What is the Pilates Teacher Association
We are the professional body which represents Pilates Teachers who are committed to the creation of a distinct occupation – Pilates Teacher and to the preservation and teaching of the Pilates Method.
Our goal is to protect the public by creating a Register of Pilates Teachers who have appropriate qualifications, skills and experience to deliver the Pilates method to a wide range of the population.
Membership of the Association is only available when a Pilates teacher can evidence qualifications based on strict criteria and expertise in the Pilates Method. We work to a strict code of ethics and code of conduct. If your Pilates Teacher is listed with us you will have a teacher with a sound education in the method and who is committed to continuing professional development.
Who are you regulated by?
There is no formal regulation requirement for Pilates. The Pilates method is subject to voluntary regulation with associations around the world. We offer a membership body for any teacher anywhere in the world who is committed to the preservation of the Pilates method and professional development of Comprehensive Pilates Teaching. In establishing our Association we have explored the guidance from the Professional Standards Authority and the Accredited Voluntary Registers scheme This organisation formally regulate Health Professionals like Doctors and offer a voluntary register for complementary health care www.professionalstandardsauthority.org.uk
Many complementary health practitioners are members of voluntary regulatory bodies Accredited professions like Alexander Technique, example belong to https://www.cnhc.org.uk/
The fitness industry in the UK is also subject to voluntary registration and many teachers are not bound by any code of conduct. The body with delegated authority from the UK Government in the Fitness sector is https://www.cimspa.co.uk
In Europe there is the European Health and Fitness association www.europeactive.eu
The Pilates Teacher Association is actively working on behalf of our members with representatives from each of these bodies to ensure that the voices of Comprehensive Pilates Teachers from comprehensive schools are involved in the setting of standards of education for PiIates and developing the occupation “Comprehensive Pilates Teacher”.
While the Pilates method is an ideal workout for healthy individuals it also has a benefit for many musculo-skeletal complaints and post Physiotherapy exercise. Referrals to Pilates Teachers are common. The PTA is working with the larger and the Departments for sport and health in the devolved Governments to raise the profile of Comprehensive Pilates Teachers, protect the public and to define the standards of Education required to become a Pilates Teacher.
Why should I use a PTA Teacher?
Using a Pilates teacher who is a member of the association provides assurance and confidence to the public, employers and health care professionals that the Teacher they use is a Pilates Teacher and a specialist.
All Pilates Teacher Association members and associates will have received training through schools which have a comprehensive training available and their course tutors are all comprehensively trained Pilates Teachers with a minimum of 5 years Pilates teaching experience. Teacher Training will have been over many months, sometimes years and all members will have had considerable amounts of time spent in apprentice hours. For classification of teachers please click here.
- Hold approved qualifications in the Pilates Method
- Are committed to their ongoing professional development
- Are legally covered by appropriate insurance
- May hold generic Level 3 and Level 4 National Occupational standards qualifications applicable in the UK and Europe
All Teachers abide by the code of ethical conduct principles which are:
- Rights - To promote and respect the rights, dignity and worth of every human being.
- Relationships - To develop a relationship with their paticipants and othe professionals based on openness, honesty, mutual trust and respect.
- Personal Responsibilities - To demonstrate proper personal behaviour and conduct at all times and be fair, honest and considerate to all participants and colleagues
- Professional Standards - To retain a high level of competence through qualifications and a commitment to ongoing training that ensures safe and correct practice referring to other colleagues and Professionals where appropriate.
- Safe Working Practice - To prepare for all activities ensuring the safety of their clients is of paramount consideration.