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Instructor Education FAQ

Education FAQs
PeakU FAQ
What is PeakU?

PeakU is the Peak Pilates® learning dashboard where you can access all of the courses you’re enrolled in, view your CECs, and download certificates of completion.

How do I log in?

Log in here using the same email address that you used to purchase your Peak Pilates course.

A new PeakU website was launched in September 2020. If you haven’t logged into the new website, use the Forgot Password link to set a new password.

Contact info:

Peak Piates® EMEA: education@peakpilates.com

Education FAQs
How long is each certification program?

The duration of each certification program is outlined in our “At a Glance” charts. For Basic Mat, Intermediate Mat, Advanced Mat please click here. For the Peak Pilates® Comprehensive Certification please click here.

Are there prerequisites for the programs?

All of our certification programs require CPR Certification, and we recommend some background in anatomy and biomechanics, as well as a minimum of 20 hours of Pilates participation.

Is there a minimum age to attend a certification?

Yes, for Classical or FitCore® Mat Certifications, you must be at least 17. For the Comprehensive Certification, you may enroll at 17 but you must turn 18 before you take the Level I Assessment. For all other Certifications – including FitCore® Reformer, Chair and/or Pilatesstick® -- you must be at least 18.

What materials do I need before starting a program?

Each certification program has specific Peak educational materials (manuals and DVD’s) which are required for the program. These materials are clearly outlined for each course and can be purchased through www.peakpilates.eu

How does Peak Pilates® differ from other certification programs?

At Peak Pilates®, our goal is to maintain the highest standards for Pilates education in the industry. Many of our Master Instructors have been with the company for more than eight years, and we also maintain strict quality standards when recruiting new Master Instructors. We have developed a proprietary formula for delivering Pilates training to our instructors which includes a 10-step protocol for teaching exercises and a 5-part formula for successful coaching.

Do you provide payment plans?

No, but the Comprehensive Certification pathway is structured to allow students to pay per module.

What is PMA and how is Peak Pilates® involved?

PMA stands for the Pilates Method Alliance – which is the nonprofit professional association and certification organization for the Pilates method. Upon successful completion of the Peak Pilates® Comprehensive program, certified Peak Pilates® instructors are eligible to test for the PMA certification. In fact, completion of the Comprehensive Certification exceeds the educational hour requirements to sit for the PMA exam.

Do I have to take the PMA exam after the program?

No, this is a personal preference and certified Peak Pilates® instructors are qualified to teach Pilates at their earned level.

How can I obtain observation and student teaching hours?

Peak Pilates® certification programs require you to log a certain number of observation and teaching hours prior to being awarded your instructor certification. To log these hours, you must make arrangements to observe a Peak Pilates® professional teach, and you must also schedule time to practice teach Pilates in a setting that gives you access to the proper Pilates equipment. For more information/details on how to find places to observe and student teach click here.

What is required in order to maintain my certification?

Peak Pilates® requires 14 continuing education credits (CECs) and a renewal fee (€69.95) every two years. You can also progress to the next of your training to keep your certification active. Continuing education is professional learning that follows the basic level of certification for professionals in a given field. It helps them to be knowledgeable and proficient and is typically required to maintain certifications and licenses in any profession that involves public trust.

How can I keep my certification current?

There are a number of ways to earn your 14 CECs every two years. We offer dozens of live workshops, small group trainings and online courses to help you continue your education. Please find all of our continuing education options here. You can also petition up to 8 CECs from outside organizations toward your recertification. If your certification is expired for more than 90 days, you must pay a €50.00 late fee. If you are expired for more than a year, you have to complete the Recertification to Bridge course, otherwise you must reassess the highest level module that you have achieved at full price .

If I earn more than 14 CECs in a two-year period, do my CECs roll over?

No, CECs do not carry over into the next renewal period. They are valid only during the certification period in which they were earned.

Can I receive credit for continuing education through organizations other than Mad Dogg Athletics?

Yes, you can petition to receive credit for workshops and courses completed through other educational organizations. You may only petition a total of 8 CECs from a different organization for every two year renewal period. Of course, the course content needs to be directly applicable to your role as a Peak Pilates Instructor and the course instructor must be qualified. Petitioned courses have to be earned within your renewal period and you cannot submit the same course more than once, within a single renewal period.

What is the Peak Pilates® Education Cancellation policy?

If you wish to cancel or reschedule a workshop for which you are registered, please reach out to the local education partner of Peak Pilates where you've purchased your workshop and discuss the situation. It's up to the local education partner - and their terms & conditions - to find a solution. Mad Dogg Athletics can not refund you for workshops which you have purchased with a local Peak Pilates education partner.

If you cannot attend a workshop for which you are registered, it is very important that you contact your local Peak Pilates education partners with whom you've made your purchase. If you register for a workshop (and therefore, reserve one of a limited number of spots on the workshop roster), but you do not attend and you also fail to contact the local Peak Pilates education partner in advance of that workshop, you will be considered to have "no-showed" that workshop, and will forfeit all registration fees paid for that workshop; no refunds/credits will be issued. For conferences, trade shows and all other events (WSSC, etc.), please refer to the cancellation/refund policies associated with that specific event.

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