Course Competency Criteria

Course Competency Criteria

Open > Course competency criteria for full studio certification or qualification

Course competency criteria (CCC) allow for alignment of educational programs at certification level or equivalent and aims to guide the PAA committee in its approval of appropriate instructor training programs.

Additionally, educational organisations may utilise the criteria to identify gaps in order to upgrade training programs. The general public may also refer to course competency criteria to identify an appropriate standard when choosing an educational body or training.

Course competency criteria assist the PAA in meeting its purpose to maintain the highest standard of Pilates education in Australasia.

Course competency criteria was developed through industry consultation and recognition of existing education industry accepted guidelines for competency-based training via vocational education training sectors.

These criteria relate to comprehensive studio training courses including full system, Matwork and apparatus. They are not applicable to Matwork only, or fitness based certifications.

There is a minimum set of criteria for certification. They are:

Providers and faculty

Providers and faculty

Graduate to a PAA Full Member level 1

Registered course providers, partnerships and faculty

From February 2013 the minimum course to graduate to a Full Member Level 1 PAA will offer the equivalent subject outcomes as a Diploma level Pilates’ course and will be accredited through VETAB.

These courses can only be delivered through a registered training organization or an approved qualified specialist Pilates’ provider who is in partnership or, has an arrangement with an RTO to deliver an accredited outcome for graduates to a minimum certification of a Diploma qualification.

Accredited courses must be delivered in part and guided by a Principal Trainer and/or appropriate faculty tutors of a recognized provider organization. The course director or principal tutor must be a Full Member Principal Trainer as defined by the PAA. Faculty tutors must have Full Member Trainer Level 1 minimum membership or the equivalent.

Course providers should be able to demonstrate a lineage on the family tree to the specific works of Joseph & Clara Pilates, as an assurance of the application to the original works of J H Pilates

Timeframe and hours

Timeframe and hours

Accredited outcome - minimum of Diploma

Course timeframe and minimum hours

The timeframe for course delivery is six months to a maximum of three years with a minimum of 500 course hours allocated as follows:

  • Face-to-face contact with trainers, educators and lecturers and online delivery – minimum of 120 hours
  • A minimum of 300 hours of observation and work experience combined
  • Minimum 100 hours observation at an approved studio
  • Minimum 200 hours work experience at an approved studio, including student clinic hours and/or assistant teaching hours
  • A minimum of 3 hours of self-mastery per week
  • All course hours to be logged by student, signed off and submitted

Pilates theory

Pilates theory

Philosophy, concepts, principles of the Pilates method... and much more

Course theory

The theoretical course components include the study, knowledge and understanding of the following:

  1. History and development of the Pilates Method
  2. Philosophy, concepts and principles of the Pilates Method
  3. Anatomy & physiology
  4. Biomechanical analysis of movement in all joints and in all ranges of movement
  5. Postural assessment, identification of faulty postures and postural correction
  6. Common mild injury types such as joint strains and sprains, lower back pain and muscle imbalances
  7. Teaching methodology and programming
  8. Pre-exercise clearance of clients and the initial consultation process
  9. Knowledge and use of the apparatus including safety protocols
  10. Study special populations and appropriate application of the repertoire Occupational
  11. Health & Safety (OH&S)
  12. Understanding of scope of practice
  13. Understanding of ongoing education requirements and potential

Analayis of repertoire

Analayis of repertoire

Intermediate level in all apparatus and matwork

Course repertoire, manuals and handout materials

Course Repertoire and analysis of repertoire to intermediate level on all apparatus and matwork supported by appropriate manuals and handout material.

Manuals:

  • Student manual
  • Repertoire manual

Handout materials outlining:

  • Observation guidelines and protocols
  • Instructor/supervisor feedback processes
  • Use of apparatus and safety protocols
  • Feedback process with instructor/supervisor to guide work experience

Delivery arrangements must be documented and all apparatus must be available for course delivery hours and practice and sufficient room available for demonstration by trainer and practice by students.

Assessment

Assessment

Written, practical and teaching

Course assessment

Course assessment is comprised of the following:

  • A minimum of one final written assessment
  • Two written assessments are recommended – one mid-course and one final
  • Include appropriate practical and teaching assessments
  • Minimum of one final practical demonstration assessment
  • Minimum of one final teaching assessment
  • A total course application assessment

Open > PAA Course Competency Criteria - Approved Matwork Courses

Course Competency Criteria (CCC) allow for alignment of educational programs at certification or equivalent level and aims to guide the PAA committee in its approval of appropriate instructor training programs.

Additionally, educational organisations may utilise the CCC to identify gaps in order to upgrade training programs. The general public may also utilise the criteria to identify an appropriate standard when seeking education.

Course competency criteria assist the PAA in meeting its purpose to maintain the highest standard of Pilates education in Australasia.

The set of criteria was developed through industry consultation and recognition of existing education industry accepted guidelines for competency-based training via the vocational education training sector.

Course competency criteria relevant to Matwork only and fitness based certifications.

There is a minimum set of criteria for certification. They are:

Providers and faculty

Providers and faculty

Graduate to level of a PAA Matwork Member

Registered course providers and faculty

From February 2013, the minimum course to graduate to a Matwork member with the PAA will be the equivalent in subject outcomes to a specialist Certificate IV Pilates Matwork instruction course accredited through VETAB.

Delivered through a registered training organisation or approved and suitably qualified specialist Pilates’ provider in partnership with an RTO to deliver an accredited Certificate IV minimum for graduates.

Accredited courses must be delivered in part and guided by a Principal Trainer and/or appropriate faculty tutors of a recognized provider organization. The course director or principal tutor must be a Full Member Principal Trainer as defined by the PAA. Faculty tutors must have Full Member Trainer Level 1 minimum membership or the equivalent.

Course providers should be able to demonstrate a lineage on the family tree to the specific works of Joseph & Clara Pilates, as an assurance of the application to the original works of J H Pilates.

Timeframe and hours

Timeframe and hours

Accredited outcome - minimum of Certificate IV matwork

Course timeframe and minimum hours

The timeframe for course delivery is a period of eight weeks with a maximum of one year and minimum of 150 course hours allocated as follows:

  • Face-to-face contact with trainers, educators and lecturers and online delivery – minimum of 30 hours
  • A minimum of 70 hours of observation and work experience combined
  • Minimum 20 hours observation at an approved studio
  • Minimum 35 hours work experience at an approved studio, including student clinic hours and/or assistant teaching hours
  • A minimum of 2 hours of self-mastery per week
  • All course hours to be logged by student, signed off and submitted

Pilates theory

Pilates theory

Philosophy, concepts, principles of the Pilates method... and much more

Course Theory

The theoretical course components include the study, knowledge and understanding of the following:

  1. History and development of the Pilates Method
  2. Philosophy, concepts and principles of the Pilates Method
  3. Anatomy & physiology
  4. Biomechanical analysis of movement in all joints and in all ranges of movement
  5. Postural assessment, identification of faulty postures and postural correction
  6. Common mild injury types such as joint strains and sprains, lower back pain and muscle imbalances
  7. Teaching methodology and programming
  8. Pre-exercise clearance of clients and the initial consultation process
  9. Knowledge and use of small apparatus including safety protocols
  10. Understanding of scope of practice
  11. Understanding of ongoing education requirements and potential

Analayis of repertoire

Analayis of repertoire

Intermediate level in matwork and small apparatus

Course repertoire, manuals and handout materials

Course Repertoire and analysis of repertoire to intermediate level in Matwork and small apparatus supported by appropriate manuals and handout material.

Manuals:

  • Student manual
  • Repertoire manual

Handout materials outlining:

  • Observation guidelines and protocols
  • Instructor/supervisor feedback processes
  • Use of small apparatus and safety protocols
  • Feedback process with instructor/supervisor to guide work experience

Delivery arrangements must be documented and all apparatus must be available for course delivery hours and practice and sufficient room available for demonstration by trainer and practice by students.

Assessment

Assessment

Written, practical and teaching

Course assessment

Course assessment is comprised of the following:

  • A minimum of one final written assessment
  • Include appropriate practical and teaching assessments
  • Minimum of one final practical demonstration assessment
  • Minimum of one final teaching assessment
  • A total course application assessment