The course is aimed at qualified medical, health-care therapists, qualified movement practitioners or students with background in Anatomy / Physiology. Applicants with extensive background in teaching, sport, dance, Yoga, Pilates etc. will be considered for participation depending on the type of training.
If you would like to teach Pilates as a part of your practice to your patients or clients, completion of a full programme, including the exams, is strongly recommended.
If you are primarily interested in the CEU points and general understanding of the Pilates method, certificate of attendance with the CEU points can be issued after the 40 hours of the actual course. Please specify which option you would prefer.
- Pilates principles
- Review of the anatomy: Pilates powerhouse, rib cage placement, shoulder girdle, cervical spine, and more
- Fascial lines
- Postural assessment (most common postural imbalances and how to correct them)
- Neutral spine/neutral pelvis
- Imprint and when to apply it
- Pilates Breathing technique in fine detail (myths and reality)
- Pre-Pilates (Basic preparatory exercises and simple stretches)
- Beginner repertoire and its value for pelvic-lumbar and scapular stabilization
- Modifications and progressions (how to change exercises for individuals with limited movement, when to omit exercises, how to increase the intensity safely)
- Transition from Beginner to Intermediate level
- Intermediate repertoire (goals and application)
- How to design a balanced Pilates session
- Teaching skills
- Code of ethics
- Practice teaching, theoretical assignments
Dates for 2023
Thursday: 30 November: 11am- 5pm
Friday: 1 December: 10am- 5pm
Saturday: 2 December: 9am- 5pm
Sunday: 3 December: 9am- 5pm
Saturday: 9 December: 9am- 5 pm
Sunday: 10 December: 9am- 5pm
40 hours of tuition in total
Cost: R12500 (Includes fully illustrated print manual & digital materials)
Early Bird Special:
Pay in full by 1 July 2023 and save R2500.
Pay in full by 1 August 2023 and save R2000
Pay in full by 1 September 2023 and save R1500
Pay in full by 1 October 2023 and save R1000
To qualify for the special offer, full amount must be paid by the advertised due date. Limited space available. T’s & C’s Apply.
Payment plan is available and must be arranged in advance. There are various options. A non-refundable and non-transferrable R3500 deposit (which forms a part of the full fee) is required to secure your place in the course.
To ensure individual tuition and proper practical training only a small number of students will be accepted. Space is limited.
Practice Hours, Exams & Costs
To be eligible to write the Pilates Academy SA exam for this Mat work course you will be required to complete the following instructor training program:
60 hours physical review of exercises (self-practice)
60 hours practice teaching (teaching friends or potential clients free of charge)
10 hours observations (observing classes at recommended studios, free of charge)
10 hours class attendance (physically attending classes) discounted fees apply at Camps Bay studio and with some affiliated instructors in different areas).
Online options are available
Written email exam (1 hour 30 minutes): R350, Saturday, 24 August 2024
Practical exam (1 hour): R700, by making a private booking before 19 October 2024 (can be done in person or on Zoom)
The practical exam should take place after the completion of all the required programme hours and no later than 19 October 2024.
Alternatively, the participant will have to do the “refresher course” at the next available Pilates Academy SA Matwork course at a reduced fee.
On completion of the Matwork training programme and after successfully passing the exams set by the Academy, instructors will receive the certificate awarded by Pilates Academy SA. CPD points granted by the University of Stellenbosch will feature on the Certificate.
Pilates Method Alliance (PMA®) third party assessment-based certification has changed its name to
National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP).
Its essence, however, is still the same.
NPCP is the only worldwide register for comprehensively trained Pilates professionals irrespective of the school of Pilates attended to achieve competency.
Though it is completely optional, after gaining Pilates working experience while continuing Pilates education, certified instructors, may potentially decide to write the NPCP exam. Successful completion of this third-party NPCP exam enables certified instructors to become registered internationally. For all the details please visit
Pilates Academy SA’s Comprehensive Mat and Equipment Instructor Training Programme is guided by the high standards and the Code of Ethics for Pilates practitioners, outlined by the NPCP.
Students and Graduates of the Pilates Academy SA must adhere to the NPCP Code of Ethics.
Pilates Academy SA Instructor Training Program
|30 Nov - 10 Dec 2023||Camps Bay, Cape Town||Beginner & Intermediate Mat Work Course||Book Now|
|26, 27, 28 Jan 2024||Camps Bay, Cape Town||Cadillac Course||Book Now|
|1, 2, 3 March 2024||Camps Bay, Cape Town||Reformer Course||Book Now|
|2024 - To be confirmed||Camps Bay, Cape Town||Pilates Accessories Course (small ball, stretch band and roller)|
"I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Very well presented, interesting and so informative. I noticed an immediate improvement in my own posture and in my focus on exercise prescriptions to my patients. I had great information and techniques which I can use immediately. Thank you so much."
"A World-class teacher!! Katya, you help one think out the box for each specific posture. I learned so much. Excellent course!"
"The course is interactive, challenging, exciting and so appropriate for health care professionals. I started to incorporate her methods and techniques at our Bio practice and had wonderful feedback and results. Thank you for your patience, guidance, hospitality."
"Very thorough and hands-on! Such an inspiring teacher with so much experience and knowledge."
"A detailed and extensive course that looked not only at exercises but also at the “why”, “where” and “how” of each movement, addressing all aspects from postural efficiency to teacher practice. Well-presented and effective hands-on training. This course has the potential to change your entire outlook for the better."
"Learning, laughter & knowledge for life! Highly recommended course!"
"Katya has really made Pilates come to life for me - incredible knowledge, applicable to my physiotherapy practice immediately. Her instruction is amazing and she makes complex concepts easy to understand. I came away with a new passion and desire to incorporate Pilates into my practice."
"Very clear instructions, brilliant teacher. I have learned so much in just two months and will definitely recommend this course to my colleagues."
"The course was much more in-depth and intense than I was expecting. Katya demands the highest standard by encouraging debate, discussion, and stimulates the thirst for knowledge by always providing a new direction for self-study and self-development. An outstanding course- the best I have attended in my career in the fitness industry."
"Excellent understanding of the needs of our group. Drawing out our strengths, allowing us to grow as individuals. The interesting blending of other complimentary Body Works into the course structure, giving us the real-life teaching experience."
"This course felt like a fun educational journey for body and mind. The correct use of muscles for each exercise, local and global anatomy all was explained clearly. Exercises were broken down to help each one of us to really gain connection in the body. Incredibly enjoyable course, fantastic teacher."
"It was a very practical course. All theory was presented in a user-friendly way. The manual was very clear and easy to use. Excellent presentation."
"I have received really good feedback from clients using Katya's methods and cues etc. Her approach involves observing postural patterns with the intention of correcting the imbalances through the selected exercises. Pilates Academy SA respects Pilates as a rehabilitative tool as opposed to just a class you do at gym."
"I have learned a phenomenal amount. The broken-down beginner options for all the exercises are very helpful to be able to build a client up to each exercise. I have been challenged physically myself and now I am able to safely challenge my clients."
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Katya's instructions and explanations, anatomical knowledge and application of exercises to various body types are excellent. She really taught me to look at a client as an individual and really think of the reasons (the "Why") for each exercise as applied to an individual.
Please contact Katya directly to make a booking.