5 Steps easy steps on how to become a Pilates instructor

Step 1- Turn your passion into a career
Step 2- Find an education provider that inspires you
Step 3- Select a course that fits your needs
Step 4- Enquire and Enrol
Step 5- Study and succeed


Do you love the way Pilates makes you feel and want to help others lead a happy and fulfilling life?

Then, becoming a Pilates instructor could be the best way to share your passion with others and become a professional.

Pilates instructors are highly trained professionals who help people achieve mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Professional Pilates instructors inspire and train people to reach their fitness goals such as improving strength and flexibility, as well as generally increasing overall physical conditioning and mental wellness.

Now let’s explore the job profile of a Pilates instructor and kickstart your career.


What is a Pilates instructor?

A Pilates instructor is a teacher of movement who provides comprehensive coaching in Pilates to an individual/small group.


Where can I find a job as a Pilates instructor in Australia?

The course you choose and the skills you acquire will determine where you can apply for a job.

With comprehensive and thorough training the opportunities are aplenty.

The list below explores the different types of classes/services and defines the skills and training required.


a)Group Pilates matwork classes

Community centres, in the home, online, gym/fitness centres, clinical allied health practise, Pilates studios, schools, specialist sporting schools, specialist arts/dance training schools.

To be able to teach Pilates on the mat including use of small props understanding how to plan a class cue and instruct for an effective workout.

Training required?
Professional Pilates matwork Instruction


b)Group Pilates reformer classes

Reformer studios, gym/fitness centres, professional sporting clubs

To be able to teach Pilates on the reformer understanding how to plan a class, cue and instruct delivery an effective workout for the general population.

Training required?
Professional Pilates reformer instruction


c) Studio Pilates equipment sessions

Fully equipped Pilates studios, clinical/allied health practise, elite professional sporting organisations, elite specialised fulltime dance/art schools.

To be able to teach Pilates on the reformer, Cadillac/trapeze, wunda chair, ladder barrel, spine corrector, foot corrector, toe corrector CT- DO THEY LEARN THIS??, small props, ped-a-pul, baby arc.

Diploma of professional Pilates Instruction (10838NAT)


How much can I earn as a Pilates instructor?

  • Matwork Qualified- The average hourly rate is $45-50 per class
  • Reformer Qualified- The average hourly rate is $45-50 per class
  • Diploma Qualified- In Australia the average salary for a junior Diploma qualified Pilates instructor who teaches 25-30 hours per week is $35,000-50,000 per annum.
  • The average hourly rate in Australia for a junior graduate of the Diploma is $35.00
  • With more experience in reputable Pilates studios the pay rates will increase incrementally to approx. $50,000-$68, 000 per annum.


What are the hours like as a Pilates instructor?

Early mornings, evenings, Saturday mornings are typically the busiest times in a fully equipped Pilates studio.


What qualifications do I need to become a Pilates instructor in Australia?

At National Pilates Training the highest level of qualification is an Advanced Diploma. This qualification will develop professional expertise to be able to manage a practise, work with high risk clientele understanding clinical application of the Pilates method for risk rehabilitation, sport specify, and elite level conditioning.

The base level qualification is a Diploma. The Diploma qualification will develop the required skills and knowledge to be able to be employed in a fully equipped Pilates studio, fitness/gym setting for group matwork and or reformer classes, clinical/allied health practise working alongside allied health practitioners.

Entry point-at National Pilates Training we have developed a small skill set- Groupfit professional Pilates instruction pathway, for those who are looking at dipping their toes into the Pilates industry to build confidence as a Pilates instructor.


Duties of a Pilates instructor?

  • Teach/coach/educate individuals or small groups in the Pilates method exercises
  • Supervise clients to ensure safe execution of Pilates exercises promoting positive outcome
  • Motivate clients
  • Implement work place health and safety procedures
  • Formulate Pilates based programs
  • Modify programs to suit individual needs and requirements


What makes a great Pilates teacher?

  • Strong communication skills
  • Enjoy working with people
  • A passion for feeling well
  • An openness to learning new things
  • A willingness to keep learning
  • Critical thinker
  • A good listener
  • Passion for the Pilates method
  • Motivation
  • Generosity
  • Humility
  • Honesty
  • Commitment
  • Work ethic
  • Eye for detail
  • Empathy
  • Sense of humour


Are you ready to kickstart your Pilates journey?

Reach out to someone who knows what it feels like to be passionate about helping others improve their physical health and mental wellbeing through the practise of the Pilates method.

Contact Katrina Edwards at National Pilates Training today at katrina@alignedforlife.com.au