Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates

If you’ve been thinking of training to be a Mat Pilates Instructor

…but don’t know where to start

You are in the right place!

Established in 2005, The EnergyWise Academy has a reputation for training inspirational instructors who not only qualify with confidence, but who go on to have a long lasting, successful career in the fitness industry.

The EnergyWise Academy Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates training course has been mapped 100% to the National Occupational Standards – NOS.

This is currently the highest endorsed standard of Mat Pilates qualification in the UK; other organisations who have reached the standard of Level 3 Certificate in Mat Pilates are Body Control Pilates, Pilates International and YMCA fitness.

Instructors who gain a Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates qualification show commitment, professionalism and a willingness to progress and a clear demonstration that they have exceeded the National Occupational Standard.

There is no need for a Pilates instructor to perform all the advanced moves in their entirety…

this can in fact be quite intimidating to clients.

Your ability to appraise your client, advise them how to achieve excellent alignment and then maintain it while they progress through the moves is what makes an inspirational teacher.

At The EnergyWise Academy we are quietly confident that our reputation is growing as a centre of excellence for training inspirational instructors.

Who is this for?

This qualification is for anyone with a passion for Pilates and getting people moving. You don’t have to have any prior experience of teaching or group exercise as we teach you how to TEACH and not just do.

An understanding of basic anatomy and physiology from either a Level 2 fitness qualification or experience as an allied health professional or equivalent is pre-requisite to joining this course.

We also offer a basic anatomy and physiology access course for those who do not already have this knowledge but have experience of taking part in Pilates classes.

If you would like to know if you could teach Pilates read through the list below and see if you can tick four or more of the attributes. You may not have them all?

That’s not a problem.

The one we cannot do without is the right attitude! The rest we can work on… it just may take a little longer.


Qualities of an Inspirational Pilates Instructor

P – Physical ability – No need to have a ballet dancer’s body… however your clients need to see a fit and healthy teacher

I – Interest – In helping people achieve THEIR best, coupled with a genuine thirst for knowledge

L – Listening skills – You need to be able to understand your clients’ needs

A – Attitude – You can learn new skills, how to teach, anatomy & physiology etc. BUT nobody can teach you how to have the correct attitude. You either have it or you don’t?

T – Time – Patience and a realistic expectation of how long your training will take

E – Enthusiasm & Energy – If you are only in it for the money? Forget it!

S – Sincerity – Clients need to know that you care more about them during class, than you do about your own image!


Why we are different

We aren’t interested in just churning out certificates. Our courses are designed to really support you through your learning journey, to ensure you finish as a successful, confident, capable instructor with some experience to set you on the path to success.

Our courses are delivered over a number of months to allow you to get used to teaching in a safe space, gain the initial experience of teaching your chosen discipline and still have tutor and peer support before going out on your own.

98% of our students already have classes/clients lined up to train upon completion of their course. We want you to succeed in your career and help you as much as we can.


Further Course Information

Course content & structure

This Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates comprises 7 units, as set by the National Occupational Standards:

  • Principles of Pilates Matwork (D/602/5324)
  • Programme Pilates Matwork (H/602/5325)
  • Instructing Pilates Matwork (K/602/5326)
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health (A/600/9017)
  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health (A/600/9051)
  • Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity (M/600/9015)
  • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment (T/600/9016)

To pass this course you must successfully complete all of the seven units in their entirety including all mandatory practical observations and written assessments.

The EnergyWise Academy prides itself on delivering higher than average training with an emphasis on TEACHING you to teach rather than focusing on your ability to merely demonstrate.

You should complete the course within a year of your start date with more than 125 hours of face to face learning plus the completion of your Learner Achievement Portfolio via home study.
This training course culminates with 2 multiple choice written examinations and a practical observation with a real life examiner.

We are committed to helping all our students achieve a high pass rate and also setting them up with the business skills to start their own small business of teaching classes. A growing number of our past students have gone on to open their own studio and pay tribute to their training with us which give them the confidence to do so.
We offer CPD – Continuing Professional Development and an official mentoring programme as optional extras to ensure you get the best value from your investment.

To ensure you have enough time to truly gain the skills to a level that will set you up for sucess in the real world, this course is delivered over 9 months with guidance on setting up your classes.

We want you to have a long & sucessful career as a Pilates instructor. 

Cost of training

The full cost of this Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates is £2,500.

A deposit of £250 will secure your space and we offer an early bird discount of £250.

We can offer payment plans at no extra cost, if you would prefer to split the course fee into smaller chunks. We are always happy to help you spread the cost of your investment … we know you will make it back in spades!

Next step? Check out the next set of dates then click BOOK YOUR TRAINING.

What happens after that? We will then follow up with a welcome email from The EnergyWise Academy, containing a link to your full registration form.

Maximum of ten students per course …don’t miss out!

Our next dates

Our courses are held within Mind Body Midlothian, a working Pilates and Yoga studio on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Sat, 21 Jan ’23, 10:30am – 5pm GMT

Sun, 22 Jan ’23, 9:30am – 5pm GMT

Sat, 28 Jan ’23, 10:30am – 5pm GMT

Sun, 29 Jan ’23, 9:30am – 5pm GMT

Sat, 25 Feb ’23, 10:30am – 5pm GMT

Sun, 26 Feb ’239:30am – 5pm GMT

Sat, 25 Mar ’23, 10:30am – 5pm GMT

Sun, 26 Mar ’239:30am – 5pm BST

Sat, 15 Apr ’23, 10:30am – 5pm BST

Sun, 16 Apr ’239:30am – 5pm BST

Sat, 13 May ’2310:30am – 5pm BST

Sun, 14 May ’239:30am – 5pm BST

Sat, 3 Jun ’2310:30am – 5pm BST

Sun, 4 Jun ’239:30am – 5pm BST

Sat, 24 Jun ’2210:30am – 5pm BST

Sun, 25 Jun ’22, 10:30am – 4.30pm BST

From Our students

We pride ourselves on supporting our students right through their learning journey, giving them all the tools needed for success.

It was an emotional journey, I learned so much and my back improved drastically. After that first course I was teaching 2 Pilates classes, that was over 3 years ago.

I now teach 14 classes a week and can safely say I have a successful business of my own.

- Yvonne Rodger

I have done the Level 3 mat Pilates qualification at The EnergyWise Academy and it was really, really enjoyable, not like a normal course! A superb location, friendly small group, well taught, relaxed but non-intimidating and self-gratifying experience.

The team are welcoming, encouraging, and approachable and have incredible teaching technique!

- Moyra Millar

The friendly, welcoming and supportive approach made the whole course much more enjoyable, interesting and fun.

Fiona’s belief and attitude was a great reminder of the importance of delivering safe classes to the public of all fitness levels, shapes & sizes.

- Petra Durnan

During the course I started my own practice classes and within weeks I began to receive very positive feedback from the class participants on how they now noticed their core was engaging and improvements in their posture.

A year down the line I am now a fully qualified Level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor and Pre and Post Natal as well.  So many doors have opened for me. I have four classes a week and the participants are loving it. All of the benefits from the classes now carry on to their daily life.

- Sharon Ferrie

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