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Online Pilates Mat Teacher Certification Course

(Mat 101 and Mat 102)

IMPORTANT NOTE – Our goal is to provide you the highest quality Online Pilates Mat Certification, and to set you up for a successful career teaching Pilates.  In order to accomplish this, we have a few pre-requisites and require customers to be pre-approved for this course.  Please click here to contact us for pre-approval prior to purchasing this course.

PIA’s Online Comprehensive Pilates Mat Instructor Education is for the serious Pilates mat instructor looking for a college level, exercise science-based Pilates instructor education but doesn’t live in any area served by PIA or our Licensees (click to view schedule and location of live courses).  The online Pilates Mat Teacher Training Course is a combination of the lecture hours of our Mat 101 and Mat 102 courses, with observation and self-practice to help you develop critical skills needed to design and teach creative, safe Pilates mat classes. Our curriculum includes the applied anatomy and biomechanics for each Pilates mat exercise, and provides a thorough examination of classical versus contemporary Pilates styles. Additionally, you will receive personal guidance and feedback from a Master Instructor. 


Requirements for Online Comprehensive Pilates Mat Instructor Education

(Combination of Mat 101 and Mat 102)

Pre-requisites: Knowledge of Pilates movements and /or experience as a group fitness, dance or yoga instructor, and a basic understanding of anatomy.  All customers must be pre-approved prior to purchasing this course.  Please fill out the pre-approval form below.

Course Details at a Glance

Cost: $649 includes

  • Instant downloadable PDF course manual
  • Self-paced video lectures
  • 10 online mat classes for observation and self-practice
  • Assignments, quiz and final written and practical exam
  • Up to one hour of FREE distance mentoring and coaching with a Master Instructor (additional mentoring can be purchased if needed)
  • 65 total hours


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  • 55 (equivalent) hours of recorded video lectures which you can watch at your convenience and pace includes:
    • A history of Joseph Pilates and his method of exercise
    • Anatomy and biomechanics of the pelvis, hip, spine and shoulder
    • Foundations of Pilates: core, breath, alignment, balance, awareness
    • Preparatory movements to teach important concepts about Pilates exercises
    • Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Pilates exercises
    • How to modify and vary Pilates mat exercises
    • Stretches that work well in Pilates classes
    • How to design safe, effective and FUN Pilates mat classes
    • Contraindications to Pilates mat exercises
  • 10 online mat classes to be used for observation and self-practice
    • Observation is watching more experienced instructors teach their class**
      • 10 hours of observation is required
      • Log sheet is provided for additional hours or if you wish to watch live classes in your community
      • Observation notes are provided to help guide your observation
    • Self-practice is taking Pilates classes taught experienced Pilates instructors
      • 10 hours of self-practice is required
      • Log sheet is provided for additional hours or if you wish to take live classes in your community

**If you live in an area where there are no other Pilates instructors to observe or take classes, you can use these 10 classes to meet this requirement.  If you have access to other Pilates classes in your area, you are welcome to log those hours as well.  

  • Assignments, quizzes and exams
    • Throughout the lectures, you will be directed to complete teaching assignments
      • Practice teaching with distance mentor (up to one hour distance mentoring included. Additional time can be purchased, if needed)
  • At the completion of the 102 video lecture you will be prompted to take the final exam
    • You’ll receive an attendance certification after you’ve successfully completed the written final exam
    • You’ll be required to design a class to present to your mentor for practical teaching final
    • You’ll receive a Pilates Mat Instructor certificate after you’ve successfully completed all the requirements and components of the course

Check out FREE previews of our Online Pilates Mat Teacher Certification:

Mat 101 - Fundamental and Beginning Pilates Mat

Mat 102 - Intermediate and Advanced Pilates Mat

Continuing Education Credits:

Our courses are approved for CEC's for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)

  • Mat 101 - Continuing Education Units: ACE 1.5, PMA 15
  • Mat 102 – Continuing Education Units: ACE 1.0, PMA 10


Q – Will this certification course prepare me to teach Pilates mat classes?

A - YES!  Our course provides everything you need to teach safe, effective and fun Pilates mat classes to a variety of participants of varying skill. 

Q – I don’t live near a Pilates studio.  How can I get my self-practice and observation hours?

A - The course includes 10 pre-recorded Pilates mat classes ranging from beginning level to advanced.  You can watch these courses and take notes using our Observation Notes sheet to meet the observation requirement.  You can participate in the instructor led work out for the self-practice requirement. 

Q - How long does it take to complete the Online Pilates Mat Teacher Certification?

A - You can take up to one year to complete the Online Pilates Mat Teacher Certification, however most people find they can complete the entire course within 3 - 4 months.

Q - Why do I need to be pre-approved for this course?

A - Investing in a Pilates Mat Teacher Certification is a big decision.  We want 100% of our customers to successfully complete our Pilates Certification courses and have a great experience while doing so!  Our #1 goal is to provide the highest quality Online Pilates Teacher Certifications.  In order to accomplish this, we have a few prerequisites.  They are knowledge of Pilates movements and/or experience as a group fitness, dance or yoga instructor as well as a basic understanding of anatomy.

Q - If I don't meet the minimum prerequisites does that mean I can't take the Online Pilates Teacher Certification?

A - Not necessarily.  If you don't meet some or any of the prerequisites, we can provide additional support.  Our goal is to provide the highest quality Online Pilates Teacher Certification, and prepare our customers for successful careers teaching Pilates!

Q - Is this course a PMA Certification?

A - NO. The Pilates Method Alliance does not train instructors to teach.  The PMA offers the only Pilates Teacher Certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).  However, you must be comprehensively trained on all Pilates equipment to qualify to sit for  the PMA-CPT exam.  Click here for information about Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training.

Q - What if I need more help?

A - No problem!! We are here to help you.  Our master instructors will be available to answer questions and support you.  Just set up an appointment for an online meeting or send an email

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