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Continuing education FAQs

STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructors are required to obtain six hours of Merrithew Continuing Education Credits (0.6 CECs) annually to maintain their certification. The following questions and answers help explain the program in more detail.

While CECs are not required for Qualifications in Merrithew’s other branded programs, CORE, Total Barre®, ZEN•GA® or Halo® Training you may still attend workshops for these brands and earn CECs towards your STOTT PILATES Certification.

Complete the CEC petition Submit videos for CECs

Why maintain my certification?

Credible certification is becoming increasingly important to employers, insurance companies and consumers. In fact, experts agree that to ensure long-term sustainability and better service the public, the fitness industry will eventually need to make certification mandatory. STOTT PILATES Certification is well respected in the fitness industry due to our high education standards and our mission to stay on top of new research and industry advancements.

Why have a Continuing Education Credit (CEC) Program?

The STOTT PILATES CEC Program was developed to provide all Certified Instructors and Instructor Trainers with ongoing learning opportunities to keep skills current and maintain a high quality of education. In addition, this will help you stay abreast of the latest advancements in exercise science and the Merrithew repertoire.

How many CECs must I earn annually?

All STOTT PILATES Certified Instructors and Instructor Trainers are required to obtain 0.6 CECs annually to maintain their certification.

You are required to keep track of all your Continuing Education Credits (workshops, videos, petitions, private evaluations, etc.) and retain all relevant documents. If you misplace a document or would like a copy of your training history please visit the Student Resources page under forms.

How soon after I receive my certification do I have to start earning annual CECs?

All STOTT PILATES Certified Instructors have one full calendar year to earn credits, beginning January 1 of the year following the successful completion of their exam. For example, if you successfully complete your exam(s) in 2019, your first CEC period begins January 1, 2020 and ends December 31, 2020. CECs are earned every year for the calendar year (Jan–Dec).

How do I complete my CECs?
You will earn CECs automatically and receive a completion letter within 4-6 weeks if you:
  • Attend any Merrithew Education Course or Workshop at a trade show, Licensed Training Center, Host Training Center or at the Toronto Corporate Training Center (All 0.6 CECs can be earned this way: 0.1 CEC/hour). At trade shows, you are responsible for signing into the session with a Merrithew representative to earn STOTT PILATES® CECs and a letter of completion.
  • Complete one or more private sessions with a Merrithew Instructor Trainer.
    • This involves a review of Merrithew Education content and/or any Merrithew exercise updates. (All 0.6 CECs can be earned this way: 0.1 CEC/hour)
    • Complete a teaching evaluation with a Merrithew Instructor Trainer. A teaching evaluation involves leading a Merrithew Instructor Trainer or another subject through a workout. You will be evaluated on your current teaching abilities and provided feedback. (A maximum of 0.4 CECs can be earned this way: 0.1 CEC/hour)
  • Complete a pre-approved Merrithew Approved Workshop with a Merrithew Instructor Trainer. An Approved Workshop refers to a workshop, seminar, or masterclass focused on specific subject matter that is complementary to existing Merrithew workshops and taught by a Merrithew Instructor Trainer. (A maximum of 0.2 CECs can be earned this way: 0.1 CEC/hour)
You can petition for STOTT PILATES Continuing Education Credits to be considered if you:
  • Take a non-Merrithew anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology or other exercise science course or workshop. Each course/workshop needs to be at least two hours in length. (A maximum of 0.2 CECs can be earned this way regardless of the duration of the course/workshop). More than one non-Merrithew petition can be submitted, however a maximum of 0.2 CECs will be awarded per year if the petition is approved.
    For this option you must submit the following no later than December 31 for review, to be considered for the current year.
    • CEC Petition form
    • Educator’s Organization Information (Organization Name, Contact Details)
    • Course description, outline and hourly content breakdown (include number of hours taught for anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology or other exercise science)
    • List of course objectives (include number of hours taught for anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology or other exercise science)
    • Instructor's biography
    • Proof of completion
    • Non-refundable petition fee ($28 USD/$35 CAD/£15 GBP plus tax, where applicable)
    Merrithew cannot guarantee that CECs will be approved for non-Merrithew courses or workshops. Allow four to six weeks to review your request. You will receive confirmation by email. If you do not receive confirmation, contact us.
    Note: Petition fee is a non-refundable administrative fee.
  • Study Merrithew digital content via Merrithew Connect or review a DVD (excluding required videos for certification courses taken, i.e. Essential Matwork) and submit a 15-minute video of you teaching the content to a client. (All 0.6 CECs can be earned this way: 0.1 CEC/ per 15-minute video) (i.e. watch three titles, submit a 45-minute long segment to earn 0.3 CECs).
    Note: video submissions will not count towards Specialty Tracks.
    For this option you must submit the following no later than December 31 for review, to be considered for the current year.
    • Submit your CEC Video Petition
    • Non-refundable petition fee ($30 USD/$35 CAD/£15 GBP plus tax, where applicable) per 15-minute submission
      Note: Petition fee is a non-refundable administrative fee.
  • Submit a 30 minute video of a customized workout you have created from Merrithew repertoire and teach it to a client.
    • Teaching abilities, programming, repertoire proficiency and safety will be evaluated and feedback will be provided.
    • Please ensure that you performed a client intake and postural analysis prior to taping your video. At the start of your video please introduce your client and give a brief explanation of what information you gathered prior to the session, including any injuries or concerns. Be sure to note any modifications you have used during your session and explain your reasoning for selecting said modification(s).
    • Make sure you are verbalizing your cues and instructions, and providing any necessary details on why you have made your programming choices.
    • A variety of topics including, but not limited to exercises on specialized equipment training or special populations and conditions can be submitted.
      (A maximum of 0.2 CECs will be earned this way: 0.2 CECs/one 30-minute video)
    You must submit the following no later than December 31 for review, to be considered for the current year.
    • Submit your CEC Video Petition
    • Non-refundable petition fee ($30 USD/$35 CAD/£15 GBP plus tax, where applicable) per 30-minute submission
      Note: Petition fee is a non-refundable administrative fee.
What if I fail to earn my CECs?

At Merrithew we believe our CEC program is an important part of being a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor. If a Certified Instructor fails to maintain 0.6 CECs for any of the previous 3 years, their certification status will no longer be considered current, and they will not appear on the Merrithew Instructor Finder.

If my certification status is no longer current, how do I bring it back to a current status?
There are two options available to you:
  1. CEC extension: If additional time is needed to complete your annual CEC requirement, you may request a temporary CEC extension, which will allow your certification status to remain current for an additional period of time
    • If you are unable to complete your annual CEC requirement by the end of the year, you may pay a nominal fee to obtain a temporary extension until May 31 of the following year. During this period, your Certified Instructor status will remain as current. After this period, if the required CECs have not been earned, your Certified Instructor status will be counted as not current.
    • The extension fee per 0.2 CECs is $25 USD/$30 CAD/£15 GBP plus tax, where applicable
    • To request an extension, submit this form
  2. CEC backdate: If you have earned greater than 0.6 CECs in the current year, you may request to have a portion of your CECs backdated to a year where they are deficient
    • If your Certified Instructor status is no longer current, and you have earned greater than 0.6 CECs in the current year, you may pay a nominal fee to have a portion of your CECs backdated to a year where they are deficient. Once the previous year has been credited with 0.6 CECs, your Certified Instructor status will be counted as current.
    • The backdate fee per 0.2 CECs is $25 USD/$30 CAD/£15 GBP plus tax, where applicable
    • To request to have CECs backdated, contact cecs@merrithew.com
How can I have CECs transferred to the following year?

If you complete more than 0.6 CECs you are able to transfer up to a maximum of 0.2 CECs to the following year with a $30 CAD / $25 USD /£15 administration fee (plus tax, where applicable). Note only Merrithew Education is transferable. Only CECs taken after the first calendar year after your exam can be transferred. As this is a new policy it applies to CECs going forward only and is not retroactive.

Is there an annual renewal fee?

There is no annual renewal fee. The cost of maintaining your CEC status depends on which CEC option you choose.

Does auditing a course count toward my CECs?

Graduates and students are welcome to audit courses at the Toronto Corporate Training Center, or any Merrithew Training Center based on availability. Auditing a course will not count toward your CECs, but is a great way to refresh your memory. To arrange a course audit, contact your nearest Training Center.

Can I earn CECs by retaking a Merrithew course or workshop?

Instructors are welcome to retake courses or workshops to earn CECs. While this is a great way to refresh your memory, we suggest that Instructors only retake courses or workshops once. We are continually offering new programming that will help you stay abreast of new content.