The Future of Pilates Teacher Training

Pioneering concepts and modern ideas come together to form this game-changing course

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Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates (online)

Get your career underway with our fully online Pilates teacher training course.

  • Delivered Entirely Online:

    No physical attendance

  • Widely Recognised:

    Ofqual regulated qualification from YMCA Awards - CIMSPA recognised

  • Flexible structure:

    Home study with live virtual training

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Book your place for only £100 deposit

Starting from £850.25


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Payment Options

  • Pay in full

    Total payable £850.25 5% discount £44.75
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £135 and 5 x £132 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £895

Online Pilates Courses and Teacher Training

A fully online Pilates course with international recognition. Certified by YMCA Awards and fully endorsed by CIMSPA, this online Pilates qualification includes extensive learning materials, unlimited tutor support, over 50 hours of online lectures, exercise video demonstrations, and four days of live online Pilates content presented by technical experts.

Course Overview

It used to be the case that face-to-face training was the only credible way to complete the Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates. The game has changed however with the arrival of our online Pilates teacher training. Essentially, it’s the same course, the same world-class and expertly-presented content you’d expect from any HFE programme, just in a different location.

In terms of the actual course content, the Pilates teacher training itself, this will be livestreamed by our expert tutors. All you’ll need for this is an internet connection (and a suitable device), a Pilates mat and a suitable space in your own home from which to practice.

When it comes to the final assessments, flexibility is the name of the game. Theory exams are completed online, you’ll select the time and day that suits you best and all you’ll need to do is make sure you’re focused, well revised and sat in front of a computer. For the practical assessment, there’s no need to visit one of our nationwide venues. Instead, you can find a studio space closer to home and film yourself delivering a Pilates class for family and friends.

Pilates is all about precision and that’s precisely the approach we’ve taken when creating our online Pilates courses. In no way will you be disadvantaged because you’ve chosen to take your training online.

We truly believe this is the future of Pilates teacher training and we look forward to supporting you on your journey.

  • Entry Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for this course. All you'll need is a passion for Pilates, some experience of attending classes or sessions regularly, and of course, a stable internet connection.

  • Learning Materials

    You'll receive our bespoke hard copy training manuals covering all essential course content alongside the digital versions of these books via the HFE app. You'll also have access to over 50 online video lectures to support your learning, helping you to become the best Pilates teacher you can be. Essentially, everything you need to pass your online Pilates course will be at your fingertips.

  • Accreditations

    This programme is a fully regulated Ofqual qualification that is awarded by YMCA Awards, the UK's most widely recognised active leisure awarding body. This course also allows you to join CIMSPA as a Pilates professional and for CIMSPA members, can be used to demonstrate CPD.

  • Career and Progression

    On completion of this Level 3 Matwork Pilates Teacher course, you'll be eligible to work as a Pilates teacher in any health, fitness or leisure facility, including dedicated Pilates studios. From here, you may also wish to broaden your horizons with more advanced methods by completing our reformer Pilates course, or our advanced level 4 matwork Pilates qualification.

Expert Support

We have a rich history of delivering high-quality Pilates teacher courses. We believe that getting an education is far more important than simply passing a qualification. That's why our programmes are structured in such a way that you will learn more, achieve more, and ultimately, #becomemore. Throughout your studies, you'll be supported by a passionate team of expert support tutors, who can provide specialist advice on all manner of subjects relating to you course and career.

Support is completely unlimited, and is typically provided via:

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Video call

  • Webinar

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What You'll Learn

Our online Pilates teacher training is as comprehensive, in-depth and engaging as it gets. Here's a brief overview of the subjects you'll encounter at both:

  • Anatomy and Physiology

    - Anatomical terminology
    - The muscular system
    - The skeletal system
    - The nervous system
    - The endocrine system
    - The cardiorespiratory system
    - Energy systems

  • Posture and Pilates

    - Postural analysis
    - Finding neutral
    - Postural deviations
    - Lifestyle interventions for posture
    - Strengthening and lengthening approaches
    - Cueing posture
    - Movement impairment and analysis

  • Principles and Fundamentals of Pilates

    - Core principles of Pilates
    - Alignment in Pilates
    - Centring and stabilising in Pilates
    - Breathing and Pilates
    - Correct set-up positions
    - Control and precision
    - Flow in Pilates repertoire

  • Planning Pilates Sessions

    - Selecting suitable exercises
    - Screening and movement analysis
    - Sequencing Pilates exercises
    - Meeting client's needs
    - Progressive Pilates programming
    - Group and individual sessions

  • Delivering Pilates Sessions

    - Effective teaching methods
    - Visual and kinaesthetic cueing
    - Effective demonstrations
    - Correcting Pilates exercises
    - Voice projection and control
    - Class themes and styles
    - Reviewing and evaluating sessions
    - Adapting sessions

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*Images and videos are for illustration purposes and may not depict specific course materials.

An Exciting Pilates Career
Awaits You

Join our existing network of graduates who have gone on to secure work with some of the world’s leading health clubs and Pilates brands.

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How You'll be Assessed

Our online Pilates course contains a number of assessments to ensure that you have the necessary knowledge and skills to practice as a professional Pilates teacher. Most assessments are built seamlessly into the programme and you'll get clear guidance on what you need to do and by when to achieve your qualification. Listed below is a summary of the types of assessments that you'll be required to complete and the following video also provides a little more depth and detail about each method. If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.

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Theory:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Principles of health and fitness
  • Completed online
  • 70% pass mark
25%

Practical:

  • Teaching Pilates to groups
  • Teaching Pilates to individuals
  • Reviewing and evaluating Pilates
50%

Coursework:

  • Progressive Pilates case-study
  • Pilates lesson plan
  • Principles of Pilates worksheets

FAQs About our Online Pilates Courses

Looking for more information about our online Pilates instructor courses and teacher training? We've answered the most frequently asked questions. Our careers team would love to help you start your journey, so if your question isn't answered here, be sure to get in touch.

  • How are online Pilates courses different from attended courses?

    The main difference between the face-to-face Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates and our online Pilates course is how the qualification is achieved.

    With our online Pilates teacher training, all the learning can be completed from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace. With regards to your theory exams, these are taken online using our robust system, while worksheets and case studies can be accessed within our online portal, or LES (Learner Engagement System).

    In terms of the content that would normally be delivered on our face-to-face weekends, this will be livestreamed by our expert Pilates tutors. All you’ll need for this is an internet connection (and a suitable device), a Pilates mat and suitable space in your own home for which to practice.

    Instead of completing your practical assessment at one of our nationwide venues, you’ll be required to film yourself delivering a Pilates session to friends and family members. Providing you’re following the guidelines, this can be done in any studio or open space of your choice.

    Taking your Pilates course online by no means you’ll be disadvantaged in any way. Print and digital manuals, unlimited support from a dedicated tutor, video lectures, mock exams, and exercise demonstrations will all be at your fingertips at all times.

  • How do I complete my theory exams?

    We’ve heavily invested time and resources into creating a robust online platform for online exams. Essentially, these exams are overseen by an online proctor that uses your laptop, Mac or desktop PC’s microphone and a webcam to monitor you while you take your exam. It’s completely secure and it’s just to ensure that you’re conducting yourself in the same way as you would in a face-to-face exam.

    One of the biggest benefits of our online exam system is that you get to choose the time and day you’ll complete your exam. Plus, you’ll get instant access to your results as well.

  • How do I complete my practical assessments?

    Alongside the theory exams, worksheets and case studies (all accessed via LES), there’s also a practical assessment to complete. For this, you’ll need to head to your local studio, or a similar open space and film yourself delivering a safe and effective Pilates class to your friends and family.

    Basically, you’ll need a group of around 6 participants to whom you’ll need to teach a Pilates session to in-line with the assessment criteria that we give you. Throughout your online course, and through support from your Learning Support Tutor, you’ll know exactly what you need to do in order to pass well in advance.

  • What learning resources will I get when I enrol?

    Simply put, with our online Pilates course, you’ll receive everything you need to pass with flying colours. Comparing side-by-side with the face-to-face equivalent, there really is no difference.

    For starters, from the moment you enrol, you’ll be assigned a dedicated Learner Support Tutor. This experienced individual (and in fact our whole team), is on hand Monday – Friday via phone or email. They’ll answer questions, offer revision tips, offer career guidance and anything else you might need. We’ll also post you bespoke hard copy manuals and these can be instantly accessed via the HFE app and taken on the go.

    The Learner Engagement System, or LES, is where the majority of learning will take place. This innovative platform contains a wealth of resources including mock exams, workbooks, over 50 hours of video lectures and demonstrations of Joseph Pilates‘ original 34 mat-based exercises.

  • What are my payment options?

    We’re firmly committed to honesty and transparency when it comes to paying for your online Pilates teacher training. If you’re in a position to get everything sorted upfront, we’ll offer you a 5% discount when you pay for your course in full.

    Alternatively, we have an interest-free payment plan that’s spread over six months. You’ll initially be able to secure your online Pilates course place for just £100 and after that, it’s just six months of low monthly payments.

  • How long will it take to get qualified as a Pilates teacher?

    With your online Pilates training, we want you to be able to take things at your own pace and that’s why you’ll have up to six months to complete your course. Everyone will learn at a different pace and the support we offer students, alongside our wealth of learning resources, reflects that.

    We’ve also created an in-depth study guide for our online Pilates course and this provides a bite-sized breakdown of all the topics you’ll need to cover.

    Ultimately, what’s going to serve you best as a Pilates instructor in the working world is not how quickly you complete the course, rather how you apply yourself to your learning. With some hard work, enthusiasm and determination you’re going to get a lot of the journey and come out the other side as a confident and highly capable qualified Pilates instructor.

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