10376NAT Certificate IV in Pilates

Your Perfect Entry Point To A Pilates Career

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The Perfect Entry Point To Pilates Teaching

If you want to make a career out of teaching group Pilates to enrich people’s lives, this is the perfect course for you to start with. Breathe graduates are in hot demand by employers across Australia.

Mat & Reformer

In the Breathe Certificate IV in Pilates you’ll learn to teach group Reformer & Matwork, preparing you perfectly to start your career teaching in the large number of studios now popping up everywhere.


This evidence-based Pilates course will give you a sound foundation in anatomy and Pilates theory, as well as exceptional group teaching skills. All the tools you’ll need to adapt, thrive and make a difference to people’s fitness, health and wellbeing in a fast-changing industry.

Industry recognition

10376NAT Certificate IV in Pilates is recognised by the Pilates Alliance of Australasia (PAA) – the peak industry body for Pilates. As a graduate you’ll be automatically eligible for Matwork membership of the PAA.

Comprehensive syllabus

10376NAT Certificate IV in Pilates will train you in Communication, Class Design, Cueing & Correction, Anatomy & Biomechanics, Pilates Repertoire and Client Assessment.

Modern, Curated eLearning

In 10376NAT Certificate IV in Pilates you’ll work in our state-of-the-art eLearning system as well as receiving hands-on instruction from industry leading professionals.

Study At Your Own Pace

Modern, Curated eLearning

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Gain A Widely Recognised Pilates Qualification

Your 10376NAT Certificate IV in Pilates from Breathe Education is recognised by the Australian government, the Pilates Alliance of Australasia (PAA) and all major liability insurers.

Hands-On Learning

Learning Objectives

1. Understand the relationship between posture and muscle balance, and use this knowledge to select appropriate muscle tests, and formulate effective program goals for clients, and to structure effective group classes

2. Understand the elements that contribute to a participant’s experience of a group class, and use this knowledge to create an enjoyable and satisfying experience for group class participants

3. Understand the biomechanical principles inherent in targeting specific muscles for testing, strengthening or lengthening.

4. Understand the SOAP format and use it to structure client assessments, client notes and referrals to health professionals.

5. Understand the components of an effective flexibility program and apply them to improving client flexibility.

6. Gain insight into your own posture & muscle balance and develop a personal targeted exercise routine to improve posture and strength and flexibility imbalances.

7. Develop the ability to give and receive feedback effectively

8. Understand the importance of and how to set clear boundaries in the workplace and other situations

9. Experience empathy and compassion for others and apply this ongoing experience to the provision of high quality customer service

10. Understand how to best facilitate the learning of movement skills by humans and apply this knowledge with individuals and groups.

11. Develop creativity in exercise design and programming based on a sound understanding of biomechanics and human motor learning.


Practicum includes a range of activities you need to do outside face-to-face course hours to develop your skills. There are four components to practicum:

  1. Observation
  2. Student placement
  3. Practice teaching
  4. Personal Pilates practice

The Pilates Alliance of Australasia requires all Certificate IV level Pilates courses to include a set number of hours of practical experience. Your practicum comprises 20 hours observation, 50 hours student placement, 30 hours practice teaching and 50 hours personal Pilates practice.

1. Observation 20 hours

Observation means watching Pilates sessions taught by a suitably qualified instructor (see below).

2. Student placement 50 hours

Your student placement must:

  • Be supervised by a suitably qualified instructor
  • Include both Matwork and Reformer (this can be at a single workplace or multiple workplaces)
  • Be work experience (i.e. assisting rather than observing)

3. Practice teaching 30 hours

Practice teaching can be done with family members, friends or fellow students. If you’re currently working as a Pilates instructor you can include paid client sessions.

4. Personal Pilates practice 50 hours

In order to teach Pilates well, you must have experience doing Pilates. To graduate from the course you’ll need:

  • A total of 50 hours personal Pilates practice (roughly 3 hours/week)
  • At least 30 of your 50 hours must be led by a suitably qualified instructor. These sessions can be 1:1 or group sessions
  • Pilates sessions are not provided by Breathe Education; they can be done with any suitably qualified instructor, and are at your cost

Suitably qualified instructors

Suitably qualified instructors for Certificate IV in Pilates practicum must hold at least one of the following:

  • Certificate IV in Pilates
  • Diploma of Pilates
  • Advanced Diploma of Pilates
  • Matwork or higher level membership of the PAA (Pilates Alliance of Australasia)
  • Level 1 or higher membership of the APMA (Australian Pilates Method Association)
  • Matwork &/or Reformer Certification in a recognised Pilates system e.g. STOTT PILATES, Polestar, Authentic Pilates,  BASI Pilates, Romana’s Pilates

Examples of supervisors who are NOT suitably qualified:

  • Physiotherapist without Pilates qualifications
  • A fitness or allied health professional who has done a weekend Pilates course or workshop
  • Personal trainers who do not have any of the Pilates qualifications listed above

Accredited Units

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The following nationally recognised units comprise the 10376NAT Certificate IV in Pilates

PILWPF401A Work within an evidence based Pilates framework
PILPPA401A Perform a Pilates assessment
PILPDE401A Plan and deliver Pilates exercise program
HLTCSD201D Maintain high standard of client service
HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in health
HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context
HLTHIR402D Contribute to organisational effectiveness in the health industry
HLTCOM406C Make referrals to other health care professionals when appropriate
HLTCOM408D Use specific health terminology to communicate effectively
HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes
SISFFIT417A Undertake long term exercise programming
HLTIN403C Implement and monitor infection control policy and procedures
HLTCOM404C Communicate effectively with clients

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Entry Requirements


Online learning forms a major part of this course, and you’ll be interacting with our eLearning system daily. You’ll be watching instructional videos, writing client programs, completing quizzes and submitting assignments online. In order to succeed you’ll need:

  • Access to a computer (Desktop or laptop, Mac or PC)
  • Internet connection sufficient for streaming HD videos
  • Microsoft Word and Excel
  • A calendar application (eg. Apple iCal, Google, Outlook)
  • Your own email address (i.e. one to which you have uninterrupted access)
  • Access to a scanner for uploading documents to eLearning
  • Access to a printer


Age: Only adults at least 18 years of age may enrol with Breathe Education.

Physical fitness: The course involves a fair bit of working out. Being unfit is certainly no barrier; indeed the course will increase your fitness. You’ll need to be able to:

  • Participate in Pilates sessions (Of course we can modify things to suit your capacities and condition)
  • Sit for prolonged periods (We do encourage you to lie, pace, stretch or self-massage during class if you like to).

What if I have an injury or medical condition?

Generally you’ll be fine to complete the course if you’re injured, pregnant or have a medical condition, as we can modify the workouts to suit your condition. However if your injury is serious enough to prevent you from working out at all, this may be a problem. Please discuss your situation with our support team before you enrol. Email info@breathe.edu.au.


Attendance Requirements

90% attendance is required for successful completion of your course.

If you are unable to attend a particular course day then our Enrolment Variation policy applies. If you have extenuating circumstances these will be taken into consideration.

If you know in advance that you can’t attend all course dates you should choose a different course intake group where you can attend all the dates.


Self-Study Requirements

In addition to the face-to-face lessons, each week throughout the course you’ll be doing a significant amount of self-study via our eLearning system.

Self-study includes watching videos, answering quizzes and undertaking written submissions such as client programs, referral letters and session notes.

You should budget 3-5 hours for self-study each week throughout the course. Additionally you’ll need to dedicate some time each week to personal Pilates practice, and practice teaching, as well as your student placement. This will total roughly an extra 2-5 hours per week.

Language, Literacy & Numeracy

The course involves written assessments as well as calculations of various ratios and percentages. In order to survive and thrive through the course, you’ll need the following as a minimum:

  • Written English skills sufficient to be able to write professional communications (for example you’ll learn how to write referral letters to allied health professionals).
  • The ability to learn the correct spelling and use of various bits of anatomical and medical terminology, (for example anterior means forwards).
  • Basic mathematical ability to use a calculator to work out percentages and ratios (although we’ll show you how to do this during the course).

Reading Materials

Required Reading:

  • Pilates – Return to Life through Contrology by Joseph H. Pilates

Highly Recommended Reading: 

  • Ellie Herman Pilates Reformer Manual (1st or 2nd Edition) by Ellie Herman
  • The PMA Pilates Certification Exam Study Guide by Deborah Lesson

Recommended Reading:

  • Trail Guide to the Body (5th Edition) by Andrew Biel
  • Muscles: Testing & Function, with Posture & Pain by Florence Peterson Kendall et al

We have been lucky enough to have several graduates from Breathe join our Pilates teams in Elwood and Boronia over time and have always been impressed with their level of technical ability, versatility and fantastic attitude.

Dr Paul HermannOsteopath & Sports Scientist, Stay Tuned Sports Medicine

All of the Breathe students I have supervised come to me with a sound knowledge and skills base which they have obtained through an excellent course. They are well and truly on the right track to a successful career in the fitness/health industry. We need instructors exactly like this so that our clients get the results they deserve.

David PitcherEast Melbourne Physio & Hydrotherapy

Students coming from Breathe Education are knowledgeable, innovative and dynamic in their thought process. I could not recommend Breathe Education and their trainers more highly.

Dr Michelle WilsonOsteopath & Pilates instructor

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Pilates Certification

When you are considering obtaining pilates certification, it is important to choose from only those pilates certification courses that are properly accredited.

Accreditation is an important concept in higher education. In a nutshell, it means that an independent authority (usually a national government, sometimes a state government, and more rarely a private organisation that is internationally respected as a legitimate accreditation body) has vouched for the quality of education and training provided by the course.

That can make a huge amount of difference to how employers and academic bodies view an individual’s credentials. Without proper accreditation, nobody can be really certain that you are trained to the highest standards of professionalism.

Breathe Education is the most reputable “become a pilates instructor” college in Melbourne that provides nationally accredited training in pilates certifications.

Pilates Certification Courses

Offering study at Certificate IV level and Diploma level, the courses at Breathe Education are genuinely impressive. They use a combination of online learning and practical classroom workshops where you can get a real hands-on education. In this way, you can study at your own pace and also ensure that you get a really in-depth learning opportunity.

Of course none of this should give you the impression that the courses are ridiculously easy or that you won’t have to work hard to get your qualification. These are serious courses designed for those who are sincerely interested in working as certified pilates instructors or clinical therapists, so it is important to ensure students are properly prepared to work in such an important and responsible role and we are certain that this is possible with courses like our Diploma of Clinical Pilates.

Breathe Education requires students to be fully committed to the goal of passing their courses honestly and with integrity, as indeed any reputable institution of higher learning would require. In fact, this issue is not just about you, but also the well-being of people who would come to you as a client in the future for coaching, advice, or therapy.

There is a responsibility to attempt to ensure that students who graduate in health and fitness related courses will uphold the highest levels of ethics and accountability. The principle of “do no harm” is very important.

As a student in these subjects, you will learn a range of important skills that you will later be able to apply in your career. Everything you learn will be genuinely useful. At the most fundamental level, this includes a comprehensive study in theory and practice of pilates methodology.

You will also learn how to design pilates programs for your clients based on analysis you would perform in situ, and you will learn how to design programs for both individuals and groups. Beyond that, you will learn important teaching skills and you will study matters of law, safety, and ethics.

As you can see, these courses are genuinely challenging and interesting, and ultimately will lead you towards a rewarding career.

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