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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is Options Studio no longer a STOTT PILATES® Licensed Training Center?

A. In May 2013, our agreement with Options Studio came to an end.  As a result, Options Studio is no longer a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center.  This means Options Studio is no longer authorized to offer any STOTT PILATES training, certification programs, continuing education courses, workshops or examinations (written and practical). Going forward, workshops and courses offered by Options Studio, or any organization owned by or associated with Options Studio, will not qualify for STOTT PILATES certification status or continuing education credits (CECs).

Q. Where can I go to obtain STOTT PILATES training, certification and continuing education credits if I live in Singapore?

A. We are committed to ensuring the education needs of our community of over 300 instructors in Singapore are met.  To this end, we are working with local Host Centers to provide a complete, ongoing schedule of courses, workshops, and exams.  Please click on Where to Train and choose Singapore from the map to see our current list of Host Centers.  STOTT PILATES training and certification courses and workshops are also available to you via dozens of our authorized Licensed Training and Hosting Centers worldwide, as well as through our Corporate Training Centers in Toronto, New York, and Denver. 

Q. I completed training at Options Studio. Is my STOTT PILATES training still valid?

A. Yes.  The STOTT PILATES training and certification you have acquired to date will continue to be recognized by our organization and within the industry at large. As usual, to maintain your STOTT PILATES certification, you are required to complete .6 CECs annually.  

Q. I received notification from Options Studio that says I can "cross over" from my STOTT PILATES certification to the new Pilates Academy International (PAI) program they are offering. Should I do this?

A. We encourage you to stay with STOTT PILATES and continue your training or work toward achieving or maintaining your certification through our established and highly regarded training, certification and continuing education programs. You have already invested a lot of time and money into your Pilates education and presumably you chose to align with Merrithew Health & Fitness™ because of our organization's long heritage and STOTT PILATES program's superior reputation.

Merrithew Health & Fitness has trained more than 39,000 instructors worldwide and established an unparalleled standard for Pilates education and certification. With 25 years in the industry, its internationally respected program has benefited from the evolution of the content to include the most current research findings regarding biomechanics and exercise physiology. This constant drive to stay on the cutting edge of industry developments has helped Merrithew Health & Fitness to consistently stay at the forefront of Pilates training. We are dedicated to maintaining our high level of quality and excellence as we move into the future. Certification in the STOTT PILATES method requires the successful completion of rigorous practical and written examinations as well as ongoing continuing education requisites.

It has been our honor to contribute to your Pilates education thus far and we look forward to the opportunity to continue to demonstrate the value of our training to you and your colleagues and to count you as part of our extended family for many years to come.

Q. I completed my STOTT PILATES training at Options Studio and haven’t taken my exam yet.  Where can I go to take the certification exam?

A. There are several options available for you in Singapore. Please contact us at singapore@merrithew.com.  We are happy to help guide you in this process.

Q. Will workshops and courses I take at Options Studio in the future count toward STOTT PILATES continuing education credits or certification?

A. Effective immediately, workshops and courses offered by Options Studio or any organization owned by or associated with Options Studio  will no longer qualify for STOTT PILATES certification status or continuing education credits.

Q. One of my students or clients has asked me about STOTT PILATES classes or training at Options Studio.  What should I tell them?

A. If any of our customers or instructors inquire about the status of Options Studio, please advise them they are no longer a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center and let them know that our Education department would be happy to help them. Referrals to our Training Centers are available at http://www.merrithew.com/education/wheretotrain . As well, a list of certified instructors can be found via our Instructor Finder.

Q. Who should I contact if I have more questions?

A. Please contact us at singapore@merrithew.com. We will be more than happy to assist you in any way we can.