Upgrade Process

Upgrading your membership

Members wishing to upgrade their membership level may apply online after logging in. Make sure all necessary supporting evidence is uploaded to your online member file for approval.

Individual requirements for each level of membership upgrade are listed below.

(Non-straightforward upgrades may be referred to the next committee meeting).

Upgrade Process for Associate Student Members

Note: You must already be a PAA Associate Student Member to apply for upgrade to Graduate Level 1.

Associate Student members who have successfully completed and provide evidence of Diploma certification from a PAA recognised training organisation or equivalent may immediately upgrade to Graduate Level 1.

Submit your online upgrade application with the following documentation:

  • PAA recognised Diploma certification
  • Provide First Aid Certificate
  • Public liability and professional indemnity insurance
    • in your PAA membership name
    • specifically covering Pilates
    • min. cover $2,000,000 for Professional Indemnity

Graduate Level 1 membership is available only in the first year after graduation, for a period of 1 year. Upon expiry members automatically upgrade to Full Membership Level 1.

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Graduates of Breathe Education

Effective 1st July 2018, Breathe Education has withdrawn affiliation for the PAA as an Education Body. Graduates of Breathe Education wishing to upgrade their membership or join the PAA can find further information here: Breathe Graduate upgrade requirements.

Upgrade Process for Mat Members

Mat members who have successfully completed and provide evidence of Diploma certification from a PAA recognised training organisation or equivalent may immediately upgrade their membership to Graduate Level 1.

Submit your online upgrade application with the following:

  • A current Mat membership including evidence of valid First Aid, Insurance, and required PDPs
  • A PAA recognised Diploma certification.

Graduate Level 1 membership is available only in the first year after graduation, for a period of 1 year. Upon expiry members automatically upgrade to Full Membership Level 1.

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Upgrade Process for Full members

Full members and new members with experience can apply to upgrade their membership above level 1 by submitting an online upgrade application together with prerequisite supporting documentation:

  • A current full membership including evidence of valid First Aid, Insurance, and required PDPs
  • A PAA recognised comprehensive (full/studio) certification.
  • Two signed references from Pilates industry peers.
  • Summary table of all teaching hours since gaining your PAA recognised qualification, or since last upgrade (see example below).
  • Supporting evidence of teaching hours:
    1. Employed hours – signed confirmation is required on business letterhead from each employer verifying dates of employment and hours worked.
    2. Self employed hours – statutory declaration is required verifying dates of employment and hours worked.

Calculating and submitting Teaching Hours

Teaching hours are defined as actual Pilates contact hours spent instructing clients in either group classes or private sessions.

They are to be documented as an average of hours taught up to a maximum of 30 hours per week, for a maximum of 48 weeks per year and a maximum of 1440 hours per year.

The table below displays an example of how teaching hours should be submitted in support of a membership upgrade. Employed and self employed hours may be combined in the table providing you supply supporting evidence for each.

Studio / EmployerYearAvg hrs p/wkx no. of wksTotal hrs
Bell Pilates20102016 (Jul-Oct)320
Power Pilates20112543 (Feb-Oct)1075
Power Pilates20122843 (Feb-Nov)1288
Central Pilates20133025 (Feb-Jul)750
Total Hours3433

Trainer Level Upgrades

Upgrades to Trainer Level membership require completion and documentation of a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment in addition to documented experience hours.

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