The Body Control Pilates Association was established in 1995 under the direction of Lynne Robinson and has become the benchmark for Pilates in Europe and the largest professional body for Pilates teachers in the UK and Europe.
Body Control Pilates Association Teachers work to a strict code of practice which governs teaching standards, professional ethics and continuing education of it's members. To qualify as a BCPA teacher, each student attends 80 hours of tuition in Pilates theory, exercises and anatomy, followed by a three hour written exam and a one hour practical exam. At the end of this formal tuition, each teacher must then complete a period of supervised teaching, which is typically 50 hours. You can be sure that any teacher qualified with the BCPA has an excellent understanding of the Pilates method! The Body Control Pilates Association's listing of qualified Level 3 Pilates teachers is available to view at: www.bodycontrol.com
In 2010, the Body Control Pilates Association became one of the first training providers in the country to offer the Level 4 Specialist Exercise Instructor (low back pain) qualification, ratified by SkillsActive and overseen by The Register of Exercise Professionals. Low Back Pain is one of several conditions covered under the Level 4 standards. The 'Back4Good®' programme is exclusive to Body Control Pilates. Qualified practitioners are already experienced Body Control Pilates teachers who have undertaken extensive training exclusively related to exercise referral and low back pain to become a Back4Good® Practitioner and a Level 4 Advanced Exercise Instructor. Lauren Bannister was one of the first BCPA teachers to complete this qualification. For more information: www.back4good.eu
Body Control Pilates is a Registered Trade Mark used under licence
The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) is thelargest qualification-based professional body setting a National Standard within the fitness industry. Registration with REPs does mean your teacher has recognized and approved qualifications endorsed by the Government. Qualifications are only listed when obtained from a recognized training provider with REP's.
If considering a career in Pilates, it is worth noting that all fully qualified pilates teachers in the United Kingdom are required to hold an NVQ Level 3 (Advanced Instructor) recognized by REPs. Sadly, not all "Level 3" Pilates courses now offered by colleges or lesser known studios are recognized by the Register of Exercise Professionals, so it is essential to check that your choice is a "recognized training provider" of REPs, prior to enrolling on a Pilates Teachers course. A full listing is available to view on their website. The Body Control Pilates Association® was one of the first professional bodies for Pilates in the UK to comply with these national standards. If you are considering starting Pilates, especially if you suffer with joint or back problems, PLEASE check that your teacher is fully qualified to teach Pilates.
The qualifications of all fitness professionals including pilates teachers can be verified on the Register of Exercise Professionals website at: www.exerciseregister.org
Teacher Training Opportunities
Should Pilates interest you as a career, we strongly suggest you take care to train with a reputable and established training provider. The Body Control Pilates Association® maintains an excellent reputation for producing the highest quality instructors. They offer not only THE Level 3 (REPs) Pilates Teacher accredited Matwork course, but are also one of the few organizations to offer the Level 4 Specialist Instructor qualification, in Low Back Pain to their teachers. Prior to your initial course you are asked to attend classes run by a Body Control Teacher. After your Level 3 course, you are required to complete approximately 50 hours with recognised supervising teachers before qualifying as a Pilates Teacher.
Lauren Bannister, formally of Stratford Pilates Centre was the supervising teacher for the Body Control Pilates Association in Warwickshire and continues in the same role in Devon.