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Rehab program

The Rehabilitation program is specifically for licensed health care professionals wishing to integrate modified STOTT PILATES exercises for injury prevention and rehabilitation into their practices. Therapists learn a systematic movement based approach to neuromuscular re-education and are taught to observe and understand optimal and non-optimal movement strategies, and how these strategies correlate with pain and pathology.  *Neuromotor training principles guide the therapeutic exercise selection and progressions. **Participants also learn how to facilitate the patient’s cognitive involvement in rehabilitation through cueing techniques and tactile facilitation. 

* (Hodges and Moseley 2003 Richardson et al 1998, Sahrmann 2002) 
** (Richardson et al, 1998; Tsao & Hodges, 2007; Tsao et al, 2010a, Tsao et al, 2010b)

Rehab Program choices:

  • Spinal, Pelvic & Scapular Stabilization: Matwork & Reformer - RMR1
  • Peripheral Joint Stabilization: Matwork & Reformer– RMR2
  • Spinal, Pelvic & Scapular Stabilization: Cadillac, Chair & Barrels - RCCB1
  • Peripheral Joint Stabilization: Cadillac, Chair & Barrels - RCCB2

Visit the Rehab FAQ page for more details.

The foundational theories that guide the STOTT PILATES® curriculum relate to the understanding of dynamic stability and neuromotor control. Delays in motor control and imbalance between the deep local and the superficial global muscles have been implicated in pain and dysfunction. (1) Specific stabilization training has been demonstrated to reduce pain, disability and recurrence rates for numerous musculoskeletal conditions.(2)  The STOTT PILATES approach to rehabilitation is based on reestablishing dynamic control of the local and global muscular systems (3) and restoring dynamic balance of stability and mobility.(4)

The integrated Model of Function (5) is used as a foundation for the clinical reasoning throughout STOTT PILATES. Local and global muscle facilitation is achieved through the use of specific STOTT PILATES exercises and equipment. Skilled motor training principles guide patient education, verbal cueing, imagery and palpation.

(1)  Tsao et al, 2011;Hodges and Richardson, 1996, (2) Ferreira et al, 2006, (3) Comerford & Mottram, 2001; Richardson et al, 1998, (4)  Sahrmann 2002

General Course Objectives:

  • Examine the Therapeutic Foundations of STOTT PILATES and how they integrate with current rehabilitation practices
  • Learn how to teach and apply the STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles
  • Explore the choreography, modifications, indications and contraindications for STOTT PILATES rehabilitation exercises for Matwork and Reformer
  • Develop the ability to assess proper form for each exercise and how to correct improper execution
  • Outline and practice manual and verbal cueing for each exercise
  • Consider the integration of STOTT PILATES into clinical scenarios

Spinal, Pelvic & Scapular Stabilization: Matwork & Reformer - RMR1

This course introduces you to the biomechanical principles of STOTT PILATES and the application to modified Matwork, light equipment and Reformer exercises. Emphasis is on lumbo-pelvic and shoulder girdle stabilization and the role they play in rehabilitation and injury prevention. Typically courses are conducted over 4 days.

What you will learn:

  • Review of STOTT PILATES basic principles
  • Identifying proper execution and movement patterns
  • Effective verbal cueing and imagery
  • Clinical problem solving using the STOTT PILATES method
  • A focus on spinal, pelvic and scapular conditions.
  • Over 90 exercises plus multiple modifications

Prerequisite:

  • Please see Admission Tab for more details

Requirements of Certification

  • 24 hours of instruction and supervised teaching
  • minimum 10 hours observation
  • minimum 15 hours physical review
  • minimum 10 hours practice teaching
  • Total: 59 hours

Continuing Education Credits

CECs:  
STOTT PILATES 2.4
APA 28.0
canfitpro
4.0

Peripheral Joint Stabilization: Matwork & Reformer– RMR2

Building on the biomechanical and stabilization principles learned in RMR1, this course will teach you exercises that are designed to prevent and rehabilitate common injuries by balancing and strengthening muscles around the joints in order to restore and maintain healthy movement patterns. Emphasis on core stability while mobilizing the peripheral joints. Typically courses are conducted over 4 days.

What you will learn:

  • Review of STOTT PILATES basic principles
  • Identifying proper execution and movement patterns
  • Effective verbal cueing and imagery
  • Clinical problem solving using the STOTT PILATES method
  • A focus on injuries of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle
  • Over 45 exercises plus multiple modifications

Prerequisite:

  • RMR1

Requirements of certification

  • 24 hours of instruction and supervised teaching
  • minimum of 10 hours of observation
  • minimum of 15 hours of physical review
  • minimum of 10 hours of practice teaching
  • Total: 59 hours

Continuing Education Credits

CECs:  
STOTT PILATES 2.4
APA 21.0
canfitpro 4.0

Spinal, Pelvic & Scapular Stabilization: Cadillac, Chair & Barrels - RCCB1

This course will teach you how to incorporate the different levels of resistance and support provided by the Cadillac Trapeze Table, Stability Chair and Barrels to improve mobilization and stabilization of the lumbo-pelvic region and shoulder girdle, with an emphasis on their roles in injury prevention and rehabilitation. Typically courses are conducted over 4 days.

What you will learn:

  • Review of STOTT PILATES basic principles
  • Identifying proper execution and movement patterns
  • Effective verbal cueing and imagery
  • Clinical problem solving using the STOTT PILATES method
  • A focus on spinal, pelvic and scapular conditions.
  • Over 70 exercises plus multiple modifications

Prerequisite:

  • RMR1

Requirements of Certification

  • 24 hours of instruction and supervised teaching
  • minimum 10 hours observation
  • minimum 15 hours physical review
  • minimum 10 hours practice teaching
  • Total: 59 hours

Continuing Education Credits

CECs:  
STOTT PILATES 2.4
APA 28.0
canfitpro 4.0

Peripheral Joint Stabilization: Cadillac, Chair & Barrels - RCCB2

Building on your knowledge from RCCB1, This course will teach you how to stabilize the musculo-skeletal structures with a widely varied series of non weight-bearing and weight-bearing exercises on the Cadillac Trapeze Table, Stability Chair and Barrels. You will begin by targeting the upper and lower extremities and enabling isolation of the joints while maintaining core stability. Then learn how to help patients and clients progress to weight-bearing exercises in order to improve functional alignment and core stability. This course introduces more intermediate level exercises and return to sport and activity progressions.

What you will learn:

  • Review of STOTT PILATES basic principles
  • Identifying proper execution and movement patterns
  • Effective verbal cueing and imagery
  • Clinical problem solving using the STOTT PILATES method
  • A focus on injuries of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle
  • Over 70 exercises plus multiple modifications

Prerequisite:

  • RCCB1

Requirements of Certification

  • 16 hours of instruction and supervised teaching
  • minimum 10 hours observation
  • minimum 15 hours physical review
  • minimum 10 hours practice teaching
  • Total: 51 hours

Continuing Education Credits

CECs:  
STOTT PILATES 2.4
APA 21.0
canfitpro
4.0

RMR1 - Education Material

  1. Rehab Matwork & Reformer, Module 1 Course Package

Manuals (3):

  • RMR1 Support Material Book*
  • Comprehensive Matwork Manual
  • Essential Reformer Manual, 2nd Ed.

DVDs (2):

  • Back Care Repertoire, (3 disc set)
  • Spinal, Pelvic & Scapular Stabilization with Reformer & Vertical Frame

Additional Languages:

A number of required resources are available in languages other than English. Please click here for more information.

Optional Resources:

Manuals:

  • Intermediate Reformer Manual, 2nd Ed.

DVDs:

  • Essential Matwork, 3rd Ed.
  • Intermediate Matwork, 3rd Ed.
  • Complete Barrel Repertoire
  • V2 Max Plus Programming
* This item can only be purchased by calling the training center where you are taking the course.

RMR1 - Equipment Required

1 per 2 Students:

Reformer with Traditional or Plus-style Vertical Frame; including 1x 25%, 1x 50% and 3x 100% springs; Reformer Box; Foam-Grip Handles; Extension Straps; Jumpboard; Padded Platform Extender; Maple Pole; Mat Converter; pair Toning Balls™ (1 or 2lb); Arc Barrel or BOSU* balance trainer; Foam Cushions A, B & C; Eco-Friendly Pilates Pat; Gripper Mat; pair Rotational Disks; Stability Ball™; Foam Roller

1 per Student:

Mat, Fitness Circle® resistance ring; Flex-Band® exerciser; Mini Stability Ball™

RMR2 - Education Material

  1. Rehab Matwork & Reformer, Module 2 Course Package

Manuals (3):

  • RMR2 Support Material Book*
  • Comprehensive Matwork Manual
  • Essential Reformer Manual, 2nd Ed.

DVDs (1):

  • Peripheral Joint Stabilization with Reformer & Vertical Frame

Additional Languages:

A number of required resources are available in languages other than English. Please click here for more information.

Optional Resources:

Manuals:

  • Intermediate Reformer Manual, 2nd Ed.

DVDs:

  • Essential Matwork, 3rd Ed.
  • Intermediate Matwork, 3rd Ed.
  • Complete Barrel Repertoire
  • V2 Max Plus Programming
* This item can only be purchased by calling the training center where you are taking the course.

RMR2 - Equipment Required

1 per 2 Students:

Reformer with Traditional or Plus-style Vertical Frame; including 1x 25%, 1x 50% and 3x 100% springs; Reformer Box; Foam-Grip Handles; Extension Straps; Jumpboard or Cardio-Tramp™, Rotational Diskboard; Padded Platform Extender; Maple Pole; Arc Barrel or BOSU* balance trainer; pair Toning Balls™ (1 or 2lb); pair Rotational Disks; Foam Cushions A, B & C; Eco-Friendly Pilates Pat; Gripper Mat

1 per Student:

Mat, Fitness Circle® resistance ring; Flex-Band® exerciser; Foam Roller™, Stability Ball™, Mini Stability Ball™, pair Stability Cushions

RCCB1 - Education Material

  1. Rehab Cadillac, Chair & Barrel, Module 1 Course Package

Manuals (6):

  • RCCB1 Support Material Book*
  • Essential Cadillac Manual, 2nd Ed.
  • Complete Stability Chair Manual
  • Complete Arc Barrel Manual
  • Complete Spine Corrector Manual
  • Complete Ladder Barrel Manual

DVDs (1):

  • Spinal, Pelvic & Scapular Stabilization on Equipment

Additional Languages:

A number of required resources are available in languages other than English. Please click here for more information.

Optional Resources:

Manuals:

  • Intermediate/Advanced Cadillac Manual

DVDs:

  • Essential Cadillac, 2nd Ed.
  • Intermediate Cadillac, 2nd Ed.
  • Essential & Intermediate Stability Chair, 2nd Ed.
  • Split-Pedal Stability Chair
  • Complete Barrel Repertoire
  • V2 Max Plus Programming
* This item can only be purchased by calling the training center where you are taking the course.

RCCB1 - Equipment Required

1 per 6 Students:

Cadillac or Reformer with Traditional or Plus-style Vertical Frame including 1x 25%, 1x 50% and 3x 100% springs; Mat Converter, Extension Straps, Foam-Grip Handles, pair Rotational Disks (10" or 12"), Ladder Barrel

1 per 3 Students:

Split-Pedal Stability Chair™; Eco-Friendly Pilates Pat; Foam Cushions A & C; Arc Barrel; Spine Corrector; Mini Stability Ball™, Padded Platform Extender; Reformer Box; pair Toning Balls™ (1 or 2 lbs)

1 per Student:

Mat; Flex-Band® exerciser

RCCB2 - Education Material

  1. Rehab Cadillac, Chair & Barrel, Module 2 Course Package (DV-80350)

Manuals (1):

  • RCCB2 Support Material Book*

DVDs (1):

  • Peripheral Joint Stabilization on Equipment

Additional Languages:

A number of required resources are available in languages other than English. Please click here for more information.

Optional Resources:

Manuals:

  • Intermediate/Advanced Cadillac Manual

DVDs:

  • Essential Cadillac, 2nd Ed.
  • Intermediate Cadillac, 2nd Ed.
  • Essential & Intermediate Stability Chair, 2nd Ed.
  • Split-Pedal Stability Chair
  • Complete Barrel Repertoire
  • V2 Max Plus Programming

* This item can only be purchased by calling the training center where you are taking the course.

RCCB2 - Equipment Required

1 per 6 Students:

Cadillac or Reformer with Traditional or Plus-style Vertical Frame including 1x 25%, 1x 50% and 3x 100% springs; Mat Converter; Extension Straps; pair Rotational Disks (10" or 12"); Ladder Barrel

1 per 3 Students:

Split-Pedal Stability Chair™; Eco-Friendly Pilates Pat; Foam Cushions A & C; Arc Barrel; Padded Platform Extender; Reformer Box; Spine Corrector; Mini Stability Ball™

1 per Student:

Mat; Flex-Band® exerciser; pair Toning Balls™ (1 or 2 lbs)

1 Only:

BOSU* balance trainer

Applications are accepted from the following licensed or certified professionals only:
  • Physiotherapists/Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Osteopaths
  • Medical Doctors or Sports Medicine Doctors
  • Professional with a minimum of 2 years of full time study from a certifying / licensing / degree granting institution in anatomy, physiology, injury prevention, exercise prescription with clinical experience, and has been granted the right to assess, diagnose, treat, and prescribe for the rehabilitation and / or prevention of injuries


How to Apply:

The Rehab Program is available at select Training Centers. Please click here to see a complete schedule of current Rehab courses.

  • Toronto Corporate Training Center, Toronto, ON
  • Inspire Health, Atlanta, GA
  • Pilates Training Center Hawaii, Kailua, HI
  • Northeast Pilates, Boston, MA
  • Equilibrium, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • The Sweatshop, St. Paul, MN
  • Pacific Northwest Pilates, Portland, OR
  • Daniella Mallach Pilates, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Bcube- Osaka, Japan
  • Akro Studio, Madrid, Spain
  • Stockholm Pilates Center, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Select Host Centers

Courses/Workshops & Exam fees:

Click here for a price list from the Toronto Corporate Training Center for courses, exams and materials.

NOTES:

  • Prices listed are for the Toronto Corporate Training Center and are provided as a reference. Prices will vary depending on region and location. Please contact individual training centres for up-to-date pricing information as well as any packages or discounts that may be available.
  • Purchase Course Packages for your course materials and save up to 30% off the price of individual pieces. 
 

Rehab Exam Information

Where can I take my exam?

Option 1:
Prices listed are for the Toronto Corporate Training Center and are provided as a reference. Prices will vary depending on region and location. Please contact individual training centres for up-to-date pricing information as well as any packages or discounts that may be available.

Option 2:
If you are unable to visit one of our Corporate Training Centers or any of our LTCs that offer the Rehab Program then you can submit by DVD, USB stick/key or secured link. The purpose of the practical examination is to observe you as you lead a “patient” through a workout.

The videotaped workout will be 1.5 hours for RMR 1 exam, 2 hours for RMR1 and RMR2 exam, 2 hours for RMR1 and RCCB1 exam, 2 hours for RMR1, RMR2 and RCCB1 exam and 2 hours for RMR1, RMR2, RCCB1 and RCCB2 exam.

Technical Considerations

  • Position the camera to observe a side view of the subject's body and allow for an additional three feet on either end ensuring enough room to move about. Keep the view close enough to allow details in the movement and the interaction between you and your subject.
  • Test the video equipment and sound level and make sure that it records properly and that your voice can be heard on the tape.
  • Face the camera (instruct on the far side of their subject to not obstruct the view).Camera adjustments should be performed at natural breaks in the examination process (i.e. between the postural analysis and Matwork or between the Matwork and Reformer).
  • The recording should NOT be stopped at any point during the examination. The workout should be continuous.
  • Video editing is NOT permitted.
  • The use of notes or manuals is NOT permitted
  • The submission must be sent in by DVD (mini DVD or DVD and DVD must be a brand name DVD (e.g. Sony)), USB stick/key or secured link.

Conducting the Exam
Please read all information about practical exams in this section for more details. Follow the timelines and minimum requirements outlined. State your name and the name of your exam as you start recording.  The test patient must be appropriate for the required repertoire associated with your exam.

How do I schedule an exam?
Please contact our Toronto Corporate Training Center or Licensed Training Centers to make arrangements to compete your exam in person. To Proctor your exam please contact the MH&F Education Department at 1-800-910-0001 ext. 0984 or email education@merrithew.com to express your intent to write an exam by Proctor.

How long do I have to complete my course examination?
You must take your exam within six months of completing your last STOTT PILATES Education course. We encourage you to take some time afterward to practice and synthesize the information prior to taking the exam; however, you are welcome to take the exam immediately after you complete the course if you and your instructor agree you are ready.

What if My Course Finished Longer Than Six Months Ago?
If you have failed to meet the six-month requirement to complete your examination, you must complete private review hours with a Rehab Instructor Trainer to reinstate your eligibility. Material covered will be specific to your needs to better prepare you for the exam. The number of hours required is based on the course material that must be covered and the demands of the course repertoire.

The MINIMUM private session requirements are:

  • RMR1 – 1 hour
  • RMR1 & RMR2 – 1 to 2 hours
  • RMR1 & RCCB1 – 1 to 2 hours
  • RMR1 & RMR2 & RCCB1 – 2 to 3 hours (at the discretion of the Rehab IT)
  • RMR1 & RMR2 & RCCB1 & RCCB2 – 2 to 3 hours (at the discretion of the Rehab IT)

The Instructor Trainer may recommend further privates or study as preparation.

How Long Does it take to Receive Notification of My Results
Exam results will be sent directly to you, normally by email. The LTC and/or Instructor Trainer that conducted the exam will also be informed of the marks. Marking takes between four to six weeks from the date of the exam. Please note exams are not returned but can be reviewed upon request.
Pass/ Fail
You must receive a score of 80% in order to achieve certification. If you have to retake the exam, this should happen within six months of the date of the original exam. This ensures that the information remains relatively fresh but allows time to study and improve in the necessary areas.

If you take your exam for the first time and fail, you have one more opportunity, within six months, to successfully pass the exam. If you fail both a second time, you must wait six months before retesting.

 

Practical Exam

There is only a practical component for the Rehab Certification (i.e. no written exam), which is conducted in the presence of a Rehab Instructor Trainer.

What type of Practical Exam Can I choose?
Depending on the training and certification courses that you have completed you may choose the following exams:

  • RMR1
  • RMR1 and RMR2
  • RMR1 and RCCB1
  • RMR1, RMR2 and RCCB1
  • RMR1, RMR2, RCCB1 and RCCB2

Additional Information:

  • Exam material is cumulative
  • You must receive a score of 80% in order to achieve certification
  • Different clients may be used if the exam is longer than 1 hour
  • You must provide an appropriate patient for your examination

 

What is the Best Preparation for the Practical Portion of My Exam?

In addition to fully understanding the material conceptually and physically reviewing the exercises, the best preparation for the practical exam is the practice teaching of as many different people as possible (family, friends, classmates) to apply your knowledge, adapt it to many different body types, improve your teaching skills, and become comfortable with your teaching experience. Practice teaching within the specified timelines and meeting at least the minimum number of exercises.

 

What is required prior to sitting for my exam?
RMR1, RMR2 and RCCB1

  • 24 hours class instruction and supervised teaching  (each course)
  • minimum 10 hours observation
  • minimum 15 hours physical review
  • minimum 10 hours practice teaching

RCCB2

  • 16 hours class instruction and supervised teaching  
  • minimum 5 hours observation
  • minimum 10 hours physical review
  • minimum 10 hours practice teaching

Completion of all required course hours; in class, observation, physical review and practice teaching for each course. You will be required to submit your logs to your examiner on the date of your exam.

What Will I be Asked to do for My Practical Exam?
The time allotment for each practical exam is as follows: 

  • RMR1 – 1.5 hours
  • RMR1 & RMR2 – 2 hours
  • RMR1 & RCCB1 – 2 hours
  • RMR1 & RMR2 & RCCB1 – 2 hours
  • RMR1 & RMR2 & RCCB1 & RCCB2 – 2 hours


Information Gathering: 5-10 minutes
In the initial five minutes of the exam you should clearly describe the case history of your subject. You will be required to discuss the following:

  • Relevant demographics of the patient (age, social, workplace demands)
  • Diagnosis or movement dysfunction
  • Relevant diagnostic assessment information
  • Pain history – severity, irritability, nature, provoking movements/positions
  • Contraindications/precautions of movements/positions/loads
  • Functional impairments
  • Relevant contributing factors that should consider:
  • Postural contributions
  • Areas of gives and restrictions
  • Form closure, force closure, motor control and emotions/awareness dysfunction
  • Local and global system muscle dysfunction

Stated Focus: 5-10 minutes
Based on your case history. You are also required to provide a goals and stated focus of workout. You should consider the following:

  • Rehabilitation goals
  • Specific positions or movement patterns that you will be avoiding
  • Specific positions or movements patterns that you will be facilitating
  • Specific props and modifications you will use
  • Specific Basic Principles that will be focused on
  • General description of the muscles that you determine should be the focus of the workout and other areas of concern (range of motion, gives & restrictions, facilitating or inhibiting local and global muscle systems) and how you will address them


Five Basic Principles:5-10 minutes
Next you will take your subject through the Five Basic Principles in proper sequence, using clear imagery and movement cues to help the subject properly achieve biomechanical body awareness. You must clearly explain why each of the principles is important. To understand the key points that should be mentioned as well as the proper cueing and correcting of the subject that should be demonstrated.

The Workout: remaining time (see chart)
The remainder of the practical exam is dedicated to taking your subject through an appropriate workout. The time allotted for the workout portion of the exam will not allow for the completion of all exercises in the full repertoire. You must ensure that the exercises chosen represent a well-rounded workout that address all aspects of movement (i.e. flexion, extension, rotation, etc.) and cover the minimum required number of exercises, while being appropriate to your ‘patient’. 

 

  Minimum number of exercises required
RMR1
Approx. # of minutes: 90

It is important to incorporate the Fitness Circle®, Flex-Band® and Arc Barrel into the workout. 
Matwork
  • min. 7 exercises
Reformer
  • min. 7 exercises
RMR1 & RMR2
Approx. # of minutes: 120 RMR1: 50-55 minutes
Matwork- 25-30 min.
Reformer – 25-30 min.

RMR2: 50-55 minutes
Matwork- 25-30 min.
Reformer – 25-30 min.
Matwork
  • min. 7 RMR1 exercises
  • min. 7 RMR2 exercises
Reformer
  • min. 7 RMR1 exercises
  • min. 7 RMR2 exercises
RMR1 & RCCB1
Approx. # of minutes: 120 RMR1: 50-55 minutes
Matwork- 20 min.
Reformer – 30 min RCCB1: 50-55 minutes
Cadillac- 15 min.
Stability Chair - 15 min.
Ladder Barrel – 10 min.
Spine Corrector- 5 min.
Arc Barrel – 5 min.
Matwork
  • min. 7 exercises
Reformer
  • min. 7 exercises
Cadillac
  • min. 4 exercises
Stability Chair
  • min. 4 exercises
Ladder Barrel
  • min. 2 exercises
Spine Corrector.
  • min. 2 exercises
Arc Barrel
  • min. 2 exercises
RMR1 & RMR2 & RCCB1
Approx. # of minutes: 120 RMR1 & RMR2: 50-55 minutes
Matwork- 20 min.
Reformer – 30 min RCCB1: 50-55 minutes
Cadillac- 15 min.
Stability Chair - 15 min.
Ladder Barrel – 10 min.
Spine Corrector- 5 min.
Arc Barrel – 5 min
Matwork
  • min. 4 RMR1 exercises
  • min. 3 RMR2 exercises
Reformer
  • min. 6 RMR1 exercises
  • min. 3 RMR2 exercises
Cadillac
  • min. 4 exercises
Stability Chair
  • min. 4 exercises
Ladder Barrel
  • min. 2 exercises
Spine Corrector.
  • min. 2 exercises
Arc Barrel
  • min. 2 exercises
RMR1 & RMR2 & RCCB1 & RCCB2
Approx. # of minutes: 120 RMR1 & RMR2: 50-55 minutes
Matwork- 20 min.
Reformer – 30 min RCCB1: 50-55 minutes
Cadillac- 15 min.
Stability Chair - 15 min.
Ladder Barrel – 10 min.
Spine Corrector- 5 min.
Arc Barrel – 5 min
  Matwork
  • min. 4 RMR1 exercises
  • min. 3 RMR2 exercises
Reformer
  • min. 6 RMR1 exercises
  • min. 3 RMR2 exercises
Cadillac
  • min. 2 RCCB1 exercises
  • min. 2 RCCB2 exercises
Stability Chair
  • min. 2 RCCB1 exercises
  • min. 2 RCCB2 exercises

Ladder Barrel
  • min. 1 RCCB1 exercises
  • min. 1 RCCB2 exercises
Spine Corrector.
  • min. 1 RCCB1 exercises
  • min. 1 RCCB2 exercises
Arc Barrel
  • min. 1 RCCB1 exercises
  • min. 1 RCCB2 exercises


You should incorporate props whenever necessary in order to modify the exercises appropriately. If exercise variations are being used, you should state the goal of the exercise and the reason for the modification. During the practical exam, if done in person, expect to be questioned periodically on the exercises and your choices. The test is designed in this way to evaluate the depth of your understanding of the exercises and how to administer them to your subject.
How will I be evaluated?
The following areas will be evaluated:

  • Reported case history
  • Stated focus of workout
  • Teaching manner and energy (attitude, motivational, verbalization skills)
  • Application of the Basic Principles to all exercises
  • Ability to cue: use of imagery, verbal cues, and kinesthetic cues (touch) to aid in guiding the subject through the exercises and transitions
  • Ability to correct: use of imagery, verbal cues, and kinesthetic cues (touch) to ensure correct alignment and proper execution of exercises
  • Knowledge of the relevant repertoire of exercises (movement / breathing patterns)
  • Exercise progression and rationale for the exercises chosen
  • Applying adaptations and modifications per individual as necessary

NOTE:

  • Expect to be questioned periodically on the exercises and your choices. This is to evaluate the depth of your understanding of the exercises and how to administer them. After working on each individual piece of equipment you may be asked to teach a few exercises of the examiner’s choosing to “spot check” your knowledge of the entire repertoire. Completed Observation and Practice Logs must be brought to the practical exam as exams will not be processed unless accompanied by these logs.

RMR1 & RMR2

  • Since we would prefer that you use real clients with real injuries for your exam, and we know that they may not have the endurance for a full exam then different clients may be used for the RMR1 repertoire and the RMR2 repertoire, on two different occasions. Approximately 35-40 minutes each.
  • The Five Basic Principles only need to be demonstrated with the first client but a written description or a short verbal case history and focus of workout will need to be provided for the second client prior to the commencement of the exam

RMR1, RMR2 & RCCB1

  • Since we would prefer that you use real clients with real injuries for your exam, and we know that they may not have the endurance for a full exam then a different client may be used for the RMR2 repertoire, on a different occasion. Approximately 25 minutes will be allocated to complete the RMR2 portion.
  • The Five Basic Principles only need to be demonstrated with the first client but a written description of the case history and focus of workout will need to be provided for the second client prior to the commencement of the exam
  1. RMR1, RMR2, RCCB1 & RCCB2
  • Since we would prefer that you use real clients with real injuries for your exam, and we know that they may not have the endurance for a full exam then a different client may be used for the RMR1 & RCCB1 and the RMR2 & RCCB2 repertoire, on two different occasions. Approximately 50-55 minutes each.
  • The Five Basic Principles only need to be demonstrated with the first client but a written description or short verbal case history and focus of workout will need to be provided for the second client prior to the commencement of the exam

Please note: These are general Merrithew Health & Fitness™ Policies. Please refer to the specific course and facility policies when registering for instructor training at any of our licensed training facilities around the world.

Prospective Pregnant Registrants

While it is considered safe and desirable to work out during pregnancy our courses can be quite demanding, and have not been tailored for pregnant women. We do not accept registration into our courses from students who are knowingly pregnant. Under certain circumstances permission may be granted for select workshops. Requests must be submitted in writing to the Senior Program Director, Education at least 30 days prior to the workshop date.

Auditing

We allow auditing of the following courses if a student has previously taken them: IMP, IR, ICAD, ICHR, IBRL, AM, AR, ACAD, ACHR, ABRL, CMR, and CCCB. We also allow auditing of the ISP course if taken post-June 2007 to present and the RMR1, RMR2, RCCB1 and RCCB2 courses if taken post-June 2012. Please contact your closest Training Center if you are interested in auditing. We do not however, allow auditing of any Functional Anatomy course and any of the workshops we offer (CEC / introductory) as the main goal of the workshops is continuing education and not certification.

Absenteeism & Make-up Hours

It is strongly advised that make-up hours are done as soon as possible after they are missed - especially if it occurs in the middle of a course. This allows students to cover the missed material prior to returning to the course. Please note that this is done in private review at the student’s expense. Students have six months to make up any hours missed. If they exceed this timeline, the course is forfeited and the entire course must be retaken in order to examine and certify.

  • Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs and Barrels Essential courses Less than five hours of a course - 2:1 ratio of hours missed to hours made up (i.e. students need to make up half the time in private review).  More than five hours of a course – 1:1 ratio of hours missed to hours made up (i.e. students need to make up the entire time in private review). 

  • Rehab, Anatomy courses, ISP and Advance courses Any make-up hours for these courses are done on a 1:1 ratio due to the density of the course material and the expectation that it will take the same amount of time to teach one student as to teach a group.

Note: Licensed Training Centers must inform us via the submitted class list that a student has not completed a course. A note will be made on the student's file. A letter of completion will be sent to the student when the Center has confirmed that the student has completed the remaining hours.

Date of Certification

Upon successful completion of the exam, students are considered certified instructors from their exam date. If the student takes the exam on two separate days, the latter date is the date that they may refer to themselves as a Certified Instructor. CECs are then earned the next full calendar year after one becomes certified, regardless of what month they examine in.

Video or Audio Recording

Audio or video recordings of courses being taught is strictly prohibited. If there are exceptional circumstances that make this necessary, the student must apply for and receive express written permission from the Senior Program Director, Education and sign a contract restricting its use. This policy is to help us avoid any infringement on our intellectual property.

Observation Hours

Observation hours can be logged during or after the course and can be accrued by watching a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor teach clients, as well as observing the relevant course package DVDs. We recommend that 80% of observation hours be completed by watching a Certified Instructor teach. Please contact your nearest Training Center or STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor, to arrange for observation.

Eligibility

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age to participate in any STOTT PILATES® course, workshop or examination.

Special Exam Accommodations

Special exam accommodations may be arranged for students with disabilities or circumstances that prevent them from taking the STOTT PILATES written examination as outlined in our regular procedures. In order to be considered, a formal request supporting the student's situation must be provided to the Program Director, Education at least 30 days prior to the scheduled examination date. Merrithew Health & Fitness reserves the right to determine the reasonableness of the accommodation requested.

Cheating Policy

Merrithew Health & Fitness takes dishonest and unethical behavior very seriously. If a student is found to have cheated on any exam a mark of zero will be recorded for that exam and the student will be unable to re-take that exam for a minimum of six months. The re-take and any future exams will then need to be completed at our Toronto Corporate Training Center or at one of our Licensed Training Centers and may not be proctored. The student will be required to pay for a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer to be present during the written exam. Merrithew Health & Fitness™ will not be held responsible for any adverse effect this policy may have.

Certification Appeals Process

Students who choose to appeal their certification score may do so in writing to the Senior Program Director, Education within 30 days of their exam scores being issued. All appeals will be attended to within 60 days of receipt.

Grievance and Appeals Process

Students who choose to submit a formal grievance regarding their education training may do so in writing to instructorcustomercare@merrithew.com within 30 days of the course or workshop completion. Grievances should include details regarding the specific situation, the desired resolution of the grievance, and any other relevant supporting information. All grievances will be attended to within 60 days of receipt.