There are lots of training programs to choose from and finding one that is right for you may be very confusing.  You will be spending a lot of money and time taking your training so make sure you find the best school for you.  Credibility and reputation are important factors in selecting an Instructor Training program.  Additionally, the program you choose should be recognized by the Pilates Method Alliance.  While not every studio will require that you be PMA certified, you will most likely have an advantage when looking for work.  Visit the training studio and talk with the instructors who will be teaching the course and see how you fell about them.  Trust your instincts.  

 Absolute Center and Balanced Body® are your partners in mind body fitness. We work with the best educators in Pilates and related disciplines to provide learning opportunities that are stimulating, personal and deeply rooted in the art and science of movement. Learn and grow with programs that develop your mind, your body and your career.  Our programs are set up in modules to allow you to learn at your own pace.  Finish your 8 month Pilates Comprehensive all at once or decide to take the courses when and as you can.  Your Absolute Center Instructor Advisor can help you create the path that is best for you.
Our students come from many paths, including both aspiring and seasoned Pilates instructors as well as personal trainers, group exercise, yoga, Physical Therapists, Doctors, Chiropractors, professional athletes and more.

Not all aspiring teachers come from a movement or dance background.  Don’t let that stop you if you have a passion for Pilates.  At Absolute, we have helped budding instructors who have little to no experience with movement.  We often find it is best to take your Anatomy module after your Instructor training has started.   If you already have an anatomy background, great,  let us know what you learned and how and you can use that as your anatomy requirement. 
Talking with an Absolute Center Instructor Adviser can help with getting started in this rewarding career.

 Ah, this is the biggest question of all!  You become a better instructor each time you practice the Pilates work in your own body but this doesn't mean you have to fork out a lot more money!  From doing a video to taking a class to just working out on your own, Personal Practice hours are vital to understanding Pilates.  Student teaching can range from grabbing your best friend, parent or spouse and teaching them what you are learning, to volunteering in a school or for a non-profit.  Practicing the words and the work make you a better teacher.  Observation of other experienced instructors is vital to shaping your Instructor personality.  Watch and see what works, what doesn't and how another instructor’s words help their clients succeed.  

 The Absolute Center through Balanced Body has aligned itself with the Pilates Method Alliance, the professional association and certifying agency for Pilates Teachers.   The aim of industry unification led the PMA to develop a third party professional credential (or "certification"), which was launched in 2005. This credential was created through consultation with a wide range of Pilates experts and it serves the Pilates community and the public by validating that a Pilates teacher meets entry level standards for safety and competency.
Today, the PMA is both an international professional association and a certifying agency for Pilates teachers.

In a word, no.  We know Pilates Instructor Training is a financial commitment, we want to make it as painless as possible for you.  While most modules have an early registration discount, your may pay for each module as it is offered.  All registration is done through bbu.pilates.com.

That depends on a few things.  First off, your Absolute Center instructor will let you know if you are ready to teach the work you are learning.  Second, if you are looking to work at a studio or club, the ultimate decision is up to them.  Thirdly, you are a good judge as well, if you feel ready, you may be.  

 Ah, second biggest question of all!   First off, don't be nervous, we want you to succeed.  There are 3 types of testing; Mat Instructor, Reformer Instructor and Comprehensive Instructor.  Depending on which you want to be, you only take one test.  Once you are done with your coursework and hours, you submit them and an application to Balanced Body.  Upon approval, the final test consists of 50 to 75 multiple choice questions and a practical session of you teaching a student.  We go deeper into specifics during the modules, the important thing is to not stress too much!  Details of each set of completion requirements can be found here.

Absolute is one of a network of  Balanced Body Host sites all of which with prior notice, welcome visits from student instructors.  Absolute has created a Balanced Body Student discount program and holds regular Mentor classes to help you along the way.  These programs are further outlined during each module training.