The Mat Teacher Training Program is a stepping stone to the full Comprehensive Program and has been rewarded 24 CEC’s.
Students completing the BASI Pilates Mat Teacher Training Course (MTTC), receive one of the most respected certificates in the industry and you will have the knowledge and confidence to instruct the Pilates Mat work to the public. The MAT program is advised for students who do not have the time or resources to study the Comprehensive Program, and for those in locations without adequate Pilates equipment.
The mat program is very affordable, and flexible as regards to setting and introduces people to the foundation of Pilates. Students study the full complement of Mat Work exercises (basic to master level) and the integration of small apparatus into the program.
The course requires approximately 100 hours of study, practice, observation, apprentice teaching and a final Centralised Testing.
If you are doing the MAT Intensive training Course, please be aware that this is mentally and physically taxing on your body, having an anatomy and or a teaching background is not a prerequisite but an advantage when in the group, we advise that you please do at least 10 BASI Pilates classes before taking on this course. It is your choice at the end of the day, to do the program over 4 full days (Mat Intensive dates) or join the groups that run in conjuction with the Comprehensive Program which runs other over 6 half days.
- Academic Study – 24 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 from the Teacher Trainer at an additional hourly fee of R600.00 per hour and must please be arranged with the Teacher Trainer, or you could request a transfer to another location to complete your modules but also at an additional transfer fee - request info for this option by mailing email@example.com
- Practical Work – 40 hours:
Practical Work is individual practice on the mat by the student. It can be done at any location, e.g. home, office, other BASI graduate studio's or the 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 section of the course. Please ensure that you are familiar with the studio policies when making use of the host or BASI graduate studio facilities.
- Observation – 20 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 at any BASI Graduate studio's at a time arranged between the studio & the student. Observation hours can be obtained from after the first section of the course. Please ensure that you are familiar with the studio policies when making use of the host or BASI graduate studio facilities. You may also obtain observation hours through Pilates Interactive.
- Apprentice Teaching – 40 hours:
Teaching hours require that the student teaches an individual (any individual, even fellow students) or a group of people at any location.
- If you are doing the MAT Intensive training Course, please be aware that this is mentally and physically taxing on your body, having an anatomy and or a teaching background is not a prerequisite but an advantage in the group, we advise that you please do at least 10 BASI Pilates classes before taking on this course. It is your choice at the end of the day, to do the course over 4 full days or join the groups that run in conjuction with the Comprehensive course which is over 6 half days.
The program structure is modular. A student can do the 6 modules (4-5 hours each) at any BASI Pilates host studio around the country, but if they transfer between Host locations there is a transfer cost applicable, for more info on this contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com
Module 1 - The Fundamentals
Primary concepts covered include the 10 movement principles of the Pilates method, an overview of the pelvic region and Pilates breathing. A historical overview of Pilates is presented, plus the BASI® approach, and the importance of safety when teaching Pilates are discussed. Repertoire includes fundamental Mat and Reformer exercises. A one-hour mat class is taught.
Module 2 - Anatomy Overview Part 1
Primary concepts covered include an anatomy and terminology overview: major bones, muscles, joints, bony landmarks and center of gravity. The importance and practice of cueing is discussed. Repertoire covers fundamental Reformer, intermediate Mat, Pole and Ped-a-pul. A one-hour mat class is taught.
Module 3 - Anatomy Overview Part 2
Primary concepts covered include the BASI® system of movement analysis, exercise physiology, and aerobic/anaerobic exercise. The BASI® format of teaching is discussed and the Block System®, created by Rael Isacowitz, is introduced. Repertoire taught is intermediate Mat and Reformer and Leg Weights. A one-hour mat class is taught.
Module 4 - Posture Assessment
Primary concepts covered are the principles of alignment and posture assessment. Discussion includes exercise as a tool for assessment. Repertoire taught includes intermediate through advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, and fundamental Cadillac. A one-hour mat class is taught.
Module 5 - Core Strength: Back and Abdominals
Primary concepts covered are core strength and the relationship of the various muscle groups that make up the core with particular focus on the abdominals and the back extensors. Contraindications, effective exercises and the importance of understanding your client’s needs and body type are discussed. Also addressed are the role of the teacher and the importance of flow in a session. Repertoire taught includes advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, and Arm Chair. A one-hour mat class is taught.
Module 6 - Exercise Adaptation
Primary concepts include an in-depth look into exercise adaptation and the use of assists and modifications. Lecture focuses on how to construct a complete and comprehensive program. Repertoire taught is advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, fundamental Wunda Chair and Magic Circle. A one-hour mat class is taught. A general review of the repertoire is conducted, and the online Written Examination is available at the end of the program.
In each course, the student is continuously evaluated in order to measure consistent progress.
- At Module 4 : Quiz (20 multiple choice questions)
Once all Modules are done and all required hours have been obtained the Mat Students needs to register on the website www.basipilates.co.za for Centralized Testing.
What if the student needs to repeat sections that they’ve failed?
Students that fail Centralised testing will need to re-register for centralised testing on the next available date on the website so that they may re-do sections that was failed, this must be done before the one year period from when your last module ended. Centralised testing fees will apply again if failed the first time. No fee is charged if you need to repeat the written section of the testing.
Upon completion of the course, you will be qualified to:
- Work according to the principles of Pilates and introduce these tenets to clients and students.
- Assess posture and posture types, as well as detect postural deviations.
- Solve problems and provide effective exercise solutions to many physical conditions.
- Compile comprehensive and safe Pilates Mat work programs tailored to individual and group needs.
- Adapt a class to different settings and environments.
- Integrate small apparatus into a Mat class to achieve optimum results.
- Use the BASI® Block System to successfully administer Mat work classes.
- Analyze and understand the Pilates exercises based on anatomical and biomechanical principles.
- Demonstrate high level and vast repertoire of classic Pilates exercises as well as a wide range of original BASI exercises.
- Modify exercises according to the needs and goals of the individual.
- Establish a sound foundation to embark on the CTTC
BASI Pilates South Africa offers a once-off course payment and offers payment plans. If financing is an obstacle in you obtaining quality Pilates education, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss financial planning.
A non–refundable registration fee of R1150.00 is due on registration
|Item||Once Off||6 Months||12 Months|
|Tuition (Ex VAT)||R8 684.78||R9 553.26||R11 116.52|
|Registration (Ex VAT)||R1250.00||R1250.00||R1250.00|
|Manuals (Ex VAT)||R500.00||R500.00||R500.00|
|Sub Total||R10 434.78||R11 303.26||R12 866.52|
|VAT||R1 565.22||R1 695.49||R1 929.98|
|Grand Total||R12 000.00||R12 998.75||R14 796.50|
|Item||Once Off||6 Months||12 Months|
|30% Deposit||R0.00||R3899.62||R4 438.95|
|Monthly Instalments||R0.00||R1 516.52 p/m||R863.13 p/m|
- Late Payments are subject to interest being charged on your outstanding amount.
- A Debit Order Instruction is required for any Payment Plan Options - see download option when registering.
- Centralized testing is not included in the course fees - 2020 fees from R1000.00 (incl. VAT)
Should a MAT graduate decide to continue onto the CTTC, the following financial terms apply:
- The Mat Graduate receives a DISCOUNT of R5000.00 (ex-VAT) from the CTTC Tuition & Manuals amount, if the Mat graduate decides to take a new Mat movement manual an extra payment of R575.00 applies. (Please bring along your Mat Movment manual when starting the CTTC).
- The Mat Graduate pays the full amount for the CTTC manuals, the balance of the CTTC Tuition and the non-refundable registration fee of (R1437.50 Inclu. VAT).
- 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 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 may transfer funds to a subsequent course at the same location or at another course 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 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 program start date. If you opted for the payment plan complete the Debit order Instruction and return it with your proof of payment of the 30% deposit which is due at least 4 weeks prior to the program start date. Your first instalment will be deducted from your bank account between the 1-7 of every new month after the course starts. email@example.com
- If a student needs to transfer between Host locations within SA during a course, they may BUT the student needs to do all modules sequencially and there is an additional transfer fee of R345.00 per transfer, arrange this with PTA (BASI HQ) firstname.lastname@example.org