• Outcome: Reformer Instructor
  • Pre-Requisites for Entry: Recognised Matwork qualification/certification
  • Duration: 2-4 months
  • Statement of Attainment: Yes. Three units as partial completion of the Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction

The Comprehensive Reformer Course is an add-on course for anyone already training in Pilates Matwork by a recognised training provider. It provides the practical skills and related knowledge required to become a competent and effective Reformer instructor who can work autonomously within defined range, under limited supervision in a one-on-one through to group capacity, with low risk apparently healthy clients, from introductory to intermediate level.

The Comprehensive Reformer subjects include:

  • Client management, assessment and instructing techniques
  • Systematic approaches to Pilates Reformer programming
  • Pilates repertoire Reformer from introductory to intermediate level
  • Exercise planning and programming for clients from introductory to intermediate level using the Reformer

What’s next after Reformer?

Many students enjoy going straight to work in the Pilates industry after graduating with their Certificate and teaching Matwork and Reformer classes. Others choose to immediately resume their studies and complete the full Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT). The choice is yours – simply depends on your lifestyle, commitments and career aspirations.

What will I learn?

Participants completing the course will learn how to:

  • Plan and program introductory to intermediate level classes on the Reformer
  • Prepare and instruct Pilates Reformer programs to one-on-one or small group format from introductory to intermediate levels
  • Lead and instruct Pilates Reformer exercises for clients with postural needs
  • Client management, assessment and instructing techniques

The Comprehensive Reformer provides an accredited outcome of three units of competency drawn from the Diploma Pilates. Graduates will receive a Statement of Attainment outlining their accredited outcome.

Units of competency

(Drawn from the Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction 10537NAT)
1. PILREF501B Instruct the Pilates studio introductory to basic Reformer repertoire
2. PILREF502B Instruct the Pilates studio progressive Reformer repertoire
3. PILREF503B Instruct the Pilates studio intermediate Reformer repertoire

How is the course delivered?

The Comprehensive Reformer Course is delivered through a combination of directed distance learning, off-the-job contact, on-the-job professional work experience, and self-directed learning, which can be broken down as follows:

  • Directed Distance Learning: online, workbooks and assessment tasks
  • Workshops:
    • 1-day face-to-face workshop, 9am-5pm
  • Work experience: 60 hours of on-the-job practical observation and teaching. These are commonly divided between 20 observation and 40 teaching/assisting hours.
  • Self-Directed Learning: includes self review and self mastery. For self-mastery (own workouts) students are required to maintain a schedule of a minimum of 1 supervised session per week for the duration of the course.

Participants can choose to complete the course on a Part Time basis over 6 months or Full Time over 3 months.

Participants will be required to work from PilatesITC online materials, repertoire workbooks, and other materials, in conjunction with required texts, to complete the distance learning aspects of the course. Contact sessions will be face-to-face.

How is the course assessed?

All courses are assessed through a variety of methods in alignment with the principles of competency-based training. This will include practical teaching demonstrations, written assignments, projects and case studies, and online exams. More detailed information regarding assessments will be provided upon enrolment. Note: students studying the standard delivery will need to have access to recording/videoing equipment for practical teaching demonstrations.

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum pre-requisites and requirements for entry into this course are Certificate of Pilates Matwork Instruction, or recognised equivalent.

This course does not contain limitations on access and equity, however, PilatesITC reserves the right to refuse an application if there is reasonable evidence to suggest that the applicant is physically incapable of carrying out the normal requirements of Pilates training practice.

Delivery dates

For delivery dates for all PilatesITC courses see:

PilatesITC 2017 End of year Oct-Dec2017_Course_Workshop_Schedule_V5

For 2018 course contact dates see our PilatesITC_2018_Course_Workshop_Schedule


Course fees and payment plans

PilatesITC offers a range of payment plans to assist you in financing your study.  Course fees can be paid in larger monthly instalments over a shorter period of time to receive a discounted rate, or in smaller monthly instalments over an extended period of time.  Course fees and payment plan options of the Comprehensive Reformer are:





Course fees include, all student manuals and online materials, attendance at scheduled contact days, student clinics, up to two attempts at any one assessment, and where required assistance with placement for work experience. 

Additional costs include, practicum intensives, supervised workouts, purchasing required texts, student member ship with industry body, private tutorials, personal extras, sundries, travel and accommodation (if required), and assessment re-sit fee after two attempts at any one assessment.

Employment after graduation

Graduates of the Comprehensive Reformer Course will find employment in Pilates studios, health centres, community centres and allied health centres as a Pilates Matwork and Reformer instructor of the highest caliber.

Government Accreditation Standards

This course provides a Statement of Attainment as partial completion of the Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT), providing graduates with the recognition of having completed three accredited units of competency drawn from the Diploma course. This course may also be undertaken as a non-accredited course with no formal outcome. This is not a formal qualification outcome but a grouping of units drawn from the Diploma Pilates.

For more information regarding studying with PilatesITC, including work experience, please refer to our Student Information page and Student Handbook, or contact us.