PDP Workshop Application

Application for professional development program and workshop assessment

PAA professional development guidelines

The PAA liaise directly with providers to formally approve professional development programs for the allocation of professional development points (PDPs), allowing us to support and promote professional development opportunities to members.

PAA approved programs include both Pilates and non-Pilates based programs, and can be delivered either face to face or online.

Professional development programs, workshops or masterclasses must reflect learning that is beyond industry entry-level certification (Cert IV or Diploma).

Applications for workshops specialising in high risk populations or advanced repertoire

To maintain standards and ensure Australian medical guidelines are observed, presenters of training in high risk populations, specifically in the areas of neurological conditions, cancer, and pre and post natal exercise, are required to show a minimum of 16 hrs formal specialty training as well as evidence of practical experience teaching clients from the specific population.

PDP applications in these areas must demonstrate that the workshop or class content includes the following:

  • up to date references
  • current medical guidelines for the subject, including clear contra-indications and modifications
  • guidelines for assessing the client and conditions that should be referred on to a medical or health professional
  • a clear indication if participants can/cannot make changes to their scope of practice after attending the training

Presenters are also asked to consider that regardless of their qualification in the area, all content needs to address “Pilates Instructors” as the target audience. Presenters should recognise the limits to the scope of practice of this community and tailor content accordingly.

Advanced repertoire:
Professional development workshops teaching advanced or archival repertoire should address contra-indications for all exercises. Much of the advanced/archival work uses load in extreme flexion/extension/rotation and needs to address adequate safety and a clear indication of possible issues.

Approved Pilates programs:

  • Must be a Pilates-based workshop or masterclass presenting repertoire, skills, competencies and information that directly enhance a certified Pilates instructor’s professional development. Applications should demonstrate the application of science/knowledge to Pilates repertoire with specific repertoire examples provided.
  • Must reflect learning that is beyond industry entry-level qualification (Cert IV or Diploma)
  • Must be delivered by minimum PAA Trainer Level 1, or international presenters must be an Elder, recognised second generation Pilates professional or Pilates Teacher Trainer with recognised international training program with minimum 5 years experience. Presenter CV to be provided
  • Online programs must provide an access link to the full workshop to assess video/audio quality and ensure content is of an appropriate level
  • Online assessments must include a minimum of 8-10 multiple choice or true/false questions per hour of content.

Programs that meet all the above requirements will attract 1 PDP* per hour.

*A maximum of 15 PDPs can be awarded for any one program

Approved Non-Pilates programs and workshops

  • Non-Pilates programs must include an extension of learning beyond qualification level in anatomy, physiology, pathology or business development. The content must be related to Pilates and will enhance the education of the qualified Pilates instructor.
  • All workshops must be delivered by an acknowledged ‘expert’, or suitably qualified and respected individual in their field of study or profession. Presenter CV to be provided
  • Online programs must provide an access link to the full workshop to assess video/audio quality and ensure content is of an appropriate level
  • Online assessments must include a minimum of 8-10 multiple choice or true/false questions per hour of content.
  • Approved programs will attract 0.5 PDP per hour up to the maximum awarded.
  • Non Pilates anatomy, physiology, pathology or business development – maximum 50% of allowance over a 2 year PDP period.

Please note: Complementary movement based techniques are not eligible for PDPs.

Responsibilities of PAA Approved Workshop Organisers

Once your workshop is approved and PDPs are allocated, please follow these instructions to ensure your attendees are well informed and can claim their points easily:

Publicise using PAA logos and hashtags

Specially designed ‘PDP Approved’ logos are available to use in your marketing, confirming that your workshop has been approved for PDPs by the PAA (displayed). If have not yet been supplied with these please request them by emailing: support@pilates.org.au

Please use the following PAA hashtags in your social media marketing of the workshops:


Update PAA approved workshop listings

If you you arrange any additional dates or need to reschedule a workshop, please notify us as soon as possible of the changes so that we can list them on the Approved Professional Development page of our website.

Issue a Certificate

To claim points, attendees must be issued with a certificate that includes the following as a minimum:

  • the organising body’s official business logo
  • the date of the workshop
  • the workshop title
  • the name of the presenter
  • the name of the attendee
  • the number of PDPs awarded
  • the PAA ‘PDP Approved’ logo

Checklist and Notes

Application checklist

To complete your application, you will need to provide the following:

  1. Your details including PAA membership number (if applicable)
  2. A comprehensive CV for each presenter which includes:
    • Outline of qualifications in the workshop field of study
    • Details of relevant teaching & presenting experience
  3. Details of the program, workshop or masterclass including:
    • Workshop title and overview
    • Content outline, outcomes and workshop notes/materials
    • Duration of workshop/program in contact hours
    • Pre-requisites for participants
    • Copy of the workshop/program assessment for online workshops
    • Access link, if applying for an online workshop
    • Proposed dates and venues for the workshop/program
    • URL for workshop/program registration and information

Acceptable file format for document uploads: (pdf, jpg, png)

Fee schedule*

Assessment fee (excl. Ed Bodies): $75

Fee for award of PDPs (allocation of PDPs and advertising on PAA workshop listings page)

Program lengthMembers feesNon-members feesEducation Body fees
half day: 1-4 hrs$60$120$45
full day: +4-8 hrs$120$240$85
two days: +8-16 hrs$180$360$120
multi day: +16 hrs$240$480$160

Allocated PDPs for workshop/programs are valid for 2 years, unless otherwise stated.

After two years all professional development programs need to be updated and re-assessed to ensure currency of content.

*All fees are GST inclusive.

Please email sharan@pilates.org.au for further information.