Online Pilates Reformer Instructor Training Course

The Industry’s Leading ONLINE Reformer Pilates Teacher Training Specialist

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.

Learn over 100 exercises from Beginner Basics up to Level 3 advanced movements.


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 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 small equipment and props, 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, Reformer Pilates Instructor Training Course has gained international accreditation and recognition in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. This course will not only give you the practical skills required to teach group and one to one Pilates Reformer sessions with confidence, but will give you all of the tools you need to teach a safe and effective workout. This comprehensive course covers basic and intermediate and advanced exercises for the whole body up to Level 3.

Course Overview

Pilates Union offers the very first UK accredited online Pilates Reformer course.  Over one hundred exercises are taught on this comprehensive training course, which are split into the following levels (from beginner to advanced exercises):

Level One – Learn the fundamentals on the Pilates Reformer, including health and safety.  A range of basic exercises suitable for beginners are taught in comprehensive detail.

Level Two – More complex exercises are taught, which are suitable for the more experienced client.  A range of intermediate level exercises are shown in depth, so you have the skills to

Level Three – A range of advanced exercises are taught on the Reformer for use with more experienced clients, who have a good level of fitness and existing Pilates experience

You will learn the health and safety and legal requirements of working with the Reformer. This course also covers units on teaching skills and special populations.

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 Reformer 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


This has been professionally recognised and endorsed by the governing body, EMD UK

AUSactive - Australia

Formerly Fitness Australia 14 CEC's

Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) - Australia

13.5 CEC's



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 Reformer 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.

Assessment Info


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

Assessment One – Reformer Theory Quiz (80% pass on Unit 13)

Assessment Two – Progressive Programme Design containing 3 lesson plans (week 1, week 5 and week 10). The information on lesson planning is contained in unit 14.

Assessment Three – Practical one hour exam. You must submit a video of you teaching a healthy adult. You must teach from your week 10 lesson plan, since this plan must contain at least one exercise from each of the series covered on the course.

Student Support

Constant Contact

Got a query? No problem. Students can get in touch at any time. Contact us instantly via text, telephone call, Zoom, WhatsApp, Messenger, email, Skype or social media.


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 units are split as follows

    Unit One – Introduction -3 videos (16 minutes)

    Unit Two  Footwork Series -20 videos (118 minutes)

    Unit Three  Knees in Straps Series-2 videos (26 minutes)

    Unit Four  Feet in Straps Series-16 videos (122 minutes)

    Unit Five  Mid Back Series -9 videos (47 minutes)

    Unit Six  Rowing Series – 15 videos (93 minutes)

    Unit Seven  Long Box Series -6 videos (55 minutes)

    Unit Eight  Short Box Series -5 videos (48 minutes)

    Unit Nine  Abdominal Series -14 videos (113 minutes)

    Unit Ten  Stretch Series-13 videos (62 minutes)

    Unit Eleven  Teaching Skills (no videos)

    Unit Twelve – Special Populations (no videos)

    Unit Thirteen  Reformer Theory Quiz (no videos)

    Unit Fourteen  Class Planning and Exam Preparation (no videos)

  • Course Duration and Video Breakdown

    There are 103 videos on this course. If you watched one video per day, it would take 103 days. It is 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 = 103

    Total Video Playing Time = 700 (11.6 hours)

    Total Quiz Time = 60 minutes

    Total Reading Time = 650 minutes

    Total minutes = 1410 (23.5 hours)

  • Course Aims

    For learners to develop a comprehensive understanding and awareness of the Pilates Reformer machine and the exercises that can be performed on it. To be able to apply this knowledge in developing a personal programme for a range of clients of differing needs and abilities

    Course Outcomes

    Learners will be able to instruct basic to intermediate Pilates exercises on the Reformer machine to a variety of clients of different ages and capabilities. Learners will be able to identify suitable modifications to make a particular exercise easier (adaptation) or more challenging (progression). Learners will understand how to adapt and instruct appropriate modifications of Pilates reformer exercises for clients from special populations.

  • The course costs £685 GBP

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

    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

    There are no other costs involved

  • 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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