• YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates (600/4015/4)




    210 hours


    370 hours

    Endorsed by

    YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates

    Qualifications Type

    Occupational Qualification

    Qualification Number (QN)



    Operational start date – 1 December 2011

    Operational end date – 31 July 2024

    Certification end date – 31 July 2027

    Latest version of qualification – YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates (Practitioner) (603/3855/6)

    Entry Requirements

    • Aged 16+


    • Multiple choice theory papers
    • Assessment workbooks
    • Worksheets
    • Progressive programme
    • Planning
    • Summative observation of practical teaching
    • Evaluation and reflection



    The purpose of this qualifications is to enable learners to develop the knowledge, skills and competence to plan, deliver and evaluate safe and effective Pilates sessions. Completing this qualification enables learners to access jobs instructing unsupervised Pilates sessions.

    Qualification details

    Learners will cover:

    • Anatomy and physiology – specific to needs of exercise and health professionals
    • How to programme a Pilates teaching session
    • How to deliver a Pilates teaching session.

    There are 10 assessment elements across the 6 mandatory units for this qualification:

    • Multiple choice theory paper
    • Anatomy and physiology for exercise
    • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
    • Assessment workbook
    • Health, Safety and Welfare in a Fitness Environment
    • Know How to Support Clients Who Take Part in Exercise and Physical Activity
    • Worksheets:
    • Fundamentals of Pilates
    • The original exercises, adaptations and modifications
    • Progressive programme
    • Planning
    • Summative observation of practical teaching
    • Evaluation and reflection

    You can find further information on these assessments in the qualification syllabus and/or learner assessment record, which are available for centres to download from Y-Connect.

    This qualification can lead to work as an employed or self-employed yoga instructor. It can also lead to further training at the same or higher levels including:

    • YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga (Practitioner)
    • YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training (Practitioner)
    • Specialist yoga courses including antenatal and postnatal Pilates.
    UNUnit titleeLearningManual
    A/600/9051Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health✔️✔️
    T/600/9016Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment✔️✔️
    A/600/9017Principles of exercise, fitness and health✔️✔️
    M/600/9015Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity✔️✔️
    L/503/1304Programming a Pilates teaching session✔️
    R/503/1305Delivering a Pilates teaching session

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