Lead a happy, active, healthy life as a certified Pilates professional or add this teaching qualification to your existing career portfolio.

Pilates has a weird rep.

For whatever reason, people seem to think this is a trend for skinny, stinking rich, white women.

It’s not. I’m proof of that!

It’s for everyone. In fact, the more people I can reach with this modality and message, the better the world will be.

You don’t need to have a dancer’s body. You definitely don’t need to fit into an age range. And you’re not expected to be flexible.

I mean, that’s the point of starting pilates. To get in shape and feel better. Not to be in shape already. (Duh!)

If you’ve been to pilates and found it helped your sore back, tight hips, childbirth issues, sports injury and more, this teacher training is for you. You already know the power of it.

But you know what else? For sooooo many people, going to a pilates class is the only hour in the week they have to focus fully on themselves.

If you want to help people experience that kind of mind/body transformation, while getting to know your own body better, read on.

I’ve been a pilates instructor for 17 years. When I took my training class, I was the only person who came from a yoga background. I had a different skill set. What I found was that yoga complimented pilates. But pilates is what supported me in finding my core.

It gave me a whole new level of body awareness. It also improved my personal yoga practice. I could do postures that couldn’t before. It made me feel stronger, more present and centered.

In 2011, I became the first person in Northern Ireland to teach Level 3 Pilates training.

Because I was cutting edge at the time, I was able to adapt my programmes to the clients. I don’t teach Classical Pilates. I’m not rigid! Instead, I developed an alternate style more suited to everyone.

It’s especially helpful for people who suffer from Parkinson’s, MS, Cancer, and the elderly.

My classes have a way of creating community, while helping people feel better. If that’s what you want too, this pilates teacher training is for you.

Are you a Personal Trainer?

  • Add this qualification to your personal training skillset

Are you a Fitness Instructor?

  • Diversify your professional experience

Are you a Yoga Teacher?

  • Bring something new to your yoga studio

Are you from a non-sports background?

  • Start a brand new career as a Fitness Professional!

I would recommend to anyone who is thinking of engaging on a Pilates teaching qualification journey. The support, pace and materials are all excellent and Victoria is the icing on the cake, making you feel positive at all times.
~ Yvonne, 2021 Graduate


We meet one weekend a month from 10.30 am to 4 pm each day for 5 months, followed by an assessment weekend 6 weeks later:

  1. 25 & 26 January 2025
  2.  22 & 23 February 2025
  3. 22 & 24 March 2025
  4. 26 & 27 April 2025
  5. 24 & 25 May 2025
  6. 5 & 6 July 2025 (Assessment)

It will be expected that you complete work outside of those contact hours and you will receive email and WhatsApp support (Mon-Fri office hours) during the course to help you do this.

90% attendance is required to complete this qualification and any missed hours can be caught up so don’t panic if you have a pre-existing commitment on any of the dates.



During the course you will learn the principles of Pilates Matwork as well as how to programme and instruct a series of Pilates Matwork sessions in a one-to-one or group setting. The course runs according to the StretchBodyMind principles of FOUNDATION, EXPRESSION & VISION.



Providing a Positive Customer Experience

Anatomy & Physiology for exercise and health;

History and Principles of Pilates


Lifestyle Management and Health Awareness

Teaching Special Populations

Creating a series of Pilates Matwork classes


Client interviews including postural assessment

Teaching, adapting and progressing Pilates Matwork exercises

Business skills


This Level 3 diploma is certified by YMCA Awards and is mapped directly to CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) professional standards for a Core Group Exercise Instructor. 

You will also receive:  

    • training by Author and Pilates Expert Jen Wilson
    • training by Pilates Master Trainer Victoria Cunningham
    • comprehensive training materials and supplementary textbook
    • one year’s access to the Ordinary People Academy’s online studio with Pilates Teacher Training pre-recorded videos and PDFs 


  • There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification but some experience of Pilates Matwork classes is highly recommended
  • The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary
  • There is also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved and learners should have basic skills in communication and IT pitched at level 2

“Pilates is the complete co-ordination of body, mind and spirit”

Joseph Pilates


The course costs £2500 Earlybird price of just £2000!

This can be paid in full (saving £250) or with a deposit of £250 and 5 monthly instalments of £450.

I do not offer refunds for course payments or deposits.

*Please note if you are in the UK you can also pay by BACS*

Please make all BACS payments to:

Ordinary People Academy Ltd
Sort Code: 09-01-27
Account: 74967726


You can book your place by clicking here and paying a £250 non-refundable deposit.

You stood out as a tutor as you understood the pressure of everyone’s life and the juggle it takes to prioritise your own needs.
There was no pressure or negative vibes and that is something i really appreciated given the stress of my life while attending your tutoring sessions
It ( and you ) was a breath of fresh air in the hustle and bustle of a busy life.

~ Nicola, 2023 Graduate


During the course you will complete a Learner Achievement Record and Assessment Workbook as well as sit a multiple choice exam in Anatomy & Physiology.

You will complete a practical assessment 6 weeks after training.

You will also be expected to submit evidence of personal matwork sessions and any observation hours and student teaching hours undertaken during the course which will complete your Learner Achievement Record and will be submitted for your final assessment.

Qualification Structure:

  • Unit 1: Providing a positive customer experience in the exercise environment
  • Unit 2: Lifestyle Management and Health Awareness
  • Unit 3: Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Unit 4: Principles of Planning and Delivering Group Exercise
  • Unit 5: Principles and Fundamentals of Pilates
  • Unit 6: Plan and deliver a Pilates Session


I’m Victoria Cunningham, MAHons, MSc, SYT, HDipCT. MIPHM and I’ve been practicing Pilates since my first class in Australia in 2000. I trained to become a Pilates Matwork Instructor back in 2006 and have been teaching consistently since then.

In 2011 I became the first person in Northern Ireland to deliver the new Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork with Active IQ. I am now teaching the YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates (Practitioner) which I feel is more robust.

I am the Founder of StretchBodyMind and the Pilates Master Trainer for Platinum Training InstituteIreland’s leading fitness training provider – and Fitness Academy Europe where I developed Yoga and Pilates training courses which are delivered throughout Europe and the Middle East.

I am also the Creator of Yobarrelattes® Instructor Training and Stretch & Play Facilitator Training as well as a number of CPD courses for Yoga and Pilates Teachers through StretchBodyMind.


Jen Wilson, The Healing Rebel, is our Anatomy & Physiology Tutor and has many qualifications, including a Pg Dip TQFE (education), BSc in Sport & Exercise Science, Active IQ Level 3 Assessor, HND Health, Fitness & Exercise, Level 3 Pilates, 300 hours Yoga, Advanced Nutrition, Advanced Personal Trainer as well as Level 1 Barefoot Specialist and Functional Movement Coach, along with many other fitness qualifications

Her Massage qualifications include Swedish, Sports, Dynamic Thai, Ayurveda Yoga Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Cupping, Acupressure, Menopause Massage and Aromatherapy, and has also trained in Reiki, Access Bars, Sound Therapy, and Herbalism.

She has been working in the Health, Fitness & Wellbeing Industry since 2009 and is deeply passionate about every aspect of how the body works.