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Comprehensive Teacher Training Course (CTTC)

More than simply a program of study, the BASI 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:

  • Work according to the principles of Pilates and introduce these tenets to clients and students
  • Assess posture and posture types, as well as detect postural deviations
  • Solve problems and provide effective exercise solutions for many physical conditions
  • Compile comprehensive and safe Pilates programs, tailored to individual needs
  • Use the BASI® Block System to successfully administer individual and group sessions
  • Analyze and understand the Pilates exercises, based on anatomical and biomechanical principles
  • Demonstrate at a high level the vast repertoire of classic Pilates exercises, as well as a wide range of original BASI exercises
  • Use the full line of major Pilates apparatus, including the revolutionary Avalon system
  • Modify exercises according to the needs and goals of the individual
  • Work with specific populations and be equipped to embark on BASI Advanced Education courses

Location & Schedules

The Comprehensive Teachers Training Course is taught by members of the BASI Pilates faculty in 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 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.

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Course Description

Academic Study
Twelve modules, including lectures, exercise analysis and practice, and discussion.

Personal Study
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.


Practical Work
Practical Work 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 BASI CTTC. 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.


Up to 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.) 

Apprentice Teaching
Up 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.)

Course Prerequisites

Familiarity with the teachings of Joseph Pilates

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.

Experience in a related form of physical activity

Prior experience in an athletic activity develops body awareness and other attributes that are extremely beneficial to the study of Pilates.

Study in basic anatomy and physiology

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 experience is recommended

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.

Tuition and Fees


The cost of the BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Course is $3,995 if paid in full and $4,195 if paid in installments (see below). Pricing includes; registration, materials and other associated payment plan fees. (All pricing information listed here is for US courses only. Please note the tuition price may vary by country.)

Full Payment: $3,995*
Single payment, to be paid up to 15 days prior to commencement of course.


Payment Plan: $4,195 (3 payments)

  • 1st payment: $1,995 (includes $500 registration fee: due ten (10) business days prior to first day of commencement of course)
  • 2nd payment: $1,100 (due seven (7) business days prior to the first day of the 4th Module)
  • 3rd payment: $1,100 (due seven (7) business days prior to the first day of the 7th Module)

The installment payment option is only valid for educational courses conducted by BASI Pilates at its own or host facilities.

Registration Fee

 A $500 registration fee is required and submitted with the application form. $450 of the registration fee will be credited towards your course tuition, while  $50 is a non-refundable administrative fee. If your application is not accepted, you will be refunded $450 within thirty (30) days.  The Registration Fee is non-refundable following approval of an application by BASI.

Tuition fees charged by international BASI licensees may differ from those specified here. For up-to-date international payment information please see the appropriate Web site of BASI Japan, BASI China, BASI Germany, BASI Greece and BASI South Africa.

If paying by bank transfer, all bank fees will be the sole responsibility of the enrolled student at time of payment.


What you get

At the beginning of the course, CTTC students receive the current BASI Study Guide and six movement analysis Work Books, covering Mat, Reformer, Auxiliary, Cadillac, Avalon and Wunda Chair.


Pricing and Cancellation

Payments can be made by check, cash, money order, wires or credit card. Please make checks and money orders payable to BASI Pilates. Deposits and course fees received by BASI Pilates will not be refunded after the completion of Module 2 of the course.

Specifically, fees will not be refunded in the following circumstances:

  • A student misses one or more modules (BASI Pilates will assist the student in attending the module at a later date and in a different location.)
  • A student chooses to leave the course of her/his own volition.
  • A student fails to attend the course, following BASI Pilates notification of acceptance and confirmation by the student.
  • A student fails to attend the course without reasonable prior notification



  • In the event that BASI Pilates decides to make a refund, administration fees will apply.
  • Failure to make a payment under the payment plan may result in the student being unable to attend one or more modules.  Payment will still be due in full.
  • In the unlikely event that BASI Pilates course management asks a student to leave a course, a consultation process will be initiated. Fees paid up to that point in the course will not be refunded.
  • 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.
  • Fees for any future courses may be subject to amendment.
  • BASI Pilates reserves the right to cancel any course. If a course is cancelled and a replacement is not offered, students will be refunded fees paid.

What you must bring

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.

If you change address after the course but before you receive your certificate, please be sure to update your address with BASI.

Recording of classes

Audio recording of modules is allowed, as long as it is discrete and does not distract the class.  Video recording is not allowed.

Pre-existing physical conditions

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.

What makes this course different?

The BASI Comprehensive Teachers Training course is the most rigorous in the business, and a student needs to pass all of it in order to be qualified as a teacher by BASI. There are no half-measures. As the term comprehensive implies, this course is NOT splintered into individual apparatus and many levels, as some programs are; it is about the whole. BASI believes that a teacher needs to be familiar with it all.

This also avoids confusion for members of the public, who often have to decide between teachers; one, say, who has graduated from level one Reformer and another who has completed a comprehensive Pilates course. They both present themselves as Pilates teachers and both have certificates of completion. But, in the eyes of BASI, there is no comparison.

A CTTC graduate has both the knowledge and the qualification to teach students of all levels on all major pieces of apparatus. We do not give partial qualification for a partial education. It may sound severe, but it maintains the extremely high standard of our education and it avoids misinterpretation. There is never any question about what a BASI-trained teacher is, or is not, qualified to teach.

There is also a financial dimension. With BASI you know what the cost of the course is right up front; there are no additional requirements or supplementary costs. Compare the cost of our one, comprehensive course with the cumulative costs of all the courses you have to take at other institutes to achieve a similar level of expertise. You'll be amazed at how reasonable our price really is.