The International Health, Racquet and Sports Association (IHRSA), of which STOTT PILATES is a corporate member, has "recommended that, beginning January 1, 2006, member clubs hire personal trainers holding at least one current certification from a certifying organization/agency that has begun third party accreditation of its certification procedures and protocols from an independent, experienced, and nationally recognized accrediting body. Furthermore, given the twenty-six year history of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) as an organization dedicated to establishing quality standards for certifying agencies, IHRSA has identified the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, the accreditation body of NOCA, as being an acceptable accrediting organization. IHRSA will recognize other, equivalent accrediting organizations contingent upon their status as an established accreditation body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and/or the United States Department of Education for the purposes of providing independent, third party accreditation." (Revised Resolution March 15, 2005, publicized April 6, 2005.)
IHRSA has also indicated that it approves of the certification accreditation process being undertaken by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) which is a curriculum-based accreditation process.
Note: this is only a recommendation. IHRSA acknowledges, "Club operators remain free to use their own discretion and consider any and all factors when hiring trainers including education, certification, and work experience."
As it stands, this IHRSA recommendation does not include pilates instructors, but some in the industry think such a recommendation may be a possibility in the future. For example, the Pilates Method Alliance endorses the idea of a third party accredited exam and recommends this to club owners as the PMA seeks accreditation on its new certification exam.
To date, STOTT PILATES has neither recommended nor dissuaded its graduates from seeking additional certification beyond their STOTT PILATES certification - a certification that is highly regarded within the health and fitness fields. STOTT PILATES stands behind its training and certification programs as the highest caliber and most comprehensive of its kind in the industry. To achieve STOTT PILATES certification, students 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. For more information about STOTT PILATES certification exams, click here.
STOTT PILATES will continue to evaluate the various accreditation processes and to monitor the evolving needs and demands of consumers and the professional fitness industry.
For more information about IHRSA's recommendation, please click here.