ Explanation of the action of the transversus and how it stabilizes the lumbo-pelvic region, especially in neutral position.
    ◗ The gentle contraction of the deep pelvic floor muscles also aids in firing the transversus abdominis
    ◗ This breath pattern helps avoid unnecessary tension in the neck and shoulders
    ◗ This breath pattern helps relaxation
    ◗ The rib cage opens out and up during an inhale, promoting spinal extension and closes in and down during exhale, promoting spinal flexion

    2. Pelvic Placement

    ◗ In neutral pelvic placement, the natural lordotic curve of lumbar spine is present
    ◗ ASIS and Pubic Symphysis lie approximately in a horizontal plane drawn parallel to the floor when lying supine
    ◗ Neutral promotes good shock absorption and efficient movement patterns throughout body
    ◗ Neutral is usually used during closed kinetic chain activities
    ◗ Imprinted position is a slight posterior pelvic tilt with slight lumbar flexion and is used to gain stability if neutral cannot be maintained and often used during open kinetic chain activities
    ◗ Imprint involves shortening of obliques without activation of glutes

    3. Rib Cage Placement

    ◗ Emphasis is put on breathing into the posterior and lateral aspects of the rib cage
    ◗ Abdominal wall attaches to the lower ribs. Be aware of maintaining abdominal engagement and not popping the ribs
    ◗ Abdominals stabilize rib cage and therefore spine during movement of the arms
    ◗ Used to keep the spine neutral and stable

    4. Scapular Movement & Stabilization

    ◗ Scapula lacks bony attachment to the ribs and spine (only attaching to clavicle), thereby providing mobility to the upper limb, which must be counterbalanced with stability
    ◗ It is important to balance the surrounding muscles and to control the movement of the scapulae
    ◗ The scapulae should lie flat on the rib cage and glide across it without winging
    ◗ Protraction, retraction, elevation, depression, upward rotation and downward rotation are available movements
    ◗ Stabilizing the scapulae is necessary during the initiation of every exercise

    5. Head & Cervical Placement

    ◗ Cervical spine should hold its natural curve (anterior convex) and the skull should be balanced directly above the shoulders in sitting or standing
    ◗ Pads or pillows may be needed in supine or prone to prevent hyperextension of the cervical spine
    ◗ Cervical spine should continue the line of the thoracic spine in neutral, during flexion, extension, lateral flexion and rotation
    ◗ Cranio-vertebral flexion, flexing the cranium on the first two vertebrae of the cervical spine, not jamming the chin into the chest, occurs initially when flexing the upper torso from a supine position
    ◗ Use these methods to (dynamically) stabilize the cervical area and avoid strain.

    The remainder of the practical exam is dedicated to taking your subject through an appropriate workout.

    The following areas will be evaluated:

    ◗ Postural analysis.
    ◗ Stated focus of workout.
    ◗ The Five Basic Principles: taught separate of the Warm Up in Matwork and applied to all the exercises.
    ◗ Teaching manner and energy (attitude, motivational, verbalization skills). You are guiding your subject with control and develop a rapport with your subject.
    ◗ Ability to cue: use of imagery, verbal cues, and kinesthetic cues (touch) to aid in guiding your subject through the exercises and transitions, cues should specific to your subject and be a combination of muscular and tactile cues and imagery to achieve movement to incorporate and reinforce all basic principles.
    ◗ Ability to correct: use of imagery, verbal cues, and kinesthetic cues (touch) to ensure correct alignment and proper execution of exercises; knowledge from course(s) to achieve dynamically stabilized, conscious and safe movement.
    ◗ Knowledge of content, knowing the relevant repertoire of exercises and the corresponding movement and breath patterns, minimum number of exercises for each piece and level.
    ◗ Exercise progression and rationale for the exercises chosen, applying adaptations and modifications as necessary.
    ◗ Rhythm and pace of the workout: fluidity, using transitions from one exercise to another, choosing a pace that challenges the individual without compromising the Five Basic Principles or causing overexertion, and cueing in a manner that encourages proper timing of movement and breath, the workout fit the required amount of time for the exam.