APEI Mat Course / Teacher Training Programme

The APEI Classical Mat Course is a stepping stone to the full Comprehensive Course. It is advised for students who do not have the time or resources to study the APEI Comprehensive Course, that they commence their journey with the APEI Mat Course.

It is affordable, easy to integrate into many different settings and introduces people to the foundation of Pilates. There is no part of the Pilates system that exemplifies the principles of the method, particularly flow, quite as well as the Mat Work. Students study a very wide repertoire of Mat Work exercises and the integration of small apparatus into the Mat Course program. APEI encourages students who master this program to use it as a springboard to the APEI Comprehensive Teacher Training Program. Upon completion of the APEI Mat Course, you will be qualified to:

  • Work according to the principles of Pilates and introduce these to clients and students
  • Recognise posture and postural imbalances.
  • Provide effective exercise solutions to many physical conditions
  • Compile comprehensive and safe Pilates Mat Work programs tailored to individual and group needs
  • Integrate small apparatus into a Mat class to achieve optimum results
  • Analyse and understand the Pilates exercises
  • Demonstrate the Classic Pilates repertoire
  • Modify exercises according to the needs and goals of the individual

Become a qualified Pilates Mat Teacher with APEI’s 185 Hour Classical Pilates “Mat Course / Teacher Training Program!”

The APEI course sets itself apart from other certifications by offering in studio training, hands on guidance, observation and a proven system that has stood the test of time.

Our goal is to honour the original Mat Work of Joseph Pilates and bring the original content of Mat Pilates to a wider population. This is a 185-hour course and will take up to 4 to 6 months to complete depending on the student’s work commitments.
Once you have completed the course, you will feel confident to teach Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Classical Pilates Mat.
We will work with the Magic Circle, Therabands, small balls and hands weights.
We will also focus on anatomy, the history of Pilates, hands-on adjusting, and teaching skills.

The expectation is that you will be at a strong intermediate level prior to the Seminar.

When and Where:

Training will be held at an APEI accredited Studio in NSW, SA, VIC and QLD.

Fees: $2,595 if paid in full, $2997 for payment plan. This includes APEI ™ training manual, and access to support online training videos.
It is recommended that you purchase a Pilates Mat, Magic Circle, Theraband, small ball and small weights for your self mastery hrs. outside of the host studio.  We will also give you a list of optional reading material that you may want to have in your personal library.

Breakdown of hours: the Mat Course includes the history of Pilates, principles of Pilates, teaching skills (cueing, assisting, working with injuries and special needs), basic anatomy and posture, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced mat work with and without the magic circle and small apparatus.

Course Structure – NB: These hrs are a guide.
40 hrs Practical face to face delivery basic to advanced level including anatomy
10 hrs Practical face to face workshop with small apparatus
30 hrs Observation
50 hrs Self Mastery
50 hrs Practice apprentice teaching

Location & Schedules: The Mat Course / Teacher Training Programme is taught by full APEI comprehensively trained teachers in their host studios. The course is delivered face to face plus self mastery, apprentice practice teaching,  hours of study, practice, observation and apprentice teaching.

Academic Study
Anatomy, exercise analysis and practice, and discussion.

Practical Work
Mat Work classes are highly recommended and are offered at student rates at Host locations and affiliated studios. In addition, most Host locations offer “open studio time,” during which students can practice on their own or in groups.

Observation hrs are to be done at the Host location or an approved affiliate studio.

Apprentice Teaching
Minimum of 50 hours at the Host location or an affiliate studio. (This is the recommended number of hours; they may be adjusted based upon the past experience of the student.)

Testing includes:
Written tests
Mat Class Programming
Execution of exercise
Teaching small group classes
Anatomy Q&A
Study paper on contraindicated exercises – omit or modify.