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APPI Pilates Instructor Certification

$4000.00 inc. GST

There are no pre-requisites for this course. The APPI Pilates Instructor Certification is for those with no allied health background.

This internationally recognised Pilates Certification has been designed to create OUTSTANDING world-class Pilates instructors.

APPI Pilates Instructor Certification consists of:

  • 8 hours of pre course work (online)
  • 112 hours of face to face training
  • 20 hours of observation 
  • 40 hours of practice teaching 
  • 60 hours of self practice

Total time to complete: 3 - 9 months

Certification highlights:

  • Boutique training groups - maximum of 16 per course
  • 10 hours of studio hire included in your enrolment
  • We have proudly certified over 50,000 students around the world
  • Designed & delivered by degree level qualified allied health professionals
  • Anatomy and physiology delivered face to face 
  • 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
  • Payment plan available (details below)

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, 2 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 Waitlisted session
Victoria Unite Health - 18 St Edmonds Road, Prahran, VIC, 3181. 9am-5pm each day Start date: 26 Oct 2019 09:00
End date: 22 Mar 2020 05:00
Victoria Unite Health - 18 St Edmonds Road, Prahran, VIC, 3181. 9am-5pm each day Start date: 06 Jan 2020 09:00
End date: 23 Jan 2020 17:00
Victoria Unite Health - 18 St Edmonds Road, Prahran, VIC, 3181. 9am-5pm each day Start date: 07 Feb 2020 09:00
End date: 12 Jul 2020 17:00
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MELBOURNE - October Intensive**2 SPOTS LEFT!**

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Sat 26th - Sun 27th Oct 

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MELBOURNE - January Intensive **EARLY BIRD OFFER!**

Mon 6th - Fri 10th Jan 2020
Mon 13th - Fri 17th Jan 2020
Mon 20th - Thurs 23rd Jan 2020
Payment plan:
  • 2 payments of $2000
  • Payment #1 due now to secure one of the limited places
  • Payment #2 due by 15th December
  • Use voucher code PICEBP1 to pay your deposit today


MELBOURNE - February Weekend Modules (6 weekends) **EARLY BIRD OFFER!**

Sat 8th - Sun 9th Feb 2020 

Sat 7th - Mon 9th Mar 2020

Sat 18th - Sun 19th Apr 2020

Sat 2nd - Sun 3rd May 2020

Sat 6th - Mon 8th Jun 2020

Sat 11th - Sun 12th July 2020


Payment plan:
  • 2 payments of $2000
  • Payment #1 due now to secure one of the limited places
  • Payment #2 due by 8th January 2020 
  • 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 the year 2000.


Our growing community consists of over 50,000 APPI 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.


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

Course feedback

"The 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 

"This 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 class then theory and then learning the Pilates exercises.  I can not recommend this course enough" - Rhianna Lewis 

To become a fully qualified 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 


1) Certification logbook

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

  • 20 hours of observation 
  • 40 hours practise teaching 
  • 60 hours self practise 

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 matwork and reformer 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
  • Teaching of 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.


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 presenter - 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.

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 anatomy or physiology knowledge is required prior to completing 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.


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.