Pilates Qualification

Pilates is known to benefit the population of all ages, from those recovering from injuries or suffering pain, to those simply looking for a challenging workout that promotes core strength and flexibility.

With more people turning to Pilates as a safe and effective exercise option, there is a growing demand for qualified Pilates instructors. Anyone who has gone to a Pilates class would know that Pilates is not cheap and it is sometimes challenging to know where to go for high quality instruction!!

How do I discriminate a certified instructor from an uncertified one? I pay the same price for an instructor who has done a weekend course and one who has completed a comprehensive training qualification and spent 6-12 months gaining valuable training and skills.

To be honest after a couple of classes you will know the difference? It’s all in how the class or session is designed and the teaching methodology of the instructor.

Do they move around the class?

Do they use a variety of teaching cues?

Do they give detailed instruction?

How do they manage different levels of experience of participants?

A certified instructor with a government accredited Pilates qualification can definitely assist more clients with varying abilities and is more likely to offer skilled and precise classes that invigorate and inspire all in attendance.

How do I become a Pilates Instructor? And what attributes make a good instructor?

  • Complete an accredited training program
  • Have a strong passion for Pilates
  • Be a self-motivated, people-oriented person who enjoys teaching
  • Love to share your passion and knowledge of Pilates with others
  • Live and breathe the benefits of Pilates in your own body

Can Anyone can be a Pilates instructor?

This is the best part. Pilates is a career option that can be taken at any age due to the adaptability of the method and the variety of exercises and use of the equipment to support all levels of fitness and ability.

Many of our students choose Pilates when considering a career change. It’s a great alternative to sitting at a desk all day. Get paid and keep fit and healthy…….

Pilates is a now impact exercise method designed for versatility and adaptation to any population Anyone can be a Pilates instructor – as long as you have a passion for performing Pilates and for sharing the benefits with other devotees.

The secret to becoming a skilled Pilates practitioner is to study a government accredited training program to a Certificate IV – Australian Qualification Framework Level 4 or Diploma – Australian Qualification Framework Level 5.

A Pilates qualification that is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) is a qualification that will more likely lead to employment. AQF levels and the AQF levels criteria are an indication of the relative complexity and/or depth of achievement and the autonomy required to demonstrate that achievement in your chosen field of study. AQF level 1 has the lowest complexity and AQF level 10 has the highest complexity.

The AQF level summaries are statements of the typical achievement of graduates who have been awarded a qualification at a certain level in the AQF.

The AQF is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework. The AQF underpins the national system of qualifications in Australia and provides a standardisation of education. Any Pilates qualification that is rated through the AQF will represent a quality that ensures your training program is comprehensive and well recognised within the Pilates industry.

Tensegrity Training Pilates qualifications have been endorsed by Pilates Alliance Australasia, a professional association that accepts graduates from registered Education Bodies delivering specialist Pilates courses with a government accredited outcome and  those Pilates qualifications have been assessed in relation to the Pilates Alliance Australasia competency criteria.

Our Pilates qualifications meet the course competency criteria of the PAA in meeting its purpose to maintain the highest standard of Pilates education in Australasia.

Tensegrity Training offers the following Pilates qualifications:

  • 52728WA Certificate IV in Contemporary Pilates & Teaching Methodology
  • 10596NAT Diploma of Contemporary Pilates & Teaching Methodology

Our Pilates qualifications were developed through industry consultation and recognition of existing education industry accepted guidelines for competency-based training via vocational education training sectors. We pride our Pilates training qualifications on their ability to fully equip graduates for success in the workplace and the Pilates industry at large. Highly skilled, well respected practitioners are highly employable and our graduates have a 100% employment rate.

Our Pilates qualifications are ACCREDITED courses. These are formal government recognised qualifications accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Accredited courses are all listed on the National Register for Vocational Education and Training website (www.training.gov.au). This is the official national register of information on Training Packages, Registered Training Organisations and Qualifications. Each course has a distinctive national code next to the title indicating its accredited status.

Accredited courses can only be delivered by a government registered training organisation (RTO / TAFE).

Tensegrity Training promotes professional, skilled, certified, accredited excellence through quality education offered by our extremely experience teaching staff.

Tensegrity Training has been offering Pilates qualifications since 2011 and we have issued 100s of Pilates qualifications and certified hundreds of Pilates instructors. Our graduates are employed throughout Australia – many have gone on to set up their own studios and some are now working overseas in Asia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and United States of America.

Our Pilates qualification courses provide balanced and thorough blends of theory; observation and practical understanding and proficiency to assist students master the art of working with clients with varying levels of experience and/or injury. In each Pilates qualification course, students learn:

  • How to apply correct Pilates and biomechanical principles of core stability, breathing, alignment and breath to all exercises
  • Comprehensive breakdown of each exercise
  • Exercise goals, muscular recruitment patterns and movement sequencing
  • Modifications and progressions to increase or decrease exercise intensity
  • Modifications for specific body types and postural tendencies
  • How to recognise optimal and less than optimal movement patterns
  • A variety of programming options to keep clients motivated
  • Effective communication, verbal and tactile cues and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation
  • Somatic awareness in teaching clients
  • The art of programming and the importance of transitions
  • Stretching techniques


Contact Hours

Observation Hours

Supervised Personal Practice Hours

Unsupervised Personal Practice Hours

Supervised Apprentice Teaching Hours

Clinical Practice Hours

Case Study

Homework assessments

Online quizzes

Student Clinics


Each weekend module is 12 hours comprising of the following times, and there will be fortnightly student clinics of 2 hours duration.

Some of our Pilates qualification courses offer training intensives between Monday and Friday.

Students are expected to begin their observation hours at the outset of the course, and to begin their supervised teaching hours under the guidance of the course provider after the completion of module one. It is a requirement that each student completes 100 hours of supervised teaching (clinical practice) prior to sitting the practical examination.

A log of personal practice hours must be kept and each session signed by the supervising instructor.  Please note that these personal practice hours will be at the student’s own additional cost.


The Pilates instructor training involves a large component of apprentice teaching involving a progression from observation, to assisting, to supervised teaching.  This all forms part of what is called Clinical Practice. Students are encouraged to experience as many registered studios as possible.

Observation Hours:

The course requirement is 10 hours minimum of observation.  Observation may be done in any Pilates environment, but a minimum of 5 hours must be done in your Course Provider’s studio.  Students must observe in at least 2 different studios.

Supervised Personal Practice Hours:

Each student must complete requisite hours of supervised personal practice on top of the course pre-requisite.  These hours must be recorded on the log form provided and signed by the supervising instructor/practitioner.

Clinical/Apprentice Teaching Hours:

Each student must complete requisite hours of supervised teaching apprenticeship.  This must be recorded on the Log Form provided and signed by the supervising practitioner.  These hours may be attained in any equipment based Pilates Studio.


History Philosophy & Principles of the Pilates Method

  • History of the Pilates method and its creator Joseph Pilates
  • Principles of the method
  • Breathing and its application in the Pilates method

Anatomy & Physiology

  • Anatomical terminology and planes of movement
  • The skeletal  and muscular systems, joint structure and function
  • Function and structure of ligaments
  • Centring and functional spine
  • Anatomy of the abdominal & respiratory muscles with reference to the pilates method
  • The spine and core stability
  • The pelvis
  • The foot and ankle
  • The shoulder
  • The elbow, wrist and hand
  • The knee and lower limbs
  • Pelvic Floor with reference to core stability
  • The Nervous System
  • Applied anatomy and biomechanics
  • Somatic Education
  • Chronic Pain
  • Rehabilitation

Traditional Repertoire & Pre-Pilates Exercises and Modifications

  • Knowledge & execution of 34 of the traditional Matwork exercises
  • Break down of exercises into their simplest form to address clients’ postural needs
  • Repertoire on the Reformer, Wunda Chair, Cadillac, Barrels, Magic Circle, Roller, Stretch Band
  • Analysis of Pilates exercises
  • Programming for special conditions
  • Pregnancy and post natal
  • Postural and Movement Assessment

Teaching Methodology

  • Communication with clients
  • Teaching and learning styles
  • Exercise breakdown
  • Demonstration, description and appropriate tactile cueing
  • Self evaluation and awareness
  • Supervision skills and programming

Pathologies and Common Postural Faults

  • Common postural faults
  • Common spinal problems
  • Common pathologies
  • Pregnancy considerations
  • Stretching and the latest research
  • Common problems in the pelvis, knee, ankle, foot, lower leg, shoulder and arm
  • Alignment and muscle imbalances 

Functional Assessment Procedures 

  • Observation
  • Initial consultation
  • Developing programming skills
  • Postural & movement assessment
  • Case Studies

Studio Management Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice including Occupational Health & Safety

  • Safe and ethical practice
  • Standards of practice
  • Equipment knowledge
  • Business practices