STOTT PILATES® Exam Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions and answers 
explain the procedure to obtain your 
STOTT PILATES certification.

Exams are given on scheduled dates five times yearly at Equilibrium Studio. If our exam dates are not convenient for your schedule, you can pay a small fee to book a personalized exam date, which allows you to pick your best time and date when we have an instructor trainer available. All exams are booked through the  training and  education department  Contact training  at 248-723-6500 or training@equilibriumstudio.com.

Topics: General Information | Requirements

Exam FAQs: Rehabilitation--

General Information

Q. How Long Do I Have To Complete My Course Examination?

A. You must take your exam within six months of completing your last 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.

Q. What Exams Should I Take?

A. 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 (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.
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Q. What is a Passing Score?

A. 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.
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Q. What if My Course Finished Longer Than Six Months Ago?

A. 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.

Requirements

Q. What will I be Asked to do For my Practical Exam?

A. 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 10 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 10 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 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
  • Five Basic Principles: taught separate to the Warm Up on the 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 fits the required amount of time for the exam

Matwork Exam
Following the postural analysis and Five Basic Principles you will guide your subject through a 40–50 minute workout that combines Essential and Intermediate level exercises.

Level 1: Minimum eight Essential, four Intermediate exercises

Combined Levels 1 & 2: Minimum four Advanced exercises (in addition to above)

It is important to incorporate Fitness Circle® resistance ring and Flex-Band® exerciser and possibly Arc Barrel into the workout.

Reformer Exam
Following the postural analysis and Five Basic Principles you will guide your subject through a 40–50 minute workout that combines Essential and Intermediate level exercises.

Level 1: Minimum six Essential, four Intermediate exercises.

Combined Levels 1 & 2: Minimum six Advanced exercises (in addition to above).

Mat & Reformer Exam
Following the postural analysis and Five Basic Principles you will guide your subject through a 70–80 minute mat and reformer workout that combines Essential and Intermediate level exercises.

You are allotted approximately 30 minutes for Matwork exercises and 40–50 minutes for a reformer workout. For the Matwork portion, it is important to incorporate Fitness Circle resistance ring, Flex-Band exerciser and possibly the Arc Barrel into the workout.

Level 1: Matwork – minimum six Essential, three Intermediate exercises.

Reformer – minimum six Essential, four Intermediate exercises.

Combined Levels 1 & 2: Matwork – minimum three Advanced exercises (in addition to above). Reformer – minimum four Advanced exercises (in addition to above).

Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels Exam
Following the postural analysis and Five Basic Principles you will guide your subject through a workout for the remaining one hour and 40 minutes to one hour and 50 minutes that combines Essential and Intermediate level exercises.

You are allotted approximately 20 minutes for Matwork exercises and approximately 30 minutes for a reformer workout. For the Matwork portion, it is important to incorporate Fitness Circle resistance ring, Flex-Band exerciser and possibly the Arc Barrel into the workout.

The remaining 50 to 60 minutes are dedicated to a workout using the Cadillac (15 minutes), Stability Chair (15 minutes), Ladder Barrel (10 minutes), Spine Corrector (five minutes), and Arc Barrel (five minutes) that combines Essential and Intermediate level exercises.

Level 1:
Matwork – minimum four Essential, three Intermediate exercises
Reformer – minimum six Essential, three Intermediate exercises
Cadillac – minimum two Essential, two Intermediate exercises
Stability Chair – minimum two Essential, two Intermediate exercises
Ladder Barrel – minimum one Essential, one Intermediate exercise
Spine Corrector – minimum one Essential, one Intermediate exercise
Arc Barrel – minimum one Essential, one Intermediate exercise

Combined Levels 1 & 2 – the following must be done in addition to the above requirements:
Matwork – minimum three Advanced exercises
Reformer – minimum three Advanced exercises
Cadillac – minimum two Advanced exercises
Stability Chair – minimum two Advanced exercises
Ladder Barrel – minimum two Advanced exercises
Spine Corrector – minimum one Advanced exercises Arc Barrel – minimum one Advanced exercises

Important General Info About All Exams
The subject you choose must be capable of doing required exercises safely. The time allotted for the workout portion of the exam will not allow for the completion of all exercises in the full repertoire. You must ensure that the exercises chosen represent a well-rounded workout that address all aspects of movement (i.e. flexion, extension, rotation, etc.) and cover the required number of Essential, Intermediate or Advanced exercises, while being appropriate to your subject.

Level 2 – Practical Only
You do not need to do a postural analysis, stated workout focus or Five Basic Principles. Your subject should be someone who is capable of performing at an Advanced level. The test is designed in this way to evaluate the depth of your understanding of the exercises and how to relate them to your subject. Fitness Circle, Flex-Band and Arc Barrel should be incorporated into the Matwork portion. The Advanced Matwork exam should be no longer than 30 minutes and include: at least six Advanced exercises after a brief warm up. The Advanced Reformer exam should be no longer than 30 minutes and include: a brief warm up and approximately nine Advanced exercises.

The Advanced Matwork & Reformer repertoire exam should be no longer than 45 minutes and include: a brief warm up on the mat, approximately three Advanced exercises on the mat and nine Advanced exercises on the reformer.

The Advanced Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels exam should be one hour long and include: a brief warm up on the mat, approximately two Advanced Matwork exercises, six Advanced Reformer exercises, four on the Cadillac, two on the Chair, two on the Ladder Barrel, one on the Arc Barrel and one on the Spine Corrector.

Q. What is the Best Preparation for the Practical Portion of my Exam?

A. In addition to fully understanding the material conceptually and physically reviewing the exercises, the best preparation for the practical exam is the practice teaching of as many different people as possible (family, friends, classmates) to apply your knowledge, adapt it to many different body types, improve your teaching skills, and become comfortable with your teaching experience. Practice teaching within the specified timelines and meeting at least the minimum number of exercises.

Q. What do I Need to Know for my Written Examination?

A. The written exam consists of 50 multiple choice, four fill-in-the-blank or matching type questions and 25 muscle identification questions. It will take you approximately two to three hours to complete the exam. However, you are not required to finish within a specified time limit.

The exam tests your knowledge of the following:

  • Muscle origin, insertion and action (please refer to list of muscles in the Mat & Reformer Support Materials book)
  • Recognition of diagrams of individual muscles
  • Concentric, eccentric and isometric contractions of specific muscles during specific movements and exercises
  • Movements that make up exercises and their proper anatomical descriptions
  • Order of Essential and Intermediate Mat workout (Matwork, Matwork & Reformer or Mat, Reformer, & CCB exam)
  • Order of Essential and Intermediate Reformer workout (Reformer, Matwork & Reformer or Matwork, Reformer, & CCB exam)
  • Ideal postural alignment and groups of opposing muscles
  • Poor postural alignment and muscular imbalances
  • Modifications to exercises for poor postural alignments
  • Programs to accommodate poor postural alignments
  • Proper set up of equipment, starting positions, movement patterns, and major intent or goal for each exercise
  • Five Basic principles – anatomical descriptions and purpose
  • Proper anatomical terms must be understood and used in all the relevant categories above.

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Rehabilitation

The following questions and answers help explain the procedure to obtain your STOTT PILATES Rehabilitation Certification.

Q.How long do I have to complete my course examination?

A. Exams must be taken within six months of completing your last STOTT PILATES Education course. We encourage students to take some time following the course to practice and synthesize the information prior to taking the exam. You are welcome to take the exam immediately following the course if you and your instructor agree that you are ready.

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Q. What type of practical exam can I choose?

A. Depending on the training and certification courses that you have completed you may choose the following exams:

  • RMR1
  • RMR1 and RMR2
  • RMR1 and RCCB1
  • RMR1, RMR2 and RCCB1
  • RMR1, RMR2, RCCB1 and RCCB2

There is only a practical component for Rehab certification, which is conducted in the presence of an Instructor Trainer at a STOTT PILATES Training Center or submitted by videotape.

Additional Information:

  • Exam material is cumulative.
  • You must receive a score of 80% in order to achieve certification.
  • Different clients may be used if the exam is longer than one hour.

Q. What if my course finished longer than six months ago?

A. 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:

  • RMR1 – minimum one hour
  • RMR1 and RMR2 – minimum one to two hours
  • RMR1 and RCCB1 – minimum one to two hours
  • RMR1, RMR2 and RCCB1– minimum two to three hours
    (at the discretion of the Instructor Trainer)
  • RMR1, RMR2, RCCB1 and RCCB2 – minimum two to three hours
    (at the discretion of the Instructor Trainer)

Q. What will I be asked to do for my practical exam?

A. The time allotment for each practical exam is as follows:

  • RMR1 – one hour
  • RMR1 and RMR2 – one-and-a-half hours
  • RMR1 and RCCB1 – one-and-a-half hours
  • RMR1, RMR2 and RCCB1– one-and-a-half hours
  • RMR1, RMR2, RCCB1 and RCCB2 – one-and-a-half hours

In the initial five minutes of the exam you should clearly describe the injury or condition of the subject. You are required to provide a general description of the muscles that you determine should be the focus of the workout or areas of concern and how you will address them.

The next five to 10 minutes are used to 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 remainder of the practical exam is dedicated to taking your subject through an appropriate workout. The following areas will be evaluated:

  • Teaching manner and energy (attitude, motivational, verbalization skills)
  • Application of the Five Basic Principles to all exercises
  • Ability to cue: use of imagery, verbal cues, and kinesthetic cues (touch) to aid in guiding the subject through the exercises and transitions
  • Ability to correct: use of imagery, verbal cues, and kinesthetic cues (touch) to ensure correct alignment and proper execution of exercises
  • Knowledge of the relevant repertoire of exercises (movement/breathing patterns)
  • Exercise progression and rationale for the exercises chosen
  • Applying adaptations and modifications per individual as necessary

RMR1

  • Following the Five Basic Principles you will guide your subject through a workout for the remaining 40 to 50 minutes
  • The time allotted for the workout portion of the exam will not allow for the completion of all exercises in the Matwork and Reformer repertoire. You must ensure that the exercises chosen represent a well-rounded workout that addresses all aspects of movement (i.e. flexion, extension, rotation, etc.) while being appropriate to your subject

RMR1 & RMR2

  • Following the Five Basic Principles you will guide your subject through a workout for the remaining 70 to 80 minutes
  • You are allotted approximately 35-40 minutes for RMR1 repertoire: half Matwork, half Reformer. The same applies for the RMR2 repertoire
  • The time allotted for the workout portion of the exam will not allow for the completion of all exercises in the Matwork and Reformer repertoires. You must ensure that the exercises chosen represent a well-rounded workout that addresses all aspects of movement (i.e. flexion, extension, rotation, etc.) while being appropriate to your subject
Note: A different client may be used for your subject for the RMR1 repertoire and the RMR2 repertoire, on two different occasions. Approximately 35-40 minutes each.

RMR1 & RCCB1

  • Following the Five Basic Principles you will guide your subject through a workout for the remaining 70 to 80 minutes
  • You are allotted approximately 20 minutes to take your subject through Matwork exercises
  • You are allotted approximately 30 minutes to take your subject through a Reformer workout
  • You are given the remaining 20 to 30 minutes to take your subject through a workout utilizing the Cadillac, Stability Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, and Arc Barrel
  • The time allotted for the workout portion of the exam will not allow for the completion of all exercises in the full repertoire. You must ensure that the exercises chosen represent a well-rounded workout that addresses all aspects of movement (i.e. flexion, extension, rotation, etc.), while being appropriate to your subject
Note: A different client may be used for your subject for the RMR1 and the RCCB1 repertoire, on two different occasions. Approximately 35-40 minutes each.

RMR1, RMR2 & RCCB1

  • Following the Five Basic Principles you will guide your subject through a workout for the remaining 70 to 80 minutes
  • You are allotted approximately 20 minutes to take your subject through Matwork exercises
  • You are allotted approximately 30 minutes to take your subject through a Reformer workout
  • You are given the remaining 20 to 30 minutes to take your subject through a workout utilizing the Cadillac, Stability Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, and Arc Barrel
  • The time allotted for the workout portion of the exam will not allow for the completion of all exercises in the full repertoire. You must ensure that the exercises chosen represent a well-rounded workout that addresses all aspects of movement (i.e. flexion, extension, rotation, etc.), while being appropriate to your subject
Note: A different client may be used for your subject for the RMR1/RCCB1 and the RMR2 repertoire, on two different occasions. Approximately 35-40 minutes each.

RMR1, RMR2, RCCB1 & RCCB2

  • Following the Five Basic Principles you will guide your subject through a workout for the remaining 70 to 80 minutes
  • You are allotted approximately 20 minutes to take your subject through Matwork exercises
  • You are allotted approximately 30 minutes to take your subject through a Reformer workout
  • You are given the remaining 20 to 30 minutes to take your subject through a workout utilizing the Cadillac, Stability Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, and Arc Barrel
  • The time allotted for the workout portion of the exam will not allow for the completion of all exercises in the full repertoire. You must ensure that the exercises chosen represent a well-rounded workout that addresses all aspects of movement (i.e. flexion, extension, rotation, etc.), while being appropriate to your subject
Note: A different client may be used for your subject for the RMR1/RCCB1 and the RMR2/RCCB2 repertoire, on two different occasions. Approximately 35-40 minutes each.

You should incorporate props whenever necessary in order to modify the exercises appropriately. If exercise variations are being used, state the goal of the exercise and the reason for the modification. During the practical exam, if done in person, expect to be questioned periodically on the exercises and your choices. The test is designed in this way to evaluate the depth of your understanding of the exercises and how to administer them to your subject.

In addition to understanding the material conceptually and physically reviewing the exercises, the best preparation for the practical exam is practice teaching as many different people as possible (family, friends, classmates). This allows you to apply your knowledge of the STOTT PILATES method, adapt it to many different body types, improve your teaching skills, and become comfortable with your teaching experience.

Exams Submitted by Video, Technical Considerations:

  • The camera should be positioned to observe a side view of the subject’s body (the entire length), allowing for an additional three feet on either end to ensure enough room to move about. Be sure to keep the view close enough so that details in the subject’s movement and the interaction between you and your subject can still be seen
  • Test the video equipment and sound level and make sure that it records properly and that your voice can be heard on the tape
  • Facing the camera (instructing on the far side of their subject to avoid obstructing the view)
  • Camera adjustments should be performed at natural breaks in the examination process (i.e. between the Matwork and Reformer workout or switching to a second subject). The tape should NOT be stopped at any other point during the practical component of the examination. The subject’s workout should be continuous
  • Videotape must be sent in either VHS NTSC, VHS PAL or DVD formats. We do NOT accept any other format for practical examination submission

Conducting the Video Exam:

  • State your name and the name of their test subject.
  • Follow timelines outlined for each type of practical Rehab exam.

Booking Exams
Contact the STOTT PILATES Education Department at 1-800-910-0001 ext. 261.

Payment
Examination fees must be paid in full at the time of booking and are non-refundable. The following forms of payment are accepted: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, cheque, or money order.

Rescheduling an Exam
In order to reschedule an examination at the STOTT PILATES Corporate Certification Center, the STOTT PILATES Education Department must be notified in writing at least one week prior to the original examination date.--