Professional Matwork Instruction Pathway

The Pilates Matwork Professional.

The Professional Matwork 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 the Matwork?

Master the (Pilates) Matwork and unlock the power of the Method for groups. You’ll learn about Pilates systems, tools and fundamental principles and then how to apply this responsively to deliver a balanced, flowing and functional experience clients (and employers!) will love. This Pathway draws key components from the beginning of the Diploma and strategically positions Students for articulation to Reformer, or the full qualification.

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

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

The heart of our courses.

Let’s start at the very beginning. At Pilates ITC, we all start with the Matwork!

Why? It’s the heart of the Method. Matwork fundamental principles underpin much of the apparatus-based repertoire that has followed. Learn how to apply dynamic postural correction and access the Pilates International Categorisation© (PIC) programming system to deliver creative, balanced and effective workouts for classes of all levels on the mat, including small apparatus.

12 reasons to get your Matwork with Pilates ITC

Six-months to new beginnings.

Matwork is designed to be completed in six (6) months based on an average weekly time commitment of four (4) hours per week: combined 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! All Pilates ITC courses have been designed to be completed parallel to a full-time work commitment, so your new beginning is never out of reach (logistically)! 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 truly supported learning experience. Access a wealth of online resources and plenty of opportunities to get hands-on with the Method and collaborate with Educators and peers.

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 finalise 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 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 explore how it interacts with contemporary movement theory, art, science and kinematics.

Articulation options.

Loved your learning experience? Add Reformer or complete your qualification by articulating to the full Diploma (via RPL)!

We go further together.

Our power is our people! 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 certificate is in 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 education provider 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.


What will I learn?

  • History of the Method.
  • Pilates principles.
  • Anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.

What can you do with this Pathway?

Learn how to apply the Pilates repertoire for Introductory, Basic, Progressive and Intermediate levels in for a Matwork group class setting, 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

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.

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.
  • Instructor self-care.
  • 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.

Course Structure

There are three components to this Pathway:
Course Delivery (compulsory).

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 (20): watch and learn!
  • Teaching hours (70): 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 resources to work your assessment schedule on your own time, at your own pace.

  • Course work: keep up with reading, written tasks (e.g. programming) and self-audit.
  • Assessments: stick to the plan to prepare for your assignment (1), written exam (1) and practical assessment (1).
  • Self-Mastery (SM): the doing part! Experiencing the Method in your own body is essential to the process! Add context to and enhance your learning experience with one group Matwork class per week, 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 your pre-required reading, self-directed learning tasks and even your Work Placement (WP) ahead of your first contact day.

Meet the family.

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

Work your schedule.

Map out a weekly WP and coursework commitment to keep yourself on track to graduate. Tip: register for (optional) Teaching Clinics to consolidate your skills and expedite completion of WP hours.

Complete and teach.

Finalise your assessments, submit your WP log and self-directed learning tasks and you are ready to go teach Matwork in the big wide 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.$3,500

$3,500 total course price: including $600 deposit. Student finance is available through Study Loans.

• A complete qualification that’s yours for life: no expiration.
• Six (6) units of competency drawn from the Diploma.
• Qualification to teach group Matwork.
• 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 at your convenience.

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

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Matwork + Small Apparatus

TAS 2021
October 2021