10838NAT Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction

The Diploma.

All Pilates approaches in one comprehensive, accredited qualification – in-Studio and online. Learn how to develop creative, functional Pilates experiences for Matwork, Reformer and using the full complement of Studio apparatus in a private or small group setting. Plus specialised study of the Method for special conditions, including pregnancy and post-natal, rehabilitation and elite-level conditioning.

Why The Diploma?

The Triple Threat Pilates Professional.

On completion you’ll be equipped to teach:

  • Group Matwork + Small Apps.
  • Group Reformer + Small Apps.
  • Private, Semi-Private and Duet Studio Pilates.

Diploma-trained Instructors are skilled to teach clients with low-risk special conditions in all the above settings, including:

  • Pregnancy.
  • Post-Natal.
  • Low-risk spinal conditions.
  • Non-acute rehabilitation.
  • Elite-level conditioning.

The Specs.

The Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10838NAT) is a nationally accredited, Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 5 qualification with a professional and internationally recognised outcome. An accredited qualification has quality assurance and is yours for life. The Diploma is recognised and preferred by employers at home (Australia) and overseas.


Pilates ITC is an AUSactive approved education provider; all Courses and Pathways have CECs and PDPs compatible with international and national registration bodies.

Ausactive: 20 CECs


We are also recognised by and affiliated with the Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA) and the RAPP.

Backed by science.

A health- and fitness-qualification that’s backed by science. The Diploma curriculum is informed by modern health and movement science to complement and integrate with Allied Health as an intelligent, corrective fitness modality. We invest in compliance, review and quality improvement to maintain only the highest standard of education and professional outcomes.

Cutting edge-ucation.

You’ll have access to the most current teacher training applications, delivered by leading Educators, in some of the finest Studios in the country. We respect the Pilates Method lineage and legacy, but also explore how it interacts with contemporary movement theory, art, science and kinematics to create a truly comprehensive and intelligent learning experience!

Finance your future.

We are the only Pilates training organisation in Australia offering finance. Why? Following your dream shouldn’t come down to dollars and cents. Learn more at Study Loans, assess your eligibility or use their loan calculator to find a payment structure that works for you!

How it works

Enrol and go!

Select your State and preferred start date; enrol – and you’re good to go! Make a start on your online coursework: wherever you are, whenever you like.

Pilates Campus: Course Delivery.

Course Delivery sessions are the


What will I learn?

  • History of the Method.
  • Pilates principles.
  • Anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.
  • Static and dynamic postural assessment.
  • Dynamic movement assessment techniques.
  • Muscle testing and function.

Pilates repertoire for Introductory, Basic, Progressive and Intermediate-levels in group Matwork, group Reformer and Studio Pilates settings using the full complement of Pilates apparatus. (270 exercises in total.)

  • Matwork. (51)
  • Matwork + Small Apps: (62)
    • Fitball
    • Foam roller
    • Weights and poles
    • Spine corrector
    • Magic circle
    • Ped-a-pul
    • Theraband
  • Reformer. (56)
  • Cadillac. (48)
  • Wunda Chair. (25)
  • Barrels. (28)

Gain skills in Pilates-specific applications for a selection of common, low-risk special conditions including:

  • Pregnancy.
  • Post Natal.
  • Osteoporosis and Osteopenia.
  • Spinal disc pathologies.
  • Tennis Elbow.
  • Patellofemoral syndrome.
  • Arthritic conditions.
  • Whiplash.
  • Scoliosis.
  • Spondylolysthesis.
  • Spondylosis.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis.
  • Ageing population applications.
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome.
  • Piriformis syndrome.

The professional edge – our Students learn how to use the Pilates International Categorisation© (PIC) programming system.

The PIC system equips our Students with the skills to develop and deliver smart, creative and body-balanced workouts that clients love, for:

  • Group Matwork at all levels.
  • Group Reformer at all levels.
  • Studio Pilates: private, duet and semi-private.
  • Initial Consultations (IC).

Communication is the heart of this craft and the Diploma will take your skills to a whole new level:

  • Become a versatile, well-rounded communicator.
  • Learn how to apply balanced cueing styles.
  • Learn how to correctly apply anatomical and biomechanical terminology.
  • Learn about professional conduct in group class and professional settings.
  • Learn about client documentation and administration.
  • Learn about cross referral with Allied Health practitioners.

Pilates ITC Grads have a sound understanding of the operational demands and expectations of the professional Studio environment, including key safety considerations such as:

  • How to care for and maintain apparatus.
  • Self-care as an Instructor.
  • Manual handling techniques.
  • Hygiene protocols.
  • How to safely instruct clients.
  • Pre-exercise screening.
  • Insurance and legal applications.
  • NAT10838001: Apply Pilates Method fundamentals to induction and instruction of Pilates.
  • HLTWHS001: Participate in workplace health and safety.
  • NAT10838002: Plan and instruct a Pilates Matwork class from introductory to basic level.
  • NAT01838003: Plan and instruct a progressive Pilates Matwork class.
  • NAT10838004: Plan and instruct an intermediate Pilates Matwork class.
  • NAT10838005: Instruct the Pilates Studio basic to intermediate small apparatus repertoire.
  • NAT10838006: Instruct the Pilates Studio introductory to basic Reformer repertoire.
  • NAT10838007: Instruct the Pilates Studio progressive Reformer repertoire.
  • NAT10838008: Instruct the Pilates Studio intermediate Reformer repertoire.
  • NAT10838009: Work within a Pilates industry framework.
  • NAT10838010: Use and maintain core Pilates industry equipment.
  • CHCCOM005: Communicate and work in health or community services.
  • CHCCOM006: Establish and manage client relationships.
  • BSBMED301: Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately.
  • NAT1083011: Plan and instruct Pilates Method programming for postural assessment and correction.
  • NAT10838012: Instruct the Pilates Studio introductory to basic Cadillac repertoire.
  • NAT10838013: Instruct the Pilates Studio progressive to intermediate Cadillac repertoire.
  • NAT10838014: Instruct the Pilates Studio introductory to intermediate Wunda Chair repertoire.
  • NAT10838015: Instruct the Pilates Studio introductory to intermediate Barrels repertoire.
  • NAT10838016: Undertake exercise planning and programming for Pilates Method clients.

Course Structure

What's involved?
Course Delivery.

Pilates University. Workshop and get hands-on with the Method and Repertoire in the Studio, led by an Educator.

Work Placement (WP).

On-the-job learning: watch, practice, explore.


Observation: 100 hours.

Teaching: 200 hours.

Self-Directed Learning (SDL).

The “studying” part: online via the Pilates ITC LMS, and off-.

PLUS, Self-Mastery (SM): “doing Pilates”.

One (1) Matwork group class per week (min) for the duration of your Mat-units.


One (1) Reformer group class per week (min) for the duration of your Ref-units.


One (1) Studio Semi-Private per week (min) for the duration of your Studio-units.




Pay off your course in interest free instalments. Make an initial deposit of $1500 followed by 11 x monthly instalments of $905.

  • An accredited, internationally recognised qualification that’s yours for life: no expiration.
  • 20 units of competency.
  • The complete set of 11 x Teaching Clinics.
  • Student T-shirt!
  • All assessments.
  • All resources: online Learning Management System (LMS); Digital Observation Library; Repertoire Manuals and Textbooks, and FREE access to the Complete Anatomy App!
  • Membership of the Student Forum.
  • Continuing Education opportunities.
  • Access to industry job opportunities via the Forum!


Learning the Pilates Method in your own body by doing classes, is compulsory part of your course and attracts additional cost as determined by our Instructor Training- and Work Placement Studios.

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