Privé Swiss Pilates Teacher Training Program

Our goal at Privé Swiss Pilates is to prepare and mentor the most competent, confident, creative and caring instructors that make lasting positive impacts on our students lives. Our detailed program, approved by the Pilates Method Alliance, is based on the principles developed by Joseph Pilates, but also incorporates progressive thought to put a new contemporary twist on the classical method. Our in-depth approach to learning the Pilates repertoire, led by our in-house team of experienced trainers, will prepare future instructors to provide safe and effective sessions for every type of client they will encounter.


Program Overview

Offering trainings in Pilates Mat, Apparatus and Comprehensive Mat and Apparatus, our modular program allows flexibility in choosing when to complete your session, including weekend classes or a summer intensive session. The Privé Swiss Pilates 465-hour teacher training program focuses on the Pilates exercises, history, philosophy, lectures, lesson planning, effective vocal cueing, working with special populations and a major emphasis on anatomy and biomechanics, which exceeds many other program standards. We ensure confidence and understanding of the Pilates method with mandatory self-practice, observation, hands-on student teaching and mentoring from our experienced and compassionate instructors. Our training format will provide you with the education, support and practice time to feel ready and confident on your teaching journey.

Upcoming Sessions

Privé-Swiss Fitness is offering our Fall Pilates Teacher Training Program beginning Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Learn to teach Pilates with our highly-experienced team who will guide you along the way to becoming a fully certified Pilates Instructor.

Anatomy and Mat Certification (Offering both In-Person training at our Westbrook, CT studio or Virtual and On-Demand from home)
Friday-Sunday 10:00 am-4:30 pm
October 16-18, October 23-25

Equipment Certification (In-Person training at our fully-equipped Westbrook, CT studio)
Saturday-Sunday 10:00 am-5:30 pm
October 30-31, November 6-7, November 13-14, November 20-21


Course options include:

Anatomy and Mat Certification.

Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Training (including the Anatomy and Mat portion, as well as Pilates equipment which you will learn the Pilates Reformer, Cadillac Chair, and Ladder Barrel).

Our Mat and Anatomy Course consists of 108 total training hours. During the 48 hours of education, you will learn the history of Pilates, introduction to anatomy and biomechanics, integration of anatomy and biomechanics to fundamental movement, and beginner to advanced mat choreography. You will then be required to complete 60 hours of unsupervised teaching, supervised teaching, and personal practice. Upon completion of practice hours, a written and practical test will be given.

*Those opting to take this course virtually will receive links to pre-recorded anatomy and choreography courses that students may take at their leisure from home, as well as a manual to self-print. We will be teaching the history of Pilates, basic anatomy, choreography, form, cueing, and teaching techniques. Four 30 minute mandatory Zoom check-in sessions will also be scheduled at the student’s convenience to go over questions, techniques, and teaching observation. Student observation may take place via zoom or from a school approved Pilates websites. Supervised teaching hours (10) will require the student to record video of teaching and send to the instructor.  A written test will be provided, as well as a virtual practical test.  The Practical exam must be completed within 6 months from the start of the course.*

Our 346-hour Full Comprehensive Course includes basic to advanced equipment choreography on the Pilates Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Ladder Barrel, lessons on special populations, facilitating client alignment, and advanced teaching techniques. You will be in studio 73 hours with the rest of the hours completed by personal practice, observation, unsupervised and supervised teaching. Upon completion of hours, a written and practical test will be given.

Pricing as follows:

Mat and Anatomy Live in Person or Virtual on Demand: $1295.00

Equipment Course: (if doing just equipment must have prior mat certification) $3995.00

Full Comprehensive (Mat and Equipment): $5190.00

Payment installments may be made for each course. The full balance must be paid in full before the start of the course.



A phone interview must take place with prospective student and the Pilates Studio Manager or Director of Operations to review our program and to ensure student fully understands the level of commitment and our level of learning and education. Once approved, the enrollment agreement must be completed, signed and submitted via mail or email, along with tuition or deposit if on a payment plan. Full tuition payment must be made prior to the start date of the program. All students must be 18 years or older.

Continuing Education Credits

At Privé Swiss Pilates, we believe in the diverse education found in our global Pilates community, encouraging instructors to become more creative and thoughtful in their teaching practice. We believe all education credits that certified instructors receive should count towards certification renewals. While we offer our own continuing education credits (CEC’s) in the form of in-person workshops and online trainings, we do not require CEC’s to be completed through our program. CEC’s from other education centers must be approved by Privé Swiss Pilates prior to request of credits and re-certification process.

14 CEC’s are required by Privé Swiss Pilates every two years to maintain certification.

Hotel Accommodations and Transportation

We conveniently share our property with Water’s Edge Resort & Spa and are walking distance to their accommodations. The hotel offers beachfront, indoor pool, gym, restaurant and many other amenities. Reservations and information: (860) 399-5901 (A room discount is offered during the resort’s low season – reference Privé Swiss Pilates Teacher Training when booking.)

How has becoming a Pilates Instructor changed our lives?

“I go to work excited every day and leave feeling blessed to do what I do. I have said many times I have the best job in the world. Teaching Pilates has helped me personally become more confident and outgoing and has connected me with the most wonderful clients and co-workers who I’ve learned so much from and made lasting friendships with. Helping people feel better and enhancing their quality of life is a gift. I love the challenge of figuring out how the body works and what needs fixed; it’s like putting a puzzle together in many ways which is pretty cool. It’s always a positive environment and as an instructor, you are always learning and growing.”
-Paula L.

“The Pilates Studio is my sanctuary. For me, being a Pilates teacher is not just a job, it’s my passion, my reward and my journey. As a teacher being able to connect, encourage and laugh with our students fills my heart. I cannot imagine doing anything else.”
-Jenn K.

“They say Pilates is for everyBODY and I couldn’t agree more. It’s been an incredibly fulfilling experience helping people of all walks of life finally find a connection to their bodies, and watch them grow stronger and more confident both physically and mentally.. It’s helped deepen my own practice as a student and led me to explore all types of movement in my every day.”
-Sara A.

Phone: 860-391-8735 • Photos ©Amy Etra Photography