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On Aug 08, 2013
Don’t plan on ever being able to test out and get a job. Basi only offers certification tests twice a year, which book up 6 months out. The problem being that by the time they list the test date/location on the website, it is already booked and they do not expand to meet the demand. I finished the training almost two years ago and every time I try to register for a test date, they say it is full, put me on a wait list to see if anyone cancels which no one does. Then ask if I can register for the next date in 6 months, they reply “we are not booking yet, try back again”. WTF
I don’t understand the business logic behind not wanting to have more test dates or locations. Students have to pay to take the test, do they not want to make money?
BASI Pilates (BASI) Response
on Aug 09, 2013
I cannot express how disappointed I was to read this comment. BASI prides itself in taking care of the needs of our students. Learning that someone (anyone) has been unsuccessful in arranging testing for two years is absolutely shocking. We implemented Centralized Testing in January 2011 to not only uphold an educational standard, but to raise that standard. In addition, standardization of testing procedures eliminated any discrepancies between examiners (hence, only Rael and myself at th
I cannot express how disappointed I was to read this comment. BASI prides itself in taking care of the needs of our students. Learning that someone (anyone) has been unsuccessful in arranging testing for two years is absolutely shocking.
We implemented Centralized Testing in January 2011 to not only uphold an educational standard, but to raise that standard. In addition, standardization of testing procedures eliminated any discrepancies between examiners (hence, only Rael and myself at this point examine). It was also our goal to create an educational event around the Centralized Testing by meeting each of the students personally, by providing an opportunity to attend a "Q and A" before testing and by discussing each students evaluation with her after the test (this pertains only to the comprehensive course students).
In the past, we have selected at least four separate dates each year to accommodate most students. Dates in February and September for BASI headquarters in Costa Mesa as well as two additional dates divided between the East Coast and the Midwest. This provided at least four times each year to schedule testing. Dates for 2014 have been set and will be on our site shortly.
I personally traveled to Gig Harbor, WA at the end of June, 2013, testing thirty plus students and just returned from Bryn Mawr, PA on Monday of this week after three full days of testing. The results were encouraging to say the least.
I have been with BASI Pilates for over fourteen years and proudly fill the role of Director of Education. I assure any student who is interested in completing their Teaching Evaluation and/or Practical Examination; there will be a place for them. We will add additional dates as demand dictates.
Prior to reading this comment, we were already in the process of refining our process: additional information on the website, additional dates and additional days. We are also developing a system to allow students to sign up online. Individually selecting dates and times of choice should eliminate any possibility of this ever happening again.
Rael has devoted his entire professional career to providing the highest level of Pilates education to any and all who are seriously interested in studying Pilates. Stopping them from completing this process is clearly a contradiction of his intent, and seems incomprehensible.
In the meantime, I invite the author of this comment and/or any BASI student experiencing difficulty arranging their final testing at BASI Headquarters, Costa Mesa, September, 2013, to contact Mollie Harary (Director of Student Affairs and International Administrator) or I immediately and we will make every effort to assist in finding a time slot. (
BASI Pilates, Director of Education
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