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Why should I do my Pilates training with PilatesITC?

PilatesITC is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 40941) and delivers competency based, professional government accredited Pilates qualifications at Diploma and Advanced Diploma level, with articulation to Bachelors Degrees.

Our accredited courses have been in existence since 2004 and are the recognised standard for accredited Pilates education in Australia, aligning with health industry standards and legislative requirements under the Australian Quality Training Framework.

The Diploma (10537NAT), Advanced Diploma (10538NAT), and other short courses drawn from the Diploma, have all been developed and written by Pilates experts in conjunction with clinical specialists.  Our courses were the first ever accredited Pilates specialist courses in the world and set the benchmark for Pilates VET training.

Upgrades and advanced in the course curriculum are provided by PilatesITC. PilatesITC is also the only organisation in the world that offers articulation of Pilates training to University Degrees.

Achieving a government recognised qualification through PilatesITC means that your qualification will never ‘expire’ as it is a formally recognised outcome rather than a private organisation certificate.

What courses can I do with PilatesITC?

PilatesITC delivers the following training programs:

  • Advanced Diploma of the Pilates Method 10538NAT: This qualification gives you the practical skills and scientific knowledge to become a practitioner, health care advisor or therapist in the field of Pilates. The Advanced Diploma articulates into a Bachelor Degree.
  • Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction 10537NAT: Industry entry-level qualification, designed for those who operate in a professional, specialised studio environment and work with apparently health and low risk client groups. The Diploma is the pre-requisite for entering the Advanced Diploma qualification.
  • Certificate in Pilates Matwork Instruction: Pilates mat work industry entry-level training, designed for those who operate in the Pilates Matwork environment and work with apparently health client groups. This course comprises six units of competency drawn from the Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction 10537NAT and successful completion provides a Statement of Attainment in partial completion of the Diploma.
  • Comprehensive Reformer Course: Pilates Reformer stand alone course, designed for those who wish to work in the Matwork and Reformer sectors of the professional industry, or who wish to do their full Diploma qualification in stages. This course comprises three units of competency drawn from the Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction 10537NAT and successful completion provides a Statement of Attainment in partial completion of the Diploma. Pre-requisite for entry is a recognised Matwork training outcome.
  • Short Courses and Bridging Programs: Courses made up of Units of Competency drawn from the Diploma, giving Statements of Attainment for each successfully completed unit.
  • Continuing Education: Short workshop and conference style ongoing educational courses for industry professionals.

For more information on our courses download our course information package.

For more information on our continuing education programs visit our Continuing Education page.

How do I know which is the best course to choose?

Before deciding which course suits you best, you need to decide what you want to do in the Pilates industry.

  • Do I just want to teach matwork?
    If you aren’t sure if you have the time or want to commit to a full time career in Pilates but want to run a few classes or teach on a casual basis, the Certificate in Pilates Matwork Instruction will be the place to start. This course comprises six units drawn from the Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction and articulates into the full Diploma so if you decide at anytime you want to upgrade your qualification you can move into the Diploma with full credit for the training you have done.
  • Do I want to be qualified to use and teach full studio repertoire using equipment and apparatus?
    If you are looking at a full-time career, then the Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction is your entry level qualification. You will become competent in a vast range of repertoire on all the Studio apparatus as well as small apparatus and Matwork.The Diploma of Pilates is also a prerequisite for the Advanced Diploma which then articulates to Bachelor Degrees.
  • Do I want to look to a future career as an educator/mentor, rehab or sports specialist, or earn a degree?
    If this is what you are seeking then after completion of the Diploma you can complete your Advanced Diploma of the Pilates Method which gives you the practical skills and scientific knowledge to become a practitioner, health care advisor or therapist in the field of Pilates. This is the only Pilates qualification in the world that articulates into a University Bachelors degree.

Do I need to start my online course on any particular date?

No. Once your registration is complete and your course materials and online access have been issued you may commence when you are ready.

How do I enrol into a PilatesITC course?

To enrol into a Pilates training program with PilatesITC you are required to complete an Enrolment Form for your chosen course and return to PilatesITC administration , along with supporting evidence and course enrolment fee.

Students can enrol in the Online Distance Learning courses at any time throughout the year. Enrolments for Block/Standard delivery must be submitted prior to the enrolment deadline.

Do I need my Senior First Aid as a pre requisite to enrol?


You will be required to obtain your Senior First Aid certificate as a requirement of membership to the Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA) and for insurance and employment purposes in the Pilates industry.

What is required for Work Experience?

Work experience hours are practical hours devoted to applying the course content in a studio environment. For each accredited training program, students are required to complete a set number of work experience hours.

All students will commence with observation-type work experience. Once a student has completed a series of learning tasks and observation hours they will, on an individual basis, be cleared to commence teaching-type work experience under the guidance of a supervisor.

Where can I do work experience?

You may arrange to undertake ALL your work experience hours with PilatesITC in conjunction with our PilatesINT and WellFit Work Experience Sties, or at a specific Work Experience Facilitation Site (WEFS).  If consistent hours with specific teachers helps you with your course completion then make your arrangements to stay with the same site/s.  However, some students find it beneficial to get a variety of input or to have a variety of options for completing work experience hours.  It’s best to work out a schedule that you can stick to that helps you get the experience that best supports your learning.

Click here for approved WEFS.

Can I do work experience at other studios?

Students wishing to conduct their work experience hours at a non-PilatesITC / Pilates International site that is not currently approved as a WEFS may request for that particular studio to apply to become a WEFS. The studio or centre must be approved by PilatesITC management before they can take students for work placement.

As an RTO, PilatesITC needs to ensure that the Pilates workplace is suitable for a work placement student. To do this PilatesITC needs to ensure that the workplace complies with relevant state/territory WH&S regulations and codes of practice. PilatesITC has a legal duty of care to students. Students on a work placement must be informed about the work related risks, and it is the WEFS duty to inform them.

Applications to become a WEFS are available from PilatesITC Administration.

Is support available if I need it while studying online?

PilatesITC is aware that all students need mentoring and support to make them a competent teacher, and offer a range of support services to help students achieve this.  We have a large network of Work Experience Facilitation sites (WEFS) throughout Australia where students can complete their work experience requirements.  We also have a student forum on facebook where students can keep in touch with their trainers, mentors and peers, and offer monthly Student Clinics where students can meet face-to-face with a faculty member and ask questions, gain information and feedback and discuss programming and application as required. Faculty members and instructors in our studios are also available for private sessions and tutorials for an additional fee, and online support is also consistently available through our administration team who will provide access to faculty members and the Training Manager online or via phone as required at no additional cost.

I live in a remote area. How am I going to get support if I am having difficulty?

PilatesITC is aware that all students need mentoring and support to make them a competent teacher, particularly if they are based regionally and don’t have the same access to faculty members as other students.

In conjunction with our standard support services, PilatesITC offers regional students a monthly student clinic via Skype with one of our faculty members.  These clincis provide students the opportunity to ask questions, gain information and feedback on course requirements and assessments, and work on programming and application. Online support is also consistently available through our administration team who will provide access to faculty members and the Training Manager online or via phone as required.

We also offer regional students flexible arrangements in relation to their work experience hours if there is no suitable work experience facilitation site located in the region. For more information, contact PilatesITC administration.

If my circumstances change can I defer?

A student can defer the course for up to one year at no additional cost in exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances would include debilitating illness, bereavement or tragedy, or other similar misfortune. Generally, deferment and extensions will not be granted for reasons such as heavy workloads, personal circumstances, holidays, computer or printer problems or minor medial aliments.

Students who wish to defer studies must notify PilatesITC in writing as soon as practical, including reasons for requesting deferment and intended time of deferment. Deferment will be granted at the discretion of the Training Manager.

Am I eligible for a PilatesITC Industry Bridging Program?

To be eligible for an Industry Bridging Program, you must have completed a recognised Pilates Industry comprehensive training program.

Recognised industry training programs include those registered with a national or international industry association who are recognised by PilatesITC. To find out if your current non-accredited training certification is eligible, please inquire directly with administration.

PilatesITC delivers bridging programs throughout the year in a combination of online, distance and contact learning, depending upon the bridging requirements identified.

I have completed Pilates Training with a private provider and would like to upgrade to the Diploma. Can I get recognition for training already completed?

Industry professionals who are registered with the Pilates Alliance Australasia may apply for exemption on the repertoire and programming units through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This will take into account past and current industry experience, and knowledge and skills of the PilatesITC approach to repertoire and programming.

It is most likely that applications in this category will be exempt from the work experience and clinic hours component, but still may have to attend the designated training and practical assessment, or in some cases undertake supervised Pilates sessions at PilatesITC to demonstrate competence. It is essential to realise that people in this category will be building on their current knowledge and upgrading to meet competency requirements of the selected unit/s.

Students who wish to apply for a reduced number of practical hours must do so through an RPL process and must provide documented current evidence (within the previous 2-3 year period) to demonstrate competence.

Some industry professionals may be eligible for entry to our Industry Bridging programs.

Are PilatesITC qualifications recognised internationally?


PilatesITC qualifications are recognised internationally by the international industry body the Pilates Method Alliance (USA), and as a formal qualification through a process of recognition that will vary in each country.

Nationally PilatesITC is recognised by the industry peak body the Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA) and by ASQA under the AQF.

What is the difference between an RTO and a Private course provider?

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are providers and assessors for nationally recognised training. Only RTOs can issue Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) qualifications and statements of attainment in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Training delivered by private course providers is not recognised by government, and in many cases are not eligible for industry membership or insurance.

RTOs will display on their course and information materials their RTO number and the National Registered Training and AQF logo.

To see if a training provider is nationally recognised visit training.gov.au

Why do PilatesITC courses take so long to complete, compared to other courses that can be completed in a weekend?

PilatesITC qualifications are extensively researched and developed training programs that provide the highest-level graduate outcomes. Our courses provide all the skills, knowledge and applications of the Pilates Method, including elite training, special populations and advanced clinical applications for rehabilitation and allied health practice.

Our students not only learn theory and repertoire but also gain practical experience teaching through structured work experience hours. These hours give students the opportunity to teach along side with a qualified instructor and put their knowledge into practice. This course requirement ensures that our graduates complete their course as confident instructors able to teach multiple clients and deal with a number of conditions.

The extensive nature of our competency based courses and work experience requirements means they take longer to complete. However, achieving a government recognised qualification means that the qualification will never ‘expire’ as it is a formally recognised outcome rather than a private organisation certificate.

Graduates will need to maintain currency of your skills and knowledge by belonging to their professional industry body and completing professional development requirements, but their qualification will always remain valid.

What is the difference between Certified and Certificate IV?

Certified refers to a non-accredited private education program that does not have recognition outside the training providers network.

Certificate IV refers to a government accredited formal qualification at Level 4 under the Australian Quality Training Framework.

PilatesITC no longer delivers a Certificate IV course outcome, however the Certificate Pilates Matwork provides an accredited outcome in the form of a Statement of Attainment for partial completion of the Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction. The Certificate Pilates Matwork comprises the first six units drawn from the Diploma Pilates.

If this is confusing for you please contact us – we would be happy to provide you with a more in-depth understanding.

What is the difference between a ‘qualified’ and a ‘certified’ instructor?

PilatesITC Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses offer a government registered qualification, so at the successful completion of your course you will receive a formal Transcript and Diploma/Certificate that has a registration number that proves your qualification has been issued by a government registered training organisation.

A certified instructor receives a piece of paper issued by the private organisation they have participated with. This is not a qualification and is not recognised under Australian training frameworks. This is not government recognised.