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YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates (Practitioner)

This qualification enables you to work as a Pilates teacher in a range of environments including employed studio-based settings as well as self-employment offering group or even 1-2-1 Pilates sessions with clients. Our course is perfect for those with an interest in Women's Health, the pelvic floor, and reducing pain. Although it incorporates the traditional elements and principles of Pilates, our course takes a very modern and holistic research-based approach to improving functional overall health.

This qualification also awards 10 CIMSPA points and 20 REPs points.

Courses in the Midlands, UK

Pay course in full: from £849

Or pay a £125 deposit to use our 3, 6 or 9 month interest-free payment plan

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Course Information

The Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates (Practitioner) has 6 mandatory units and 1 optional unit. 


1 - Providing a positive customer experience in the exercise environment

2 - Lifestyle management and health awareness

3 - Applied anatomy & physiology

4 - Principles of planning and delivering group exercise

5 - Principles and fundamentals of Pilates

6 - Plan and deliver a Pilates session


7 - Anatomy and physiology for exercise and fitness instructors

If you don't have any previous anatomy and physiology knowledge or have not achieved an anatomy & physiology unit within the past 3 years, we will recommend that students complete this optional unit.


This qualification is assessed with online and written worksheet questions, multiple choice theory exam(s), a 12 week progressive programme, a group Pilates session plan, practical observation and self-evaluation and reflection.


  • Anatomy & physiology,

  • Client screening, goal setting, and risk stratification, 

  • Components, principles and variables of fitness,

  • Adapting for older adults (50+), young people (13-16years), antenatal/postnatal,

  • History of Pilates,

  • Qualities of a Pilates teacher,

  • Benefits of Pilates,

  • Principles and fundamentals of Pilates,

  • Breathing and core engagement concepts,

  • Performing and teaching the 34 original Pilates exercises along with modifications, progressions and regressions,

  • Using Pilates to reduce pain and if appropriate, correct postural abnormalities,

  • Relationship between breathing and pelvic floor health,

  • Programming to optimise pelvic floor function.

Study Options

What course materials will I receive?

  • YMCA Awards Pilates Course manual,

  • Pilates Bible,

  • Learner Achievement Record for all units,

  • Online elearning for units 1, 2, 3 and 7 (if applicable),

  • Additional presentations, 

  • Mock exams

Compulsory Attendance Dates


8th, 22nd September, 6th, 20th October, 3rd, 17th November 2020.

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