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Blending pioneering concepts with a modern approach, we deliver the industry's most accessible and highly respected Pilates instructor courses and qualifications. This is backed up by practical workshops and video lectures delivered by some of the most experienced and respected Pilates instructors and teachers in the industry. Learn from the best with HFE.
Take a look at what some of our Pilates graduates have to say about their training experience with HFE. Alternatively, head over to Trustpilot to see all our reviews.
Overall a good level of teaching in the face-to-face sessions and fab communication from my support tutor. Would recommend!Kathryn Knights
I really enjoyed this course and would recommend to anyone. I feel that I really learnt a lot and feel more confident now about teaching. Throughout the course I was...
Read more supported and my tutor Martin always answered all my questions.
I have recently completed my Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates with HFE. Initially, I called a few companies to see which company would be the best fit for me....
Read more From the beginning, the office/call staff at HFE were friendly, informative and happy to answer all my questions.
I cannot recommend HFE highly enough. From the moment I registered I've received comprehensive and thorough support from my Learning Support Tutor, Dani...Mrs J Smith
I decided to take voluntary redundancy and try something totally different at 57! The HFE course of distance learning suited my needs and pace as I had not done any...
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I definitely recommend HFE if you want to train as a Pilates instructor. I enrolled in the Pilates and Back Pain Management Specialist courses.Mia Cheung
I have just completed the Level 3 Pilates Instructor course with HFE. I can wholeheartedly say that the tutors Dawn and Charlotte made the course enjoyable and they were knowledgeable...
Read more and passionate throughout the live classes.
I really enjoyed the course, it was hard work and challenging but online learning and tutor support are very good. The trainers at the weekend study days were great...Maureen Hemley
Great course, Good support system!customer
The support from HFE is excellent you have a tutor you can call for help there are webinars plus all the online information and manuals -Timkerbelle
My fourth qualification with HFE and once again very impressed with the quality of the supporting literature and learner support (Janine this time). The coursework was clear, easy to follow...
Read more and informative. The main change on this course was the exam. Rather than going to a local sports centre to sit the exam, I sat the exam at home using a Proctor system (online invigilator). Once I got my head around the necessary software which to be fair wasn’t too difficult, I sat the exam and thankfully passed. Also results were available immediately avoiding the painful wait to hear whether you have passed or not. Recommend HFE if you are looking to qualify in the fitness industry.
Thank you HFE, excellent support staff, friendly, kind and always ready to listen and help with any problems. Training days were good, lots of advice and all done with positivity...
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Take your Pilates career further and faster with one of our Pilates instructor career packages. These packages are expertly designed and delivered with your success in mind. Whether you want to teach mat-based Pilates, reformer Pilates, or become a Pilates specialist, we've got you covered.
Master the core principles, concepts, fundamentals and exercise techniques of mat Pilates with our Level 3 Essentials Pilates Teacher package. This is the ideal starter package if you only want to teach the Mat Pilates method. It leads to an Ofqual regulated qualification and is the industry standard teaching certificate.
Interest-free payment plan - £132 per month
5% discount for prompt payment - save £44.75
Pilates has been shown to really help pre and postnatal women to better manage the physical symptoms associated with pregnancy, stay strong and recover rapidly post-birth. Get the knowledge, skills, confidence and qualifications to allow you to teach Pilates to new and expectant mothers.
Interest-free payment plan - £165 per month
5% discount for prompt payment - save £62.25
Our elite Pilates teacher programme is the only Pilates education package of its kind. Combining the level mat and reformer courses with the Level 4 Advanced Mat Pilates Certificate, this is the ultimate Pilates qualification that is specifically designed to accelerate your career in Pilates.
Interest-free payment plan - £195 per month
5% discount for prompt payment - save £130
Our Master Pilates career package contains all the courses, all the content and all the training you need to become world-class Pilates instructor. This is a fully-loaded package that will teach you how to tailor sessions for pre and postnatal, older clients, those with health conditions, including those with low back pain.
Interest-free payment plan - £200 per month
5% discount for prompt payment - save £132.50
If you didn't find a Pilates teacher training package to suit you, take a look at our range of individual Pilates instructor courses below. If you want more information on content, locations, venues and dates, click through to the specific course page and you'll get much more information. Alternatively, feel free to call our Careers Team who will be more than happy to assist you.
Discover how to use Joseph Pilates’ original Contrology principles, concepts and techniques to open up a range of career opportunities as a mat Pilates teacher. This is the industry's most widely recognised mat Pilates qualification.
Master how to teach the Pilates repertoire on a reformer and discover how universal the principles, concepts and techniques of Pilates are with this hands-on practical reformer Pilates teacher course.
Discover how to adapt and deliver Pilates exercises safely and effectively to meet the specific needs of pre and postnatal clients. This programme combines home-study learning with an intensive 1-day practical workshop.
Combining our popular Level 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for Older Adults with a specific hands on practical workshop, discover how to make Pilates safe, effective and inclusive for older adults.
Take your Pilates career to new heights with the highest level of Pilates qualification available. Learn how to apply some of the most modern scientific evidence around movement dysfunction and impairments using classical mat Pilates exercises, principles and concepts.
Our Pilates courses and qualifications are expertly designed, developed and presented by leading doctors, physiotherapists and Pilates professionals to provide you with the most comprehensive Pilates training available. Going beyond the minimum level 3 requirements, our programmes will give you the opportunity to become the best Pilates teacher you can be.
We have a wide-range of quality materials to suit every learning style:
Our Pilates courses and qualifications are designed and delivered by clinical and exercise specialists, including:
Our Pilates courses are truly mobile and can be completed from anywhere around the world.
Our team of friendly and experiences support tutors are on hand whenever you need them.
Our Pilates courses and qualifications are delivered from some of the UK’s premium venues, including hotels, dedicated Pilates studios and health clubs across the country.
For those students that can’t access our venues, we also have virtual courses available, where you can complete the practical training from the comfort of your own home. Speak to our Careers Team to find out more about our virtual Pilates courses.View All Locations
Listed below are a range of common questions presented by our Pilates students. If you have a question that hasn't been answered, feel free to call our Careers Team on 0800 612 4067 who will be more than happy to answer any questions that you have.
For newcomers to the intricate and exciting world of Pilates, it’s important to understand that it’s not just about having a passion for the practice or the right qualifications, it’s also about the qualities you have as an instructor. To truly lead the way, you need to possess excellent observation and communication skills, have noticeable empathy and interest in those you teach and be able to demonstrate your detailed knowledge of movement and posture.
On the education side of things, ideally, you will already hold a Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification, but there no formal entry requirements. The Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates is the entry-level qualification you need to become a bona fide instructor. This course can be done stand-alone or combined with others such as Level 3 Exercise Referral and Level 4 Exercise for Low Back Pain to form a career package.
Alongside our mat Pilates course, we also offer two specialised workshops: Pilates for Pre and Postnatal Clients and Pilates for Older Adults. Both are designed to enhance the range of clients you’re able to work with.
After qualifying at Level 3, two routes open up and both in fact work beautifully together. The Level 3 Reformer Pilates Teacher course is focused on using the universal reformer, while the Level 4 Certificate in Mat Pilates is the highest-level Pilates qualification you can achieve in the UK. Both have the potential to be game-changers for your Pilates instructor career.
If you’re keen to take a deeper dive then our Become a Pilates Instructor guide provides a comprehensive look at everything from qualifications to insurance, career opportunities and more.
Each and every one of our Pilates students are different and will approach their studies in a different way, at their own pace. It is only a guideline but typically, we find students are able to complete the Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates in 8-10 weeks. The time is split between home study and then attending practical training at one of our venues.
If we look at the Specialist career package, which contains two courses, we find students are able to complete in as little as 10-12 weeks. Finally, we have the Master package and this designed to take you from Level 3 right through to Level 4. As there are six courses within this package it does take 22-24 weeks to qualify. By the end of that journey, you will be a Level 4 master Pilates instructor and this status will more than set you ahead in the industry.
We pride ourselves on delivering the most intensive and hands-on Pilates experience in the industry. To help us with this, we work incredibly closely with the likes of David Lloyd, The Village, Bannatyne and others for our practical weekend training.
It’s our goal to offer students maximum choice and flexibility when it comes to their studies and that’s why we currently run our Pilates instructor courses at over 15 venues across England, Scotland and Wales. A few of well-equipped, flagship centres include Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Glasgow and Cardiff.
You can find a full list of venues on our Pilates Instructor Locations and Venues page. It’s here that we’ve also included a full breakdown of each venue’s facilities, including the closest train station, accommodation available in the area, parking and any offers and discounts available.
For those who are unable to travel to one of our venues, we also offer the option for you to complete an online Pilates course entirely from the comfort of your own home.
From the moment you’ve enrolled onto one of our Pilates instructor courses, you’ll be assigned a dedicated Learner Support Tutor. You’ll be able to lean on their years of instructing experience via phone or email throughout the week. Their support is unlimited and no question is genuinely too big, small or complicated.
We also provide access to LES, the Learner Engagement System, and you’ll use this innovative online platform to complete your home study learning. Within LES you’ll find worksheets and lesson plans to complete, practise quizzes and video demonstrations of Joseph Pilates’ original 34 mat-based exercises.
As a companion to LES, we’ll also send you bespoke learner manuals in the post and these can also be assessed via the HFE phone and tablet app.
Alongside all of the learning resources we provide for our students, we’ve also created a series of expertly-written Pilates Instructor Career Guides and Articles for you to read. We’ve covered the basics of becoming a Pilates instructor as well as more specialised topics such as Pilates instructor qualifications. If you’re keen to brush up on history, you’ll also find an incredibly interesting piece about the Origins and History of Pilates.
We frequently get asked by our students and graduates if we offer guaranteed interviews or jobs and the simple answer is no. While other providers may engage in this practice, we’re of the belief that the choice should firmly be in your hands with regard to where you teach Pilates.
In the past we’ve had our graduates launch highly successful international retreats, open their open studios and teach classes at some of the country’s leading gyms and clubs. It just goes to show the length and breadth of opportunities available for Pilates instructors.
To help you get started, we’ve created CV Connect. This exclusive and innovative platform unlocks within LES (Learner Engagement System) as soon as you’ve completed one of our Pilates instructor courses. The process is simple and intuitive and all you’d need to do is upload your CV, select the employers in your area and then connect with them directly.
Right now we are close to having thousand active vacancies from some of the UK’s biggest health and fitness operators including Fitness First, DW, JD Gyms and Pure Gym.
If you’re looking for more information about employment as an instructor, we’ve created an in-depth article about Pilates instructor jobs and opportunities that we highly recommend you read.
Whether you’re designed to enrol onto a single course or one of our career packages, we want to make things as easy as possible for you to get qualified as a Pilates instructor. That doesn’t just relate to the support we provide or the learning resources available to you, but your payment options as well.
If you’re in a position to get everything sorted upfront, we’ll give you a 5% discount if you pay for your Pilates instructor course or career package in full. Alternatively, you can spread the course with either our 6-month or 12-month 0% interest payment plans.
Finally, select Pilates instructor packages have been military approved. If you’re a service leaver or serving personnel, you can contact our Careers team on 0800 612 4067. We’d be more than happy to provide more information about the MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELCAS).
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Didn't find the information you were looking for? We have a produced a small range of Pilates specific career guides and articles below that take you through everything you need to know to become a qualified Pilates teacher.
Covering CIMSPA standards, qualifications, career opportunities and more, this is your definitive Pilates instructor career guide
From its origins to its rich history, we explore how Joseph Pilates perfected his Contrology methods and developed a form of exercise used by millions
With this simple yet comprehensive guide, we explore everything you need to know about Pilates teacher training and instructor qualifications.
Whether you're a new or experienced Pilates instructor, it's important to never stop learning. We explore the essential reading for Pilates instructors.
Becoming a qualified Pilates instructor is just the start, now it's time to explore the various jobs and employment opportunities available to you
When you've completed your Pilates training and qualifications and you're ready to make that leap of faith into employment, our team of dedicated teachers and support tutors will be on hand to provide you with expert career advice and guidance. Whether you're looking for a job, or you want to start your own classes, you can rely on us for support and advice.
With CV Connect, our flagship recruitment platform, you can connect your CV with thousands of employers across the UK.
When your course is complete, you’ll get instant access to the CV Connect module in our online learning platform. Simply upload your CV, search for local employers, and we’ll send them your CV and a brief bio of the qualifications you’ve completed with us.
Because we have a reputation for excellence, employers trust the HFE brand and the fact that they only ever receive the CV’s of high quality and well-trained applicants.
Each year, we connect thousands of our Pilates graduates with employment opportunities across the country. If you want to know more about CV connect, visit our dedicated CV Connect page.
Throughout your studies and beyond, our team of Pilates tutors and support staff will provide you with as much career advice, support and guidance as you need to get your career as a qualified Pilates teacher off to a flying start.
Initially, your course is likely going to focus on the fundamentals of Pilates, exercise techniques, and learning everything you need to master the Pilates methodology. Once you get closer to to completing your course, or once you’ve passed, it’s likely you’lll want to turn your attention to employment and career matters. This si where our expert Pilates career advice will really help.
Maybe you want to know where to look to find the best Pilates jobs, or where you can get the best deals on specialist equipment, CPD training and professional membership. Whatever your advice and support you need, our team of experienced Pilates professionals will be here for you when you need them.
As one of our graduates, you’ll have access to a range of exclusive offers and discounts from a wide-range of our professional partners, including bespoke health and fitness insurance providers, equipment suppliers and a host of other valuable and useful resources that may serve you well in your career as a professional Pilates teacher.
Once you’re qualified, we’ll send you a link to be able to redeem all the discount codes that are exclusive to you as a HFE graduate.
We’d like to underline the fact that we value your privacy and will never share your details or data with any of our professional partners. Additionally, we receive no commissions or referral fees on any purchases you make so we don’t mind if you want to pass on any of these offers and discounts. There will be no hard sell from us – we simply pass on the savings to you.