pilates institute of southern california
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Now Accepting Applications for the PISC Teacher Certification Program in 2017
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The program is limited to the first 15 qualified respondents each year on a first come, first serve basis.

Pilates Teacher Certification Program

The Pilates Institute of Southern California is proud to offer an advanced and unique Pilates Teacher Certification Program. This full certification program is based on the fundamentals, disciplines and philosophies of Joseph H. Pilates, founder of the Pilates Method. Our pilates certification program teaches these fundamentals in conjunction with the extensive knowledge and professional experience of the program’s director, Stacey Vargas, and qualified staff.

The mission of our Pilates Teacher Certification Program is to empower students in achieving a strong connection between body and mind as well as teaching the correct and effective training techniques of the Pilates Method.

Certification focuses on:

  • Teaching the fundamentals of the Pilates Method in a supportive environment with personal attention.
  • Knowledge of all exercises performed in a classic style with appropriate and challenging modifications.
  • Developing excellent teaching skills.
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Certification Program Instructors

Stacey Vargas
Stacey founded the Pilates Institute of Southern California (PISC) in the year 2000, and is currently an active instructor and the Director of the PISC Pilates Teacher Certification Program which started in 2002. She has been teaching pilates locally since 1997.

Stacey began studying Pilates in 1994. She initially began her study of the Pilates method in New York and later obtained her Pilates certificate at the internationally known Pilates Center of Boulder.

She has continued her education by completing the Heritage Training Program based on the teachings of Kathleen Stanford Grant, as taught by 2nd generation instructor Cara Reeser.



The Program
Our comprehensive one year program will provide 800 hours of lecture, observation, practice teaching, private lessons, personal workouts, independent study and optional workshop attendance.

Through this curriculum, trainees will learn the Pilates technique used for all exercises on every piece of equipment. Trainees will learn in-depth instruction on how to teach and how to effectively communicate with their clients, provide modifications for specific injuries, provide a safe environment and inspire.

Click here for breakdown of program hours.

Lecture Series
Our lecture curriculum will cover all aspects of becoming a well-rounded Pilates instructor. Lectures will cover the history, methodology and technique utilized for every exercise on all apparatus. Our instructors will provide additional instruction on teaching techniques, modifications, verbal cueing as well as exercises for common injuries and safety issues. Students will also learn important business aspects of being a successful Pilates instructor.

Apprenticeship is an integral component of the certification process as it encourages self motivation and instills an independent thought process. Apprenticeship is comprised of observation, practice teaching, personal workouts and private lessons. This invaluable time spent in the apprenticeship offers each student an opportunity to develop their own teaching style while benefiting from the knowledge of other certified instructors.

Amenities during your apprenticeship include:

  • Personal Advisor
  • Access to PISC library of books, videos and periodicals
  • Use of PISC studio for personal workouts and training
  • Discounted studio rate for clients
  • Discounted lessons

Requirements for Graduation

  • Attend formal lecture series
  • Complete observation hours
  • Complete practice teaching hours
  • Complete private lessons/workouts
  • Complete case study
  • Complete reading list and anatomy plates
  • Pass all written practical and performances with 80% or higher

Enrollment and deposits will begin December 1, 2014. We are limiting space to the first 15 qualified attendees for the one year program.

Click here for the Registration Form.


Teacher Training Program
(1 year)

($500 non-refundable deposit)

Formal Lecture Series
(no testing or certifications)

($250 non-refundable deposit)

Weekend Lecture - 4 Days

($100 non-refundable deposit)

One Day Lecture

($50 non-refundable deposit)

Tuition is payable by check, PayPal or Square (service fee applies to payments made via PayPal and Square). A payment plan is available.

Please make checks payable to "Pilates Institute of Southern California" and mail to 1026 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

*The teacher training program is a one-year plan. Extensions are available for an additional fee.

*All previous trainees of PISC may attend lectures at no charge.