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Finding the appropriate Pilates class and instructor can be hard. Particularly because the title of “Pilates Instructor” is not protected.

There is a nationally recognised qualification for teaching mat work Pilates. However, there is no standardised qualification for teaching apparatus Pilates.
Rachael Kuik looks into this, to help you understand where to look and what questions to ask instructors when looking for a Pilates class.

What training do Pilates instructors do?

Most instructors will be accredited by a Pilates training body such as:

  • Body control
  • Pilates foundation
  • Polestar
  • Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI)

You can always ask the instructor where they trained and contact the training body to see if they are listed, or ask to see certifications.

At leisure centres and gyms, any fitness instructors teaching Pilates will be on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). This regulating body ensures instructors meet the health and safely industry’s national occupational standards. You can check any instructor’s credentials on the REPs website, although this tends to be more gym instructors that teach multiple classes such as aerobics, circuits and Pilates. Hence not all Pilates instructors are registered with REPs.

Find the correct instructor for you

It is important to find a teacher that supports your physical needs. Do you need a physio who will be more adaptable towards injuries? Or maybe training for a marathon you need someone with a personal training background.

Ultimately, you need to enjoy your class. No two teachers will be the same, so finding a teacher you connect with is also important to keep you motivated and make sure you’re having fun. If you are not sure, then best bet is to try a class and have a chat with the instructor. They may be able to guide you more towards a specific class level or colleague.


Rachael Kuik
BSc Physiotherapy
APPI Certified Pilates Instructor
Twitter @rachaelkuik