Certification in Pilates Matwork and Reformer
Take the first step in your journey to being a Pilates Instructor:
A high-touch, transformative learning journey.
Live small group learning
All our classes are delivered through our fully interactive audio and video enabled learning system.
You can ask questions, get feedback on your technique, and practice teaching with your classmates. All in real time.
You’ll learn repertoire, cueing, programming, layers and modifications, pregnancy and injuries. AND how to find your unique voice as a teacher, and land the job of your dreams.
Real-time messaging and conversations outside class times
We use Slack, an incredibly full-featured messaging platform that lets you message individual students, your trainer, or your whole group from your laptop, phone or tablet. You can also share files, videos and links. Perfect for setting up a practice teaching session with your peers, or asking a question of your trainer.
Weekly student practice included
Each week of the program you’ll work with a small group of your classmates in a video Pilates practice session on your laptop or desktop computer.
Give and receive feedback on your technique, and practice teaching the exercises you learn each week.
Dedicated student success coaches
All this technology may sound a bit intimidating, but don’t worry, you’ll have a Student Success team to help you through any problems or challenges. Our coaching team’s full-time job is to help you succeed. They will jump on a call with you and sort out any issues, as well as helping you set goals and stay disciplined with your study.
High quality video
We use professional audio and video production so you can see and hear everything easily. Both in live sessions and if you’re watching a recording afterwards.
The audio and video quality are so good you won’t notice them; you’ll be so absorbed in learning!
Do you want to gain a qualification to teach Pilates and transform the lives of others? If so, you have come to the right place. Our Certificate IV in Pilates gives you the tools and knowledge to make Pilates your career move, make you happy, and inspire others.
By the end of the program, you will be able to teach group and Reformer classes anywhere. In terms of accreditation, Breathe Education is accredited by the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
The beauty of our Pilates certification is that you can train to teach from anywhere. So, if you have family or work commitments, you can slot your training into your schedule. All our sessions are live-streamed or recorded using professional audio and visual equipment so that there is nothing to stop you from getting the most from your training.
To help you train whenever is convenient for you, you will have 24/7 access to our extensive video library, which includes lectures, tutorials, and discussions. It gives you an excellent grounding for your education.
This is then enhanced with our small group live learning. During your real-time learning, you will be with your peers and you can ask questions and get feedback on your technique and how you are doing. You can find out the dates and times for these sessions when you click on the program details for the course that you are interested in.
With Slack, a full-featured messaging service that we use, you will be able to chat with your peers and teacher throughout your time with us and feel supported during your Certificate IV in Pilates training. It is an incredibly useful tool because it allows you to set up additional sessions with your classmates to practice teaching one another. You will also have a weekly student practice with your peers.
All of this is available with the full support of one of our Student Success Coaches. Their job is to support you through your training, answer any questions that you may have, and reassure you when necessary.
We would love for you to join our Certificate IV in Pilates. Anyone can learn to teach Pilates, whether it’s clinical pilates or reformer pilates, as long as they are passionate, and they want to encourage others to also share this passion.We teach you everything you need to know, and you will soon develop skills that make you an inspiring teacher.
Once you have completed your program, you can look for work. With Breathe Education’s highly sought-after teachers, finding work as a Pilates teacher should not be hard. According to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) Student Outcome Survey 2019, 96.85 of our students were either working or studying further after learning with us.
Interested to hear more about our courses? Book in a Discovery Call today to find out more.
“l got the most out of this course that l have ever gotten out of any course”Leanne ChapmanPilates Studio Owner, Melbourne
“The best, craziest life decision I’ve ever made!”Cat WebbStudio owner, Good Times Pilates
“This course has made me a better teacher on so many levels.”Belinda SurvillaStudio manager, Pilates & Co
“My journey with Breathe Education has been such a positive addition on my life in many areas”Briannan BondiPerth, WA
“The depth of content provided is absolutely invaluable, the teachers are incredible and the learning environment is so supportive.”Katie IrelandGold Coast, QLD
“This entire experience is something incredibly special. Cloe's encouragement and support has helped me find my voice.”Georgina BeattieSydney, NSW
“What a beautiful course. It has exceeded my expectations and I am feeling confident and happy going into the industry.”Marni DeningGold Coast, QLD
“I feel much more confident and equipped to teach! Cloe has supported and nurtured me to want to go out and teach.”Katarina MoricSydney, NSW
“This was the absolute best decision I have made. I look forward to my future and promoting Breathe to whoever will listen.”Rachael RiceSydney, NSW
“The course inspires and encourages us to be critical and creative thinkers, and also allows us to enhance our curiosity towards the field of Pilates.”Renee RommeswinkelSydney, NSW
“I have absolutely loved working with like minded individuals and being given the permission to explore my body and the amazing things I never thought I could achieve.”Jacinta FowlesMelbourne, VIC
“What an incredible company that gives the power to be uniquely us & encourage us through our learning experience & growth.”Olivia HuffGold Coast, QLD
“Professional, thorough and supportive, studying with Breathe has been a fantastic experience!”Kate VaughanSydney Australia
“The Cert IV left me feeling empowered and confident. I am really proud to have learned from Breathe.”Ildi CampbellSydney Australia
You want to build your confidence and land your dream job as a Pilates instructor, but you don’t feel confident getting up in front of a group of people – in fact you’re kind of freaking out about it.
That is completely normal. A lot of our graduates felt that way before they started – what they found was the program built their confidence and skill gradually, step by step until they felt completely natural and comfortable teaching Pilates, being themselves, not pretending to be someone else.
Maybe you’ve looked at job websites and haven’t seen any Pilates jobs advertised. And you’re wondering – will I be able to make a living as a Pilates teacher?
Here’s the thing – In Pilates most jobs are not advertised on traditional employment websites. Rather, they come through word of mouth, through networks, through friends and colleagues and acquaintances.
The good news is, if you attend regular Pilates classes you already have a network. When you enroll with us your network will instantly expand to include over 3,000 graduates and around 1,000 present students.
You will have direct access to this community through Slack, and through our internal Facebook group for students and alumni.
Many, many job opportunities arise out of our community. This is where the gold opportunities lie!
We will show you how to grow and nurture your network and draw on it, to land your dream job.
That is why 96.8% of our students have a job or further study waiting for them on the day they graduate according to the NCVER Student Outcome Survey 2019
Because Certification in Pilates Matwork and Reformer is fully accredited and backed by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), you’ll receive a real qualification that is recognized and accepted around the world. Earn 9 CEC Credits with ACE by studying this program.
BOTH Matwork & Reformer
You want to be as employable as possible: Learn both Matwork & Reformer so you won’t be limited.
You will be taught the complete repertoire of exercises as written by Joseph Pilates in his book Return To Life Through Contrology. Yo’ull learn the start position, proper exercise technique and movement sequences, the equipment setup, refinements and the finish or transition; everything you need to know to confidently create and teach the complete matwork and reformer repertoire.
This course includes ALL the beginner, intermediate and advanced repertoire. It is a complete package.
Flow class programming
You’ll learn how to program flowing classes and sequences your clients will love on both the mat and the reformer.
You will learn to build smooth as silk, flow-style classes using the traditional Pilates exercises. PLUS we’ll get creative and show you how to make up your own moves, or adapt moves you pick up from other instructors, social media or anywhere else.
At the end of the course you’ll be able to walk into any studio situation and bring an incredible class that will WOW their clients and land your dream job.
How to cue ANY exercise
You’ll learn to cue the Pilates repertoire using simple, clear instructions your clients will easily understand.
You won’t have to memorize complicated verbal cues for each exercise. Instead you’ll be able to cue easily and simply because you UNDERSTAND the point of the exercise, what it’s meant to look like, and how to give simple instructions to your clients to help them get closer to the proper shape and movement sequence.
You’ll learn learn up-to-date cueing techniques based on current scientific understanding of how humans learn movement skills.
How to modify exercises for anyone
What if you’ve created an amazing class, but some of your clients don’t have enough strength, or flexibility to do the moves you’ve programmed?
Easy – Just use a few simple principles to make the exercise more achievable.
You’ll also learn to modify exercises to make them harder for more advanced clients.
Pre and Post-Natal Pilates
The Certification in Pilates Matwork and Reformer is the world’s only Pilates course to include comprehensive prenatal and post-natal training. That’s right – you’ll learn EVERYTHING you need to know about pre-natal and post-natal Pilates teaching in this course.
You’ll learn to modify on the mat and reformer, special considerations for exercise during pregnancy, which exercises to avoid, and which ones are perfectly safe.
You will learn to safely and confidently teach pregnant and post-natal women in your group class, or to run a special prenatal class.
How to teach clients with pain & injuries
You’ll learn to accommodate injured clients in your group class with ease and confidence. PLUS. you’ll learn a few simple rules for when you should refer clients to a health professional.
You’ll learn current guidelines on working with injuries, and how to apply them to your group class.
Note: You won’t learn how to rehabilitate people with injuries – instead you’ll learn how to give them a kick-ass Pilates workout whilst keeping them safe.
We’ve created this course to be flexible and optimized it for online – so you can do the world’s most comprehensive Pilates instructor certification even if you have a busy schedule.
Accredited by the American Council on Exercise
On completion of the certification you’ll be eligible for 9 Continuing Professional Development (CEC) Points with ACE.
SO User-Friendly eLearning
This is not online learning as you know it.
No boring videos, yawn-worthy quizzes, or frustrating navigation.
Our program is modelled on the very latest research in adult and online education. Plus, we’ve studied best-practice online institutions like Harvard, Stanford and General Assembly, and we’ve put together a certification that takes full advantage of the many benefits of online learning.
You’ll experience a high-touch, very human learning experience. With both structured and unstructured engagement every day. You’ll be chatting with your classmates and trainers on the daily.
There are succinct videos (with short, relevant, challenging quizzes) so you can study in short bursts when you have time, like on your commute, at lunch or when the kids are in bed.
Our platform is mobile optimized so you can watch videos and do quizzes on your phone, tablet or laptop.
Flexible Weekly Schedule
This is not like a traditional in-person certification where you do a weekend every month, or a full week.
Instead, we drip-feed the learning to you so you stay engaged, and have WAY more options to structure your study timetable.
Each week you’ll have a LIVE lecture (which is also recorded in case you can’t make it), a LIVE tutorial, 2 LIVE online Pilates classes, and 3 hours of self-practice, teaching and observation. All done online.
You can book into tutorials, Pilates classes, observation and self-practice at times that suit you including weekday, weeknight and weekend options. You can also change your tutorial times each week if you need to. Or book the same time every week. Whatever you prefer.
The majority of our students graduate in under 6 months, but you have up to 12 months to complete the certification, so there’s no time-pressure.
Certify Without Leaving Home
Absolutely no travel required – not even for your exam. You can complete all the program requirements from your home.
In the fitness and health space science has progressed enormously over the last 20 years, and the pace of change is only accelerating. Don’t do a program based on 20-year old science.
We’re fanatical about keeping up with the latest developments in research and we constantly update our curriculum and teaching methods as best practice evolves.
We only train you in the latest evidence-based methods. What you learn will be in line with the latest science. That’s very different to just about every other Pilates training out there.
Everything we teach is backed by RECENT peer reviewed research, not folk-wisdom or magical thinking.
An instant network of over 4,000 classmates and graduates
The day you enroll you’ll join a worldwide community of over 4,000 graduates and current students. You’ll be able to engage with the community on a daily basis using Slack and our internal Facebook group. This community is where you’ll go to ask questions, contribute answers and just hang out.
PLUS this community will be your network – this is where you’ll find job opportunities, and it’s the secret to how so many of our graduates have work waiting for them the day they graduate.
Includes Weekly Pilates Masterclasses
In our program, as in most programs, you’ll be required to do a certain number of Pilates classes and observation hours as part of your training. What most other certification providers don’t mention though, is that you’ll be charged for these classes. This can add hundreds, or even thousands of dollars to the cost of your certification. Not so at Breathe Education.
As part of your Certification in Pilates Matwork and Reformer, you’ll have access to 8 live weekly Masterclasses, plus a library of hundreds of pre-recorded classes.
What’s even better is these classes cover the exact same content you’re learning in your training. Plus, with the Masterclass format you get a 10-minute Q&A at the end of class where you can discuss teaching, programming or cueing with your trainer and your classmates.
These Masterclasses can literally save you thousands of dollars, and massively increase your confidence, strength, flexibility and teaching skill.
All included in your program cost.
Learn Reformer At Home? No Problem!
Don’t have access to a reformer? We’ve got you covered.
You’ll need a reformer to learn reformer – you can purchase a folding reformer from Walmart for around $550. These reformers are perfect for home study and will allow you to practice and perfect the exercises.
Folding reformers are also great because you can store them in a cupboard or under your bed when not in use. Make sure you also get a Pilates Box & Footstrap.
Check out Walmart’s range of reformers here
The Most LIVE Contact Hours Of Any Pilates Certification Program
Each week you’ll work with your trainers LIVE in a 90-minute lecture, a 90-minute tutorial, and 2x 60-minute Masterclasses. That’s 5 HOURS per week of face-to-face, live dialogue with your trainers. EVERY week for 20 weeks.
Then, in between class times you’ll work LIVE with small groups of your classmates in structured practice sessions where you’ll work on the skills and exercises you’ve learned.
This format means you will receive constant, timely and constructive feedback on your exercise technique, your teaching and your class programming.
Every single week, you’ll receive personal guidance, feedback and encouragement from your teachers and your classmates.
Not only that, but with Slack you’ll be connected to your trainers and classmates outside class times. On Slack we’ve built a highly interactive, supportive community where you can reach out to your classmates or trainers with questions, or just check in. You can also use Slack to organize in-person or online get-togethers with your classmates.
The “why” that drives us is to help you to build the skills and confidence to teach Pilates.
So you can change people’s lives and enjoy a fun, flexible and deeply rewarding career that is in line with who you are.
If after completing all the certification requirements you are not satisfied that you have achieved your goal, we will give you 100% of your money back.
Full details of the guarantee are in our Terms and Conditions of Service
“You don’t just learn how to do Pilates well, you learn how to come across as a person who cares for other people. Just like Pilates is for everybody, this program is for everybody”
Live Lectures & Tutorials
Each week you will connect LIVE online with your trainers and classmates in your Lectures & Tutorials.
Weekly attend a live, 90-minute lecture where you will be introduced to new skills and concepts. The lectures are also recorded so you can watch them later if you cannot not make it plus print out your lecture notes!
Attend your live, 90-minute tutorial with a trainer and a small group of classmates. Your trainer will guide you through practicing the skills and discussing the concepts introduced in that week’s lecture. There are multiple tutorial times across the week including days, evenings and weekend times. You can book the same time every week, or change it up.
Live & On-Demand Masterclasses
Masterclasses are a Pilates class especially for Pilates instructors
Each week you will participate in or observe two, 1-hour Pilates Masterclasses taught by a Breathe Education trainer or special guest. These classes are incredible because not only do you get a workout, but the trainer will also talk you through their methodology, plus there’s a 10-minute Q&A at the end so you can really pick apart the programming, cueing and modifications.
Masterclasses will not only build your strength, flexibility, and skill with the exercises, they’ll build your teaching skills.
Each week you will participate in 2 structured sessions where you will practice doing, and teaching Pilates with a small group of classmates. We’ll give you a structure so you know what to practice, how to practice, and how to give useful feedback.
Your coursework each week consists of short videos, intriguing quizzes and some written tasks for example creating a class program. You will need roughly 2 hours each week for coursework, but because the videos and quizzes are generally short, you can break up this time across the day or the week.
Total time commitment: 9 hours per week
Your total study load of 9 hours per week is spread across the week, and comprises multiple different learning methods – lectures, tutorials, masterclasses, practice teaching and coursework.
This program design is much more flexible for you, PLUS it maximizes your learning by dripping the content and practice to you steadily, keeping you engaged, and learning the same content from several different angles – e.g. you’ll learn the theory of the exercises in your lecture, receive feedback on your technique in the tutorial, practice teaching them in your practice sessions, and learn how to cue them in the Masterclass, then answer questions on the correct technique in your coursework.
Choose your own session times from weekday AM, weekday PM and weekend times.
You don’t need to be perfect at all the moves to do this program.
Quite to the contrary. If you are doing regular Pilates classes at any level, you are fit enough to do this training.
One of the biggest misconceptions people have is that you need to be able to do all the moves perfectly before you can be a great teacher.
That is just plain not true. Doing the moves and teaching the moves are two different skills.
You need to be fit enough to do a 50-minute beginner or open-level Pilates class, but you don’t need to have any particular level of flexibility, or strength, or grace. You certainly don’t need to have a thigh gap.
People of all ages from 18-75, all levels of flexibility, and all body shapes have successfully completed this certification and are now teaching Pilates and loving life.
You can too!
This program requires 9 hours each week in total.
Each week you will do:
Tutorials, practice sessions, and live online Pilates classes are scheduled throughout the week including weekdays, weeknights and weekends. You can book sessions that suit you each week, and you can easily book into a different session if you need to change your schedule at any time.
Following the learning schedule we provide will have you complete the certification in 21 weeks.
You have up to 12 months to complete the program.
We’ve created a simple, clear and easy-to-use eLearning system for you. It really is simple.
If you can use Facebook, or send an email, you have enough computer skills to complete this program successfully.
Even if you struggle with sending an email, we’re only a phone call away, and we’ll talk you through any problems you have.
We have helped thousands of people complete this program successfully, and no-one has ever failed to graduate because of computer issues 🙂
We will look after you.
Yes, you can.
We have payment plans of different lengths to accommodate your cash flow.
Enroll through the website or over the phone with one of the team.
We will not charge you anything additional. The cost is the cost. No hidden extras.
You will need to purchase your own textbooks (not from Breathe Education, approximate cost $40), and if you don’t have access to a reformer you will need to buy one (approximate cost $550).
Aside from that there are NO additional costs. Your program cost includes all exam fees, tuition fees, materials and administration fees.
The single exception is if you cancel or defer your training there is a charge.
Your credit or debit card will be charged each 30 days until you have paid the program fee in full.
If you’ve read all the way down to the bottom of the page, you know this is something that is important to you – your next step is to book a call with us.
On the call we’ll answer any questions you have about the program, and about life as a Pilates Instructor. There are probably a few questions you don’t even know to ask yet, that you’ll be glad to know the answers to…
You will be talking with a qualified Pilates instructor who shares your passion and joy for Pilates.
You’ve been thinking about this for a while and you know its something you’re serious about.
There will never be a perfect time, you just have to go for it!