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Pilates Instructor Courses and Qualifications

Blending pioneering concepts with a modern approach, we deliver the industry's most accessible and highly respected Pilates instructor courses and qualifications. This is backed up by practical workshops and video lectures delivered by some of the most experienced and respected Pilates instructors and teachers in the industry. Learn from the best with HFE.

Gold Standard Pilates Training

Like Joseph Pilates himself, our Pilates courses are recognised around the world as a leading standard of Pilates teacher education.

Unlimited Possibilities

Our Pilates qualifications provide the perfect platform from which to launch your career as a professional Pilates teacher.

Our Courses. Your Way.

We have a range of flexible study options available, including online and blended courses. All our courses can be tailored to meet your exacting needs.

Unlimited Support

Our team of highly experienced Pilates professionals will be on hand to provide expert guidance and support with your course and career needs.

Our Reputation Precedes Us

Take a look at what some of our Pilates graduates have to say about their training experience with HFE. Alternatively, head over to Trustpilot to see all our reviews.

Level 3 Mat Pilates

I took my Level 3 Mat Pilates qualification with HFE. Their tutors are really supportive, helpful and approachable.

Pauline Caswell

Excellent Pilates course!

I definitely recommend HFE if you want to train as a Pilates instructor. I enrolled in the Pilates and Back Pain Management Specialist courses.

Mia Cheung

HFE Mat Pilates

I thoroughly enjoyed my Mat Pilates course with HFE. It was challenging, but rightly so as it was thorough and detailed. The trainers on my practical course were friendly and...
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Fiona Cath

HFE Level 3 Mat Pilates Diploma

The 3 training weekends are amazing, so informative, you learn so much. A huge thanks to Charlotte who throughout the weekends gave me lots of encouragement and positive feedback which...
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helped me get over my nerves

Michelle Smith

Very highly recommended

The level 3 mat Pilates course is absolutely fantastic value for money! If you work hard enough it is possible to pass within 3-4 months provided that give yourself plenty...
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of time to study for the multiple choice exams.


Great support

Really good support team and range of courses.


It’s great experience Thank you Stacey and other tutors and support staff

It's great experience. I received support from my tutor and other support staff they working hard behind the curtain and help in anyway I needed and where they could even...
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after this whole covid-19 situation they adopted well.. Thank you.

shekhar kakkad

Great course

Great course, Good support system!


Intensive Pilates Course

I recently completed the Level 3 Mat Pilates Course, I really enjoyed the course but there is a lot to fit in so make sure you have plenty of time...
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to study, particularly the anatomy and physiology. The support from HFE is excellent you have a tutor you can call for help there are webinars plus all the online information and manuals.


Amazing course super supportive

I started this course expecting to learn how to teach a Pilates class. I learnt so much more! The training was amazing I learnt so much. I found out today...
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I passed and I can’t say it’s been an easy ride but the support I was given has been second to none.

Rebecca Banks

Fantastic course, great staff and amazing experience

Just completed my Mat Pilates level 3, I'm so glad I did it. I had a great experience with HFE. Special thank you for my very knowledgeable tutor, Stacey. I...
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won't be able to pass it without her support.

Cathy Cao

Good training provider with distance and onsite learning

I have done two courses now Level 2 ETM and Level 3 Diploma in mat pilates. My experience has been an enjoyable one. My interaction with the staff on the...
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training days has been great. All been very helpful and knowledgeable about the practical elements of the course.


Rated 4.9/5 based on 778 reviews. Showing our 4 & 5 star reviews.

Pilates Instructor Career Packages

Take your Pilates career further and faster with one of our Pilates instructor career packages. These packages are expertly designed and delivered with your success in mind. Whether you want to teach mat-based Pilates, reformer Pilates, or become a Pilates specialist, we've got you covered.

Pilates tutor with circle


£895.00 level-3

Master the core principles, concepts, fundamentals and exercise techniques of mat Pilates with our Level 3 Essentials Pilates Teacher package. This is the ideal starter package if you only want to teach the Mat Pilates method. It leads to an Ofqual regulated qualification and is the industry standard teaching certificate.

Courses Included:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates

Extras and Exclusives:

  • Discounted CIMSPA membership
  • CV Connect
  • 12 months Pilates career guidance
  • Exclusive equipment discounts

Key Benefits:

  • No formal entry requirements
  • 8-10 weeks to qualify
  • 14-day money back guarantee

Interest-free payment plan - £132 per month
5% discount for prompt payment - save £44.75

Pilates teacher with pregnant woman


£1245.00 level-3-plus

Pilates has been shown to really help pre and postnatal women to better manage the physical symptoms associated with pregnancy, stay strong and recover rapidly post-birth. Get the knowledge, skills, confidence and qualifications to allow you to teach Pilates to new and expectant mothers.

Courses Included:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates
  • Level 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for Pre and Postnatal Clients
  • Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Practical Pilates Workshop

Extras and Exclusives:

  • Discounted CIMSPA membership
  • CV Connect
  • 12 months FREE Pilates career guidance
  • Exclusive equipment discounts

Key Benefits:

  • No formal entry requirements
  • Qualify in 10-12 weeks
  • 14-day money back guarantee

Interest-free payment plan - £165 per month
5% discount for prompt payment - save £62.25

Elite Pilates teacher on reformer


£2600.00 level-4

Our elite Pilates teacher programme is the only Pilates education package of its kind. Combining the level mat and reformer courses with the Level 4 Advanced Mat Pilates Certificate, this is the ultimate Pilates qualification that is specifically designed to accelerate your career in Pilates.

Courses Included:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates
  • Level 3 Teaching Reformer Pilates
  • Level 4 Advanced Certificate in Teaching Pilates

Extras and Exclusives:

  • Discounted CIMSPA membership
  • CV Connect
  • 12 months FREE Pilates career guidance
  • Exclusive equipment discounts

Key Benefits:

  • No formal entry requirements
  • Complete initial training in 12-14 weeks
  • Take up to 12 months to complete all training
  • 14-day money back guarantee

Interest-free payment plan - £195 per month
5% discount for prompt payment - save £130

Woman on Pilates reformer


£2650.00 level-4

Our Master Pilates career package contains all the courses, all the content and all the training you need to become world-class Pilates instructor. This is a fully-loaded package that will teach you how to tailor sessions for pre and postnatal, older clients, those with health conditions, including those with low back pain.

Courses Included:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates
  • Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma
  • Level 3 Pilates for Pre and Postnatal Clients
  • Level 3 Pilates for Older Adults
  • Level 3 Nutrition to Support Physical Activity
  • Level 4 Low Back Pain Certificate

Extras and Exclusives:

  • Discounted CIMSPA membership
  • CV Connect
  • 12 months FREE Pilates career guidance
  • Exclusive equipment discounts

Key Benefits:

  • No formal entry requirements
  • Qualify in 12-14 weeks
  • 14-day money back guarantee

Interest-free payment plan - £200 per month
5% discount for prompt payment - save £132.50

FREE Comprehensive Guide to Becoming a Pilates teacher

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Get our Free Comprehensive Guide to Becoming a Pilates Teacher and discover everything you need to know to thrive in this rewarding and fulfilling career.

With over 40 pages of expertly crafted content, this ‘guide’ will provide some detailed background to Pilates, how it came to be what it is today, its core principles, and everything you need to know about becoming a professional Pilates teacher, including what pitfalls to avoid.

  • Qualities of successful Pilates teachers
  • The Pilates business – value of the industry
  • Pilates training and qualifications
  • Regulation of Pilates qualifications
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Employment opportunities in Pilates
  • Earning and pay guide for Pilates teachers
  • Pilates FAQ’s and much more…

Congratulations on your decision to become a Pilates Teacher and thanks for requesting a copy of our Comprehensive Career Guide.

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Should you have any further questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our Careers Team on 0800 612 4067.

A More Flexible Approach To Your Pilates Training

If you didn't find a Pilates teacher training package to suit you, take a look at our range of individual Pilates instructor courses below. If you want more information on content, locations, venues and dates, click through to the specific course page and you'll get much more information. Alternatively, feel free to call our Careers Team who will be more than happy to assist you.

  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates
  • Level 3 Reformer Pilates Teacher
  • Level 3 Pilates for Pre and Postnatal Clients
  • Level 3 Pilates for Older Adults
  • Level 4 Advanced Mat Pilates Teacher
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Pilates Course Dates & Locations

Our Pilates courses and qualifications are delivered from some of the UK’s premium venues, including hotels, dedicated Pilates studios and health clubs across the country.

We have training venues in locations throughout England, Wales and Scotland, covering most of the major cities: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Leeds, Preston, York, Glasgow.

For those students that can’t access our venues, we also have virtual courses available, where you can complete the practical training from the comfort of your own home. Speak to our Careers Team to find out more about our virtual Pilates courses.

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Frequently Asked Pilates Questions

Listed below are a range of common questions presented by our Pilates students. If you have a question that hasn't been answered, feel free to call our Careers Team on 0800 612 4067 who will be more than happy to answer any questions that you have.

  • How do I become a Pilates teacher?

    For newcomers to the intricate and exciting world of Pilates, it’s important to understand that it’s not just about having a passion for the practice or the right qualifications, it’s also about the qualities you have as an instructor. To truly lead the way, you need to possess excellent observation and communication skills, have noticeable empathy and interest in those you teach and be able to demonstrate your detailed knowledge of movement and posture.

    On the education side of things, ideally, you will already hold a Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification, but there no formal entry requirements. The Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates is the entry-level qualification you need to become a bona fide instructor. This course can be done stand-alone or combined with others such as Level 3 Exercise Referral and Level 4 Exercise for Low Back Pain to form a career package.

    Alongside our mat Pilates course, we also offer two specialised workshops: Pilates for Pre and Postnatal Clients and Pilates for Older Adults. Both are designed to enhance the range of clients you’re able to work with.

    After qualifying at Level 3, two routes open up and both in fact work beautifully together. The Level 3 Reformer Pilates Teacher course is focused on using the universal reformer, while the Level 4 Certificate in Mat Pilates is the highest-level Pilates qualification you can achieve in the UK. Both have the potential to be game-changers for your Pilates instructor career.

    If you’re keen to take a deeper dive then our Become a Pilates Instructor guide provides a comprehensive look at everything from qualifications to insurance, career opportunities and more.

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

    Each and every one of our Pilates students are different and will approach their studies in a different way, at their own pace. It is only a guideline but typically, we find students are able to complete the Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates in 8-10 weeks. The time is split between home study and then attending practical training at one of our venues.

    If we look at the Specialist career package, which contains two courses, we find students are able to complete in as little as 10-12 weeks. Finally, we have the Master package and this designed to take you from Level 3 right through to Level 4. As there are six courses within this package it does take 22-24 weeks to qualify. By the end of that journey, you will be a Level 4 master Pilates instructor and this status will more than set you ahead in the industry.

  • Do you run Pilates instructor courses near me?

    We pride ourselves on delivering the most intensive and hands-on Pilates experience in the industry. To help us with this, we work incredibly closely with the likes of David Lloyd, The Village, Bannatyne and others for our practical weekend training.

    It’s our goal to offer students maximum choice and flexibility when it comes to their studies and that’s why we currently run our Pilates instructor courses at over 15 venues across England, Scotland and Wales. A few of well-equipped, flagship centres include Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Glasgow and Cardiff.

    You can find a full list of venues on our Pilates Instructor Locations and Venues page. It’s here that we’ve also included a full breakdown of each venue’s facilities, including the closest train station, accommodation available in the area, parking and any offers and discounts available.

    For those who are unable to travel to one of our venues, we also offer the option for you to complete an online Pilates course entirely from the comfort of your own home.

  • What learning resources are available while I study?

    From the moment you’ve enrolled onto one of our Pilates instructor courses, you’ll be assigned a dedicated Learner Support Tutor. You’ll be able to lean on their years of instructing experience via phone or email throughout the week. Their support is unlimited and no question is genuinely too big, small or complicated.

    We also provide access to LES, the Learner Engagement System, and you’ll use this innovative online platform to complete your home study learning. Within LES you’ll find worksheets and lesson plans to complete, practise quizzes and video demonstrations of Joseph Pilates’ original 34 mat-based exercises.

    As a companion to LES, we’ll also send you bespoke learner manuals in the post and these can also be assessed via the HFE phone and tablet app.

    Alongside all of the learning resources we provide for our students, we’ve also created a series of expertly-written Pilates Instructor Career Guides and Articles for you to read. We’ve covered the basics of becoming a Pilates instructor as well as more specialised topics such as Pilates instructor qualifications. If you’re keen to brush up on history, you’ll also find an incredibly interesting piece about the Origins and History of Pilates.

  • What Pilates instructor jobs are available once i've qualified?

    We frequently get asked by our students and graduates if we offer guaranteed interviews or jobs and the simple answer is no. While other providers may engage in this practice, we’re of the belief that the choice should firmly be in your hands with regard to where you teach Pilates.

    In the past we’ve had our graduates launch highly successful international retreats, open their open studios and teach classes at some of the country’s leading gyms and clubs. It just goes to show the length and breadth of opportunities available for Pilates instructors.

    To help you get started, we’ve created CV Connect. This exclusive and innovative platform unlocks within LES (Learner Engagement System) as soon as you’ve completed one of our Pilates instructor courses. The process is simple and intuitive and all you’d need to do is upload your CV, select the employers in your area and then connect with them directly.

    Right now we are close to having thousand active vacancies from some of the UK’s biggest health and fitness operators including Fitness First, DW, JD Gyms and Pure Gym.

    If you’re looking for more information about employment as an instructor, we’ve created an in-depth article about Pilates instructor jobs and opportunities that we highly recommend you read.

  • What are my payment options?

    Whether you’re designed to enrol onto a single course or one of our career packages, we want to make things as easy as possible for you to get qualified as a Pilates instructor. That doesn’t just relate to the support we provide or the learning resources available to you, but your payment options as well.

    If you’re in a position to get everything sorted upfront, we’ll give you a 5% discount if you pay for your Pilates instructor course or career package in full. Alternatively, you can spread the course with either our 6-month or 12-month 0% interest payment plans.

    Finally, select Pilates instructor packages have been military approved. If you’re a service leaver or serving personnel, you can contact our Careers team on 0800 612 4067. We’d be more than happy to provide more information about the MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELCAS).

Don't Just Take Our Word For It

We know we have a reputation for training excellence, but if you want to hear what a few of our more famous graduates have had to say over the years, here's a little more feedback for you.
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James Crossley, also known as Hunter from Gladiators, endorses HFE's fitness courses

"HFE is the ultimate fitness training provider, without a doubt their personal training courses are the best in the industry."

James Crossley

(Hunter from Gladiators)
Laura Massaro is a World 1 squash player who studied yoga with HFE

"The course has really helped me to better understand yoga so that I can improve my performance and remain World No. 1."

Laura Massaro

(World No. 1 Squash Player - 2016)
Team GB Olympic pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw is an HFE personal training student

"HFE have produced some of the best materials I have seen in education."

Holly Bradshaw

(Team GB Olympic Bronze Medalist Pole Vaulter, 2020 Olympic Games)
Kardy Laguda is an internationally renowned fitness instructor

"HFE is the most professional and cutting edge fitness provider I have ever seen."

Kardy Laguda

(International Fitness Presenter)

Pilates Teacher Additional Guidance

Didn't find the information you were looking for? We have a produced a small range of Pilates specific career guides and articles below that take you through everything you need to know to become a qualified Pilates teacher.

How to Become a Pilates Teacher
Become a Pilates Instructor

How to Become a Pilates Teacher

Covering CIMSPA standards, qualifications, career opportunities and more, this is your definitive Pilates instructor career guide

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Origins and History of Pilates
Origins and History of Pilates

Origins and History of Pilates

From its origins to its rich history, we explore how Joseph Pilates perfected his Contrology methods and developed a form of exercise used by millions

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Pilates Instructor Qualifications
Pilates Instructor Qualifications

Pilates Instructor Qualifications

With this simple yet comprehensive guide, we explore everything you need to know about Pilates teacher training and instructor qualifications.

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Essential Books for Pilates Teachers
Essential Books for Pilates Instructors

Essential Books for Pilates Teachers

Whether you're a new or experienced Pilates instructor, it's important to never stop learning. We explore the essential reading for Pilates instructors.

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Pilates Instructor Jobs and Opportunities
Pilates Instructor Jobs and Opportunities

Pilates Instructor Jobs and Opportunities

Becoming a qualified Pilates instructor is just the start, now it's time to explore the various jobs and employment opportunities available to you

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Pilates Career Support

When you've completed your Pilates training and qualifications and you're ready to make that leap of faith into employment, our team of dedicated teachers and support tutors will be on hand to provide you with expert career advice and guidance. Whether you're looking for a job, or you want to start your own classes, you can rely on us for support and advice.

CV Connect Pilates

Connect With Thousands of Fitness Industry Employers

With CV Connect, our flagship recruitment platform, you can connect your CV with thousands of employers across the UK.

When your course is complete, you’ll get instant access to the CV Connect module in our online learning platform. Simply upload your CV, search for local employers, and we’ll send them your CV and a brief bio of the qualifications you’ve completed with us.

Because we have a reputation for excellence, employers trust the HFE brand and the fact that they only ever receive the CV’s of high quality and well-trained applicants.

Each year, we connect thousands of our Pilates graduates with employment opportunities across the country. If you want to know more about CV connect, visit our dedicated CV Connect page.

  • UK-wide employers
  • Trusted by industry
  • Thousands of connections
  • Easy to follow platform
  • One click - multiple opportunities
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Expert Pilates Career Support

Throughout your studies and beyond, our team of Pilates tutors and support staff will provide you with as much career advice, support and guidance as you need to get your career as a qualified Pilates teacher off to a flying start.

Initially, your course is likely going to focus on the fundamentals of Pilates, exercise techniques, and learning everything you need to master the Pilates methodology. Once you get closer to to completing your course, or once you’ve passed, it’s likely you’lll want to turn your attention to employment and career matters. This si where our expert Pilates career advice will really help.

Maybe you want to know where to look to find the best Pilates jobs, or where you can get the best deals on specialist equipment, CPD training and professional membership. Whatever your advice and support you need, our team of experienced Pilates professionals will be here for you when you need them.

  • Impartial advice and support
  • Completely unlimited
  • The voice of experience
  • Positive and encouraging
  • No subject off limits
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Pilates Offers and Discounts

As one of our graduates, you’ll have access to a range of exclusive offers and discounts from a wide-range of our professional partners, including bespoke health and fitness insurance providers, equipment suppliers and a host of other valuable and useful resources that may serve you well in your career as a professional Pilates teacher.

Once you’re qualified, we’ll send you a link to be able to redeem all the discount codes that are exclusive to you as a HFE graduate.

We’d like to underline the fact that we value your privacy and will never share your details or data with any of our professional partners. Additionally, we receive no commissions or referral fees on any purchases you make so we don’t mind if you want to pass on any of these offers and discounts. There will be no hard sell from us – we simply pass on the savings to you.

  • Pilates equipment
  • Insurance
  • Web services
  • Booking platforms
  • Professional membership

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