More than simply a program of study, the BASI Comprehensive Global Format Program (formerly known as CTTC) is an enduring foundation for a career in Pilates, with graduates qualified to teach up to advanced level students on the full complement of standard equipment.
Upon completion of the course, you will be qualified to:
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Comprehensive Global Format is available only in select locations.
The Comprehensive Global Format Program is taught by members of the BASI Pilates faculty in select Host studios around the world. Courses are ongoing in multiple locations throughout the year. Find the course closest to you.
The module portion of the course is generally held over a three to six-month period and requires approximately 500 hours of study, practice, observation and apprentice teaching.
The process of becoming a skilled teacher is highly individual and BASI encourages each individual to work at his or her own pace. The goal is to develop excellence in each and every person, irrespective of how long it takes. Students are allowed to repeat any element of the examination process to achieve the required BASI Pilates standard.
All courses, no matter where they are held, are under the supervision of BASI Pilates and conform to BASI Pilates policies and procedures.
Primary concepts covered include the 10 movement principles of the Pilates method, an overview of the pelvic region and Pilates breathing. A historical overview of Pilates is presented, plus the BASI® approach, and the importance of safety when teaching Pilates are discussed. Repertoire includes fundamental Mat and Reformer exercises. A one-hour mat class is taught.Close Overview
Primary concepts covered include an anatomy and terminology overview: major bones, muscles, joints, bony landmarks and center of gravity. The importance and practice of cueing is discussed. Repertoire covers fundamental Reformer, intermediate Mat, Pole and Ped-a-pul. A one-hour mat class is taught.Close Overview
Primary concepts covered include the BASI® system of movement analysis, exercise physiology, and aerobic/anaerobic exercise. The BASI® format of teaching is discussed and the Block System®, created by Rael Isacowitz, is introduced. Repertoire taught is intermediate Mat and Reformer and Leg Weights. A one-hour mat class is taught.Close Overview
Primary concepts covered are the principles of alignment and posture assessment. Discussion includes exercise as a tool for assessment. Repertoire taught includes intermediate through advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, and fundamental Cadillac. A one-hour mat class is taught.Close Overview
Primary concepts covered are core strength and the relationship of the various muscle groups that make up the core with particular focus on the abdominals and the back extensors. Contraindications, effective exercises and the importance of understanding your client’s needs and body type are discussed. Also addressed are the role of the teacher and the importance of flow in a session. Repertoire taught includes advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, and Arm Chair. A one-hour mat class is taught.Close Overview
Primary concepts include an in-depth look into exercise adaptation and the use of assists and modifications. Lecture focuses on how to construct a complete and comprehensive program. Repertoire taught is advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, fundamental Wunda Chair and Magic Circle. A one-hour mat class is taught. The Midterm Written Examination.Close Overview
Primary concepts covered are the meaning of balance, and the implications of imbalances in strength and flexibility. Lecture focuses on functional exercises, movement patterns, neuromuscular re-education and muscle testing. Repertoire taught includes intermediate and advanced Reformer, Wunda Chair, and Cadillac.Close Overview
Primary concepts covered include the hip joint, the knee joint and the ankle-foot complex. The gait cycle is discussed and analyzed. Repertoire taught is intermediate Reformer, Wunda Chair, and Cadillac.Close Overview
Primary concepts covered are the structure and function of the shoulder region. The shoulder joint, muscles of the shoulder, and the importance of correct shoulder mechanics are presented. Lecture includes how to work with clients with shoulder problems and recognizing scope of practice. Repertoire taught is intermediate Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, and introduction of the Ladder Barrel and Step Barrel.Close Overview
Primary concepts covered are the principles of training, such as overload, specificity and reversibility. Components of physical fitness are addressed and analyzed. Lecture includes repertoire levels and how they relate to working with a broad range of clientele. Repertoire taught is advanced Reformer, Wunda Chair, and Cadillac.Close Overview
Primary concepts covered are habitual movement patterns, cross training, imbalances and setting goals. The athletic population is looked at closely. Lecture focuses on teaching methodologies. Repertoire taught includes intermediate- and advanced-level work on both Ladder Barrel and Step Barrel.Close Overview
Primary concepts covered are based on populations with restrictions and an in-depth look at pregnancy guidelines. Lecture includes teaching men and women, different body types as well as objectives and approaches. A general review of the repertoire is conducted. The Final Written Examination will be available online at the completion of the module.Close Overview
Twelve modules, including lectures, exercise analysis and practice, and discussion.
Required after each module. Most host locations organize tutorials (or informal study sessions) with the course instructor or assistant instructor to review and discuss material.
BASI recommends 200 hours of Practical work. It consists of individual practice completed by the student. This can include, but is not limited to, private, semi-private and group sessions, as well as mat classes. This work should include practice on all apparatus and mat exercises included in the program. Please check with the BASI host or affiliate studio as many instructors offer discounted sessions to current BASI students. In addition most host locations offer “open studio time,” during which students can practice on their own or in groups. *There may be additional fees associated with taking sessions and classes.
BASI recommends 100 hours at the host location or an affiliate studio. (This is the recommended number of hours; they may be adjusted based upon the past experience of the student.)
BASI recommends to 200 hours at the host location or an affiliate studio. (This is the recommended number of hours; they may be adjusted based upon the past experience of the student.)
It is highly recommended that each student be familiar with the theoretical basis of Pilates and be experienced in both Mat Work and on the apparatus, before embarking on this course of study.
Prior experience in an athletic activity develops body awareness and other attributes that are extremely beneficial to the study of Pilates.
It is recommended that this be a college-level course. Specialization in a related area of study, such as a physical therapy or massage therapy, is normally acceptable and will be judged on its merits.
Teaching is both a natural talent and a learned skill. Any past teaching experience, even in an unrelated field, will contribute to your becoming a skilled teacher of the Pilates method.
Global Format Fees
Costs varies by Host location. Please contact BASI or Host location for exact pricing.
Tuition fees charged by international BASI licensees may vary. For up-to-date international payment information please see the appropriate website of BASI Canada, BASI Germany, BASI Greece, BASI Japan, BASI Scandinavia, BASI South Africa, BASI United Kingdom, BASI Turkey (as of September 1, 2014), BASI Italy and BASI Spain, coming soon!
Pricing includes all books
A $500 deposit is required, with the balance to be paid up to 10 business days prior to commencement of program.
If paying by bank transfer, all bank fees will be the sole responsibility of the enrolled student at time of payment.
All fee payments are receipted and are exclusive of sales tax. Please let the BASI Pilates office know in advance if a pro-forma invoice is required.
At the beginning of the course, students receive the current BASI Study Guide and six movement analysis Work Books, covering Mat, Reformer, Auxiliary, Cadillac, Avalon and Wunda Chair.
Proof of payment, comfortable and studio-appropriate attire, a note pad and pen and, above all, a positive attitude. Please note that water is the only beverage allowed on the studio floor. The host studio typically provides water, though students may also bring their own.
Your BASI Pilates certificate will be issued and forwarded to the address that we have on file when all BASI requirements have been met. These include satisfactory attendance of all modules, passing scores on all required exams, submission and acceptance of your student paper and completion of all observation, practical and teacher training hours.
Audio recording of modules is allowed only upon approval from BASI headquarters. Please contact us for more information. Video recording is not allowed.
Please advise the BASI instructor or host at the location where you are studying if you have any pre-existing conditions that inhibit normal movement abilities, or if you are, or become pregnant during the course.