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STOTT PILATES is recognized by the American Council on Exercise, Can-Fit-Pro, the College of Massage Therapy of Ontario as a continuing education provider.


Contact the Education Department at 1-800-910-0001 ext. 299 or email to express your intent to write an exam.

You will need to provide the following information:
Exam location (i.e. public library)
mailing address
phone number
Contact person supervising written exam
Method of payment
(VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, or money order)

The exam package will be sent to the contact person at the specified exam location. It will contain the following:
STOTT PILATES Certification written exam (1 copy)
Receipt of payment (2 copies)
Self-addressed return envelope

Responsibilities of the student:

Setting a time and date to write the exam

Providing all up-to-date contact information on the front page of the written exam (home/work/fax numbers and email address) to notify you of the results

Send completed exam, with copy of the receipt of payment attached, in a self-addressed envelope back to the STOTT PILATES Education Department (you are responsible for the postage for this package)

Responsibilities of the Proctor:

Receiving the STOTT PILATES examination package

Supervising the examination process (date, time, and location to be agreed upon by the Proctor and Student)

Sealing the return envelope (with completed written exam and receipt of payment enclosed) and signing the back portion of the sealed envelope to ensure authenticity


The purpose of the practical examination is to observe the student as they lead a “subject” through a workout. The subject should be another STOTT PILATES student that has taken course covering the same level and repertoire covered by the exam. The videotaped workout will be 1 hour in length for the Mat exam, 1-1/2 hours for the Mat & Reformer exam, and 2 hours for the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels exam.

Technical Considerations:

The camera should be positioned to observe a side view of the subject’s body (the entire length), allowing for an additional 3 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 the student and the 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.

The student being examined should be 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 postural analysis and mat workout or between the mat workout and reformer workout).

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 or VHS PAL formats. We do NOT accept any other format for practical examination submission.

Conducting the Exam:

The student should state their name and the name of their test subject (the test subject must be familiar with the required repertoire associated with your exam).

The student is allotted five to ten minutes to conduct a postural analysis of the subject – verbalizing out loud what is observed in the lateral, anterior, and posterior view of the subject.

The student must state the focus of the workout and how he/she will tailor the workout to address this focus.

The student takes their subject through the Basic Principles for five to ten minutes, in proper sequence, using clear imagery and movement cues to help the subject properly achieve biomechanical body awareness. They must clearly explain why each of the principles is important.

The number of exercises listed after each type of exam below is the attached minimum requirement. More exercises can be included where time allows.

Note: an exercise with variations only counts as one exercise.
For example, if Footwork positions 1, 2 and 5 are shown it counts as one exercise, not three. Also, advanced versions of exercises that are only slightly different from the intermediate (eg, Short Spine) would not count as meeting the minimum requirement of advanced exercises, but may certainly be included.


Contact the STOTT PILATES International Certification Center at 1-800-910-0001 ext. 246 or the STOTT PILATES Certification Center near you to schedule the practical and written components of your exam.


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.


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

For more information about the exam process, click below:

Exam Outline & Requirements Exam Fees Back to Exam FAQ

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