Online Pilates Mat Instructor Training Course

The Industry’s Leading ONLINE Pilates Teacher Training Specialists

Pilates Union is the UK’s premier ONLINE Pilates Teacher Training Specialist, with over a decade of experience delivering online accredited courses to the wellness industry.


Director of Pilates Union UK and your tutor, Emma Newham, is one of the UK’s longest serving Pilates teachers and has been teaching Pilates to the public for almost three decades and running internationally accredited Pilates teacher training courses (including the L3 Pilates Diploma) and Pilates workshops since 2007.

Emma brings a wealth of personal knowledge and industry experience to this comprehensive online course. Further education courses are available for the Pilates apparatus and small equipment, so you can continue your Pilates journey with Emma, if you wish to continue learning

Emma is an international presenter for MindBody fitness and has delivered face to face and online training to students all over the globe. qualified Assessor for the Pilates Method as well as an Internal Quality Assurer (Internal Verifier), so she assesses the Assessors doing their assessing.  Her attention to detail is unparalleled.  Therefore, you can be assured of the highest quality training standard and education.

The Pilates Union UK, Mat Pilates Instructor Training Course has been granted approval by the awarding body, Active IQ. Your tutor, Emma Newham, has been teaching Pilates to the public for almost three decades and running accredited Pilates teacher training courses and workshops since 2007. Emma brings a wealth of personal knowledge and industry experience to this comprehensive online course. This course will not only give you the practical skills required to teach group Pilates sessions with confidence, but you will gain a broad perspective and understanding of the Pilates method and the man behind it.

Course Overview

The Pilates Union online comprehensive mat course covers over 100 exercises, including the original 34 key exercises in Joseph Pilates repertoire. Spread over 14 units, this course covers basic to intermediate exercises and is split into sections covering abdominals, back, upper body, legs and stretches. In addition, you will learn about core stability, scapula stability and posture and anatomy and physiology – key components of any Pilates class.

Your tutor, Emma Newham, has been teaching Pilates for over two decades and brings a wealth of personal knowledge and industry experience to this comprehensive online course.

For a more detailed overview of the units, please see the FAQ’s at the footer of this page.

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Award Winning Instructor

Over the last decade, Emma has won various local and national industry awards for her exercise studio and fitness services. Industry experts recognise Emma's experience.

Industry Accredited Training

Emma's company, Pilates Union UK, has been offering globally accredited online instructor training courses in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada for over a decade.

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The content of this training has been professionally recognised and endorsed by the awarding body, Active IQ – a CIMSPA Endorsed Awarding Organisation. In addition, this particular online Pilates teacher training course has gained international approval for continuing education credits and has been awarded CPD points from the following organisations:

Active IQ - UK

This has been professionally recognised and endorsed by the awarding body, Active IQ

National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP) - USA

Formerly Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) - 24 CEC’s

AUSactive - Australia

Formerly Fitness Australia - 15 CEC's

Australian Pilates Method Association - Australia

15 CEC's

Canfitpro - Canada


Course Structure

There are 14 units and you are allowed 240 days access to complete the course. You have instant access upon purchase and you are ready to start immediately. Just log in and go to unit one. On each screen, you will find the video of the exercise and how to teach the movement. This includes alignment, breathing, correct technique, common errors and how to correct them, modifications, progressions, contraindications and tactile cueing.

Underneath each video, you will find the appropriate page from the Pilates Union Pilates Matwork Manual with detailed text and explanation. You will work at your own pace and when you have time, just login and go to the appropriate unit and work your way through the material. You can view and repeat any exercise as many times as you need to.

Assessment Info

In order to achieve a pass in this course, 3 assessments must be successfully submitted

Assessment One – Pilates Theory Quiz (80% pass)

Assessment Two – Practical one hour exam. You must submit a video of you teaching a healthy adult. You must teach from your week 5 lesson plan routine that you will compose during the course.

Assessment Three – Progressive Programme. You must design three x one hour lesson plans, comprising of week one, week five and week ten, that are suitable to take a normal healthy adult from beginner level to an intermediate stage.

Student Support

Constant Contact

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To ensure quality of service and consistency, you will deal directly with Emma throughout your training journey. There are no other parties or channels to go through.


Just because your course finishes, it doesn't mean your journey ends. Emma provides guidance with setting up, advice on gaining employment and support on a range of topics

Flexible learning compatible across a wide range of devices

Learn anytime, any place, anywhere.  Emma’s courses are compatible across a range of devices.  Flexible learning means that you can work according to your schedule.  Upon purchase, you have immediate access to the online content, so you can begin learning straight away.  Each time you login, the system will return to the unit and step you last completed.  You can repeat units and steps as many times as you like.

Units may be completed in any order you choose or you can follow the suggested schedule.  Go at your own pace and work your way through the units in your time.  Each course has a specific duration, after which time your course will expire and you will no longer have access to the online content, so your learning must be completed before your course expires.  Course extensions are available for a small charge, so you can re-gain access to the material.

Further Course Information
  • The comprehensive course material consists of over 14 hours of video material, split into the following units –

    Unit One – Introduction – (no videos)

    Unit Two – Pilates basics, fundamentals and technique – 13 videos (90 minutes)

    Unit Three – Scapula stability- 6 videos (14 minutes)

    Unit Four – Pilates stretches and mobility work – 16 videos (234 minutes)

    Unit Five – Pilates Back Exercise Series – 13 videos (107 minutes)

    Unit Six – Pilates Upper Body Exercise Series – 8 videos (61 minutes)

    Unit Seven – Pilates Leg Exercise Series – 11 videos (84 minutes)

    Unit Eight – Pilates Abdominal Exercise Series – 32 videos (351 minutes)

    Unit Nine – Anatomy Review – 18 videos (58 minutes)

    Unit Ten – Posture 3 videos (35 minutes)

    Unit Eleven – Teaching Skills (no videos)

    Unit Twelve – Special Populations (no videos)

    Unit Thirteen – Class Planning (no videos)

    Unit Fourteen – Final Assessment Theory Quiz (no videos)

  • Course Duration and Video Breakdown

    There are 120 videos on this course. If you watched one video per day, it would take 120 days. It’s really dependent upon individual instructors and the time they have available to devote to learning. All learning must be completed before the 240 days is up.

    Total number of videos = 120

    Total Video Playing Time = 1034 (17.3 hours)

    Total Quiz Time = 60 minutes

    Total Reading Time = 700 minutes

    Total minutes = 1794 (30 hours)

  • Course Outcomes

    Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Pilates method, principles, repertoire and fundamentals and to be able to apply that knowledge to the individual exercises.

    Gain a deeper understanding of the individual exercises, including aims, target muscles, common errors, contraindications and modifications.

    Learn how to adapt and progress each exercise to cater for different fitness levels
    Review and recap on core and body anatomy.

    Learn effective teaching skills and cueing technique.

    Identify postural types and perform postural assessments.

    Students will be able to design a progressive programme and deliver a one hour Pilates session to relatively healthy adults

  • The course costs £595 GBP

    A copy of the information contained in the Pilates Union Pilates Matwork manual is viewable online. Should you wish to have a hard copy of the manual, this costs £21.99 and is available online via the store

    The other cost is for the practical assessment. A fee of £45 is payable when submitting your practical exam video. This covers your assessors time to watch your video and give you feedback. This also covers the cost of your certificate

  • Candidate Suitability – Who is this course for?

    Pilates Enthusiasts – If you want to take your Pilates practice to the next level or if you are looking to make a career change into teaching this wonderful method, then this course is for you.This will allow you to combine your passion for holistic exercise, with a job you will love to do.

    Health Professionals – If you are a physiotherapist or similar health professionals, then you may already teach some form of exercise on an informal basis. This course will elevate your existing knowledge and skills to the next level and formalise your certification in order to teach professional classes.

    Fitness Professionals – If you would like to gain a deeper understanding of the body and a different perspective on movement, then why not add to your existing portfolio of skills. By adding another string to your bow, you can increase your income potential and an additional revenue stream to your business.

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