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The World’s #1 Pilates Certification – 100% Online

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.

Comprehensive online content

You’ll have an extensive video exercise library with over 100 hours of high quality video lectures, as well as tutorials and discussions available to you the day you enrol.

All with 24/7 access.

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 coach 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!

A New Career That Is Aligned With Who You Are

  • Pilates makes you happy, and you want to share that happiness with people who are like-minded
  • Pilates makes you slow down. It’s more than just physical – it’s mental, it’s for you
  • You are drawn to helping others through movement
  • You want to be the best you can be
  • You’re intrigued by the body and want to understand how it works
  • You want to challenge yourself
  • You don’t believe in doing things half-assed
  • Actually you’re a bit of an over-achiever
  • You’ve been wondering what’s next for you. You’re ready to branch out.

Classical Pilates Certification USA

Do you want to be the best that you can be and also help others do the same? If so, you have come to the right place, and Breathe Education can help you discover a whole new career path that is waiting for you.

You can gain your classical Pilates certification by training with us online. We will teach you everything you need to know, plus give you all the support you need to ensure that your training is a success.

Best of all, our Certification in Pilates Matwork and Reformer Pilates is approved by ACE (American Council for Exercise) for continuing education points, as well as being recognized by most major insurers. Once you have graduated from us, you can be confident that you have received a quality education.

What will You Learn from Classical Pilates Certification

Our Certification in Pilates Matwork and Reformer will allow you to teach group matwork and reformer classes once you have graduated. Pilates is a popular sport, and it is practiced all over the world, meaning that your career could literally take you anywhere!

You can help others to improve their flexibility, lose weight, tone their muscles, and gain confidence as they connect their body and mind.

To be successful in the program, you will need to have a determination to succeed and a passion for helping others. You do not need to be thin or extremely fit to take our qualification; we are more interested in your mindset and passion for Pilates. It means that you can take our certification no matter what you look like and help others to benefit from Pilates as you have.

Your program will consist of online lectures, tutorials, masterclasses, practice sessions, and coursework. This will usually take about nine hours each week, and you can usually expect to graduate from your course in five months. However, we do give you 12 months to complete the program if necessary.

During your live online group sessions, you will work alongside your peers to perfect your art of Pilates. Our classes are fully interactive, and we also encourage you to set up additional practice sessions with your peers throughout your time with us.

You will be given access to Slack, our full-featured messaging service, where you can converse with others in your class, your teacher, and the Breathe Education community. Through this, you can often make your own arrangements for extra practice time with your peers.

All teaching is done through our high-quality audio and visual equipment so that you can focus solely on Pilates and getting your techniques right.

Find out More about Breathe’s Classical Pilates Certification Today

To find out more about the classical Pilates certification, book your Discovery Call today with one of our Pilates trainers. They will tell you what you need to know, and by listening to your needs, circumstances, and career goals, we can recommend the best courses for you.

With Breathe Education, you can expand your career prospects and do something you truly love for a living.
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Here’s What Our Students & Graduates Have To So Say

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

Loan’s Story

96.8% of Our Graduates Have A Job or Further Study Waiting For Them The Day They Graduate

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 course 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 acquantances.

The good news is, if you attend regular Pilates classes you already have a network. When you enrol 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

The World’s Best Pilates Certification Where You’ll Learn BOTH Matwork & Reformer – Fully Online

We have graduated over 5,000 instructors in 26 countries and counting.

Our grads are teaching Pilates in the USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Bahamas, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Italy, Greece, Nigeria, South Africa, UAE, Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia… and more!

Breathe graduates teach in gyms, physical therapy clinics, Pilates studios, community halls, hospitals, corporate wellness programs, online, and in home studios.

Be The Best You Can Be With The World’s Most In-Depth & Comprehensive Pilates Course

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 certification 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 program 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 program 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 certification.

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.

Incredibly Flexible Online Learning That Maximizes Your Potential

We’ve created this course to be flexible and optimized it for online –  so you can do the world’s most comprehensive Pilates instructor training even if you have a busy schedule.

Build Your Skills & Confidence To Change Lives

With our Layered Teaching Framework we’ll help you learn the Pilates exercises to a high standard regardless of your age, shape, current level of fitness or flexibility. We’ll start you where you’re at and help you build in stages to execute the exercises with a high level of skill and in a way that works in your body.

Next we’ll teach you to use the Layered Teaching Framework to help your clients build strength, flexibility and control through Pilates regardless of their age, shape, or starting fitness.

By the time you graduate after 20 weeks you’ll be skilled, and confident to help anyone who walks into your sessions.

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 program 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 course 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 program so there’s no time-pressure.

Continuing Education Units

Our Certification in Pilates is approved by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) for continuing education credits.


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 certification based on 20-year old science.

We’re fanatical about keeping up with the latest developments in research and we constantly update our program 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 enrol 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 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 course 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 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 course. 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 certification 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 closet or under your bed when not in use.

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.

Simple & Fun Online Learning

Fun & Engaging

Easy to Use

Mobile Friendly

Worrying about Learning Online? You Don’t Need To!

Our 100% Money Back Guarantee

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 program 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

Emmie’s Story

“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 course is for everybody”

Trusted By The Industry’s Best

Program Requirements

Live lectures

Each week you will attend a live, 90-minute online lecture where you will be introduced to new skills and concepts. The lectures are also recorded so you can watch them later. Each lecture also comes with full-color PDF lecture notes.


Each week you will attend a 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.

Practice teaching

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.


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.


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 certification.

Quite to the contrary. If you are doing regular Pilates classes at any level, you are fit enough to do this program.

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 course and are now teaching Pilates and loving life.

You can too!

Time Commitment

This program requires 9 hours each week in total.

Each week you will do:

  • 1 live online lecture (90 minutes)
  • 1 live online small-group tutorial (90 minutes)
  • 2 practice sessions with classmates (60 minutes each)
  • Participate in two live (or pre-recorded) Pilates Masterclass taught by a Breathe Education trainer (60 minutes)
  • Watch videos and complete quizzes (approximately 2 hours)

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 20 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 course 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 certification successfully, and no-one has ever failed to graduate because of computer issues 🙂

We will look after you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay upfront?

For your protection, government regulation doesn’t allow us to accept payment up front. We have payment plans of different lengths to accommodate your cash flow.

Are there any extra costs?

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 certification cost includes all exam fees, tuition fees, materials and administration fees.

The single exception is if you cancel or defer your certification there is a charge.

How will my payment plan work?

Your credit or debit card will be charged each 30 days until you have paid the program fee in full.

Book A Call With Our Enrolments Team

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!

Book Your Call Now