What is the difference between BASI Pilates and other Pilates training organizations?

This is a very important question and one we are proud to outline. The underlying philosophy of the BASI educational program is a true synthesis of the physical, the emotional and the spiritual. Combining repertoire, process and athleticism into a structured process, BASI Pilates is a leader in the Pilates community, with a curriculum-based educational program. A contemporary approach includes the heart of the BASI program, the Block System™, offering a specialized technique for classifying and combining hundreds of exercises in the Pilates repertoire.

BASI Pilates is a true blending of the Art and Science of human movement, relating specifically to the works of Joseph H. Pilates. BASI Pilates honors and preserves the legacy of Joseph and Clara Pilates: presenting the original principles and repertoire (utilizing all the Pilates equipment), at the same time integrating contemporary scientific developments and evolution of the method.

BASI Pilates courses are fully supported with printed and electronic materials, including our Study Guides, six Movement Analysis Work Books and DVDs. In addition, BASI students receive credits for the use of Pilates Interactive , the unique online teaching resource, with hundreds of exercises, workouts and instructional tutorials in high-quality video. Pilates Interactive is the first of its kind in the world.

Outlining the unique qualities of BASI Pilates would not be complete without introducing you to the select teaching team that comprises our Faculty. Each Faculty member is a seasoned Pilates professional who has undergone a rigorous selection process and been chosen to represent BASI due to their knowledge, passion and dedication to the work of this unique program. With a combined total of over four hundred years of Pilates experience between them, this group of talented individuals offers the highest level of professionalism and quest for knowledge. With varied backgrounds in movement training including dance, academia, physical therapy, martial arts, and equine training this diverse group offers a unique combination of experience and discipline. We are extremely proud of our rich teaching team.

No program is more trusted than that offered by BASI Pilates. We continue to set the standard of Pilates education that all other programs strive for. We look forward to meeting you in person soon and showing you these are not just words but a belief system backed by action.

Which BASI Education Program is right for me?

BASI is proud to offer several programs to meet your personal and professional goals. Find your program and learn more.

I just started Pilates, am I a good candidate for participating in the Foundation or Comprehensive Global Program or do I need more experience?

Individuals with movement experience may seem to progress more quickly through the practical portion. However, regardless of experience, "every body" has the opportunity to benefit greatly from the qualities the BASI program contains, if they apply themselves.

I've had a wonderful BASI experience. How do I leave a review

A review can be left for BASI Pilates edcational programs, products and BASI Host or Affliate studios by finding the corresponding page on our website and clicking the review link at the bottom of the page. For easy instrcutions watch this helpful how to video.

If I register for the Foundation Program and decide to register for the Graduate Program at a later time, could I still receive the $200 discount?

BASI will extend the $200 discount to those enrolled in the Foundation Program through Module 3.

I have completed another organization's training. Do you have a bridge program?

BASI offers an intensive program for Pilates Professionals who want to learn the principles and methods of the BASI method. The ProBridge (Professional Bridging Program) is open to qualified Pilates teachers who have completed a Comprehensive Pilates teacher training of 450 hours and experience on all apparatus in all levels.

If a ProBridge Program is not offered in your area, the Comprehensive Program is the better alternative. Tuition is discounted depending on the location and may no apply in Licensee Territories. The Observation, Self Practice and Student Teaching hours are amended on a case-by-case basis.


I have completed the Mat Program and want to take the Comprehensive Program. Will I receive a discount on tuition?

Absolutely! We encourage all Mat students who have completed the BASI Mat Program or a Mat Program from another Pilates education school, to continue their studies in the comprehensive teacher training. In the US, returning Mat students will receive 10% off each program (Foundation & Graduate Program) with an addition discount of $200 when signing up for both programs at the same time. Outside of the US, students will receive 15% off the Comprehensive Global Program price. Discounts may not be available in Licensee territories.

If I register for a course and cannot attend, do I get my money back?

BASI offers limited refunds for students who cancel prior to or during the Program. A $500.00 sum payable upon submission of your Application is comprised of a $100.00 fee for processing your application ("Application Fee") and a $400.00 deposit (the "Deposit") Refund Policy .

If BASI does not accept your Application or if you cancel thirty (30) or more days prior to the start of the first module, we shall, as soon as practicable, refund all monies paid by you to us other than the Application Fee.

If you cancel fewer than thirty (30) days prior to the start of the first module, then within thirty (30) days of receiving your cancellation request, we will refund all monies paid by you to us other than the Application Fee and Deposit; because your attendance would be a deciding factor as to whether the course would run as scheduled.

We shall not be obligated to refund any monies if you cancel at any time following commencement of the first module (whether or not you attend that or any other module).

In the event of your cancellation as described above, BASI will allow you to transfer any monies paid by you for the cancelled program to any other BASI program for which you qualify, so long as such program is scheduled to commence within one (1) year of your Application to the cancelled program. In the event that you fail to transfer as aforesaid, BASI shall have no obligation to refund any monies paid by you to us, regardless of when you cancelled or requested a transfer.

Testing fees are not refundable and non-transferable.

Our refund policy is stated in full in the Enrollment Agreement for the particular Program for which you enroll. In the event of any discrepancy between our website and the Enrollment Agreement, the Enrollment Agreement shall prevail.

May I complete modules in more than one location?

As long as the modules are taken in order, we are happy to accommodate someone who begins in one BASI Host location and then transfers to another. (Additional fees may apply).

What happens if I miss a Module?

We prefer that the modules are taken in order, however, it is acceptable to miss 1 - 2 modules and continue with the program. You are encouraged to make up these modules at another host location (additional fees may apply) or the next scheduled program at your host location. Notify BASI Academy (HQ) or your licensee representive. Students have one-year, from the original module date, to make up missed modules. Must attend all module in order to qualify to take the Final Practical Exam and Final Teaching Evaluation for the Teaching Credential.

What happens if I get pregnant or injured during the program?

If you begin the program and get pregnant or injured and you can no longer continue, BASI will place your training in hold for up to one-year. Please contact BASI HQ or your licensee representative if you are pregnant or have injuries BASI Academy. BASI reserves the right to request a doctor's release prior to your return. Tuition fees will be held up to one-year and will be applied to the program and location of your choice.

How can I complete my hours of Observation if there are not any BASI Pilates instructors for me to watch in my location?

We hope each BASI student will have the opportunity to work directly with BASI Faculty or BASI instructors. However, we understand that not everyone has access to a BASI studio or instructor. For this reason, we will allow students to apply 50% of the required Observation hours via Pilates Interactive, www.pilatesinteractive.com. Pilates Interactive is a BASI approved online software that provides the complete BASI repertoire on short video clips as well as full-length Mat Classes taught by Rael Isacowitz and other BASI Faculty. We can work with you and provide you with alternative ways to obtain the remaining Observation hours, please contact BASI Academy

How many hours of Self-Practice and Student Teaching are expected of me and how do I get these hours?

The BASI Comprehensive Program requires the completion of 200 hours of Self-Practice and 200 hours of Student Teaching. The BASI Mat Program requires 40 hours of Self-Practice and 30 hours of Student Teaching.

Self Practice hours are spent practicing on your own, with other students or taking private sessions and/or group classes taught by BASI instructors. Student Teaching hours are spent teaching other students, family members or friends and eventually clients. Students are to begin their Self Practice and Student Teaching hours as soon as they start the program and learn the repertiornts.

Hours are to be obtained at any host studio, partner studio or any studio that will allow you to use their space.

How long does it take to complete the requirements of the program?

In most BASI Host locations, the modules are spread out over a two to four month (2-4 mos.) period. Students seeking to receive a BASI Teaching Credential, it generally takes a year from the last module to complete the hours and pass the examinations. However, if students need more time, contact BASI HQ or your licensee representative to ask for an extension. If students do not complete or pass their requirements within 3 years of their program, BASI may require students to repeat 50% of the program at cost.

What exams are required to complete the program?

During the course of your education, there are a number of examinations that are required to receive a BASI Teaching Credential.

US Students will be required to pass a mulitple-choice exam at or after Module 6 of the Mat, Foundation and Graduate Programs.

Outside of the US Students will be required to pass a multiple-choice exam at or after Module 6 of the Mat and Comprehensive Global Programs. Comprehensive Students will be required to pass another multiple-choice exam at or after Module 12.

For a Mat and Comprehensive BASI Teaching Credential, a Final Practical and Teaching Evaluation with be conducted to test ones ability to demonstrate and teach the BASI repertoire.

US Students will take the final exams at a Centralized Testing Location. Testing Fees are required.

Outside of the US Students will take the final exams on Module 12 of the Comprehensive Global Program. Students can test at their host studio or at another host location.

*Please notes for students outside of the US, additional fees may apply if students test outside of the host studio or if students do not pass the first time. Students have 3-years to take the final exams at no additional cost as testing fees are included in the tuition. After the 3-years, students may still test but there will be a testing fee.

What happens if I miss the day of the exam?

If you miss the written exam day, you may make it up during another module/program at another location. Arrangements can be made for a proctored exam time at the host studio. All practical exams and teaching evaluations in the U.S. are done at "centralized", testing locations multiple times per year and students pre-register for selected time blocks. Outside of the U.S., testing is done during the last module of the Comprehensive Global Format.

What happens if I do not pass my exams?

If you do not pass your final written exam, it can be retaken at a later date. For Teaching and Practical, we encourage you to retest when you feel 100% confident with your work. Please contact BASI Academy to make arrangements. Additional fees may apply.

What credential do I receive when I complete the Comprehensive Program?

In keeping with regulatory requirements, BASI Pilates has ceased using the term “certification” to describe the certificate of qualification that it provides. The correct professional meaning of “certification” is a third-party assessment of knowledge, training, and skills according to predetermined standards." Certification (also called licensing in certain professions) is provided by independent, non-educational bodies, such as medical boards, legal bar associations, and in our profession, the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). The PMA and other certifying bodies assess the knowledge and skills of people who have attended training programs such as those conducted by BASI Pilates. The term now used by BASI Pilates to describe the credentials received by students who complete its teacher training programs is BASI Pilates Teaching Certificate. It is identical to the certificate that BASI Pilates has provided over the years, and that is held in the highest esteem within the Pilates profession. Only the terminology has changed. As Pilates matures and enters the mainstream, it is incumbent upon the method’s thought – leaders to adopt and maintain professional standards. That is exactly what BASI Pilates is doing.