Your Studio Pilates Instructor Certification - What It Means


What type of instructor training does Studio Pilates provide? 

Studio Pilates International provides world-class instructor certification courses to the fitness industry, Allied Health professionals and individuals with no health and fitness background seeking a career change. Our training is streamlined, convienient and modular, giving you flexibility and simplicity with your learning and helping you to get certified sooner. Getting Studio Pilates® certified is made easy with our comprehenisve online training centre which is available to you 24/7 to use before your practical course commences. Our supportive and highly experienced Instructor Trainers will make your course inspiring and fun. 

Studio Pilates® courses are registered with the American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Fitness Australia and many more, which means that a Studio Pilates® course gives you the flexibility to instruct in the USA, Australia and many other parts of the world.

At Studio Pilates® we provide Pilates matwork certification courses,  Pilates reformer certification courses, full Pilates studio certification courses as well as rehab Pilates certification courses for Allied Health professionals.


What makes Studio Pilates instructor training different to other courses?

Practical and Hands on Course Work

The Studio Pilates® instructor courses are both practical and hands on. You will practice teaching the exercises extensively in both one on one and class settings. This practical training makes you a more confident instructor at the end of the day.

Physiotherapy Based Learning

Many Pilates instructor courses do not go through the specific rehabilitation exercises. Our courses cover injury management and rehabilitation in detail. Our courses have been created by physiotherapists and are physio based, but with the traditional Pilates exercises.  As a result, you learn the modern science behind the traditional exercises. We also teach you how to challenge your clients. We have courses specifically tailored for both the clinical setting and the fitness industry so you can be sure your clients receive great results.

Studio Pilates® Cueing Formula

The hardest thing about becoming an instructor is not learning the exercises, but learning how to teach them. Our courses focus on ensuring you are confident to instruct each exercise we focus on teaching you how to teach! We have developed our own cueing formula to help you to teach the exercises effectively and clearly.

Interactive Learning Environment

In your course, you will be able to ask as many questions as you like. The format is interactive, rather than a lecture. The course combines formal learning but it is delivered in an informal manner. Our courses have a great group format and dynamic both the instructor trainers and course participants are there to help each other and learn.
Our courses are not just about the exercises, they also deal with the body posture, core stability, correct activation of core muscles based on the latest research, pregnancy, sample programs that you can use, injury management and programming.

Earn Continuing Education Points

Many of the Studio Pilates® courses are accredited with Fitness Australia, which means that you can earn continuing education points while you study!

Online Training Centre

With many of our courses, you receive access to our exclusive Online Training Centres. These Training Centres contains videos on the entire course content so you can learn it before you come along to the course. This means that when you attend the course, you can focus more on how to instruct well rather experiencing all the exercises for the first time. You can also use the online training centre for your ongoing study - maximising you learning before and after the course!

No Logging of Practical Instruction Hours

The Studio Pilates® courses do not require you to log any practical instruction hours. Everything you need to learn will be taught through the online training centre and during your course.

Modular Courses

Our courses are modular, which means that you can just do the Matwork course if you like. You are not locked in to doing a package of courses. This means that you can teach the exercises that you have learnt straight away after you finish the course.

Stress Free Examination

The examination process is easy and not stressful or scary. We ensure you have all the knowledge to complete your examination before you take it.

Ongoing Career Opportunities and Support

We offer ongoing support to all of our instructors. We also provide job support through advertising job vacancies and sending out job alerts. We also offer a number of career opportunities become a Licensed Instructor to teach Studio Pilates classes in a Licensed gym setting or own your own Studio Pilates franchise!


What is the difference between a certificate instructor training course and a Certificate IV or Diploma in Pilates? 

  Studio Pilates Matwork Certificate

Certificate IV / Diploma in Pilates


40 hours of pre-course study, then a 3 1/2 day practical course

6mths - 12mths to complete

from $990

$4,000 - $5,000

Accredited with a number of Australian and international industry bodies. For a full list of CECs, see below. 

Usually offers CECs         

Modular courses - for example, you can just obtain your Matwork Certification and instruct at the completion of this course. Perfect for if you just want to teach matwork for example and also enables you to earn whilst you learn when you do further modules. 

Usually packaged courses, for example Matwork and Reformer or Matwork and small equipment 


Job Prospects

Able to work in: Pilates studios, Studio Pilates International Platinum franchises, Allied Health clinics, Independent gyms, from your home, in a local park, in a town hall, the major gym chains, such as Fitness First, Goodlife and Fernwood (if you also have a Certificate III or IV in Fitness)

Able to work in: Pilates studios, Allied Health clinics, Independent gyms, Larger gyms, from your home, in a local park, in a town hall


What organisations are Studio Pilates courses accredited with? 

Studio Pilates courses are registered with a number of international accrediting bodies. Please see below for a full list. 


Fitness Australia*
Matwork Level 1 = 15 CECs
Ball, Circle and Band = 4 CECs
Biomechanics and Functional Training for PTs = 6 CECs
Reformer Level 1 = 15 CECs

* You must be a registered Group Exercise/ Gym Instructor in order to attain Fitness Australia CECs

Physical Activity Australia
Matwork Level 1 = 3 PDPs

United States

American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Matwork Level 1 = 3.4 CECs
Pilates for PTs = 4 CECs

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) 
Matwork Level 1 = 1.9 CEUs
Pilates for PTs = 0.4 CEUs

Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
Matwork Level 1 = 12.5 CEUs

New Zealand

Matwork Level 1 = 30 CECs

Is Studio Pilates a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)?

No, Studio Pilates has chosen not to become a Registered Training Organisation in Australia. This is because Studio Pilates has chosen not to offer a Certificate IV or Diploma in Pilates. In Australia, there is no major benefit to training with an RTO or completing a Certificate IV/Diploma versus a certificate program. Training with an RTO means spending approximately $4,000 - $5,000 for a course which takes 6 to 12 months to complete. We recognise that for most people, they want to receive comprehensive and in depth training fast, so that they can begin instructing as soon as possible. Studio Pilates aims to provide students with world class physiotherapy-based learning, in a supportive environment, where you can feel confident to instruct in the shortest time possible. 

How can we do this? Studio Pilates is the only certifying body in Australia to provide in depth online training modules as pre-course study before you come in for your practical course. As a part of our exclusive Online Training Centre, you receive access to digital copies of your manuals, comprehensive online assessment, exercise workshops, and videos which explore common injuries as well as their implications for Pilates.


Do I need to obtain my certification from an RTO in order to get a job? 

Absolutely not. At the end of your Studio Pilates Matwork course, you are eligible to work in Pilates studios, Allied Health clinics which provide Pilates classes, independent gyms, major health clubs (if you also have a Certificate III or IV in Fitness) or from your own home, local park or town hall. 


Do I need a Certificate III or Certificate IV in Fitness in order to get a job? 

No, for a majority of businesses, the minimum certification required is your Studio Pilates Matwork Level 1 certificate.

The only exception to this is if you wish to work for the major gym chains such as Fitness First, Goodlife and Fernwood. To work in these gyms, you do need to have a minimum of a Certificate III or IV in Fitness to be hired based on their internal hiring policies. This is not because the Studio Pilates certification is not recognised by these organisations (Studio Pilates is actually the preferred Pilates Training organisation for these companies), but rather it is purely an internal hiring policy based on these companies' insurance and internal legalities.

If you do not have a Certificate III or IV, you can still work in Pilates studios, in local parks or town halls, out of your own home, and in independent gyms (ie. the local gym down the road). 


Where can I instruct at the end of my Matwork Course?

  • Pilates studios
  • Studio Pilates Platinum franchises
  • Allied Health clinics, such as physiotherapy clinics which provide Pilates classes
  • Independent gyms
  • The major gym chains, such as Fitness First, Goodlife and Fernwood (if you also have a Certificate III or IV in Fitness)
  • From your home
  • Local town hall
  • In a park


Are there any hidden additional costs at the end of my certification? 

The only additional cost at the end of your certification is taking out professional indemnity insurance as a qualified Pilates instructor. Once you complete your Matwork course, we recommend a number of different companies which you can contact for insurance. The annual amount you pay for insurance depends on a number of factors, such as where you plan on instructing, what you are instructing and how much insurance you wish to obtain (ie. $1 million or more). 

If you already have a Certificate III or Certificate IV in Fitness and are registered with Fitness Australia, you are already covered for insurance under your current membership. As such, you will not need to take out any further insurance. 

If you are an Allied Health professional, such as a Physiotherapist, your insurance should cover the Pilates also. 


Does my Studio Pilates instructor certification expire? 

No! Your Studio Pilates instructor certification has no expiry date!


Can I become a Pilates instructor if I don't have any past experience in the health and fitness industry? 

Yes! A large number of people who complete our courses do not have any experience in the health and fitness industry. You can definitely still become a Pilates instructor, your pathway will just be a little different to others already in the industry. Before you complete your Matwork course, you will complete a comprehensive Anatomy and Physiology course which will teach you everything you need to know about bones, muscles and joints in order to be a great Pilates instructor. After completing both the Anatomy and Matwork courses, you will be a qualified Matwork instructor. It is up to you if you then choose to go on and complete additional courses such as Reformer, Advanced Matwork, Ball Circle and Band, Cadillac or Wunda Chair. 


At the end of my course, can I obtain a provider number to provide Private Health Care rebates to my clients? 

For Pilates instructors who are not Physiotherapists, you need to be registered with a Pilates Association such as the Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) or Pilates Alliance Australasia to gain a provider number and offer private health fund rebates. 

The Background

Only a very small number of Private Health Funds in Australia now offer rebates for classes conducted by individuals who are not physiotherapists. This means that a large number of your clients may not be able to claim on your services even if you have a provider number. Whether your clients can claim will depend on their private health fund and if you are registered with that individual health fund. 

What it Takes to Become Registered

In order to become registered with an association and gain a provider number, you must have completed a Certificate IV or Diploma in Pilates from one of the association's recognised training providers (this is different depending on the association you wish to register with). You would then: 

  • Pay an annual fee to be registered with the association (you are usually requried to have the highest level of membership to receive a provider number)
  • Spend additional money every 2 year period completing your association's mandatory continuing education courses (15 continuing education points every 2 years for APMA)
  • Apply to become registered with individual health funds once your association grants you a provider number

Once you have done all of this, you are then only able to offer rebates through the health funds with which your assocation is aligned. If you want to be able to offer more rebates, you may need to become a member of multiple Pilates associations. Each body with which you register would require you to do their approved training courses.

In Summary

Pros of Obtaining a Provider Number Cons of Obtaining a Provider Number
  • You may be able to offer a small rebate to clients (if you are registered with their health fund)


  • You must be registered with a Pilates Association to gain a Provider Number (approximately $300-$400 annually on top of Personal Indemnity Insurance and current First Aid Cert)
  • To become registered with a Pilates Association, you must have completed a Certificate IV or Diploma in Pilates (costing $4,000-$5,000 and taking 6-12 months to complete)
  • To stay registered with a Pilates Association, you are requiredd to complete mandatory continuing education which can be extremely expensive
  • Once you have a provider number, you will only be able to provide your clients with a very small rebate (most health funds in Australia are significantly decreasing the rebate amount for any Pilates instructors who are not Physios)

The Verdict

A majority of our trained instructors choose not to become registered with an association, as the money spent to obtain a provider number does not justify the small rebate only a few of your clients will be able to claim. 

One of the great advantages of Studio Pilates courses is that they are modular. This enables you to gain your certification after completing the Matwork Level 1 course and prevents you from being locked into a long, arduous and expensive Certificate or Diploma program which usually takes 6-12 months to complete and costing $4000-$5000. Studio Pilates courses are accredited with Fitness Australia, Physical Activites Australia and similar bodies in New Zealand and the United States.