Level 3 Pilates instructor course

Immerse yourself in the industry's most popular Pilates teaching training

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HFE Pilates instructor directing client on mat

The industry's most popular level 3 mat Pilates course

Based on Joseph Pilates' original Contrology concepts and techniques, this mat Pilates course opens up a range of possibilities for instructors.

  • Course type:

    Attended or online-virtual

  • Time to qualify:

    8-10 weeks

  • Entry requirements:

    No entry requirements

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Book your place for only £100 deposit

Choose Your Study Method

Starting from £850.25


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
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Starting from £850.25


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

Course overview: Level 3 Pilates instructor course

This mat Pilates course is based on the original Contrology concepts and techniques developed by Pilates, opening the door to many opportunities for instructors once qualified.

Pilates is one of the most popular and effective forms of exercise for those looking to improve musculoskeletal health and function. It’s also perfectly suited for anyone looking to enhance flexibility and deal with certain aspects of injury or rehabilitation.

The best Pilates instructors have unrivalled attention to detail and are able to deliver classes in a precise and controlled manner–at the end of the day, that’s what Pilates is all about.

Our Pilates instructor course follows Joseph Pilates’ original Contrology principles and exercises, which is a testament to how effective they are and how much they’ve stood the test of time. This qualification has been created with your success in mind. So, whether you have designs on becoming a Pilates teacher, developing your own brand, or even branching out to instruct at retreats worldwide, you’ll be able to do so once qualified. If you want to further broaden your horizons, we also offer Pilates instructor courses as career packages.

  • Entry requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for this Pilates instructor course, although if you do have a fitness instructor or personal trainer qualification, you will be at a slight advantage. We do however insist that you have prior experience of performing Pilates exercises or attending classes regularly. This will enable you to get the best possible head start.

  • Accreditations

    This Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates is fully accredited by YMCA Awards and is recognised by CIMSPA. We specialise in blended learning, which combines practical attendance at a nationwide venue including Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham, London and Glasgow, with home-study support from our expert tutors. This is backed up by learning materials that have been designed and delivered by some of the industry’s most experienced professionals.

  • The highest quality Pilates study materials in the business

    Our fantastic range of study materials give you the best possible chance of passing first time and securing employment as a qualified Pilates teacher. With print and digital copies both available, you can study on your own terms. On top of this, our online lecture content is presented by experts to teach you everything you need to know.

  • Ongoing career support with CV Connect

    Once you graduate, you'll have instant access to our flagship CV Connect programme which connects you to relevant fitness employers.

  • CIMSPA CPD points

    This qualification is mapped to CIMSPAs professional standards and is worth 10 CIMSPA CPD Points.

Learning support without limits

From career guidance to revision tips, our dedicated team of learner support tutors will constantly be on hand to provide help and support. You'll never be on your own as we offer:

  • Phone calls

  • Video calls

  • Emails

  • Webinars

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What you'll learn

Our Pilates course takes the principles and fundamentals of Joseph Pilates’ original Contrology method and applies it to the modern exercise environment. Our training has been specifically designed to make you a more adaptable, more confident and ultimately more successful Pilates instructor.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn on your Pilates journey:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health

    The skeletal and muscular system
    The nervous system
    The cardiovascular & respiratory system
    The Endocrine system
    Adaptations & responses to fitness training

  • Principles and fundamentals of Pilates

    Pilates & posture
    History & origins of Pilates
    Schools of Pilates
    Breathing techniques and Pilates
    Benefits of Pilates
    Contraindications to Pilates

  • Planning Pilates sessions

    Selecting Pilates exercises
    Pilates exercise variables
    Adapting & progressing Pilates exercises
    Equipment & props
    Effective lesson planning
    Progressive Pilates programming

  • Teaching Pilates sessions

    Communication skills & Pilates
    Approaches to teaching Pilates
    Motivation & encouragement
    Kinaesthetic coaching
    Correcting exercise technique
    Evaluating a Pilates session

  • Information gathering

    Health screenings
    Medical referrals
    Informed consent
    Cardiovascular risk profile
    Medical clearance profile
    Confidentiality agreements

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

One Pilates career
Unlimited possibilities

Many of our graduates have gone on to work with some of the world's leading gyms and health clubs like those listed below. You could follow in their footsteps or you could even go self-employed and develop your own Pilates brand.

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How You'll Be Assessed

Our Level 3 Pilates teacher training course is assessed continually to ensure that the assessment methods do not become too taxing or challenging for you. Our team of dedicated Learner Support Tutors will work tirelessly with you to ensure you are suitably prepared for every assessment. Here’s a summary of how you’ll be assessed throughout the course.

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  • Worksheets
  • Pilates lesson plan
  • Progressive case study


  • Teaching to individuals
  • Teaching to groups
  • Completed on course


  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Principles of health and fitness
  • 70% pass mark
  • Completed on course

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