Pilates Teacher Training & Certification

BodyFit Pilates Academy offers the New Jersey Shore’s only 450-hr Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Program*, Pilates Continuing Education Workshops for CEC’s, and Pilates Intensive Workshops for certified teachers and Pilates Enthusiasts. Workshops are designed in affiliation with the internationally recognized Pilates Education Institute (PEI) and led by Patricia Baiano, master teacher trainer with over 15 years of professional teaching experience.

*Graduates of the 450-hr Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Program will have fulfilled all qualifications to sit for the PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) certification exam. The PMA is the only third party organization that offers a legally defensible, comprehensive competency exam for Pilates teachers and are committed to establishing professional standards and promoting continuing education for Pilates teachers.

Workshop Pricing & Catalog

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Modular Workshops & Pricing

Our unique modular workshop experience provides ultimate flexibility for training-at-your-own-pace. Workshops are open to existing Pilates Teachers for continuing education credits, teachers in training, as well as Pilates enthusiasts seeking to deepen their practice and understanding of functional movement.

Workshop modules will cover the Pilates exercises across all equipment platforms in great detail. Teachers in Training will also be able to utilize the BodyFit Pilates Academy studio for many of their observation hours, self-practice and student teaching hours*.

Training Programs and Workshops utilize a modern, interactive web-based learning platform and offer a comprehensive perspective on the original functional fitness program that Joseph Pilates developed.

Course materials have been designed by 1st generation master instructors with unparalleled teaching experience to give you current, useful, and applicable Pilates principles while still allowing you to develop your own teaching identity.

Note: All prices listed below are professional pricing for teachers in training. We offer reduced rates for Pilates Enthusiast participation. Pilates Enthusiast workshop participation may be bridged to professional training at anytime by paying the difference in the workshop fee plus administrative fees as listed in our catalog. 

Inclusive Pilates Teacher Training Certification Programs

Pilates Mat Teacher Certificate Program

Price $1,100 (save $50) + $120 course materials. Includes:

  • Mat Fundamentals, Mat Intermediate/Advanced Workshops
  • Intro Anatomy, Movement Principles, History & Ethics Workshop
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology Home Study Course
  • Written & Practical Test-out
  • 3-months access to online learning platform

Additional Requirements:

  • 15-hours observation & 15-hours Self-Practice

Pilates Reformer Teacher Certificate Program


Price: $1,700 (save $50) + $120 course materials. Includes:

  • Reformer Fundamentals, Reformer Intermediate/ Advanced Workshops
  • Intro Anatomy, Movement Principles, History & Ethics Workshop
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology Home Study Course
  • 3-months access to online learning platform

Additional Requirements:

  • 25-hours observation, 25-hours Self-Practice, 15-hours practice teaching
  • Pilates Reformer Written and Practical Test-out: $175 (4-hours in studio)
  • Mat Fundamentals, Mat Intermediate/Advanced Workshops

Comprehensive Pilates Certification Program


Price: $4,250 (save $150) + $175 course material. Includes:

  • Mat Fundamentals, Mat Intermediate/Advanced, Reformer Fundamentals, Reformer Intermediate/Advanced, Cadillac/Tower/Trapeze, and Chair & Ladder Barrel Workshops
  • Intro Anatomy, Movement Principles, History & Ethics Workshop
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology Home Study Course
  • 3-months access to online learning platform

Additional Requirements:

  • To become a fully trained Pilates Instructor, students must complete the additional selected requirements at right.  Upon completion of all the requirements, a certificate of completion will be issued.
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Requirements for 450-hour Teacher Certification


  • All workshops listed above (82-hours)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology: Home study course (50-hours or equivalent anatomy certification which must be approved by course director)
  • Pilates Reformer Written and Practical Test-out: $175 (4-hours)
  • Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Written and Practical Test-out: $250 (6-hours)
  • 15-hours mat observation, 75-hours combined observation for reformer, Cadillac/Tower and Chair (90-hours – access to studio granted during regular business hours)
  • 75-hours Self-Practice (access to studio granted during regular business hours)
  • 145-hours practice teaching (includes the 15-hours of Reformer)

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What are the training prerequisites?

Knowledge of the fitness industry and the teachings of Joseph Pilates is highly recommended. Each student should be familiar with the practice and technique of Pilates and have a total of 20-hours of movement experience. While dance, gymnastics, or other fitness experience is accepted, Pilates mat and equipment are highly recommended before embarking on the 450-hr teacher training.

Do you offer trainee support?

We are happy to help mentor and support trainees in their journey during training and towards certification:

Observation Hours: Trainees have free access during their course time to the studio for observation of other teachers. This time must be scheduled in advance.

Equipment Rental for Self-Practice: Outside of course times, students may rent equipment $15 per hour during regularly scheduled business hours while a certified teacher is present for self-practice. Mat self-practice is free of charge.

Equipment Rental for Practice Teaching*: Students may rent equipment $15 per hour during regularly scheduled business hours while a certified teacher is present for practice teaching. Mat practice teaching is free of charge. *Practice Teaching is only permitted for students holding personal fitness insurance (policies cost approx. $125/year).

Teacher in Training Service Discounts: Trainees will receive 10% off all studio Pilates services (Private Sessions & Duets) for the duration of their training period.

What is your refund policy?

Refunds are given only if cancellation is received 60 days prior to the course start date that the applicant has applied to for a $25 service fee. Deposits are non-refundable.

How do I register & pay?

Register by phone at 732-672-4147. Tuition payments must be made prior to the course start and will be eligible for refund if cancellation meets requirements above.

Tuition payments may be made free of charge with cash or check, bank transfer, or debit  card through PayPal. Credit card payments through PayPal will be subject to their standard 4% service charge.

Financing is now available through PayPal Financing (an additional 4% service charge and standard interest rates apply). 

Any tuition paid is NOT refundable once the course has begun.

Once the coursework is over, how long will I have to take the PMA exam?

After completing the coursework and the hours (observation, practice teaching, etc) for the entire 450 Hour comprehensive program, there is a written and comprehensive test administered by BodyFit Pilates Academy. 

Upon passing the tests the trainee will receive a certificate of completion of the 450 Hour Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training program.  They are then eligible to sit for the PMA exam. 

We recommend studying using the PMA Study Guide as well as using the tools provided on the PMA website for practice tests, etc. There is no time limit that is takes to complete, it depends on each individual’s schedule and availability.

Additional Questions?

If you are interested or have any other teacher training questions, please email Patty@BodyFitPilatesAcademy.com or call 732-672-4147.

Happy Graduates

Bernice Cornicello

Bernice Cornicello’s love for body movement started at the age of three when she was first introduced to dance classes.  Her dance training included, Ballet, tap, toe and jazz.  After years of dance training Bernice progressed to gymnastic classes and shortly after starting, earned a placed on a competitive gymnastic team.

Ms. Cornicello’s dance and gymnastic training lead her to become a Gymnastic Coach while she was in College.  To date, she has 25 years of coaching experience. Bernice attended Kean University for Physical Education and Health Teacher Certification. She kept herself fit by always finding a new and exciting workout programs to challenge her, becoming a Certified Personal Trainer through ACE after she became a mother.

Due to constant muscle tightness and pain, she was determined to find a balanced workout program. When she started taking Pilates classes, she was hooked and her passion for Pilates lead her to become a Certified Pilates Teacher. Her lifelong commitment to health and well-being, are evident in her dedication to her practice. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” 

Ellen Slattery

Ellen’s love for Pilates began 16 years ago with her first mat class. After just a few sessions, she noticed her body never felt stronger and her mind was sharper than ever.  Wanting to share her love for Pilates and fitness, she became an instructor 14 years ago through NETA, National Exercise Trainer Association.  Ellen is also certified through Beth Shaw Yoga Fit program and now holds a comprehensive certificate from Personal Best Pilates Teacher Academy.

Ellen has a strong following of clients, having taught Pilates mat classes at Ocean County College, the YMCA in Toms River, and also at the Monmouth County Parks System.   In Ellen’s words, “It’s such a joy to share my love for Pilates with all my students, most have been with me over ten years.  I love teaching them about their body and showing them there is nothing they can’t achieve through focus, determination, and hard work.”