Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction

The complete Pilates toolbox.

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.

Why the Diploma?

All approaches: it’s the complete Pilates toolbox. Pilates ITC Students at this level gain skills in the science of human movement and the application of the Pilates Method in group class, and using the full complement of Pilates apparatus in a Studio setting

Unlock the power of the Method. Understand its systems, tools and fundamental principles and learn how to apply this responsively to provide a corrective Pilates experience with a broad scope of applications from low-risk special conditions like pregnancy, through to rehabilitation and elite-level conditioning.

Our Diploma Students are comprehensively trained. They’re capable, skilled communicators; critical- and creative-thinkers who understand how to make the Method work for clients.

Pilates ITC Graduates understand their scope of practice and have a global understanding of where they fit and can be most useful in the Allied Health chain, making this qualification compatible with and complementary to other science-based discourses and professional industries.

11 reasons to get your Diploma with Pilates ITC

12-months to new beginnings.

The Diploma is designed to be completed in 12-months based on an average weekly time commitment of four (4) hours per week of combined on-the-job (Work Placement) and Self-Directed Learning (SDL).

Education for every body.

While some familiarity with anatomy and physiology is an advantage, there are no pre-requisites for the Diploma. We meet you exactly where you are!

Flexible fit.

Life doesn’t stop! That’s why the Diploma has been designed to be completed parallel to a full-time work commitment. Let us help you find your fit and make your course work for you!

The best of all worlds.

The Diploma picks the best bits of digital and in-person delivery so you enjoy a truly supported versatile learning experience. Students have access to a wealth of online resources and plenty of opportunities to get hands-on with the Method and collaborate with peers and Educators.

Employers prefer.

Skilled, capable and ready to teach: our Graduates are in high-demand at home and abroad. Our Students are snapped up by employers quick smart! You don’t have to wait until the end to go teach: Students are cleared to work at the completion of each Stage of coursework (but more on this later.)

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.

Our Students have access to the most current teacher training applications delivered by leading Educators, in some of the finest facilities 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.

We go further together.

Our power is our people, and we believe the best professional outcomes are achieved in a supported learning environment. Build lasting relationships with your peers and Educators. Find a Mentor. Engage with industry leaders. And graduate with connections that will serve you for the life of your career. We are with you, all the way.

Always learning, in all ways.

The learning doesn’t stop when you’ve got your certificate in hand. Pilates is an intelligent system and the human body is complex: we believe in Continuing Education (CE) for life!

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!


Pilates Fundamentals.

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

But what can you teach with this qualification?

Learn how to apply the Pilates repertoire for Introductory, Basic, Progressive and Intermediate-levels in group Matwork, group Reformer and Studio Pilates (private, duet and semi-private) settings using the full complement of Pilates apparatus. That’s 270 exercises in total:

  • Matwork. (51)
  • Matwork with small props: (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

There are three components to the Diploma:
Course Delivery (compulsory).

Get hands-on with the “nuts + bolts” of the Pilates Method in-person. These sessions are led by Pilates ITC Educators and explore:

  • Pilates theory.
  • Repertoire.
  • Dynamic postural analysis and biomechanics.
Work Placement.

Your on-the-job learning! Watch, practice, explore.

Observation hours (100): watch and learn observing the pros at work.

Teaching hours (200): practice teaching friends, family and other Students (self-scheduled); and co-instructing (shadowing) qualified Instructors.

Teaching Clinics (optional): hone teaching skills, boost confidence and expedite teaching hours under supervision.

Self-Directed Learning.

The “studying” part. Access our mixed-media resources to work your assessment schedule at your own pace.

  • Course work: keep up with reading, written tasks (eg: programming) and self-audit.
  • Assessments: stick to the plan to prepare for your assignments (3), written examinations (3) and practical assessments (3).
  • Self-mastery: the doing part! Experiencing the Method in your own body is essential to the teaching process! Diploma Students are required to do one group class or Studio session per week, as a minimum, according to Stage of study (Matwork, Reformer, Studio) for the duration of your course. But more is always better!

How It Works —

Make a start.

Complete your induction and away you go! Access our digital resources and make a start on pre-required reading, self-directed learning tasks and even Work Placement (WP) ahead of your first contact session.

Meet the family.

Your in-person contact sessions (compulsory) are a blend of lecture and workshop formats where you Students get hands-on with course content in an Educator and peer-supported environment.

Work your schedule.

Map out a Work Placement (WP) and coursework commitment of four (4) hours per week (min.) to keep yourself on track to graduate in 12-months. Tip: make use of Teaching Clinics to consolidate your learning and expedite WP hours.

Complete and teach.

Finalise your assessments for each Stage according to your course schedule. Submit your WP log and self-directed learning tasks. And you are free to go out in the world and teach!


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Honouring your experience.

If you have completed Pilates Instructor training with another education body, or have other formal movement- or science-based qualification(s) from Australia or overseas you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

RPL can be applied to credit your existing experience against accredited Pilates ITC units to expedite your course completion (and save you money in the process!); OR to honour your experience in non-accredited Pilates courses, and set you up to formalise your existing qualification.

How do you begin?

RPL is a thorough and personalised process, our team is on hand to walk you through your options and find your best fit with Pilates ITC.

In the mean time, learn some more here or give us a call on (08) 9330 4570 before you hit enrol!


The dollars and cents.$7,200

$7,200 total course price. $600 deposit then $1100 per month for six (6) months. Student finance is available through Study Loans.

• A complete qualification that’s yours for life: no expiration.
• 20 units of competency.
• Qualification to teach group Matwork, group Reformer, and Studio Pilates in private (1:1) and semi-Private (3:1) settings.
• Administrative and Educator support, whenever you need it!
• Access to the finest Pilates facilities in the country via our affiliate network.
• A Pilates ITC Student T-shirt!
• All assessments included.
• All resources! Access to digital library including repertoire manuals and textbooks.
• Membership of the Student Forum.
• Networking and Continuing Education opportunities.
• Mentoring opportunities!
• Bonus: membership of a connected, supportive Pilates community and new friends for life!

Self-mastery: 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. (Our affiliates generously offer PITC Students discounted rates on SM – however is set at their discretion.)

Teaching Clinics

Meeting self-scheduled teaching hours can be one of the more challenging logistical aspects of Work Placement (finding bodies and time and space to suit all of the above!)

Teaching Clinics (optional) were developed to lighten this load by giving Students more opportunities to workshop their teaching skills in an Educator-supported environment, and bank WP hours in the process.

• Practice on a large group (simulate real-world group class!)
• Work through the aspects of repertoire that are challenging for you.
• Workshop ideas with your peers and Educators.
• Get feedback.
• Feel confident in your teaching skills!

Better still, each Teaching Clinic hour equals two hours of approved teaching experience.

1 hour = 2 hours of teaching experience.

Teaching Clinics run for five (5) hours in total and are delivered in clinic format against set topics (units of competency), so you can complete 10 hours of WP in one session! These sessions can be added to your schedule any time for only $75 per session: booked at point of enrolment or later!

View the complete 2021 Teaching Clinic Schedule for your State or Territory, here.

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