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How to become a Pilates Teacher

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A career as a Pilates Teacher is extremely rewarding. You will have the opportunity to work closely with a diverse range of people to teach the Pilates exercise method and bringing good health and well-being to many people.

We understand that changing careers and learning new skills can be daunting, so we have created this guide to help map out your journey to becoming a qualified, successful Pilates Teacher.

Earning potential

As with any other job, income for Pilates Teachers varies according to geographical location, skills and experience. Pilates Teachers are typically paid by the hour from £30 to £100 in either an individual or group setting.

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Become a Pilates Instructor in 4 easy steps


Following the four simple steps below, will set you on your way for a successful career as a Pilates Instructor.

Step 1

What skills do you need?


Pilates teachers need to have a multitude of skills. You should be passionate about Pilates exercise of course, but you should also be a great communicator and love working with people.

Getting to know your class participants and one-to-one clients is vital for sustaining your business. Other skills include being patient, persistent, organised, creative, sociable and most importantly, an effective motivator (as well as being self-motivated).

You don't have to look like a fitness model to be a good Pilates teacher, but you should lead a healthy lifestyle to be a good role model for your clients.

Step 2

Choose a Qualification

Once you have decided that you have what it takes, the next step is to choose the right qualification. Our Pilates courses will provide you will all of the essential knowledge and training required to qualify confidently as a Pilates teacher. By combining all the benefits of e-learning with interactive weekend courses, our qualifications will make it easy to fit your studies around your work and home life.

Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates

This qualification will enable you to teach Mat Pilates at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Gain the skills and confidence to teach on a one-to-one basis or in group classes.

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Level 3 Specialist Diploma in Mat Pilates

The Specialist Diploma enables you to teach Pilates with small equipment, pre & postnatal women and people who suffer from joint complaints or common injuries.

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Level 4 Exercise Specialist Diploma

The Level 4 Exercise Specialist Diploma will give you the breadth of knowledge and information to elevate your career potential and expand your skills.

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Step 3

Get insurance

As a Pilates Teacher, you will be assisting clients through exercise which will impact on their health and physical wellbeing. To practice safely and cover your business, you will need to obtain Professional Liability Insurance.

Step 4

Find Job Opportunities at a Fitness Club or Start your Own Business


Once you have qualified, you will be able to immediately apply for work as a Pilates teacher.

Whether searching online or applying to your favourite gym, there are usually many great opportunities available in almost every location. In addition, for those with an entrepreneurial spirit, once certified you can branch out on your own and start your own private Pilates business.

We offer career support and a host of other resources through our Career Accelerator Package. We ensure you qualify with the highest calibre of education, skills and support.

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An incredibly professional organisation that deserves recognition for the quality of the training. It was made easy for me to qualify to Level 4 PT by use on online training to provide a foundation of knowledge, then supplemented by simply superb weekend workshops on various specific aspects - these workshops under promised and over delivered every single time through instructors that had a wealth of knowledge and experience and clearly demonstrated this in a professional manner.

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I recently enrolled onto the Pilates teacher training course with Future Fit. The career advisor I spoke with throughout the process was Scott Bolwell. I really must say I was so impressed with the level of customer service I received from Scott right from the very beginning. When I first called through on the phone I had a lot of questions and Scott was very patient and thorough.

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Student Success Story

Jennifer Lau

Nothing is greater than making a client feel great about themselves – inside and out!

I love the philosophy behind the exercise form – not only does it benefit you physically but mentally too. It’s suitable for all ages, and I teach men and women from the age of 16-60!

FAQs

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How can I compare courses and prices?

The School of Personal Training has affordable and flexible payment schemes that mean you can spread the payments over time to suit your individual needs.

Depending on your personal circumstances, help may be available from government-funded agencies, including community-based projects and job centres. There is also a range of specialist industry related schemes for those leaving the armed forces.

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How do I know you’re the best training provider for my course?
  • We have over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry
  • We were winners of the ukactive's Training Provider of the Year in 2016 & 2017
  • We are ISO 9001:2015 registered by the British Standards Institute
  • We offer you affordable and flexible payment options
  • Our flexible training format allows you to train at your own pace and in your own time
  • You will receive unlimited support throughout your training
  • Our team of experienced and highly qualified tutors make your training rewarding and fun
How old do I have to be to take a course with you?

Anyone from the age of 16 can enrol and complete any of our non-practical e-learning courses. Practical courses can only be attended on or after your 18th birthday but can be enrolled on and booked in advance of this.

Nb. Many gyms will accept applicants of 16 years of age, but be aware that if you are planning to work outside of clubs or leisure centres as a Personal Trainer, an Exercise to Music Instructor or a Pilates Teacher, you may not be eligible for the required insurance until you are 18 years old or over.

For more information on course entry requirements and admissions please contact one of our Careers Advisers who will be happy to answer any of your questions.

Do you give me support for my online programmes?

Yes, our extensive Tutor Support team are on hand by phone, email and Facebook to answer any questions that you may have about your training to ensure you are always fully supported and on track.

What kind of equipment do I need for the online part of my course?

All of our courses will run on Windows-based PCs, Apple macs and iPads. We test our courses in a range of browsers but for best results we recommend that you use the latest version of Google Chrome.

What support will I receive when I qualify?

During your training, you will be supported by your dedicated training coordinator and our team. You will also be given access to our Student Zone, a study area that is personalised to the courses and diplomas that you have chosen.

We have a dedicated preferential interview scheme in partnership with some of the country’s top health clubs and gyms. This scheme will enable you to get a foot in the door for your future career. We are continually adding to our guaranteed interviews partners, so you can find information on a range of options available to you once you qualify.

How can I fit my training around my life?

Future Fit Training offers flexible training solutions, which means we build your programme around you, your commitments and the time you can dedicate to study. If your circumstances change, we simply re-work your training plan. Previous students have taken time out to have babies, change jobs, start work – all sorts of reasons.

Most of the theory that underpins the practical part of our courses is delivered via e-learning. This gives you the freedom and flexibility to study wherever and whenever you want. Also, we deliver the largest number of practical mat Pilates courses in the UK, so you should have plenty of course dates to choose from.

Can I teach at an advanced level with the standard diploma course?

Yes, by the end of the standard diploma, you will have been taught all of the original 34 exercises. Your course tutors will have shown you how to modify each of the exercises so that you can teach a mixed ability class, plus you will have experience performing the advanced exercises yourself and learnt the relevant teaching and safety points in preparation for instructing others.

How experienced are the School of Pilates teachers?

The teaching team in the School of Pilates are highly experienced Pilates teachers and expert course tutors. Each tutor must pass a comprehensive teacher training programme within the School of Pilates to ensure you get the high quality tuition our reputation is built on. They’ll provide you with the knowledge and information you need to achieve your goals and will do everything they can to support and help you succeed.

Is it better to take the Diploma in Mat Pilates and add on the extra courses at a later date?

This is entirely your choice. If you are new to the fitness industry and ‘testing the water’, our advice would be to complete the standard Diploma in the first instance. This will give you the chance to learn and achieve each part of the Diploma at a pace that suits you. If you are already a fitness trainer or Personal Trainer, we suggest you complete the Specialist Diploma as this will give you additional qualifications straight away to offer your client base and open further opportunities to you.

Is there a deadline to complete my training?

Each individual module within your training programme has a specific deadline or time-frame of completion that must be achieved in order to pass. The aim of the deadlines are to encourage you to succeed and ensure that you become qualified. The overall deadline to complete all your courses is 3 years from when you purchased.

What happens if I fail my assessments?

In the unfortunate event that you fail an assessment, don't worry, we will fully support you to get back on track with your training and do our utmost to ensure your reassessment is a success. Reassessments may be subject to a small fee - speak to a training co-ordinator to find out more.

When will I receive my certificates?

Once you have completed your course(s) you will receive your certificate within 6-8 weeks of completion.