The course will include APPI’s unique insight into how the body works by delivering on course anatomy and physiology sessions (in addition to online and support materials), and bring the elements of applied anatomy usually taught at physiotherapy degree level courses.

Each day a different part of the body will be reviewed, and then a small surface anatomy session will allow all the pieces of the puzzle of understanding anatomy and movement to be pieced together. This will then be linked to the Pilates movements that focus on that area of the body as a way of allowing the student to link together the theories of applied anatomy and the movements of Pilates.

Over the 13 day program the full 34 traditional Matwork Pilates exercises, plus additional standing, kneeling and seated warm up and cool down exercises, will be taught. In addition, the APPI’s unique Pilates exercise level adaptations will enable the course participants to train a client through a step by step process of achieving successful Pilates movements. In the APPI repertoire the majority of the traditional 34 movements have been broken down into 4-6 levels, allowing a client with no exercise history, or limited movement control a chance to slowly progress in a painfree, achievable and structured program. Following successful completion of the training you will be empowered to teach 1:1 as well as group Pilates Matwork sessions.


There no mandatory pre-requisites. However, APPI requires all learners to have had experienced participating in at least 10 Pilates classes in either a gym or studio environment prior to beginning of the course.

For REPS members wanting to claim CPD points the minimum prerequisite is L3 Pilates Instructor.


The exam consists of two components; a practical exam and a theory exam. The practical and theory exams are both an hour in duration and will cover everything taught in the teacher training course and the recommended reading.

Please note: You will need to provide a body to act as your client for the duration of your exam.

Exam Content

The theory exam is a 60 minute multiple choice online test which you will have access to from one week before your practical exam to one week after your practical exam. The theory exam must be taken in one 60 minute session and you cannot pause or go back to the test once it has begun.The theory components that are assessed include:

– The Pilates principles
– The history of Joseph Pilates
– The fundamental research presenter in the course lectures
– The anatomy of the spinal stability muscles
– The classification of rehabilitation Pilates exercises
– The five stage model of segmental spinal stabilising retraining.

The practical exam is a 60 minute exam.

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