Exam FAQ

Q. How soon after taking a certification course or workshop should I take the related exam?

A. All types of exams must be taken within six months of completing your last course.  We encourage you to take some time to synthesize the information prior to taking the exam. However, you are welcome to take the exam immediately after completing your practice and observation hours if you and your Instructor Trainer feel you are ready.

Q. Does Pacific NW Pilates Education offer any courses or workshops to help me prepare for my exam?

A. We now offer an EXAM PREP Weekend! (8 hours total, no CECs) $300 for full weekend.

GET READY TO ACE YOUR EXAM! This interactive study weekend is designed specifically to help students hone their skills and  build confidence in preparation for the STOTT PILATES® certification exams.  Students will get the chance to ask questions, review key material and practice teach.

We will begin with an overview of exam format, and discuss effective study methods to approach the course material. We will then proceed to sessions specifically dedicated to mastering the Basic Principles, Cueing, Anatomy, Postural Analysis, and Programming. Students will get lots of supervised practice time in order to apply what they have learned and to get help when stuck.

This workshop is a must for any student who wishes to successfully complete their exam. Don’t let a busy life, procrastination and/or fear get in the way! Please call the studio for more information and to enroll. 503-292-4409

Q. How much do exams cost?

A. See exam fees for more information about how much each examination costs.

Q. What exams should I take if I have taken taken IMP, IR and/or ICCB courses?

A. The following exams are available in a Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate), Level 2 (Advanced), or Combined Levels 1 and 2 format:

* Matwork
* Reformer
* Matwork and Reformer
* Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels

You can qualify to take and receive a Full Certification exam if you successfully complete an examination (or series of examinations) in Level 1 and Level 2 Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels AND have also taken the Injuries & Special Populations course.

If you take IMP, IR or ICCB courses, you are eligible to take a Level 1 exam. If you take AM, AR or ACCB courses you are eligible for a combined Level 1 and 2 exam.

If you choose to examine at Level 1 (written and practical components) and wish to upgrade to Level 2 certification at a later date (practical component only), you will be charged a separate fee. See the exam prices for more details.

If you hold a Matwork certification and want to certify in Reformer or vice versa, you must take a combined Matwork and Reformer exam so that we can test your ability to program various equipment repertoires together. You do not have to take (and pay for) two or more exams if you are planning to take more than one course. You may wait until completion of the second or final course to take a combined repertoire exam. However, if you are planning to take multiple courses and then take a combined exam, please remember that you must take either an exam or a subsequent course within six months.

For example, if you take IMP and the course ends on May 1st, you must either take the exam for IMP or take a subsequent course on or before November 1st of the same year. If you choose to take another course, you will need to make the same choice within six months of that course date: take another course or take the exam for the previous course(s).

If you prefer to take a longer pause between courses, you may take an exam to become certified in one course only and then take other combined exams (after completing the second or subsequent courses) to become certified in all the work. In this case, separate exam fees would apply. See the exams prices for more details.

The written component must be conducted at a location where you can be monitored. This can be at a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center, such as Pacific NW Pilates, or at a library (public, college or university).

The practical component must be conducted in the presence of an Instructor Trainer at a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center, such as Pacific NW Pilates. Alternatively, the exam can be submitted by videotape. Contact the STOTT PILATES Education Department at 800-910-0001 ext. 261 or send an email to education@stottpilaes.com for more information about this procedure, as all videotaped exams as evaluated at STOTT PILATES headquarters in Toronto.

Q. If I have taken Intensive taken IMP, IR and/or ICCB courses, which level of certification am I eligible to take an exam for?

A. If you have only taken Intensive or Comprehensive courses covering Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate) repertoire and have not taken the Level 2 (Advanced) repertoire course(s) you may only take a Level 1 exam.

If you have taken the Level 2 repertoire course(s) and do not hold a Level 1 certification (i.e. you have not take the exam for Level 1), you may take either a Level 1 or a combined Levels 1 and 2 exam. If you have taken the Level 2 repertoire course(s) and already hold a Level 1 certification (i.e. you have taken the exam for Level 1), you are only required to take the Level 2 exam, which is practical (not written) only.

You may also choose to examine at Level 1 for a certain portion of the repertoire and at Level 2 on another portion. However, as a general rule, we do not recommend only testing on part of the repertoire learned. We encourage you to test on all levels and all courses you have taken. Exceptions can be made if you and your Instructor Trainer feel it is impossible for you to attain competency in all areas within the prescribed time period.

If you test for Combined Levels 1 and 2 (Essential, Intermediate and Advanced) certification and only pass the exam for the Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate) repertoire, you will be awarded Level 1 certification. If you are taking a combined Matwork and Reformer exam or a combined Matwork, Reformer and CCB exam and testing for Levels 1 and 2, you may be awarded Level 1 certification for a certain portion of the repertoire and Level 2 certification for another portion.

Q. What practical exam would I take for STOTT PILATES Rehabilitation training?

A. Depending upon the training and certification courses you have completed, you may choose the following exams:

* RMR1
* RMR1 and RMR2
* RMR1 and RCCB1
* RMR1, RMR2 and RCCB1
* RMR1, RMR2, RCCB1 and RCCB2 (full examination)

There is only a practical component (no written testing) for Rehab Certification. This must be conducted in the presence of a qualified Instructor Trainer at a STOTT PILATES Certification Center (such as Melanie Byford-Young at Pacific NW Pilates), or may be submitted by videotape directly to STOTT PILATES. Please contact Pacific NW Pilates to schedule an appointment for a practical Rehab exam. Contact the STOTT PILATES Education Department at 800-910-0001 ext. 261 or send an email to education@stottpilates.com for more information about videotaped practical exams.

Q. I can’t take my exam at a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center. What are my options?

A. If you are unable to complete the written portion of your exam at a Licensed Training Center you have the option of writing the exam by Proctor.

The conditions of a proctored exam include the following:
A third, unbiased party (notary or public library) must supervise the written exam.
Written exam must be taken within the six-month period after the last certification course was completed.
Exam fees (practical and written) must be paid in full prior to sending the written exam to the specified Proctor.

Use of a public library is standard protocol for most STOTT PILATES Certification course examinations as these locations proctor a variety of examinations for various organizations.

For more information about having a written proctored and/or a practical exam submitted by videotape, contact the STOTT PILATES Education Department at
800-910-0001 ext. 261 or send an email to education@stottpilates.com.

Q. What is a passing score for exams?

A. You must receive an average score of 80 percent (practical and written) and achieve a minimum score of 75 percent on each portion in order to pass. Both of these requirements must be met in order to achieve certification. Since there is not a written exam for Rehab certification, a score of 80% must be achieved on the practical exam.

Q. What if I finished my IMP, IR or ICCB course more than six months ago and haven’t yet taken the related exam(s)?

A. If you did not complete your examination within six months of taking the related course, you must complete private review hours with an Instructor Trainer to reinstate your eligibility to take the exam. Material covered will be specific to your needs to help prepare you for the exam. The number of private review hours required is based upon the course material that must be covered and the demands of the course repertoire.

The MINIMUM private session requirements are:

* Matwork – 1 hour
* Reformer – 1 hour
* Matwork and Reformer – 1 to 2 hours
* Matwork, Reformer and CCB – 2 to 3 hours

The Instructor Trainer you work with may recommend further private sessions or study as preparation.

Q. What if I completed a STOTT PILATES Rehabilitation course more than six months ago and haven’t yet taken the related exam?

A. If you did not complete your examination within six months of taking the related course, you must complete private review hours with an Instructor Trainer to reinstate your eligibility to take the exam. Material covered will be specific to your needs to help prepare you for the exam. The number of hours required is based upon the course material that must be covered and the demands of the course repertoire.

The MINIMUM private session requirements are:

* RMR1- 1 hour
* RMR1 and RMR2 – 1 to 2 hours
* RMR1 and RCCB1- 1 to 2 hours
* RMR1, RMR2 and RCCB1 – 2 to 3 hours (at the discretion of the instructor trainer)
* RMR1, RMR2, RCCB1 and RCCB2 – 2 to 3 hours (at the discretion of the instructor trainer)

Q. What if I don’t pass my exam?

A. If you have to take some or all of the exam again, this must take place within six months of the original exam date. This will help to ensure that the information is still relatively fresh, yet allows you time to study and improve in the necessary areas. If this time limit has passed, it is highly recommended that you book private sessions with an Instructor Trainer to review the material before taking the exam again.

If you take your exam for the first time and fail both portions, you may take the exam once again within six months. If you fail both portions the second time, you must wait another six months before taking the exam again.

If you fail one portion of the exam on the initial test, you must retake that portion within six months of the original exam. If the six-month time limit has passed, you must take both the written and practical portions of the exam again.