Professional Matwork and Reformer Instruction Pathway

The Pilates Matwork and Reformer Professional.

The Professional Matwork and Reformer Instruction Pathway draws recognised units of competency from the nationally accredited and internationally recognised, Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10838NAT) equipping Graduates with a Statement of Attainment.

Why Matwork and Reformer?

Unlock the power of Pilates for groups. Learn about Matwork and Reformer systems, tools and fundamental principles, and then how to apply this to develop and deliver a balanced, flowing and functional experience clients (and employers) will love. This Pathway draws two of the core components from the Diploma qualification and is often a springboard from which Students articulate into the full qualification.

It’s so much more than teaching a bunch of moves: our Graduates are comprehensively trained in the Method of Pilates and how to most effectively deliver it in a class setting. Become a great, well-rounded communicator, learn how to balance cueing styles, correctly apply anatomical terminology and conduct yourself professionally in a class and broader Studio environment.

Our Graduates are capable, skilled communicators; critical- and creative-thinkers who understand how to make the Method work for clients.

The Matwork

The heart of the Method: its fundamentals principles underpin much of the apparatus-based repertoire that has followed. Learn how to apply dynamic postural correction and access the patented Pilates International Categorisation© (PIC) programming system to deliver creative, body-balanced and effective workouts for classes of all levels on the Mat, including small apparatus.

The Reformer

Reformer is one of the original, Pilates apparatus: a narrow bed, complete with a sliding carriage, straps and pulleys that are adjusted in resistance by adding or removing loaded springs. Just like Matwork, all exercises on the Reformer are scalable, making this a truly versatile apparatus in a group class setting (and a very popular one!)

With this Professional Instruction Pathway, you’ll learn how to use the patented Studio Pilates International Categorisation© (PIC) programming system to plan and safely deliver creative, corrective and rewarding Reformer classes of all levels for groups.

12 reasons to do your Mat and Reformer with Pilates ITC

Nine-months to new beginnings.

Matwork and Reformer is designed to be completed in nine (9) months based on an average weekly time commitment of four (4) hours per week (min.): a combination of Work Placement (WP) and self-directed learning.

Education for everybody.

There are no pre-requisites: we meet you exactly where you are! Some familiarity with anatomy and physiology is an advantage, but not mandatory.

Flexible fit.

Life doesn’t stop! This Pathway has been tried and tested to be completed parallel to a full-time work commitment. Find your fit with an assessment schedule that works for your life!

The best of all worlds.

This Pathway picks the best bits of digital and in-person learning so you enjoy a supported, versatile learning experience. Access a wealth of online resources and plenty of opportunity to get hands-on with the Method and collaborate with peers, in an Educator-supported environment.

Employers prefer.

Skilled, capable and ready to teach: our Graduates are in high-demand for group classes at home and abroad. Many Students are snapped up even before they finish their course! (more on this later!)

Work anywhere.

Teach in all settings: Pilates Studios, gyms, wellness tourism, community halls, from home, in a mobile arrangement, for corporates, alongside Allied Health (in clinics), in schools: group classes, Studio, and more!

Backed by science.

A health- and fitness qualification that’s backed by science. The 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 lineage and legacy, but also explore how it interacts with contemporary movement theory, art, science and kinematics.

Articulate to the Diploma.

Loved your learning experience? Complete your qualification! Articulation to the full Diploma is available to Matwork and Reformer Grads, or equivalent (via RPL). Articulation Students complete five (5) Studio units, and learn how to use the full complement of apparatus in a Studio setting with a scope of applications from pregnancy, through to rehabilitation and elite level conditioning.

We go further together.

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

Always learning, in all ways.

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

Finance your future.

We are the only Pilates training organisation in Australia offering finance because we believe following your dreams 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.

Learn how to apply the Pilates repertoire for Introductory, Basic, Progressive and Intermediate levels in group Matwork and group Reformer settings, including small apparatus. That’s 169 exercises in total:

  • Matwork. (51)
  • Matwork with small props (62):
    • Fitball
    • Foam roller
    • Weights and poles
    • Magic circle
    • Ped-a-pul
    • Theraband
  • Reformer (56)

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.

Communication is the heart of teaching!

  • 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 Studio settings.

Pilates ITC Grads are ready to teach. They have a sound understanding of the operational demands and expectations of the Studio environment, including key safety considerations:

  • How to care for and maintain apparatus.
  • Self-care as an Instructor.
  • Manual handling techniques.
  • Hygiene protocols.
  • How to safely instruct clients.
  • 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.

Course Structure

There are three central components of the Diploma course:

Get hands-on with the “nuts + bolts” of the Pilates Method in a blended lecture-workshop format. Led by Pilates ITC Educators, you will explore:

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

On-the-job learning: observe the Method in action and practice applying your knowledge.

  • Observation hours (35): watch and learn!
  • Teaching hours (110): practice teaching friends, family and other Students (self-scheduled); and by co-instructing (shadowing) with qualified Instructors.
  • Teaching Clinics (optional at additional charge): consolidate teaching skills and expedite teaching hours under supervision.
Self-directed learning

The “studying” part. Access our mixed-media resource library to work your assessment schedule on your own time, 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 (2), written examinations (2) and practical assessments (2).
  • Self-mastery: the doing part! Experiencing the Method in your own body is essential to the process! Enhance your learning experience with one group class per week according to Stage (Matwork, Reformer) as a minimum for the duration of your course. But more is always better!

How It Works —

Get started today.

Complete your induction to access your 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.

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

Work your schedule.

Map out a WP and course work commitment of four (4) hours per week to keep yourself on track to graduate in nine (9) months. Tip: make use of Teaching Clinics to consolidate your learning and expedite WP hours.


Complete and teach.

Finalise your assessments for each stage (Matwork, then Reformer) according to your course schedule, submit your WP log and self-directed learning tasks and you are ready to teach out in the real world!


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.

Where 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.$4,500

$4,500 total course price: including $600 deposit. Student finance is available through Study Loans.

• A complete qualification that’s yours for life: no expiration.
• Units of competency drawn from the Diploma.
• Qualification to teach group Matwork and Reformer.
• 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!

TCs can be added to your schedule any time for only $75 per session: booked at point of enrolment or later at your convenience.

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

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Matwork and Reformer + Small Apparatus

SA 2020/21






September 2021