PAA Education Body Policy

PAA Education Body Policy


In 2012, the PAA Main Committee voted unanimously to support the motion raised by representatives for all the Education Bodies: that all PAA Education Bodies deliver courses that offer graduates government accredited outcomes in addition to complying with the PAA Course Competency Criteria.

Since 2013, all new graduates of Pilates courses in Australia require a minimum of a Certificate IV in a Pilates specialist course (not a “fitness Pilates” course or other “Pilates-movement” courses) to register with the PAA for Matwork membership, and a minimum of a Pilates specialist Diploma to instruct in a studio setting and to apply for PAA full membership. An Advanced Diploma qualification adds to the knowledge base for Pilates Instructors who possess a Pilates specialist Diploma.

Accredited outcomes

Accredited outcomes

Education Bodies who are RTO/TAFE course providers

Education Body Membership

Education Body Membership – $550 inc. GST (Jan – Dec)

PAA Education Body membership is open to RTO’s and training organisations providing Government accredited Pilates courses that also meet the PAA Course Competency Criteria. Training organisations developing Pilates courses for government accreditation, in the process of becoming an RTO or with an alignment to an RTO are also eligible.

Industry consultation
Government course accreditation requires evidence of extensive industry consultation. As the leading Pilates Industry Body in Australia, the PAA is uniquely positioned to provide confidential and equitable industry consultation and support. This is a vital component of course accreditation. PAA can also facilitate contact with established course providers and Education Body applicants to discuss logistics for the government accreditation process. Ongoing PAA recognition of accredited courses requires ongoing consultation in review and reaccreditation of these courses.

The PAA continues to promote the original intentions of the Pilates Method and supports the varied Pilates lineages. The PAA also recognises the importance of staying current in ongoing research in related fields such as anatomy, kinesiology and neurophysiology.



Benefits for Education Bodies

Education Body benefits

  • Recognition by the Pilates industry that your courses meet the PAA’s minimum standards. These rigorous standards were established to:
    • prepare graduates for a range of workplace environments, ensuring they obtain adequate contact training and supervised teaching experience.
    • demonstrate established lineage to Joseph and Clara Pilates via the Elders
    • incorporate solid foundations in anatomy, physiology and movement biomechanics
  • Industry Body consultation for course accreditation and review
  • Listing on PAA website as a recognised Education Body with website, logo and phone number listed and a direct link to EB website
  • Monthly posting on PAA Facebook page to advertise Education Body member, plus a monthly Professional Development posting for each Education Body as supplied by the Education Body (if the EB does not supply the PAA with an advertisement then no ad will be posted)
  • 2 complimentary advertisements annually (accredited course or professional development) emailed to all PAA members – PDF attachment
  • 30% discount on PAA conference exhibitor stand
  • A variety of invited opportunities to participate or advertise at PAA events or promoted events
  • Invitation to annual PAA Industry and Education forum
  • PDP assessment application fee ($75) is waived for all applications
  • Discounted fees and additional sliding scale bulk discounts for PDP assessments
  • Discount on ‘all States’ email advertisements



Course and Faculty details required

Education Body responsibilities

Educational Bodies to provide:

  • Completed membership application form (new members only)
  • Current list of all EB faculty members – must hold current PAA membership
    • EB Faculty – minimum PAA Level 3
    • Faculty Trainers -minimum PAA Trainer L1
    • Principal Trainer – min PAA Principal Trainer Level (EB must nominate a Principal Trainer)
  • List of courses on scope of delivery, or courses delivered
  • Delivery schedule for accredited courses for coming year. Any changes to this should be notified to PAA in a timely manner to keep PAA website information accurate
  • List of EB Professional Development programs scheduled for the coming year, detailing the date, program/workshop name, presenter, city and link to EB website for registration to be used to update Workshop page on PAA website
  • Email and Facebook promotional material as required:
    • monthly Facebook ad/post
    • 1 page PDF advertisement for Professional Development and/or Accredited Course schedule for email to all PAA members (Ed Bodies receive 2 complimentary emails per year)

Education Body members agree to:

  • Consult with the PAA as the Industry Body on course accreditation and review
  • Participate in annual industry and training survey
  • Maintain current and accurate information with the PAA
  • Notify PAA administration of any changes to their listings to ensure all information provided on the PAA website is current and accurate
    Note: Personal details for faculty members can be updated individually via their PAA member file
  • Apply for PDPs for Professional Development programs including workshops, masterclasses and courses. Online application available at
  • Display PAA logo on the Education Body website. The PAA logo should be used to identify and promote PAA recognised courses and professional development workshops
  • Use the PAA hashtags to promote PAA approved professional development workshops
  • Promote PAA membership to students and graduates

Consultation and support

Consultation and support

Promote the benefits of accredited education

PAA Responsibilities

PAA Education Officer and Education sub-committee will, in consultation with PAA President and full committee:

  • liaise with EB and PAA
  • assist and direct EB enquiries to respective parties
  • manage EB applications, renewals and updates
  • foster a strong cohesive EB network
  • host Industry and Education Forum
  • facilitate EB support network
  • promote PAA recognised accredited courses
  • direct Pilates course enquiries to PAA registered Education Bodies
  • assess/ evaluate Professional Development programs

Accredited outcomes

Accredited outcomes

Education Bodies who are RTO/TAFE course providers

Course Registry Categories

Accredited Courses

These are formal non-expiring qualifications accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework. Accredited courses are all listed on the National Training Information Service website ( NTIS is the official national register of information on Training Packages, Qualification. Each course has a distinctive national code next to its title indicating its accredited status. Accredited courses can only be delivered by a government registered training organization (RTO / TAFE).

PAA supports Government accredited courses.

Courses With RTO Alliance

Graduates of these courses will bridge to a Government accredited Diploma qualification as recognised by the PAA.

International Pilates Certification Programs

Courses delivered by organisations trading in foreign countries:

As from January 2013 graduates from international programs will be referred to the PAA registered RTO’s to be mapped across to an accredited qualification.


*Education Bodies that use the PAA logo or suggest an association with the PAA must provide evidence to support this.

Professional Development Points

Professional Development Points

The PAA formally approves Professional Development programs for the allocation of Professional Development Points ( PDPs)

Education Body Professional Development Programs

The PAA liaise directly with Education Bodies, organisations and individuals offering Professional Development (PD) opportunities. All PAA approved programs are included with date of delivery in the state listings on the PAA professional development workshops page.

Approved Pilates programs include Pilates specific content, skills and competencies that directly enhance a certified Pilates Instructors professional development. Programs must reflect learning that is beyond industry entry level certification and must incorporate an assessment component.

  • Presenters must hold a Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.
  • Guest/International presenters must be an Elder, recognised second generation Pilates professional or Pilates Teacher Trainer with recognised International Training Program with min 5 years experience to receive full points.
  • EB can submit PD application on behalf of an international presenters.
  • All PD programs require an assessment of program outcomes to be included in the presentation prior to PDPs being awarded; e.g. participants must complete a questionnaire based on the program content, participate in a verbal quiz or practical assessment etc.
  • These programs will attract 1 PDP per hour, with a maximum 15 PDP’s for any one program.

Education Body Faculty PD Programs

PDPs for Pilates mat or studio workouts

  • EB Faculty Trainers (PAA T1 and above) delivering Pilates mat or studio workouts to PAA members can provide PDPs @ 1 PDP per hour
  • EB Senior Faculty (PAA Level 4 without Cert IV in Training and Assessment) delivering Pilates mat or studio workouts and masterclasses may provide PDPs @0.5 PDPs per hour.
  • A certificate or tax receipt, noting approved workout, date, teacher and participant name should be provided to the attendee to claim PDPs. (PAA members may accrue a maximum of 4 PDPs or 6 PDPs for regional members from workouts in the 2 year period as per PDP guidelines)
  • Guest/International presenters must be an Elder, a recognised second generation Pilates professional or Pilates Teacher Trainer with a recognised International Training Program with min 5 years experience to receive full points and must complete the PD application form (EB can submit on presenters behalf).


Presenters of approved Pilates PD programs must be PAA members with the exception of international presenters and non-Pilates programs.

PDP Application form

Apply for PDPs online here



Equal opportunity to advertise

PAA Education Body Advertising

PAA provides each Education Body with equal opportunity to advertise and promote Pilates courses, workshops, products and services via the PAA website, facebook and e-newsletter, this will be monitored by the Education sub-committee.


View: List of Registered Education Bodies