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Teacher Training Course

More than simply a program of study, the BASI CTTC is an enduring foundation for a career in Pilates, with graduates qualified to teach all levels of client, on the full complement of equipment including Mat work.

The BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Course (CTTC) is for anyone who is serious about making a profession out of Pilates. It is a rigorous and demanding program of study, practice, apprenticeship and observation, which will qualify you for a career at the highest levels of the Pilates Method.

The program includes several unique methodologies that have made the BASI teacher training the most contemporary and exciting of its kind.

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Program Requirements

  • Academic Study – 72 hours:

    All BASI Pilates Programs have a modular structure, which covers lectures, exercise analysis, practice and discussions. The theoretical component of the course is essential study. These hours are covered in the course. In the event that a student misses a module/s, private tuition is available and can be arranged between the student and the Teacher Trainer at an additional hourly fee of R600 per hour, which is paid directly to the teacher trainer, this fee is over and above the full cost of the course fee.
  • Practical Work – 200 hours:

    Practical Work is individual practice on the mat and or equipment by the student. It can be done at any location, e.g. home, other BASI pilates studio's or the BASI host studio. Students can practice on their own or in groups at any time or at a time arranged between the studio and student. Practice hours can be obtained from after the first module of the course. Please ensure that you are familiar with the studio protocols when making use of the host or affiliated studio’s facilities. Practical hours may also be obtained through Pilates Interactive or Pilates Anytime (there is a monthly subscription required with online options).
  • Observation – 100 hours:

    Observation hours require that the student observe how seasoned BASI Pilates instructors teach (mat & equipment) classes. Observation hours can be obtained at either a BASI host studio or other BASI studio's at a time arranged between the studio & student. Observation hours can be obtained from after the first module of the course. Please ensure that you are familiar with the studio protocols when making use of the host or other BASI studio facilities. Observation hours may be done through Pilates Interactive or PIlates Anytime (BASI Instructors) - there are monthly subscriptions required with any online options, which you arrange with the online provider.
  • Apprentice Teaching – 200 hours:

    Teaching hours require that the student teaches an individual (any individual, even fellow students/family or friends) at any Host location, home or other studio, always make these arrangements with the studio concerned.
  • PLEASE NOTE: ALL students need to have their student cards on their person every time they enter a Host studio, as you receive free group Mat classes during your start and expiry dates on your student card. No Card No Free Group Mat class!!! If your expiry date has been reached and you still need to complete your hours unfortunatley you will no longer be entitled to free group Mat classes, the student will then need to pay (Normal studio rates). If the student is still in need of Observation or Teaching hours after the student card expiry date has been reached the Host studio will charge the student on entry a dailly surcharge of R50.00 for the teaching and observation hours. 

Program Modules

The program structure is modular. A student does all 12 modules (6-7hours each) at the BASI Pilates HOST studio that they registered at or if they need to transfer to another location to finish any part of their modules they may do so but at an additional transfer cost,  which can be arragned through BASI SA Head office - Each module consists of practical and theoretical components.

  • If a student needs to transfer between Host locations within SA during a course, they may do so BUT at an additional transfer fee of R345.00 per transfer, arrange with
The principles, the pelvis, breathing, exercise description, historical overview, safety.
Anatomy overview & terminology, joints, centre of gravity, cueing & imagery.
Anatomical movement analysis, muscles, aerobic & anaerobic exercise; the BASI Block system.
Principles of alignment, posture and posture assessment; types of faulty postures.
Effective exercise, contraindications for the spine, guidelines for successful teaching, being a teacher.
Exercise adaptation, exercise progression, modifications to exercise, using small equipment, constructing a complete and comprehensive program.
The meaning of balance, imbalances in strength and flexibility as a cause of injury, functional versus isolation exercises, muscle testing and function.
The hip joint, the knee joint, the ankle-foot complex, the gait cycle.
The shoulder region, working with clients with shoulder problems, the shoulder region in the Pilates repertoire.
Principles of training, components of health-related physical fitness, dividing repertoire into levels, working with a broad range of clientele.
Athletic populations, teaching methodology.
Teaching men and women, body types, different objectives, different approaches


Evaluation Process

In each course, the student is continuously evaluated in order to measure consistent progress.

  • At Module 4: Quiz
  • At Module 7: Midterm Written Exam - this can be done during module 7 in class or online through your student dashboard via www.basipilates.COM (BASI USA) profile.
  • At Modules 7 & 12: Informal evaluations for teaching and practical demonstrations are also done during module 7-12.

Once the Comprehensive Student has obtained all the required hours(ALL Hours need to be uploaded through student dashboard via www.basipilates.COM, Students need to REGISTER via (BASI SA) and pay for Centralized Testing. (Fees for Centralised testing change from year to year, so always make sure as to what the testing fees are for that particular year.)

What if the student needs to repeat section/s that they’ve failed?

Students will need to re-register on for Centralized testing at the next available date and location for the sections failed. Fees for 2019 are as follows: R800.00 (inclu. VAT) for both sections but if there is only one section that you need to re-do you will only be charged for the section that needs repeating at R400.00 per section. No fee is charged for doing or repeating any of the ONLINE written exams for the course.

Students need to register and pay for Centralized Testing within (1) one year from your last Module done. (Module 6 if you are a MAT student and Module 12 if you are a Comprehensive student.)



Upon completion of the CTTC program, you will be qualified to:

  • Work according to the principles of Pilates and introduce them to clients and students
  • Assess posture and posture types, as well as detect postural deviations
  • Solve problems and provide effective exercise solutions for many physical conditions
  • Compile comprehensive and safe Pilates programs, tailored to individual needs
  • Direct a studio according to the highest professional standards
  • Use the BASI® Block System to successfully administer individual and group sessions
  • Analyze and understand the Pilates exercises, based on anatomical and biomechanical principles
  • Demonstrate at high levels the vast repertoire of classic Pilates exercises, as well as the wide range of original BASI exercises
  • Use the full line of Pilates apparatus (Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Barrels & Auxiliary Equipment) including the Mat Work.
  • Modify exercises according to the needs and goals of the individual.

BASI Pilates South Africa offers best rates for once-off course payments and offers payment plans at a higher rate. If financing is an obstacle to you obtaining quality Pilates education, please contact to discuss financial planning.

  • If a student needs to transfer between Host locations within SA during a course, they may do so BUT at an additional transfer fee of R345.00 per transfer, arrange with

A non–refundable registration fee of R1437.50 (Including VAT) is due on registration.

Course Costs

Item Once Off 6 Months 12 Months
Tuition (NO VAT) R26 219.79 R28 841.78 R33 561.34
Registration (NO VAT) R1 250.00 R1 250.00 R1 250.00
Manuals (NO VAT) R2 965.00 R2 965.00 R2 965.00
Sub Total R30 434.80 R33 056.78 R37 776.34
VAT R4 565.22 R4 958.52 R5 666.45
Grand Total R35 000.02 R38 015.30 R43 442.80

When continuing with the CTTC after completion of the MTTC a discount of R5000.00 excluding VAT is given on the CTTC tuition & Mat manual deduction (Make sure you bring along your Mat Movement Manual when starting CTTC) 

Payment Plan

Item Once Off 6 Months 12 Months
30% Deposit R0.00 R11 404.59 R13 032.84
Monthly Instalments R0.00 R4 435.12 p/m R2 534.16 p/m


  • Late Payments are subject to interest being charged on outstanding amount.
  • A Debit Order Instruction is mandatory if any Payment Plan Option is chosen. (DOWNLOAD Debit Order Instruction when you register) Or request one via
  • Centralized testing fees are not included in the Course fees.

Should a MAT graduate decide to continue onto the CTTC, the following financial terms apply:

  • The Mat Graduate receives a DISCOUNT of R5000.00 from the CTTC Tuition & Mat manual, if the Mat graduate decides not to take a new Mat movement manual and rather uses their Mat movement manual from MTTC.
  • The Mat Graduate then still needs to pay the balance of the CTTC Tuition and the non-refundable registration fee of (R1437.50 Inclu. VAT) and the costs of the additional CTTC manuals.
  • This arrangement is applicable to both once-off payment and payment plan options.
  • The Mat Graduate has the opportunity to review the full Mat section of the course during the CTTC at no additional cost, but if the Mat Graduate prefers not to attend the Mat sections of the CTTC modules the Mat Graduate is welcome to join the group for only the equipment sections of the CTTC. Doing a refresher on the Mat sections while doing the CTTC is a unique opportunity and doesn’t come around often so rather sit in on those extra few hours per day.


No refunds are given!

Students can transfer funds (Excluding the non-refundable Registration fee of R1437.50) to a subsequent program at the same location or another program at a different host location within South Africa. Valid for (1) one year.

No refunds are given if:

  • A student misses any modules of the program.
  • A student chooses to leave the program of her/his own volition.
  • A student fails to attend the full program, following BASI Pilates notification of acceptance and confirmation by the student.
  • A student fails to attend the program without reasonable prior notification.

All Course fees are inclusive of VAT. A non–refundable registration fee of R1437.50 is due on registration to keep your spot and the balance of the once off payment is due at least 4 weeks before the course start date. If you opted for the payment plan complete the Debit order Instruction and return it with your proof of payment for the 30% deposit which is also due at least 4 weeks before the course start date. Your first instalment will be deducted from your bank account between the 1-7 day of every new month after the course starts or before the course starts if you prefer.  

Training Dates




CTTC 2020 | JHB 2 (Craighall Park)
2020-10-01T00:00:00 2020-11-21T00:00:00 Africa/Johannesburg CTTC 2020 | JHB 2 (Craighall Park) BASI Pilates Workshop Body Mechanix (Craighall Park) JHB BASI Pilates
  • CTTC (Modules 1-3)
    01 Oct 2020 to 03 Oct 2020
  • CTTC (Modules 4-6)
    15 Oct 2020 to 17 Oct 2020
  • CTTC (Modules 7-9)
    05 Nov 2020 to 07 Nov 2020
  • CTTC (Modules 10-12)
    19 Nov 2020 to 21 Nov 2020
Body Mechanix (Craighall Park) JHB
CTTC 2020 | CPT 2 (Sea Point) "In Studio"
2020-10-02T00:00:00 2020-11-29T00:00:00 Africa/Johannesburg CTTC 2020 | CPT 2 (Sea Point) "In Studio" BASI Pilates Workshop Living Life Pilates (Sea Point) CPT BASI Pilates
  • CTTC (Modules 1-3)
    02 Oct 2020 to 04 Oct 2020
  • CTTC (Modules 4-6)
    23 Oct 2020 to 25 Oct 2020
  • CTTC (Modules 7-9)
    06 Nov 2020 to 08 Nov 2020
  • CTTC (Modules 10-12)
    27 Nov 2020 to 29 Nov 2020
Living Life Pilates (Sea Point) CPT

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