Professional Matwork and Small Apparatus Instruction Pathway

Matwork + Small Apps.

Become a Pilates Matwork professional with one comprehensive, accredited qualification – in-Studio and online. It’s the heart of the Method: learn how to apply the Matwork with Small Apparatus to create functional, feel-good movement experiences for groups.

Why the Matwork + Small Apps?

The Specs.

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


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

Ausactive CECs: 15

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. This Pathway’s 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!

The Mat Pro.

On completion you’ll be equipped to teach:

  • Group Matwork + Small Apps.

Strategic inclusion of Small Apparatus – also known as Small Props – can elevate your program, help scale the repertoire (accessibility) and boost the overall creative-fun factor of Matwork and Reformer classes. In this Pathway we learn how to intelligently incorporate: the Blue Ball (Pilates Ball), Fitball, Magic Circle (Pilates Circle), TheraBand, Foam Roller, Toning Balls/Hand-Weights, and Dowel Pole.

The Matwork.

It’s so much more than teaching a bunch of exercises on the floor, it’s the heart of the Method and its principles underpin much of the apparatus-based repertoire that follows! Learn how to effectively deliver the Matwork in a class setting using our secret, Pilates weapon: the Pilates International Categorisation© (PIC) Programming System. With PIC you will learn how to develop and deliver the perfect Matwork experience for groups of all levels: balanced, flowing, functional and addictive! PLUS gain skills in creative application of Small Apparatus.

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 heart of your practical, in-person learning component: a blend of workshop and lecture, this is where you get hands-on with the course content in an Educator- and peer-supported environment.

Work your schedule.

Map it out! Progress through your online coursework at your own pace. Create a Work Placement (WP) and Self-Mastery schedule to keep yourself moving through your coursework; and own your learning adventure.

Complete + go!

  1. Finalise your assessments for each subject area.
  2. Complete and submit your Work Placement (WP) requirement.
  3. Congratulations, you’re a Pilates Instructor. Go forth and teach!

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
    • 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

What's involved?
Course Delivery.

It’s Pilates University. 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: 20 hours total.

Teaching: 70 hours total.

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 Pathway (6-months).




Pay off your course in interest free instalments. Make an initial deposit of $650 followed by 10 x fortnightly instalments of $330.

  • An accredited, internationally recognised qualification that’s yours for life: no expiration.
  • Units of competency.
  • The complete set of 3 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 listings!


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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