Pilates Level 3 Course

The YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates is for anyone wishing to become a Pilates teacher. No previous experience is necessary.

The course is taught over 5 practical modules, supported by E learning, course manual and DVD. The typical length of the course is 6 months.

There are 96 course contact hours and students are required to log an additional 20 observation hours, 60 personal practice hours, and 35 practice teaching hours. All hours must be completed before the final assessment.

The course is delivered in partnership with YMCA Awards and is endorsed by REPs and CIMSPA.

Successful completion of the course leads to the Peak Pilates Comprehensive Level 1 certification and a qualification as a Level 3 Pilates teacher.


 The qualification comprises of:

  1. Anatomy and physiology for exercises and health
  1. Health Safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  1. Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  1. Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  1. Programming a Pilates teaching session
  1. Delivering a Pilates teaching session

The course is taught in relation to mat, reformer, Cadillac, barrels, chair and small equipment and is a comprehensive Pilates education. The Level 3 Diploma in teaching Pilates is assessed on matwork teaching only.

The first 4 elements of the course listed above are learnt via E Learning as provided by YMCA Awards, with additional discussion, presentations and support during the practical modules.

The Pilates specific elements of the course are taught using a mixture of theory and practice during the 5 face to face modules and are supported by a manual, DVD and e-learning:


20 course contact hours comprise of:

  • Peak Pilates 5 part formula for success – a blue print for successful teaching
  • Pilates Key Concepts and critical connnections
  • Learning the Introductory Matwork Order
  • Practice Teaching
  • Cueing workshop
  • Teaching fundamentals
  • Group teaching practical workshop
  • Using building blocks
  • Correcting gross errors
  • Introduction to anatomy and the powerhouse


 20 course contact hours comprise of:

  • Mat technique feedback
  • Learning the introductory reformer exercises
  • Teaching skills using the reformer
  • Introduction to the Cadillac
  • Power circle and wall series
  • Practice teaching 
  • Learning the Barrel exercises
  • Introduction to teaching with touch


20 course contact hours comprise of:

  • Review of mat exercises
  • Reformer add in exercises and transitions
  • Mat class teaching practice and feedback
  • Body scan workshop – learning to observe and correct
  • Lecture on the breath, posture and movement – understanding postural types
  • Observation and touch workshop
  • Identifying individual needs and how to address them
  • Learning the high ladder barrel exercises
  • Practice teaching


During module 4 students are assessed for the Peak Pilates PPC1 certification.
20 course contact hours comprise of:

  • PPC1 Assessment
  • Learning the high and low chair exercises
  • Preparing for the YMCA Awards assessment, module 5
  • Action Plans


During module 5 students are assessed for YMCA L3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates.

16 course contact hours comprise of:

  • Anatomy and physiology theory paper (60 mins)
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health theory paper (60 mins)
  • Observed practical teaching assessment – 1 hour group mat class
  • Evaluation and reflection sessions
  • Moving on: Introduction to the advanced mat exercises
  • Next steps: Preparing for Peak Pilates Comprehensive Level 2, CPD requirements

Course dates

Module 1 - TBC
Module 2 - TBC
Module 3 - TBC
Module 4 - TBC
Module 5 - TBC


£2,950 per person, payable in 4 installments

Includes full colour manual plus educational DVD, access to e-learning modules, assessment and certification

For more information or to apply please email [email protected]