Matwork Course



The Studio Pilates Matwork Course is our foundation course and is the entry level course for you to launch your new career as a Pilates instructor.  This course combines both an extensive online training centre and a practical course over 4 days. After completing this course, you will be a fully certified matwork instructor who is able to work in Pilates studios, gyms, town halls, parks and more!

In this course, you will learn over 88 beginner to intermediate Pilates matwork exercises. You will also learn about spinal problems, posture, core stability, Pilates for pregnancy, muscle imbalances and muscle recruitment/activation. At the end of the course, you will have the skills to use Pilates with individual clients for both rehab and toning, and also take a Pilates matwork class in a large group setting.


Online Pre-Course Study (40 Hours)

The online study for this course involves performing sample matwork workouts, reading through your manual, watching practical exercise workshop videos (one video workshop for each of the 88 exercises included in the course), and watching videos on programming, muscle activation, the Pilates basics, common injuries, pregnancy, how to perform physical corrections and much more! As a part of this study, you will also complete an online, multiple choice exam.

You complete this online study in full (40 hours) before attending the 4 day practical course.


Live Practical Course (4 Days) – Completed in Person or Fully Online via Zoom

Because of the online, pre-course study, you come into the 4 day practical course with a really solid understanding of the exercises. The practical course is then all about workshopping the exercises further. We look at how to make them harder, how to make them easier, how to ensure the correct muscles are activating and how to modify each exercise for a range of injuries and pregnancy.

The course is extremely practical and you are actually practising your instructing for a vast majority of the course. Whether you complete the practical course fully online via Zoom or face to face, you will be split into small groups where you practise instructing your partner through the exercises and they practise instructing you. All while your course facilitator provides you with targeted and individual feedback.


Online Post-Course Study (10 Hours)

After completing the practical course, you will jump back online to complete a few final hours of online study from the comfort of home.



Whether you complete the practical course face to face or online via Zoom, the course is still delivered in the exact same way. There is absolutely no difference in the content that is covered or in the online video resources which you receive as a part of your learning. For more on the difference between completing the practical course via Zoom or face to face, click here.



If completing the course fully online, there are a few things that you will need, including –

  • Having a relatively new computer (you are not able to use a phone or tablet as the screen is not large enough)
  • Access to a light, quiet and private space for the duration of the course
  • Ideally have hard copies of the course manuals
  • Meet some minimum internet speed requirements (15 mbps in downloads and 5 mbps in uploads)

We require these minimum internet speed requirements if completing the course fully online because you will move in and out of breakout rooms in Zoom during the course. If your internet isn’t fast enough, your connection may drop out or  be blurry, which affects not only your learning, but also affects the learning of other students in the course who are trying to see your body and instruct you through an exercise.

However, these requirements are not needed if choosing the combination learning option.



  • Comprehensive online training centre (148 videos)
  • Course manual (496 pages)



  • You receive access to Australia’s most comprehensive online training resource which not only contains videos on Pilates principles, postural assessments, health and safety, learning modalities, pregnancy and common injuries, but also workshops every single Pilates exercise which you will cover in your course.
  • Enrol with confidence that you are gaining your Pilates certification from the leaders in Pilates instructor training
  • Benefit from physiotherapy based learning and courses based on the latest science as it relates to core muscle activation
  • Learn the practical skills needed to become a world-class Pilates instructor
  • Learn how to instruct or “cue” your clients effectively so that they understand the exercises straight away
  • Learn how to program a Pilates class for general fitness as well as for specific injuries



  • Learn over 88 basic-intermediate Pilates exercises
  • Learn about the history and basic principles of Pilates
  • Learn about common spinal injuries and using Pilates for rehabilitation
  • Learn about programming for athletes and advanced clients and how to challenge your clients’ core
  • Learn about correct muscle activation of the deep core stabilisers
  • Assessment and correction of poor movement patterns
  • Assessment of posture and core stability
  • Become familiar with the Studio Pilates cueing formula/methods of instruction, imagery, demonstration, voice projection and variation
  • Learn about pre/post pregnancy workouts and women’s health related issues
  • Learn how to take a large group class safely and give different levels


As a prerequisite to enrolling in this course, you –

  1. Must be enrolled in or have completed the Studio Pilates Anatomy Course or that of equivalent studies in Human Anatomy and Physiology
  2. Have access to high speed internet (ADSL 2+ or Cable) as well as an up to date web browser to stream online video content



This course has been approved by a number of leading health and fitness bodies. If you are a member of any of the following health or fitness bodies, you are able to claim professional development points upon completion of this course.

  • 15 CECs through AUSactive (AUS)*
  • 3 PDPs through Physical Activity Australia (AUS)
  • 15 PDPs through Exercise and Sports Science Australia (AUS)
  • 20 CPEs through Massage and Myotherapy Australia (AUS)**
  • 20 CECs through REPs (NZ)
  • 12.5 CEUs through AFAA (USA)
  • 1.9 CEUs through NASM (USA)
  • 3.4 CECs through ACE (USA)
  • Health Practitioners – earn CPD hours through AHPRA (AUS) to maintain annual registration

*You must be a registered Personal Trainer and/or Group Exercise Instructor in order to attain AUSactive CECs, Fitness Pilates Instructors and Pilates Method Teachers are also eligible for CECs. The Matwork Programming and Progressions Course must also be completed to be recognised as a Fitness Pilates Instructor.

** If you hold a Certificate IV in Massage and are registered with AAMT, you can claim the full 20 CPE points upon also completing the Studio Pilates Anatomy Course. Members with a Diploma of Massage are not required to complete the Anatomy Course as a prerequisite



As a part of this course, you are assessed in a variety of ways –

  • Self mastery log (where you physically perform a number of workouts and log these hours)
  • 1 online pre-course exam (multiple choice)
  • Practical assessment on the practical course
  • 1 online post-course exam (multiple choice)
  • Observation log (where you watch a number of pre-recorded workouts taken by master instructors and log these hours)

The practical assessment takes place on the last day of your practical course (either via Zoom or face to face). For this practical assessment, you will instruct a number of exercises to a small group of people on the course with you. You will be assessed on both your technical knowledge of the exercises and your ability to instruct or “cue” them effectively using the Studio Pilates Cueing Formula.



Course Video

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Our Course Facilitators



  • Amazing! You will learn so much, gain confidence, get constructive criticism AND support at the same time. Wonderful people and fantastic instructors. I recommend it to ANYONE!! I will continue to complete more courses
    Alle Johnson
  • One of the most comprehensive and enjoyable courses that I have attended.
    Angela Mills
  • As a remedial massage therapist having never instructed a class, I have found the Matwork Course incredibly inspirational, informative, and an asset to my business.
    Anna Hill – Massage Therapist
  • The course was excellent - the instruction was very clear, concise and thorough and the facilities were good. Enjoyable and fun yet learned so much at the same time. I would certainly recommend this course to other PTs as an essential course to do not only to learn to teach Pilates but also about body, injuries and core stability.
    Cheryl Turner – Fitness Trainer
  • This course is amazing. A very intelligent concept that honours Joseph Pilates' foresight and a revolutionary way of exercising.
    Gail Hedley
  • Studio Pilates has changed my life and the life of my Personal Training career.
    Gerri Quirke – Personal Trainer
  • I found this course so informative, practical and functional. I had done a Pilates course previously with another physiotherapy specific Pilates company, and feel like this course was much more comprehensive. It taught more exercises and went into more detail about each exercise. It contained more information about specific injuries and exercise prescription for injuries, and it also taught me how to actually instruct and teach the exercises.
    Jeannie Kim – Physiotherapist
  • Studio Pilates is not just another CEC course, it's a career! The course sets you up for all types of injuries and not only gives you exercises but credibility and knowledge. Love, love, loved this course!
    Jessica Combe
  • The Matwork Course has helped me in my work as a personal trainer and given me instant skills to use with clients 1:1 and in a group situation.
    Julie Anderson – Personal Trainer
  • Studio Pilates really delivered on the Matwork Course, our instructor was exceptional, the process of booking in through to course end and assessment was thorough, professional and exactly what was outlined at the beginning. You will certainly come away feeling empowered and ready to teach.
    Karen Breznikar
  • The Matwork course was everything it was set out to be - a hands on, practical course that had me feeling like a professional instructor from day one. I thoroughly enjoyed the content and people I met throughout the weekend. I was highly recommend this course for anyone who is wanting to either improve their own technique or instruct classes.
    Karen Laing
  • The course facilitators made this course for me: their passion and enthusiasm is remarkable!
    Kelsey Armstrong
  • The course gives you the confidence and skills to step straight out into delivering high quality Pilates classes.
    Kelsie Hewitt – Musculoskeletal Therapist
  • The training from Studio Pilates is superb; this is a thorough, integrated and well-supported course. I feel confident in my ability to lead a class now; the combination of reading, videos and face-to-face practice make for a really well-rounded learning experience. You will love it!
    Kris Tulloch
  • Fantastic company to deal with. They offer great support and learning materials.
    Lauren MacPhail
  • I cant think of anything I would fault with the course - this is the best and most thorough course I have ever done.
    Lee C – Personal Trainer
  • I would highly recommend this Pilates course. As a physio I found this course very informative. It placed high emphasise on the set up, programming, injuries and detailed analyse on technique required to perform the Pilates exercises.
    Lindsay O – Physiotherapist
  • The course was fantastic and the content was well delivered, I have learned a lot from the experience. The course has given me confidence in my ability and knowledge to instruct Pilates classes and I can't wait to get started!
    Lucy Hyde
  • I had already qualified as a Pilates Instructor through another training course and have done quite a few work shops over the years, but felt I needed to do a refresher. I am so glad I found Studio Pilates, the course was so much more professional, just love the on-line training videos. Staff very supportive and helpful. I have learned so much more and am already lined up for more training.
    Mandy Tomlinson
  • The Matwork Course gave me the skills and confidence to be able to walk away from it ready to teach and keen to learn more!
    Mel Lush
  • I thought I knew everything about core stability, only to find out there is so much more to learn! The course has helped me greatly in taking clients who have injuries and also in adding more variety to my sessions I loved it and found it so worth while.
    Mel Thompson – Personal Trainer
  • As an already qualified Matwork Pilates instructor, I was so impressed and delighted with all of the extra additional information I received on the Studio Pilates Matwork Course. The information and detail by far surpassed what I had already learned and has made me a far better instructor.
    Mickie Du Boulay
  • It is no exaggeration to say this course experience was transformative–both professionally and personally. This course will long remain a high point of my life.
    Nasrin Al-Khani – Personal Trainer
  • This was the best course that I have done. It was presented well and it was very engaging. Loved this course.
    Rachelle Tallon
  • One of the best courses I have been on. Our instructor passed on all her knowledge and passions. A positive and encouraging environment.
    Rebekah Baker
  • This is actually the best course I've ever completed.
    Robyn Stevens
  • This course has given me more confidence and variety to teach my chiropractic patients the correct exercises according to their conditions.
    Sabena Najim – Chiropractor
  • Studio Pilates is the FIRST place I would recommend to any of my friends to undertake a Pilates course.
    Susa Wyne-Hoelscher