• Simmone Cser


Updated: Apr 2

It has been a topic of discussion for a long time and still very current within the Pilates industry. Studio’s struggle to find Comprehensively trained staff. To quote a fellow teacher: “Because of all the ‘rubbish reformer training’ ,with those completing these short courses thinking that they are qualified to teach the Pilates Method only to resent the question when asked about their training.” Hours to complete these short courses can be as little as 30 with non classroom attendance required for practical work nor for examinations.

As a Pilates Teacher who has spent just shy of 4 years training (*over 1600 hours not inc. actual years of teaching experience) towards full RTO Diploma qualifications with recognition under Pilates Alliance of Australasia (PAA) and Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) it frustrates me and those who have taken this journey through absolute commitment for our vocation, that the word ‘Pilates’ can be slapped onto anything and used by anyone.

The Diploma in Pilates is Nationally Recognised Tertiary based training, academic units that are also undertaken by physio-therapists, paramedics and the like must be completed.

There is a path way. The fundamentals of Pilates training begins with Mat Certification, this alone can be anywhere from 12-18 months with up to 350 hours with a theory and practical face to face examination (closed book) pass of 80% before initial qualifications. Only once this has been completed can you move onto equipment based learning such as Reformer, again 12-18 months, same hours and examination process.

In order to be able to move into a Diploma qualification, you must have completed the Mat Certification as well as Studio (Comprehensive) Certification, another 12-18 months with a 2 day examination over 4-6 hours. Pilates teachers are required to complete PDP/CEC training annually to remain current per along with maintaining current CPR/First Aid and insurance.

Becoming a Certified Pilates Teacher is not a cheap fast track endeavour, both financially and time wise. You really do get what you pay for and this is reflected in the Studio you chose to attend.

‘Reformer Gym’s’ have become very popular over the past few years, with ‘weekend training’ courses popping up everywhere. Classes will generally have 10 or more and in comparison to a qualified Pilates Studio, be more attractive to the purse strings.

A qualified Studio and Pilates Professional will complete a health history and screening of new clients with a minimum of 2 Private 1.1 Studio sessions in order to better ascertain what that clients needs are in order to modify and/or develop a program specific to their needs, is a semi private session suitable for this client at this point in time? or should they remain in 1.1 Studio sessions with a goal to semi private sessions (max of 4 clients to 1 teacher).

The true Pilates Method is not gym based and therefore the quality of what clients experience is reflected in the pricing and requirements to join a Studio.

So how do you know if your teacher is qualified. Ask them who they trained with. Was their training through a Registered Training Organisation?

The following are Nationally Accredited Courses and RTO Educational bodies. Formal non-expiring qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework, and are listed on the National Register for Vocational Education and Training (*accredited courses can only be delivered by a Government RTO).

· Polestar Education

· Pilates ITC

· National Pilates Training

· Tensegrity Training Pty Ltd

The PAA and APMA have been working towards, once again, obtaining Provider Numbers for Diploma Qualified Teachers and Studio’s. This was the way, pre 2019, that people could be assured of the quality and competence of the teacher they were looking to train under. Within time hopefully this will be the case once again.

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