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10426NAT Diploma of Clinical Pilates

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10426NAT Diploma of Clinical Pilates

Develop a complete Pilates skill set

Develop the in-depth skills and knowledge you’ll need to use Pilates to rehabilitate clients with injuries using the full range of Pilates equipment.

Includes Certificate IV in Pilates

The combination of Certificate IV with the Diploma provides a complete, rounded and in-depth skill set to make you a complete Pilates instructor.

Learn Evidence-Based Skills

Based on the lastest research and thoroughly referenced, you’ll learn techniques and practices that really work.

Health fund rebates

As a graduate you’ll be automatically eligible for full membership of the Pilates Alliance of Australasia (PAA), the peak industry body for Pilates, giving your clients access to rebates for your Pilates sessions through their private health insurance.

Understand the complete picture

You’ll undertake detailed study of anatomy, client assessment, clinical reasoning, biomechanics, teaching skills, flexibility, terminology & communication.

Modern, Curated eLearning

In the Breathe Diploma of Clinical Pilates you’ll work in our world-class 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 Qualification

Your 10426NAT Diploma of Clinical Pilates from Breathe Education is recognised by the Australian government, Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), Charles Darwin University and the Pilates Alliance of Australasia (PAA).

All our training is done in-house: You’ll be working directly with our trainers, and Breathe Education will issue your qualification.

Articulate to a Bachelor’s Degree

We have a formal articulation agreement in place with Charles Darwin University, so as a graduate of the Breathe Diploma of Clinical Pilates you are guaranteed a full year of advanced standing against the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at CDU.

Hands-On Learning

What You’ll Learn

Anatomy & Biomechanics

  • Functional anatomy
  • Biomechanics of all major joints
  • Biomechanics of injury
  • How to correct movement problems

Client Assessment

  • How to assess problem movements
  • Psychosocial causes of pain
  • Biomechanical movement analysis
  • Muscle testing
  • Posture analysis
  • Clinical reasoning

Technical Skills

  • All Pilates equipment
  • Self myofascial release
  • Flexibility programming
  • Periodisation
  • Retraining dysfunctional movements

Philosophy & Practicum

  • Scope of practice
  • Pilates philosophy
  • Research methods
  • Student placement


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

  1. Student placement
  2. Personal Pilates practice

The Pilates Alliance of Australasia requires all Diploma level Pilates courses to include a set number of hours of practical experience.

1. Student placement 230 hours

  • Must be supervised by a suitably qualified instructor (see below)
  • Must include studio apparatus e.g. Cadillac/Trapeze table, Wunda Chair, Barrels, Reformer.
  • May be completed at a single workplace or multiple workplaces
  • 30 hours observation
  • 200 hours must be work experience (i.e. assisting rather than observing)

3. Personal Pilates practice 85 hours

Personal practice means physically doing Pilates yourself.  Your personal practice:

  • Must total at least 85 hours (3 hours/week)
  • Must include at least 50 hours that are led by a suitably qualified instructor (see below). 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 10426NAT Diploma of Clinical Pilates practicum must hold at least one of the following:

  • Diploma of Pilates (from Breathe Education or another provider)
  • Advanced Diploma of Pilates
  • Level 1 or higher level membership of the PAA (Pilates Alliance of Australasia)
  • Level 2 or higher membership of the APMA (Australian Pilates Method Association)
  • Full (studio) Certification in a recognised Pilates system e.g. STOTT PILATES, Polestar, Authentic Pilates,  BASI Pilates, Romana’s Pilates
  • A Physiotherapist, Exercise Physiologist, Osteopath or Myotherapist who has completed any Pilates instructor trainer course

Examples of supervisors who are NOT suitably qualified:

  • Physiotherapist who hasn’t completed Pilates instructor training
  • A Pilates instructor with matwork and reformer training only
  • A Pilates instructor with a certificate IV level Pilates qualification
  • A Matwork member of the PAA
  • A Pilates instructor with STOTT PILATES Matwork certification
  • 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 10426NAT Diploma of Clinical Pilates

HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a healthcare context
HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status
HLTAP501C Analyse health information
CLPEPA501A Apply an evidence-based approach to clinical Pilates assessment
CLPEML501A Apply an evidence-based approach to motor learning

CPLEFL501A Apply evidence-based strategies to optimise flexibility
CLPCPP501A Design & deliver clinical Pilates programs using the full range of Pilates equipment
CLPBMS501A Apply a biomechanical approach to optimising movement strategies
CLPPET501A Apply a periodised approach to Pilates program design
CLPREP501A Represent Pilates to the community
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Entry Requirements


Technology 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


Physical Requirements

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 resistance training (Of course we can modify things to suit your capacities and condition)
  • Participate in Pilates sessions
  • 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.


Time requirements

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.

Literacy & Numeracy

Literacy & numeracy Requirements

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)
  • Language reasoning skills to choose effective search terms when conducting online searches for academic papers.
  • 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
  • The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallway

Highly Recommended Reading:

  • The PMA Pilates Certification Exam Study Guide by Deborah Lesson

Recommended Reading:

  • ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (10th Edition) by American College of Sports Medicine
  • Your Health – A corrective system of exercising by Joseph H. Pilates
  • Muscles Testing & Function by Florence Peterson Kendall et al
  • Trail Guide to the Body (5th Edition) by Andrew Biel

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

I've been teaching yoga for 10 years and completed a Bachelor in Health Science, and work with people's bodies everyday, and nothing has come close to the practical information given in this course. The Diploma of Clinical Pilates delves not only into the anatomy and biomechanics of our bodies and how to treat each body intelligently and uniquely.

Dr Natasja Fox (TCM)

The most valuable thing that I have taken from the course is being able to think biomechanically and anatomically.
There are very few things that clients present with today that I don't feel capable to assist them with.

Neil GormanBreathe Diploma of Clinical Pilates Graduate

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Clinical Pilates Courses

If you want to take your passion for pilates and turn it into a rewarding career where you can help people and make a real difference in their lives, you have come to the right place. A clinical pilates course will make you stand out as a competent practitioner. Students who participate in clinical pilates courses are equipped with a sound knowledge of health and fitness that goes far beyond the level of an ordinary pilates instructor.

Clinical Pilates Courses

Breathe Education is a leading provider of clinical pilates courses and pilates reformer courses. Based in Melbourne, our small school has already helped huge numbers of students to achieve success in the pilates industry.

Do you have what it takes to go from where you are now to becoming a quality practitioner of clinical pilates? If you can dream of such a thing, you are already more than half way on your journey towards success, because real achievements are always made by those with the passion to follow their dreams.

Students at Breathe Education are united in a common goal of learning to be the best clinical pilates instructors in the world. Anyone that would settle for less probably doesn’t have the necessary drive to achieve success. The kind of student who goes on to achieve great things is not the one who says “I want to be a pilates instructor,” but the one who says “I want to be the best pilates instructor the world has ever seen.”

Pilates Courses at Breath Education in Melbourne

At the end of your studies with Breathe Education, you will emerge with either a Pilates Certification or a Diploma in Clinical Pilates. These are fully accredited qualifications recognised throughout the industry, and approved by leading industry bodies such as Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA) and the Pilates Alliance of Australasia (PAA).

Courses are conducted through a combination of workshops and online learning, allowing you to gain practical skills and deep insight into human physiology as it applies to pilates instruction. The knowledge you will gain through this training will empower you to be a first class practitioner of clinical pilates.

You will study a curriculum that is designed to lead you step by step towards your goal. It begins with instruction in pilates methodology, and from there you will study topics such as anatomy, physiology, safety, law, and ethics. You will also learn important teaching and coaching skills, and you will learn how to safely design fitness programs to suit people of different ages and abilities.

By studying clinical pilates at Breathe Education, you are putting yourself in the best position to achieve success. The staff at Breathe Education is 100% dedicated to supporting you to reach your full potential. As a graduate of a Breathe Education course, you will be recognised as a true professional in clinical pilates.
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