• Outcome: Pilates Instructor
  • Pre-Requisites for Entry: HSC or equivalent
  • Duration: Approx 12 Months
  • Accredited Course: Yes

The Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction is an entry-level qualification for the Pilates industry. This course is a nationally endorsed and accredited program that provides participants with the knowledge and skills required to competently instruct the Pilates Method of exercise in a professional or specialised studio environment.

Graduates of the Diploma will be well versed in the science of human movement as well as adaptations to given situations and have the creativity to apply solutions in a range of circumstances according to the needs of each individual. They will be able to teach comprehensive Pilates studio work on all apparatus and the mat, with strategies for tailored programming and structured exercise selection for a range of client requirements.

The Diploma course subjects include:

  • History, Concepts and Principles of the Pilates Method
  • Exercise planning and programming
  • Postural analysis and appraisal
  • Applied correction of faulty posture and postural dysfunction
  • Client management, assessment and instructing techniques
  • Work Health and Safety and legal requirements within the Pilates industry
  • Methods of communication in dealing with clients and colleagues
  • Adult learning and instructional techniques for one-on-one and groups
  • Interactions and referrals with other health care professionals
  • Systematic approaches to Pilates Studio and Matwork programming
  • Pilates exercise for special conditions
  • Worth ethics and professional development
  • Pilates repertoire for Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Barrels and Small Apparatus from introductory to intermediate levels

From Diploma to Advanced Diploma

Many students enjoy going straight to work in the Pilates industry after graduating with their Diploma. Others choose to immediately resume their studies and complete the Advanced Diploma of the Pilates Method (10538NAT).  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:

  • Develop, conduct and evaluate Pilates programs.
  • Induct and assess Pilates clients who are apparently healthy or requiring postural address/low risk rehabilitation
  • Prepare and instruct client Pilates sessions in a variety of contexts including: studio private or semi-private, studio group and matwork classes; health centres; gymnasium group classes; home visits; and corporate environments.
  • Instructing clients of a low risk apparently healthy nature including, general conditioning, postural correction, pregnancy, ageing, and low risk referrals from Allied Health network in the Pilates Method.
  • Undertake basic dynamic postural screening using applied biomechanics.
  • Evaluate performance of individual clients or groups and apply teaching methods and instructional styles in a variety of Pilates settings.

Units of competency

1. HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
2. PILPOS402B Plan and instruct Pilates method programming for postural assessment and correction
3. PILMAT401B Plan and instruct a matwork class from foundation to basic level
4. PILMAT402B Plan and instruct a progressive Pilates matwork class
5. PILMAT403B Plan and instruct an intermediate Pilates matwork class
6. PILSMA401B Instruct the Pilates studio basic to intermediate Small Apparatus repertoire
7. HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in the health industry
8. HLTCOM404C Communicate effectively with clients
9. HLTCOM408D Participate in workplace health and safety
10. PILIND501B Work within a Pilates industry framework
11. PILREF501B Instruct the Pilates studio introductory to basic Reformer repertoire
12. PILREF502B Instruct the Pilates studio progressive Reformer repertoire
13. PILREF503B Instruct the Pilates studio intermediate Reformer repertoire
14. PILCAD501B Instruct the Pilates studio introductory to basic Cadillac repertoire
15. PILCAD502B Instruct the Pilates studio progressive to intermediate Cadillac repertoire
16. PILBAR501B Instruct the Pilates studio introductory to intermediate Barrels repertoire
17. PILWCH501B Instruct the Pilates studio introductory to intermediate Wunda Chair repertoire
18. PILPRO502B Undertake exercise planning and programming for a Pilates studio in a variety of situations
19. PILEQU502B Use and maintain core Pilates Industry equipment and apparatus

How is the course delivered?

The Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT) is delivered through a combination of directed distance learning (online and workbooks), off-the-job contact (face-to-face workshops and tutorials), on-the-job professional work experience (observation, training studio and real time assistant teaching), and self-directed learning (including self-review and self mastery).

Participants can choose to complete the Standard Delivery format of the program over 12-18 months, or the Intensive Delivery Format, which provides a fast-track block delivery completion of the course over a 6-12 month period.  The intensive format includes additional contact delivery time and an escalated schedule for all learning and assessment components.

Standard Delivery Intensive Delivery
Directed distance learning (online and workbooks). To be completed in stages at own pace within set timeframes. Directed distance learning (online and workbooks). To be completed in two stages by set deadlines.
Workshops: x2 two-day, and x2 one day workshops, 9am-5pm each day Contact Blocks: x2 five day contact blocks, 9am-5pm each day.
Work experience: 350 hours (observation and teaching hours). To be completed at own pace within set timeframes. Work experience: 350 hours (observation and teaching hours). Minimum 10 hours to be completed per week to meet course requirements.
Supervised Self Mastery hours: One supervised self-mastery Matwork and/or Studio session to be logged per week for duration of course (minimum 50 hours to be completed). Supervised Self Mastery hours: Two supervised self-mastery Matwork and/or Studio session to be logged per week for duration of course (minimum 50 hours to be completed).
Assessments: Written assignments, online exams, and practical teaching demonstrations to be completed by distance in stages at own pace within set timeframes. Plus practical tasks to be completed at workshops. Assessments: Written assignments and online exams to be completed by distance by set timeframes. Practical tasks to be completed at contact blocks, and face-to-face practical teaching demonstrations.

In each delivery format 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 attainment of HSC or equivalent.

PilatesITC also recommends students have completed, or complete concurrently, a basic Anatomy & Physiology course, such as PilatesITC online Anatomy & Physiology course, to support their learning. This is optional.

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:

For 2018 course contact dates see our PilatesITC_2018_Course_Delivery_Schedule_V6


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 installments over a shorter period of time to receive a discounted rate, or in smaller monthly installments over an extended period of time.  Course fees and payment plan options of the Diploma 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 Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10538NAT) will find employment in Pilates studios, health centres, fitness centres, community centres and Allied Health centres as a Pilates instructor of the highest caliber.

Government Accreditation Standards

This course is nationally recognised under the Australian Quality Training Framework. PilatesITC Pty Ltd is a government Registered Training Organisation (RTO No. 40941)

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