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Pilates Instructor Course – everything you need to know

Published on: 15/06/18


Pilates Instructor Course - everything you need to know

Interested in registering for the YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates course at the Pilates Advanced Training School? There are many questions a potential learners needs answering before embarking on the wonderful journey of becoming a Pilates Instructor.


Here are some of the common questions asked by our learners.

What is the structure of the course i.e. how long is the eLearning theory component and the Pilates practical element?

Once you have registered you will be given a unique student ID and login details for the eLearning module. You will then have 215 days to access the eLearning programme and this needs to be completed prior to starting the Pilates practical tuition which will be taught one day a week over 12 weeks.

What and how is eLearning support provided?

Your tutor will check in with all learners once a week to check your progress and support you with any additional questions. You’ll have the support of your fellow peers in a learner support study group and YMCA provide 2 manuals which are useful resources for the eLearning theory.

Do I have to attend additional Pilates classes whilst on the course?

It is recommended that you attend Pilates classes during the course as it’ll help with your learning to pick up on teaching skills and reinforce the repertoire.

Do I need to complete the Mat Pilates course before I can enrol in the Equipment course?

Yes, you’ll need to complete the YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates course before progressing onto the Pilates equipment modules.

How many learners on the course?

Pilates Advanced Training School prides themselves on creating a learning environment suitable for all learners therefore we have a maximum of 10 learners per course.

What happens if I miss a tuition day?

The tutor will provide you with a detailed summery of the missed day and the learner support group will help you from a learners prospective.

I’m a guy, is Pilates an industry for women?

Pilates was created by a man, Joseph Pilates. There are many male instructors and lots of interest from men to join classes.

Do I need to be fit before starting the course?

Whatever your level of fitness is, you will discover Pilates is suitable for all. The course will enable you to access the repertoire through modifications.

I love Pilates and I want to know more but I’m not sure if I want to be a instructor. Is this training right for me?

We have many learners who embark on the course that want to learn more about Pilates. At the end of the course many go on to teach and some enjoy the knowledge they’ve acquired for their own personal gains.

I work full time, can I still manage to complete my qualification and how would this work?

The eLearning theory element is conducive to fit around your work commitments and the practical tuition days are held one day a week.

I have young children, will a new career in Pilates work for me?

Being a Pilates Instructor means you can be your own boss and work the hours that suit you and your family.

I’m coming from a completely different career background, could being a Pilates instructor work for me?

All learners come from different career backgrounds. You will all begin at the same place and over the 12 weeks you will develop the skills required to become a qualified Pilates Instructor.

When qualified what is the next step and do you provide advice?

During the course there will be discussions on what comes next after you’ve qualified as a Level 3 Pilates Instructor.

Can I work overseas with my Pilates qualification?

The YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates will certify you to teach the Pilates method in the UK, Europe and Australasia.

Are there any additional fees aside from the cost of the course?

YMCA Registration fee is £90 and the YMCA certification fee is £90. Additional YMCA eLearning manuals (x2 books) cost £50 in total.

Can the course fee be paid in instalments?

Yes. The course fee can be paid over the duration of your course with an agreed payment plan, with no interest.

More information on the courses can be found here or to register onto the next course starting Sunday 16 September 2018 contact us today to secure your place.

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