How To Become a Pilates Teacher in Australia: Your Ultimate Guide

Posted on January 04, 2024 by admin


Looking at A Career In Pilates Teaching?

So, you love pilates and would like to become a qualified pilates teacher? Let’s help you get started as it can be quite confusing with all the options available. 

With the right guidance and qualifications tou can turn your passion into a rewarding career as a pilates teacher in any location across Australia! You also have the lucrative business opportunity to open your very own pilates studio. 

By becoming a qualified pilates professional, you’ll have learn the ability to inspire and guide people towards achieving mental and physical benefits through pilats training. Tensegrity Training is a Registered Training Organisation following a curriculum developed by Tracey Nicholson, one of Australia’s first Pilates Practitioners.  We’ve trained thousands of pilates teachers in locations Across Australia, who are now working in their dream job and being well paid in the process. So, get ready to dive into this comprehensive guide on how to become a pilates teacher in Australia, and let’s make your dream a reality!

Step 1: Transforming Passion into a Career

If you enjoy Pilates Training and believe in its benefits, and enjoy sharing knowledge with people and supporting them in the learning process, then becoming a pilates teacher could be the career perfect path for you. As a pilates teacher, you’ll play a vital role in training individuals to reach their fitness goals, whether it’s improving strength, flexibility, or overall physical conditioning.

Step 2: Finding The Right Education Provider

To kickstart your new career path, you need to find a training organisation that help you build your practical and theoretical knowledge base and then help you through the process to becoming a successful pilates professional.

Tensegrity Training has been graduating qualified pilates teachers for over two decades, with pilates studios across Australia frequently contacting us for fresh graduates. 

Step 3: Selecting the Right Course

Choosing the right course is key to developing the necessary skills and knowledge to become a fantastic pilates teacher while also holding a nationally recognised qualification. 

Tensegrity Training, you’ll find an array of accredited training courses tailored that will help you become an industry leading pilates teacher, including:

Certificate IV in Contemporary Pilates And Teaching Methodology

(National Code 52855WA) :

This is a Matwork Certification that provides you with the skills and knowledge to instruct pilates exercises and programs in a safe, effective and contemporary manner.

Certificate IV in Contemporary Pilates And Teaching Methodology With Reformer Specialisation

A Certifcation that combines Matwork and Reformer Pilates bundled together giving you the skills and knowledge for teaching Pilates Mat classes, Barre and Group Reformer classes.

Diploma Of Contemporary Pilates And Teaching Methodology (National Code NAT11053)

The Studio Equipment Certification requires Certificate IV or equivalent as a pre-requisite. This program leaves you equipped to specialise in your area of interest and become an expert pilates teacher with a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.

Integrated Diploma – Includes Both Certificate IV (National Code 52855WA) & Diploma (National Code 10596NAT)

Develop the practical and theoretical experience and skills to successfully enter the workforce as a pilates teacher capable of making adaptations to meet special needs that arise in the health industry, including pregnancy, rehabilitation and movement therapy.

All Certification grant you the opportunity to join Australia’s Professional Pilates associations – PAA.

It’s important that you select a Government Accredited qualification that allows you to join a professional association such as PAA or AUSactive so you can work as a qualified Pilates Practitioner Australia-wide.

Step 4: Inquiring and Registering

After you have identified the course that matches your objectives and ambitions, get in touch with Tensegrity Training for more details.

Our team will seamlessly guide you through the enrollment process and can assist you at every step, ensuring a smooth transition into your chosen program.

Step 5: Learning and Thriving

Now comes the exciting part—immersing yourself in your Pilates education! Embrace the coursework, hands-on training, and mentoring provided by Tensegrity Training. 

Stay committed to ongoing learning and personal development, as this will pave the way for a successful career as a Pilates instructor.

Where Can You Work as a Pilates Teacher in Australia?

As a pilates teacher, you’ll have a variety of opportunities depending on the course you choose and the skills you acquire. Here are some potential work settings to consider:

Group Pilates Matwork Classes: You can teach at community centers, fitness centers, Pilates studios, schools, or even online platforms.

Group Pilates Reformer Classes: Reformer studios, fitness centers, and professional sporting clubs are great places to share your expertise.

Studio Pilates Equipment Sessions: Fully equipped Pilates studios, clinical/allied health practices, and specialized dance/art schools offer exciting possibilities.

Types of Clients You Can Work With

As you start your rewarding career in pilates it’s important to consider what kind of clients you would like to work, as well as what types of classes you would like to specialise in. 

Here is just a few options you may consider:

  • Group fitness exercise using reformers
  • Group exercise on the mat
  • Small group sessions using all the specialist pilates equipment
  • Working one-on-one with people in rehabilitation.


Earnings and Working Hours:

A roll as a pilates teacher will offer you flexible work hours with many instructors getting to choose class slots in the hours they prefer, plus you have the opportunity to set your own hours as business owner in the future. 

Pilates teaching is a career that offers qualified teachers the opportunity to earn upwards of $120 per hour.

As a Pilates Instructor your responsibilities will involve;

  • Instructing, coaching and educating individuals or small groups, in Pilates workouts.
  • Ensuring that Pilates exercises are performed safely by offering guidance and supervision.
  • Motivating clients to reach their fitness objectives.
  • Following workplace health and safety protocols.
  • Creating customized Pilates programs to meet needs.
  • Making adjustments, to programs based on specific requirements.

Qualities of a Great Pilates Teacher:

To become a pilates instructor it is crucial to develop the following attributes;

  1. Effective communication abilities; You need to be able to communicate instructions and guide your clients through the exercises.
  1. Enjoyment, in working with people; It’s essential to derive pleasure from working with individuals and genuinely caring about their overall well-being.
  1. Openness to learning; Being open-minded and willing to learn and expand your knowledge and skills is important, in this role.
  1. Having the ability to think critically in order to evaluate the needs of clients and adjust programs accordingly.
  1. Demonstrating empathy, generosity and humility, in order to establish an encouraging atmosphere for your clients.
  1. Being attentive to details. Maintaining a commitment towards upholding high standards, in pilates instruction.
  1. Find the drive, within yourself be truthful and demonstrate a strong dedication to work in order to inspire and set an example for others.
  1. Use humor to create a positive experience for your clients while working as a pilates teacher.

Begin your journey towards becoming a motivating pilates instructor with Tensegrity Training. By following the steps provided in this guide and acquiring the required certifications you can turn your aspiration of being a pilates teacher and Allied Health Professional, into a reality.

Contact us today to find out more about starting your new career as a pilates teacher in Australia!

Praise From Our Students And Graduates

The course thoroughly covered safe movement for various conditions and rehabilitation exercises for various pathologies. As most people have some sort of physical issue, I thought this was extremely valuable. Every aspect of the course was so valuable and had a positive impact on my Pilates teacher learning journey.

Tamsyn Deloraine, Tasmania

I recently completed the group reformer course though Tensegrity training at Queen St Pilates Studio in Adelaide. Over the three fantastic days of face-to-face training, I was able to broaden my knowledge and understanding of the body and the benefits and versatility of the reformer. Being only 1 of 5 people in this course meant that we were very interactive with the teacher and were able to ask frequent questions, create relative conversations, and feed off of each others ideas. It also meant that we could all use each other to demonstrate and create scenarios, and the instructor was almost always available to tend to us.

The online theory was thorough and simple to follow, which prepared me well for the hands on learning. Ample time was provided to complete the assessments away from the studio, and I loved having to put my knowledge to the test using real life scenarios and putting together class plans for different injuries, ages and fitness abilities. I think this type of learning prepares you extremely well for taking on clients. It was only a week after the course that I taught my first reformer class and it was incredible. I felt like I knew how to tend to each participant based on their abilities and knew how to modify/progress them. It felt extremely natural. I am still teaching at this pilates studio in Moonta Bay and over the course of these past few months I feel like the information I was provided with through Tensegrity has sunk in and progressed, and has not only been of high value to myself, but to the studio and its clients as well.

I have also now completed the face to face component of the Certificate IV in Contemporary Pilates & Teaching Methodology.

Lucy Prior

“All the knowledge and repertoire that I learnt will 100% stay with me and I will pass this knowledge on through my work with clients. I will endeavour to utilise similar explanations when teaching clients how to use any for of Pilates equipment.”

K.M. South Australia

‘….Further information around achieving neutral spine through various
exercises. Greater depth of understanding of Cadillac repertoire. I
very much enjoyed learning form Bruce who not only has extensive
knowledge & experience, but has a very inclusive and approachable
teaching style….’

Vanessa Killen Melbourne

‘…..I was very fortunate to have Leanne Mollison as my teacher who kept me
motivated and engaged the entire time. Given Leanne is so passionate
and knowledgeable about Pilates, she was able to ignite a spark in me,
allowing me to be so excited about being a Pilates instructor.
Leanne’s method of teaching of ensuring we are all totally immersed in
the world of Pilates and the required anatomy knowledge, had the
greatest impact on me as I was able to learn the material so much
quicker and easier. Leanne was so supportive and she was able to
challenge us without pushing us over the edge….’

Mandy Neller Adelaide

‘…Bruce’s communication style and his ability to enable me to “feel” what muscles were engaging was outstanding…’

Mike Fitsimon Melbourne

The quality of the training provided by Tensegrity Training was excellent. The modelling was impressive, and they demanded and succeeded in getting the best from each of us. I was challenged and encouraged greatly as a result. The requirement to complete observations sessions was greatly appreciated as I learnt a great deal from viewing qualified instructors. I was impressed by my trainer’s knowledge and mastery of her craft. Inspirational!

Marney NSW

‘….I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Queen St Pilates Studio, feeling
very welcomed and included into a great group of people. Leanne is an
incredible teacher, I admire her passion and dedication to her
students and work place. I felt very supported throughout my face to
face learning time with her….’

Kerryn Mundy Adelaide

‘…..From as young as I can remember my mum has always been bringing me along to Pilates. It wasn’t until I was around 15 that I started taking interest and going myself. I always loved that ‘after class feeling’ and the perfect balance of strength and flexibility.

Along with my new found love of Pilates soon followed a passion for an all round healthy lifestyle. This is where my Pilates journey really began.

Three days before my 16th birthday I started my Certificate IV in my sunny home town of Port Macquarie.

With my teacher and mentor being my mum, it was such an enjoyable experience I gained a deeper awareness of my body. It was through my certification and passion for healthy living that I began my degree of Naturopathy and relocated to Geelong  Victoria. It was here that I fell in love with Hot Pilates and started teaching at Upstate Studios. With the classes having up to 60 students each, every class has such a high vibe and is always nothing but fun.

I feel so grateful to have a job that I truly enjoy and is flexible around my studies. I hope to continue teaching and one day have my own studio. I couldn’t be more grateful!….’

Lilly Howard Port Macquarie

I feel the practical assessments is allowed me to feel confident in my understanding of the exercises. I thoroughly enjoyed this part!! Practicing how to explain an exercise and personally knowing how to do them was my challenge, that I’ve now overcome. I will confidently use my learning from this course to teach Pilates classes at the studio I now work in. I’m very excited to be ‘officially’ getting started on my journey as an Instructor!!

Lauren Central Coast NSW

Clinical Practice hours were valuable time spent under supervision getting hands on training in a safe and supportive environment.  I had “lightbulb” moments throughout the training with certain phrases, cues or knowledge that the trainer shared with us.  The dots started to slowly join. I really enjoyed the Cadillac training and feel confident to go ahead and instruct in all aspects of Pilates instruction.

I have taken away the knowledge acquired in the Integrated Diploma and put it into practice at the Pilates & Yoga studio where I now teach. I am seeing better results and from clients in my classes and have had great feedback. I have learnt so much about my own body and now have a deeper understanding of both my personal Pilates practice and teaching.

Kelly Brisbane Queensland

I have recently completed Integrated Diploma of Contemporary Pilates and Teaching Methodology through Queen St Pilates Studio and Tensegrity Training. I found the learning environment that Leanne Mollison has created at her studio to be very supportive no matter what background the student may have. The course prepares you to enter your career as Pilates instructor both from a technical and physical perspective with lots of opportunities to practice and perfect your teaching style along the way. Leanne is a wealth of knowledge and keeps the course interesting and engaging for the students. After completing my face to face hours of the Cours I gained work in the industry and that is a testament to the quality of my knowledge and teaching skills gained from the course. I highly recommend the course offered through Queen St Pilates Studio to anyone who is looking at becoming a Pilates instructor.

Jessica Bajic

‘….I undertook my Diploma of Contemporary Pilates & Teaching Methodology with Tensegrity Training in 2015. For me, it was a total career change having spent the previous 10 years practicing as a litigation attorney. After years of doing Pilates for my own body and experiencing its many benefits, I decided to turn it into a career. The training I did with Tensegrity gave me the skills and the knowledge to work for myself, support my young family, be more present at home and to teach others the joy of Pilates.

The course is well structured, beginning with an understanding of anatomy before diversifying into content that covers both the theoretical as well as practical aspects of the Pilates method, including how to operate a Pilates business. Tracey is a charismatic and passionate teacher whose extensive knowledge is founded in many disciplines, resulting in an educational experience that goes beyond ‘just Pilates.’ In this course you are challenged to think independently, to deduce, differentiate, apply and justify what you are taught. You are required to think critically, logically and thoughtfully in order to successfully and accurately apply what you know to any given scenario. This is how all Pilates courses should be, in order that students enter the profession as self-contained, independent thinkers. The Diploma provides a solid foundation from which to begin your Pilates career.

The learning environment at Tensegrity is relaxed, beautiful and collegiate, and there is opportunity for continuing professional development after you have completed your initial training.

After completing my training with Tensegrity, I worked for a number of studios around the Sunshine Coast before opening my own small, boutique studio. I have a dedicated clientele and delight in what I do every day. For me, witnessing the difference Pilates makes to my clients’ physical and mental health is the greatest reward. I am forever grateful to Tracey at Tensegrity for encouraging me along this path….’

Deborah Commins Sunshine Coast

‘…I valued the presenters hands-on experience, working knowledge and passion of the content. The presenters were very collaborative and encouraged EVERYONE to contribute and express their opinion, which made for a very inclusive learning environment.….’

Louise Osborne Melbourne

“….Caroline (Caz) broke the days up well with a balance of completing the
practical and theory components. She was very flexible in her delivery
and allowed us to ask questions are we went. She also made it specific
and relevant to our needs and experience level e.g. desire for more
Pelvic floor set up etc. We would have loved even more time with her,
the course was incredibly valuable. All team members at Tensegrity
have been very helpful and approachable to help with our questions and
enquiries. Thank You!…..”

Jenna Kaine Deniliquin, NSW

I enjoyed the academic and physical components of the course equally. I am very fortunate to have been offered work in a Studio, so everything I learnt in the Course has proved invaluable. Thank you! I also feel well prepared to teach and confident to ask questions and seek guidance from Tensegrity if needed. They are so supportive of current and past students.

Alana Hobart, Tasmania

‘…Kaz was simply amazing. She explained and demonstrated to us so well
and we were able to pick everything up so quickly…’

Ashlee Huntly Deniliquin, NSW

‘….The entire day was super informative and working with Bruce was wonderful! He was very good at explaining everything and the day was great! There were a lot of phrases and explanations that Bruce used that have stuck with me since Sunday!…”

Bella Sammut Smeaton Grange, NSW- Western Sydney

I have recently completed my Integrated Diploma of Contemporary Pilates and Teaching Methodology with Tensgrity Training and in partnership with Queen St Pilates Studio and absolutely loved every minute of it!

Leanne kept us all so engaged throughout the course and was able to challenge us, without pushing us over the edge. Leanne was professional, inspiring, supportive and filled with so much knowledge … it was a privilege to do the course with her.  Leanne is so passionate about Pilates, our bodies and our overall health, it created a positive and enjoyable atmosphere to learn in.

Queen St Pilates studio was also the perfect environment to undertake the course, with so much support provided by all the current instructors and reception staff.

Mandy Neller
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