The Ellie Herman Pilates Institute is an internationally recognized Pilates certification program offering comprehensive Mat and Apparatus training, as well as per-module certification through academic coursework and experiential training. 



Our program offers in-depth study of the Pilates Method with  Ellie Herman, as well as teaching assistant opportunities to work side-by-side with Master Instructors and a fully equipped studio available to teachers-in-training for practice and student teaching. 


Ellie is committed to teaching students the overarching applications of all the Pilates exercises--most importantly, the contraindications, so that when students graduate they are confident that they can apply their Pilates knowledge to all populations. 

Ellie believes that Pilates education begins with an understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, posture, and bio-mechanics. 

From the first hour of working with a client, a Pilates instructor should be analyzing and actively involved in corrective exercise not just going through  a Pilates protocol. Her students develop a critical eye for technique and exit her program fluent in the language of movement. 

Students exit the program prepared to sit for the Pilates Method Alliance exam. 


Comprehensive certification requirements: 502 total hours. 102 hours lecture and demonstration with Ellie Herman (10 modules), 104 self-practice hours, 200 total teaching hours (100 student training hours, 100 apprentice hours), 100 observation hours. Students have the option to be certified one module at a time. Individual modules are $500 each, with the exception of Functional Anatomy, which is $250.

Required reading materials: Ellie Herman's Pilates Mat, Ellie Herman's Pilates Reformer, Ellie Herman's Pilates Springboard, Ellie Herman's Pilates Cadillac, Ellie Herman's Pilates Wunda Chair, Ellie Herman's Arc & Barrels, Ellie Herman's Pilates Props Workbook,  all by Ellie Herman; Anatomy of Movementby Blandine Calais-Germain; Muscles: Testing and Function by Kendall and Kendall. Ellie's professional manuals can be purchased at the studio. 

Self-practice: Students are required to complete self-practice sessions to reinforce program curriculum and perfect their technique. Students who choose to do their practical hours at Ellie Herman Pilates will work out with partners and must pay the studio use fee.  100 Self-Practice Hours required.

Teaching: A critically important aspect of the program is learning how to be a safe, effective, inspiring teacher. Intensive students who choose to do their teaching hours at Ellie Herman Pilates may begin as soon as their instructors grant permission. While students are honing their skills they will see clients at a drastically reduced rate --just enough to cover studio costs. These teaching hours are unpaid and are scheduled based on studio availability. 100 Student Hours required.

Observation at Ellie Herman Pilates: Students have a unique opportunity to observe experienced trainers at work. Observation will reinforce the material being presented in the teacher training modules and offer perspective on how to put it all together, taking into the account the needs of each individual client. Students are welcome to observe at other studios pending approval.  100 Observation/Assistant Hours required.

Group class assistant hours: Available only to those participating in the comprehensive certification program, students will assist experienced trainers with their group classes. Students will learn important vocal and cueing skills, gain confidence, and become integrated into the studio. 

Apprentice teaching hours: After completing the student teaching hours, students can audition to become an Apprentice Teacher at Ellie Herman Pilates (based on availability) or at any fully equipped Pilates studio. These additional hours are a key part of transitioning from a student to an experienced professional. If hired at Ellie Herman Pilates, you will be paid for these hours. 100 Apprentice Hours required.

Studio usage fee: If you choose to do your practice and teaching hours at Ellie Herman Pilates, there is a fee of $600 per year or $100 per month to cover the rental of the space, at a highly discounted rate. This fee allows you to have shifts, be on the webscheduler--MindBody Online--and schedule your own clients and self-practice hours. The studio will also help you build clientele by scheduling clients for you when you're ready.


The ideal applicant to the Ellie Herman Pilates Institute has 2 years' Pilates or Pilates-related movement experience and a  minimum of 30 total hours of Pilates instruction on the equipment including a minimum of 20 hours of private instruction. Ellie reserves the right to require more than the minimum hours to ensure each student is prepared for the rigor of the teacher training program. 

Step One: Submit an application. Email Ellie directly at to get started. 

Step Two: Audition. A certified Pilates instructor will guide you through a rigorous, 55-minute Pilates Assessment Session. Your trainer will provide detailed feedback and recommend the best course of action depending on your movement background, knowledge, and ability. Assessment Sessions are $100.

Step Three: Prepare. The 8-Week Pilates Boot Camp package is an ideal way to earn the required hours and is priced with students in mind.


All students have the option to pay per-module, even if they intend to pursue comprehensive certification. 

In addition to the cost of the modules, students are responsible for paying for their books and optional studio usage fees.

Required Books

Functional Anatomy: Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germaine and Muscles: Testing and Function (5th Ed.) by Kendall and Kendall. Both texts are available for purchase online and in bookstores. Prices vary.

Mat I: Ellie Herman's Pilates Mat $59.95

Mat II & Props: Ellie Herman's Pilates Mat and Ellie Herman's Pilates Props Workbook  $15.95  

Reformer I, II, & III: Ellie Herman's Pilates Reformer $69.95

Springboard: Ellie Herman's Pilates Springboard $49.95

Cadillac and Arc & Barrels: Ellie Herman's Pilates Cadillac $39.95 and Ellie Herman's Pilates Arc & Barrels $59.95

Wunda Chair: Ellie Herman's Pilates Wunda Chair $49.95

Studio Usage Fee

Self-practice and student teaching hours can be completed at any facility which will allow you to work with the requisite equipment. If you would like to do your self-practice and student teaching hours at Ellie Herman Studios, there will be a studio use fee of $600 for the year (recommended) or $100 per month. 

Test Out

In order to ensure that students are prepared, we think it is important that students wait to take their practical and written tests until they have completed all of their requirements (instruction, observation, self-practice, and teaching hours) outline in the modules and/or full certification program. Written test: Test will cover the Pilates repertoire specific to the modules in which you are seeking certification, as well as some anatomy and kinesiology. Practical test: Test will assess your physical ability to perform the repertoire. Will will offer group practical tests periodically throughout the year, or you may schedule a private practical by calling the studio. Comprehensive test out: $450. Individual module test-out: $250.








The Ellie Herman Pilates Institute offers group and private training options for both comprehensive and modular certifications. 

Ellie Herman and experienced, specially trained Senior Pilates Trainers are available for one-on-one training in our facility. This option is ideal for students who travel from abroad and need to undergo training according to their schedule, and for those who can't fit the module schedule into their own. 

If a student wants to join group training, but has missed one or more modules, private training is an ideal way to get caught up. This option is more expensive, but depending on the student's skill level and abilities, is not always cost-prohibitive. 

Host Ellie in your studio! Ellie has lead Teacher Training programs and workshops all over the world. She can travel to your studio for modular teacher training, workshops, private instruction and more. Email Ellie at for more information.

Pilates Arc on Reformer
Tower on Pilates Cadillac

Ellie Herman Pilates does not guarantee certification. Certification by the Ellie Herman Pilates Institute is of the highest standard in the Pilates industry. Ellie Herman reserves the right to decline to certify a student based on her judgement of a student's Pilates skills, knowledge of safe practices, ethical conduct, and professionalism.