Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork

Qualification aim: To equip the learner with the knowledge and practical skills required to plan, deliver, manage and evaluate a safe, effective and progressive Pilates Matwork class.
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Qualification Structure and Unit Content

This qualification comprises seven mandatory units. The following seven units, 37 credits in total, must be completed for the full qualification:

  1. Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
  2. Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  3. Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  4. Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  5. Principles of Pilates Matwork
  6. Programming Pilates Matwork
  7. Instructing Pilates Matwork

You can also complete the additional unit:

Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme

(Note: If you hold a QCF Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym, Aqua or ETM) you are exempt from units 2 and 3. If you hold a QCF PT or Exercise Referral qualification you are exempt from unit 1)


There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, however if you hold a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing or a Level 3 Personal Training or Exercise referral qualification you may be exempt from some units. Some experience of Pilates classes is strongly recommended.


The assessment includes worksheets, a case study and practical examination. There are two theory papers for Units 1 and 3 if you do not hold these.

Course Format

Five days plus one day for the practical assessment. There is some home study to complete all paperwork. The course is also available 'in-house' for a minimum of 8 instructors.

Course Cost

£550 for the Pilates practical element only (need a QCF L3 PT qualification)
£625 for Level 3 A & P
£625 for Units 2 & 3
£775 for all elements of the Diploma not including nutrition
(Note: Theory is delivered via online learning)

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