Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates (Practitioner)

What Qualifications do I get?

With this course you gain the following qualification:

YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates (Practitioner)

The L3 Pilates Diploma  course gives you all the skills to instruct safe and effective sessions on a one-to-one or as group sessions. Focus is based on the classical 34 Pilates exercises whilst exploring vaiations that can enhace core, stabilty and balance.


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Want to qualify as a Level 3 Pilates Instructor?


YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates (Practitioner)

This qualifications comprises of 6 mandatory units

Unit 1 – Applied Anatomy and physiology

Unit 2 – Providing a postive customer experience in the exercise enviroment

Unit 3 – Lifestyle management and health awareness

Unit 4 – Principles of planning and delivering group exercise

Unit 5 – Principles and fundementals of Pilates

Unit 6 – Plan and deliver a Pilates session

Successful achievement of all units must be achieved for the full qualification.

Are there any Prerequisites?

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification however some experience of Pilates  is highly recommended. The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree  of physical fitness is necessary. There is also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved and learners should have basic skills in communication.

How do I book?

Stage 1. You can either complete the contact form by clicking here  ,or you can scroll down the page and click on the book course which will open up a new page. Once we have received your contact information we will email the enrolment documents to complete.

You can also telephone and we will start the process by emailing you the documents.


Stage 2. Once we have received all documents and payment you will receive the resources for the course. This will take approximately a week to process. If you would like to use our interest free payment plan please ask as details will then be emailed to you.

Stage 3. You can start learning once you have received all resources. You will  be guided how to start and what is required. You will be provided with your tutor contact details.

Stage 4. You will be emailed the course schedule which will give you the venue address and requirements.

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Total Qualification Time

370 hours

This is an estimate of the total amount of time this qualification will take to achieve.

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Learning Course Stages

Stage 1 –Once you have enrolled onto the course you will be provided with your learning resources.

Stage 2 – You will receive your hard copy manuals and your login details for the elearning modules. The schedule for your classroom training days will be emailed to you. This process can take up to 5 working days to process. You will also be provided with your tutor details who will contact you.

Stage 3 –You can start working through the elearning and study where you feel comfortable. Using the hard copy manuals will allow you to make notes as you work. You will have 300 days to complete your elearning modules.

Stage 4- You will attend the scheduled training days where the tutor will guide you through all the skills you require to complete your assessments.

Stage 5– When you are ready we will provide you with a list of assessment dates for the theory papers. You can then choose the dates you wish to attend from the list. Your practical assessments will be arranged on the course. You also have the choice of doing all assessments remotely. Theory papers can be taken using eproctering and Practical assessments via remote assessment.

Stage 6 – Once all units have passed and your work has been through our quality assurance process your certificate will be requested from the awarding body. Once we receive your certificate we will post to you.

We look forward to supporting you through your learning.

How will I be assessed?

To achieve the qualification you must complete and pass the following:

  • Multiple choice theory paper
  • Worksheets Client interview
  • Overview of client goals
  • Overview of a progressive  weekly class plan over a set number of weeks
  • Class plan
  • Observed practical Assessment teaching a Group of participants
  • Session and Self Evaluation

For the practical you are required to teach a class consisting of 6 – 12 participants. You are required to bring along class participants for your practical assessment when attending a face-to-face practical assessment. You may submit your practical assessment by DVD. Guidelines for this are given on request of DVD submission.

There will no charge for reassessments.

You can start studying at home once enrolled!

Course Dates  

July 2021

You attend all of the following dates:

You can complete the following training by either attending our studio or attending virtually on Zoom.  Please let us know your choice when booking.

  • Saturday 17th July
  • Sunday 18th July
  • Saturday 24th July
  • Sunday 25th July
  • Sunday 1st August
  • Sunday 15th August
  • Assessment dates arranged on  the course
September 2021

You attend all of the following dates:

You can complete the following training by either attending our studio or attending virtually on Zoom.  Please let us know your choice when booking.

  • Sunday 5th September
  • Sunday 12th September
  • Sunday 19th September
  • Sunday 26th September
  • Sunday 10th October
  • Sunday 31st October
  • Assessment dates arranged on  the course

Course Cost


For Offer price you must book before  01/09/2021

Regular Course Cost £899.00 

0% payment plans available on request.

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If you would like to use the payment plan option you can pay the deposit by clicking here. We then set up direct debit payment plan for the remaining payments. These are 0% payment plans and details available on request.

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Awarding body 

The Awarding body for our Level 3 Diploma in Pilates qualification is YMCA Awards.  Once you have achieved all elements of the qualification and the quality assurance process has been completed your nationally recognised certificate will be processed.


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Interested In the Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Course?



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I’m so happy about my experience using Smart Qualifications. The whole experience was relaxed and friendly, at no point did I feel under pressure or that I was not supported. I also had such a good time and learnt so much. Thank you for all your help.


 Such a fantastic training establishment.

This is my 3rd course with Smart Qualifications.

I’ve just completed my Level 3 Diploma in Pilates matwork.

It was a challenging course but if you are prepared to put in a bit of hard work and effort, Suzanna is there to support you all the way.

When I teach I receive positive feedback from my participants and I must give thanks to Suzanna and team at Smart Qualifications for this for making me the confident fitness instructor that I have become.


 Before I start the Pilates Course I was not definitely sure about it and I didn’t thought I will be able to take it to an end. With Suzanna help and patience I went over all the material and I start gaining confidence in me. At this point I am really happy that I choose to obtain this qualification with Smart Qualification because they offered me all the support and motivation to learn and obtain the certificate. The main benefits I had were material books to sustain my learning, extra books for a better understanding of the topics and more especially support during the course. In the main time I benefit for some shadowing hours to see and ask questions from different Pilates Instructors from Smart Qualification.

It was the best experience with them, that’s why I highly recommend it. Suitable for all points of view.


This is my third course with Smart and the second with Claire as the Tutor.  I can’t recommend them enough.  The Pilates course was very thorough and gave me the confidence to begin teaching classes a couple of weeks after completing it.  Claire is very knowledgeable and the office staff are always very helpful. Cheers  Helen

Helen - Peterborough

Pilates – This was a fantastic course, great value and great tutor. Claire was extremely knowledgeable and has continued to support me since I passed the course. Highly recommended and I am continuing my studies with Smart Qualifications.

Claire - Peterborough

“I found the level 3 Pilates course offered by Smart Qualifications to be excellent.  A balanced mix of practical and theory throughout, and a focus on gaining a real understanding of the fundamental theories and principles behind delivering an effective Pilates session.  The tutor was approachable and incredibly knowledgeable, and the course well-structured and both challenging and enjoyable at the same time.  I would definitely recommend this course!”

Clare – Cambridge

“I began my level 3 mat pilates with another provider who runs courses throughout the UK.  It was not a good learning experience and I didn’t complete. I turned to SMART QUALIFICATIONS and they were brilliant and really enabled me to pass.  Suzanna, course director, was very clear about what was required and efficiently managed the whole process; never getting flustered with me.  Claire, assessor, gave me prompt and useful feedback and directed me to useful resources.  They were both very supportive and understanding; never judged me and provided a student centred experience.  In contrast to my previous experience, it became clear how well resourced and organised their course is.  I fully recommend them – go to SMART first.”   DK

Di – Cambridge

From the first conversation that I had with Suzanna I felt relaxed and confident that I would enjoy participating in Smart qualifications courses. Since then I have completed 3 courses and hope to complete many more. All were delivered in a professional, easy to follow format. Sections marked and returned promptly and electronically, as were all certificates. New friends and contacts made. Nothing is ever too much trouble and help and advice given all the way. Totally recommend using Smart qualifications thank you Suzanna and Claire. 

Amanda – Rutland


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