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APPI Pilates Instructor Certification

$4500.00 inc. GST

We have made some changes to the delivery of this course due to COVID-19. Scroll down for course dates and structure.

It's never been more important to secure your future employment. And that is why we are offering you the chance to complete 50% of your APPI Pilates Instructor Certification online at home. 

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APPI Pilates Instructor Certification consists of:

Course hours:

  • ONLINE - Anatomy and Matwork = 7 days 
  • FACE TO FACE - Reformer = 7 days

Certification requirements, completed outside of course hours: 

50/50 split between Matwork & Reformer:

  • 20 hours of observation - complete online 
  • 40 hours of practice teaching others at home or online 
  • 60 hours of self-practice at home or online 

Use this time wisely and complete 50% of the course, and all of your Matwork certification requirements from home.

Total time to complete: 3 - 9 months

Certification highlights:

  • Boutique training groups - maximum of 16 per course
  • No pre-requisites required - this course is open to everyone
  • We have proudly certified over 50,000 students around the world
  • Designed & delivered by degree level qualified allied health professionals
  • Anatomy and physiology 
  • The full repertoire of Matwork and Reformer Pilates
  • Profile yourself on our instructor finder page once certified
  • Workshops on finding employment/opening your own studio
  • Internationally recognised Pilates Certification in 21 countries worldwide
Upfront price $4500
Payment plan price $4750
  • 2 payments of $2375
  • Payment #1 due now to secure one of the limited places
  • Payment #2 due 6 weeks prior to your course 
  • We will contact you with instructions to pay Payment #2 - $2375
  • Use voucher code PICEBP1 to pay your deposit today

Course sessions

Location Address Dates
Western Australia Oxford Street Health Group, 396 Oxford Street, Mount Hawthorn 6016, 9am-5pm each day Waitlisted session
Queensland Forge Pilates 249 Montague Road, West End, QLD 4101 Courses run 9am-5pm each day Waitlisted session
South Australia Align Health Solutions, 92 Carrington Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000. 9am - 5pm each day. Waitlisted session
New South Wales Balmain Sports Medicine - 118 Victoria Road, Rozelle NSW 2039. 9am-5pm each day Start date: 16 May 2020 09:00
End date: 08 Nov 2020 17:00
Victoria Unite Health - 18 St Edmonds Road, Prahran, VIC, 3181. 9am-5pm each day Start date: 08 Jun 2020 09:00
End date: 01 Nov 2020 17:00
Victoria Unite Health - 18 St Edmonds Road, Prahran, VIC, 3181. 9am-5pm each day Start date: 23 Jul 2020 09:00
End date: 03 Nov 2020 17:00
Victoria Unite Health - 18 St Edmonds Road, Prahran, VIC, 3181. 9am-5pm each day Start date: 12 Oct 2020 09:00
End date: 29 Oct 2020 17:00
  • Course Dates
  • Course outline
  • Testimonials
  • Certification & Exams
  • Eligibility
  • Course Presenters
  • FAQ's

SYDNEY - May Weekend Modules (7 weekends) **3 SPOTS LEFT**

Online via zoom:

Weekend 1: Sat 16th - Sun 17th May 

Weekend 2: Sat 13th - Sun 14th Jun 

Weekend 3: Sat 11th - Sun 12th Jul 


Face to Face: 

Weekend 4: Sat 8th- Sun 9th Aug 

Weekend 5: Sat 12th - Sun 13th Sep 

Weekend 6: Sat 10th - Sun 11th Oct 

Weekend 7: Sat 7th - Sun 8th Nov 


MELBOURNE - June Intensive

Online via zoom:

Mon 8th - Fri 12th Jun & Mon 15th - Tues 16th Jun


Face to Face: (choose midweek or weekend option)


Wed 21st - Fri 23rd Oct & Mon 26th -Thurs 29th Oct


Or weekends 

Mon 28th Sep - Public holiday 

Sat 10th - Sun 11th Oct 

Sat 31st Oct - Tues 3rd Nov - Public holiday 


MELBOURNE - July Weekend Modules **4 SPOTS LEFT**

Online via zoom:

Weekend 1: Thurs 23rd - Sun 26th Jul 


Face to Face:   

Weekend 2: Sat 8th - Sun 9th Aug  

Weekend 3: Sat 26th - Mon 28th Sep

Weekend 4: Sat 10th - Sun 11th Oct 

Weekend 5: Sat 31st Oct - Tues 3rd Nov


MELBOURNE - October Intensive

Face to Face :

Week 1: Mon 12th - Fri 16th Oct 

Week 2: Mon 19th - Fri 23rd Oct 

Week 3: Mon 26th - Thur 29th Oct 


All courses run 9 am - 5 pm each day 


Upfront payment price $4500


Payment plan price $4750
  • 2 payments of $2375
  • Payment #1 due now to secure one of the limited places
  • Payment #2 due 6 weeks prior to your course 
  • We will contact you with instructions to pay Payment #2 - $2375
  • Use voucher code PICEBP1 to pay your deposit today

Unite Health is the sole provider of APPI Pilates instructor training in Australia and New Zealand.  APPI stands for The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute, and we have been educating people since 2000.


Our growing community consists of over 50,000 APPI Certified Pilates instructors around the world. Our training is internationally recognised in 21 countries and translated into 15 languages.


Our philosophy is to learn by doing -  learn the practical skills required to become an outstanding Pilates instructor on our face to face training.


We use the “Visible Body Anatomy & Physiology” App from the App store. The cost is $54.99 and is an essential resource to have while you are learning to become a Pilates instructor.

Anatomy is a crucial part of Pilates and you must put the time into this part of the course to get the most out of it. We refer back to this app a lot in the supplementary course manual.


Course Overview:

Over 14 days of face-to-face training in both matwork and reformer Pilates you will learn the anatomy and physiology required to become an outstanding Pilates instructor. Be guided by our Pilates teaching script, and be exposed to our unique surface anatomy practical workshops that bring anatomy to life.


Course Objectives:

  • Learn the anatomy and physiology required to be a competent Pilates instructor 
  • Learn the full repertoire of reformer Pilates exercises from beginner to advanced levels
  • Learn APPI’s unique 5 stage model of program prescription
  • Learn the process of delivering 1:1 Pilates sessions
  • Learn how to provide innovative and energetic group classes (matwork & reformer Pilates)
  • Learn how to clinically reason your program planning

Hear what some of our recent graduates have to say about the APPI Pilates Instructor Certification

Mia tells us about her APPI experience from Sarah Todd on Vimeo.


Course feedback

"Pilates teacher training was just fantastic! My physio and Pilates teacher recommend APPI Pilates teacher training as the best in the industry" - Darren Chandler 

"I felt supported from the first phone call, the team at Unite Health is so professional. The course exceeded my expectations and I loved that it was delivered face to face" - Sonia Digglio 

"Every single part of the Pilates teacher training was great but above all having Phoebe Cole as our instructor was my favourite part.  She is the most inspirational teacher I have had in my life" - Aleksandra Korpal 

"The APPI Pilates Instructor course 100% exceeded my expectations.  I did not think I would learn so much content so quickly and easily.  I loved the way each day was set out with a morning Pilates class then theory followed by practical Pilates exercises.  I can not recommend this course enough" - Rhianna Lewis 


"The APPI Pilates teacher training course exceeded my expectations.  I gained new knowledge that I felt I could apply straight away.  Being surrounded by such knowledgeable people was really inspiring". - Maddi Tangey 


"I loved every aspect of the Pilates course.  The Pilates trainers, in particular, were phenomenal". - Kelicia O'Brien 


"I loved the positive, supportive environment on the training.  The Pilates instructors were amazing" - Morgan Reed 


Amazing!! Real, practical, approachable, inspiring. - Trudi Bakinen


To become a fully certified APPI Pilates Instructor you will be required to complete certification exams at the completion of your teacher training. There are 2 components to the exam, practical and theory.  You will also be required to hand in your completed Pilates certification logbook at the time of your practical Pilates exam.  


1) Certification logbook

Your completed Pilates certification logbook is to be submitted on the day of your Pilates practical exam. Hours are:

  • 20 hours of observation 
  • 40 hours of practice teaching 
  • 60 hours of self-practice 

2) Theory

An online multiple-choice exam that covers the following topics:

  • History of Pilates
  • History of APPI
  • Classification of APPI exercises
  • Name of APPI exercises
  • The relevant choice of an exercise for a given goal


3) Pilates practical exam

Design a 1 hour Pilates session for a client of your choice including APPI matwork and reformer Pilates exercises. You will be marked on:

  • Introduction – the meet and greet procedure and introduction to the mat and reformer
  • Session planning – does the session flow in a structured way and allow the client to achieve the goals set out in the case study
  • The teaching of the Pilates exercises – introducing the reasons behind the exercise to the client
  • Demonstrations
  • Cueing – verbal, tactile, visual imagery
  • Energy and motivation of the voice
  • Safety

Following on from the exam you will be required to demonstrate a range of exercises in both Pilates matwork and reformer to show your ability to perform the exercises to an acceptable level. This will include at least 4 exercises on the mat and 6 exercises on the reformer.

A 70% pass rate is required in both the theory and practical examinations.


We recommend completing your Pilates certification exam 3-6 months following your attendance at the course. 

No pre-requisites are required to attend this training.  If you are an allied health professional (Physiotherapist, Osteopath, Exercise Physiologist, Chiropractor, or Physiotherapy/ Osteo student) please view our range of clinical Pilates training courses here. 

Meet your course presenters

Phoebe Cole


Phoebe has a love for health and rehabilitation and has been mastering her knowledge for 13 years. Phoebe started her career as a myotherapist as she believed it took a whole-body approach to treat people with muscular pain and injury. This opened many doors for Phoebe including working with the Australian ballet and Victorian boys gymnastics. Phoebe treated at a clinic that specialised in hip arthroscopy which fuelled her passion for rehabilitation as she could see that all problems could be prevented through education, strength, and conditioning.


Phoebe completed her clinical Pilates and diploma of Pilates qualification and felt Pilates was the answer to healing the body.  She has now been teaching clinical Pilates for seven years, working with all levels of clients and a special interest in pre and postnatal care. Phoebes skills includes a whole body approach alongside her other devotion, teaching yoga and meditation.


Phoebes passion is in the treatment of musculoskeletal care through tailored body, mind and movement connection. She believes that by maintaining the structural integrity of the body you can prevent pain, injury, and have a happier state of mind.


Marilena Yammas


Marilena grew up with a passion for human movement through physical activity, particularly gymnastics. Marilena went on to study Physiotherapy at La Trobe University and has worked in Private Practise in Melbourne and London. 


Marilena was introduced to the APPI Pilates method while living in London and fell in love with the method immediately. She went on to work at APPI's Wimbledon clinic teaching predominantly Clinical Pilates, assessing and treating a multitude of patients. It is in London that Marilena also commenced teaching Fitness oriented Pilates, with the focus on maintaining wellness, rather than merely using Pilates as a rehabilitative tool.


Marilena currently runs the Pilates program on the popular online ‘Keep It Cleaner’ program for Laura Henshaw and Stephanie Claire Smith. Marilena is hugely passionate about the benefits of human movement through Pilates in maintaining wellness. When she is not teaching, Marilena can be found practicing what she preaches in the studio!


Kate Lister 

I strive to educate people on how their bodies work and how we can continue to dive deeper into understanding individually how we can live & move more efficiently to get the best out of life!


Kate started her Pilates practice in 2003 After injuring her back in a sporting accident. Soon after in 2005, Kate completed her first Pilates training course through Dance Medicine Australia (DMA). This was followed by the completion of her Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy in 2007 at RMIT University. Since then Kate has undertaken further advanced training in Pilates. In 2010 completing comprehensive training with Body Arts and Science (BASi), followed by Diploma in professional Pilates training with National Pilates Training (NPT) in 2014. More recently in 2018, Kate completed her Meditation & Mindfulness teacher training through the Melbourne Meditation Centre.


Kate has worked in Pilates studios and Allied health clinics in Melbourne & on the Sunshine Coast QLD. Kate is currently running her own small studio in Prahran, Mind-Body Integration. Kate has experience working with elite level athletes in sports such as Golf, Ironman Triathlon, CrossFit & Swimming. Kate has also worked with many general population clients who are active in a variety of activities and hobbies. Educating clients on the benefits of whole health wellness is Kate’s aim, blending her skillset of Myotherapy, Pilates and Meditation is a rewarding approach to wellness.


How do you become a certified Pilates instructor?

To become a fully certified Pilates instructor you must complete all course hours, logbook requirements and your certification exams. Your Pilates certification logbook hours include:

20 hours of observation (10hrs matwork and 10hrs reformer)
40 hours of practice teaching
60 hours of self-practice

How long does it take to become a certified Pilates instructor?

It can take anywhere from 3 - 9 months to become a fully certified Pilates instructor.

Unite Health offers Pilates certification in weekend modules delivered over 6 months or intensive training delivered over 3 weeks.

What does my Pilates certification mean?

Once you are a fully certified instructor you will be able to gain insurance to start teaching Pilates in studios and fitness centers. We recommend our course graduates obtain insurance through Therapy Sure or Insurance House.

Do I need to complete a Certificate IV or Diploma in Pilates to become a Pilates instructor?

To become a Pilates instructor you are not required to complete a Certificate IV or Diploma in Pilates in order to teach. APPI Pilates Instructor Certification is internationally recognised and will equip you with all the skills, knowledge and confidence required to gain employment as a Pilates instructor.

As of the 1st April 2019, Pilates instructors are no longer able to offer health insurance rebates to their clients.

Do I need anatomy knowledge prior to attending this course?

No prior anatomy or physiology knowledge is required to complete this course. Anatomy and physiology relevant to Pilates will be covered in-depth on the course.

How long do I have to complete my exams?

From the time you commence your training, you have up to two years to complete your logbook and certification exams. We recommend booking in your exam within 3 months of completing your Pilates Instructor course. 


How much money can you make as a Pilates instructor?

In Australia, Pilates instructors can make anywhere from $35 - $100+ depending on your place of employment and if you decide to set up your own Pilates business.  


Why choose APPI Pilates over other Pilates providers? 

APPI is an international education institute which means you can take your Pilates certification anywhere in the globe.   As APPI courses are designed by physiotherapists anatomy and alignment are key focuses in our teacher training.