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Become a Pilates Teacher

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 Methods
Study and Assessment Options

The Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates is a LIVE course, which involves both distance learning and attendance to course dates.

This LIVE course includes some distance learning plus six mandatory course attendance dates for practical elements. All assessments can be completed on the course dates, but theory exams can be deferred to a later date if you wish or even completed prior the the course dates should you enrol early enough. 

How long does it take to complete the course?

You have up to 12 months from when you enrol, but it is often completed much sooner than that. As long as you complete the distance learning wither before or during the course dates, and you complete the theory exams and practical assessments during the course, you can expect to be complete by the last attendance date (subject to any re-assessments if required).

What course materials will I receive?

  • YMCA Awards Pilates Course manual,

  • Pilates Bible by Lynne Robinson,

  • Learner Achievement Record for all units,

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

  • Additional presentations, 

  • Mock exams

Compulsory Attendance Dates

Workshop Dates

New Year 2023


Dates: 7th, 8th, 21st, 22nd January, 4t, 5th February 2023

Venue: Willow Studio in Telford

Times: 9.30-3.30pm

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