Professional Development – Pilates Teacher Training

Do you want to train to become a Pilates Instructor?

Thinking about starting a new career???

Perhaps you would like to lead a happy, active, healthy life as a full-time certified Pilates professional. Or add this teaching qualification to your existing career portfolio. Our next course, which will take place in the Stretch NI Studio in Columbia Gym, Lurgan, will have a new format with online training before the practical course weekends and dates for this Winter 2012 course are:

  • Throughout November (Online Training at home)
  • Sat 24th & Sun 25th Nov (Orientation and check on Online Training elements & Practical Training session)
  • Sat 1st & Sun 2nd Dec (Practical Training weekend)
  • Sat 12th & Sun 13th Jan (Practical Assessment Days)

Pay in full NOW!

Or pay your deposit to secure your place.

Course Description: This Level 3 diploma is certified by Active IQ and is worth 20 CPD points with REPS (the Register of Exercise Professionals). This gives the highest nationally recognised qualification for Pilates. You will also receive:

  • training by experienced Pilates practitioners
  • the opportunity to network with fellow Pilates enthusiasts
  • FREE listing on the Stretch NI website for one year following your training

Assessment: Before the practical training weekends you will be registered for online training in the Principles of Exercise & Fitness, Customer Service Skills and Anatomy & Physiology. During the course you will complete a Learner Achievement Portfolio and sit a multiple choice Anatomy & Physiology exam. You will attend a one-day practical assessment approximately 4 – 6 weeks after the course. You will also be expected to submit evidence after the course of personal mat sessions, observation hours and student teaching hours which will complete your Learner Achievement Portfolio and will be submitted during your final assessment day.


  • Victoria Cunningham-Downey, MAHons, MSc and Founder of Stretch NI and Course Co-ordinator
  • Dr Roslyn Dobson, BSc, PhD, PCGE and Pilates tutor and Stretch NI Internal Verifier

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Is this course suitable for me?
A. This course is suitable for people who have a good knowledge of anatomy and physiology (ideally above GCSE level) and who have been attending Pilates mat classes for approximately 6 months or those healthcare/fitness professionals who wish to expand their teaching portfolio and enhance their earning potential. The nature of the course means that this is particularly suitable for career-changers who want to be fully-trained Pilates Instructors by 2013!

Q. I already hold a Level 2 Pilates qualification. Will I have to attend and pay for the whole course if I want to become a level 3 Pilates instructor?
A. Yes you will still need to attend and complete the practical training and 1-day assessment as well as the required online training.

Q. If I have limited Pilates experience but am qualified as a Level 2 ETM/Gym instructor/Physiotherapist, can I attend this course?
A. Yes, however you would be expected to attend at least 2 or 3 Pilates classes to gain experience before you attend this practical course.

Q. If I do not hold any recognised teaching qualification, can I attend this course?
A.Yes, as the course has been designed to help people improve their teaching ability and prepare for a career as a Pilates Instructor.

Q. I already hold a level 3 A & P qualification. Will I have to take it again and will the course be discounted?
A. You will need to retake the paper again if your qualification is more than 2 years old.  You will not need to take it again if this qualification is less than 2 years old (evidence must be supplied). The course will be then discounted by £50.00. (Terms & Conditions apply).

Q. Is the course you offer an official Pilates course?
A. Yes, the course is validated by the awarding body Active IQ as a Level 3 Pilates Diploma course. You will gain entry on the REPs register at Level 3 and gain 20 CPD points.

Q. Will I be able to call my class ‘Pilates’?
A. Yes you will, as you will be a fully qualified Pilates Matwork Instructor.

Q. How much does the course cost?
A. This is a professional qualification which now costs ONLY £985 per person. Because you complete theory modules online in addition to attending practical Training Weekends we have been able to reduce the price of the course. For this reason we are no longer able to offer an earlybird discount. Contact Victoria for more information or click on the Paypal buttons above to pay in full or put down your deposit to get the course for an unbelieveable £985!!

Q. Am I able to pay for the course in stages?
A. Yes, so long as the balance is paid before your final assessment. (Speak to Victoria for more information on this option).

Contact Information: Email victoria @ for more details or to register your interest.


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