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 – $500 for 3 years (Jan 2016 – Dec 2018)

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

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 with this 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.

The PAA continues to foster the original intentions of the Pilates Method and supports the varied Pilates lineages whilst acknowledging current scientific research and understanding of human body and movement.



Benefits for Education Bodies

Education Body benefits

  • Recognition by the Pilates industry that your courses meet the PAA’s high minimum standards. These 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 human movement
  • 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 (1 per Education Body that rotate through the Education Bodies) to advertise each 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)
  • 1 free advertisement in PAA e-newsletter over a period of 1 year – link to PDF advertisement
  • 1 free advertisement emailed to all PAA members per year- PDF attachment
  • 30% discount on biennial PAA conference exhibitor stand
  • A variety of invited opportunities to advertise at PAA events or promoted events



Course and Faculty details required

Education Body Application Requirements

Educational Bodies to provide:

  • Completed membership application/ renewal form.
  • 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 -minimum PAA Principal Trainer Level (EB must nominate a Principal Trainer)
  • List of courses on scope of delivery, or courses delivered. 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.
  • Completed application forms for all Professional Development programs including workshops,
    masterclasses and courses, recognising that all PAA approved professional development programs attract
    a 2 year validity.
  • Full 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.
  • as required, advertisements for e-newsletter, email and facebook:
    • monthly facebook ad/post to be posted monthly for each Education Body
    • advertisement for the e-newsletter (nominate which newsletter the ad is to appear)
    • 1 page PDF advertisement for Professional Development and/or Certification schedule for email to all PAA members

Accredited outcomes

Accredited outcomes

Education Bodies who are RTO/TAFE course providers

Education Body Membership - Procedures

As part of their registration, the Education Body will complete or update details annually, as listed below and return them by date specified.

  • Updated list of Faculty members for the following year
  • Schedules of certification programs for following year
  • Professional Development programs schedule (to update PAA website listings)
  • Advertisements, as requested for January Facebook posting


The PAA Educational Officer will disperse the forms annually, in November. It will be the responsibility of the Education Body to return all information by the date nominated.

Maintaining accurate information

To ensure all information provided on the PAA website and communicated to enquiries is accurate, it is important that the EB inform PAA administration of any changes to the EB, including faculty changes. For example; a change in EB information, delivery schedule of Accredited courses or Professional Development programs; changes to EB faculty – resignation or employment of another, etc.

Personal details can be updated individually by each faculty member via their PAA member file. Education Body details can be updated via email to

PAA Education Officer will in consultation with PAA President and committee:

  • liaise with EB and PAA
  • assist and direct EB enquiries to respective parties
  • manage EB applications and updates
  • foster a strong cohesive EB network
  • facilitate EB support network
  • assess/evaluate Professional Development programs in consultation with PAA committee

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.

Recognised International Pilates Certification Programs

Courses delivered by organisations trading in foreign countries. Graduates of these courses are currently recognised by the Pilates Alliance in Australia according to the noted requirements:

As from January 2013 graduates from these programs will be referred to any of 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 and organisations that offer Professional Development (PD) opportunities and promote approved programs.

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 or 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.

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

All registered Professional Development programs delivered by EB Faculty Trainers will be allocated  1 PD Point per hour;  given a Professional Development application has been approved by PAA prior to its presentation and it fulfils the criteria as “Professional Development” in content, structure,  delivery and assessment.

Pilates mat or studio workouts taught by EB Faculty Trainers will attract 1 PD Point per hour.

Workouts and masterclasses taught by EB Senior Faculty (PAA Level 4 without Cert IV in Training and Assessment) will attract .5 PDPs per hour.

(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..




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