Pilates Reformer Course Online Accredited Pilates Reformer Machine Instructor Training
Pilates Union offers the very first accredited online Pilates Reformer course. One hundred exercises are taught in great detail from beginner to intermediate level, including aims, target muscles, correct technique, common errors and how to correct them, tactile cueing, modifications and progressions and contraindications. You will learn the health and safety and legal requirements of working with the Reformer. This course also covers units on teaching skills and special populations. This online course has international accreditation for continuing education credits - see below for details.

This comprehensive course will cover basic and intermediate exercises on the Reformer.


International Accreditation, Approval and Education Points


The content of this training has been professionally recognised and endorsed by the awarding body, Active IQ - a CIMSPA Endorsed Awarding Organisation

The content of this course has been verified and endorsed by EMD UK - the National Governing Body for Group Exercise

This online course has international approval for continuing education credits and has been awarded the following points -

National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP) - Former Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) - 24 CEC's

Fitness Australia  14 CEC's

CanfitPro  4 FIS, PTS, PFS CEC's

Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA)  13.5 CEC's

Course Aims

For learners to develop a comprehensive understanding and awareness of the Pilates Reformer machine and the exercises that can be performed on it. To be able to apply this knowledge in developing a personal programme for a range of clients of differing needs and abilities

Course Outcomes

Learners will be able to instruct basic to intermediate Pilates exercises on the Reformer machine to a variety of clients of different ages and capabilities. Learners will be able to identify suitable modifications to make a particular exercise easier (adaptation) or more challenging (progression). Learners will understand how to adapt and instruct appropriate modifications of Pilates reformer exercises for clients from special populations.


Pilates Mat qualification
Relevant experience of working on the Reformer with a qualified Reformer instructor

Course Structure

There are 14 units and you are allowed 180 days access to complete the course. You have instant access upon purchase and you are ready to start immediately. Just log in and go to unit one. On each screen, you will find the video of the exercise and how to teach the movement. This includes alignment, breathing, correct technique, common errors and how to correct them, modifications, progressions, contraindications and tactile cueing. Underneath each video, you will find the appropriate page from the Pilates Union Reformer Manual with detailed text and explanation. This has been put online for you, including JPEG images of the movements.
You will work at your own pace and when you have time, just login and go to the appropriate unit and work your way through the material.

The units are split as follows

Unit One - Introduction -3 videos (16 minutes)

Unit Two  Footwork Series -20 videos (118 minutes)

Unit Three  Knees in Straps Series-2 videos (26 minutes)

Unit Four  Feet in Straps Series-16 videos (122 minutes)

Unit Five  Mid Back Series -9 videos (47 minutes)

Unit Six  Rowing Series - 15 videos (93 minutes)

Unit Seven  Long Box Series -6 videos (55 minutes)

Unit Eight  Short Box Series -5 videos (48 minutes)

Unit Nine  Abdominal Series -14 videos (113 minutes)

Unit Ten  Stretch Series-13 videos (62 minutes)

Unit Eleven  Teaching Skills (no videos)

Unit Twelve - Special Populations (no videos)

Unit Thirteen  Reformer Theory Quiz (no videos)

Unit Fourteen  Class Planning and Exam Preparation (no videos)

Course Duration and Video Breakdown - IMPORTANT ACCESS NOTICE

There are 103 videos on this course. If you watched one video per day, it would take 103 days. It is really dependent upon individual instructors and the time they have available to devote to learning. All learning must be completed before the 180 days is up. Once the course expires, access to all of the online content is terminated. After the course expires, to regain access to the onoine material. a ourse extension may be purchased for one month (£35) or three months( £85)

Total number of videos = 103

Total Video Playing Time = 700 (11.6 hours)

Total Quiz Time = 60 minutes

Total Reading Time = 650 minutes

Total minutes = 1410 (23.5 hours)


In order to achieve a pass in this course, all 3 assessments must be successfully submitted -

Assessment One - Reformer Theory Quiz (80% pass on Unit 13)

Assessment Two - Progressive Programme Design containing 3 lesson plans (week 1, week 5 and week 10). The information on lesson planning is contained in unit 14.

Assessment Three - Practical one hour exam. You must submit a video of you teaching a healthy adult. You must teach from your week 10 lesson plan, since this plan must contain at least one exercise from each of the series covered on the course.

Ideally, you can use an iPad to film your exam video. Place the iPad on a surface where you, your client and the Reformer are in full view for the entire video. It is suggested to film for a few minutes and then check your video to see that the angle is correct and that your voice is sufficiently audible. If everything seems fine, go ahead and video your full lesson.

Upon completions of your video, you can upload this onto any internet application that allows you to send large files (such as Dropbox, Google Drive or You Send It for example). You must not upload to You Tube or any publicly viewable social media. You may also put your video onto a CD or USB stick and send via the post.

Please note that there is a £45 cost for your assessment. This covers your assessors time to watch your video and give you feedback. This also covers the cost of your certificate.

Upon successful completion of all 3 assessments, you will receive 16 REPS CPD points (if you are a member) along with the Pilates Union certificate of competency to teach Pilates Reformer.


The course costs £525 GBP. A copy of the information contained in the Pilates Union Reformer Manual is viewable online. Should you wish to have a hard copy of the manual, this costs £18.99 and is available online. The other cost is for the practical assessment. A fee of £45 is payable when submitting your practical exam video. This covers your assessors time to watch your video and give you feedback. This also covers the cost of your certificate.
There are no other costs involved.


Pilates Union does not get involved with the insurance requirements of individual instructors, nor does it liaise with insurance companies regarding this. It is up to the individual instructor to assess their needs and contact the relevant insurers in this matter.

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