Pilates Fitness Instructor Certification



Pilates is a powerful mind-body practice. As an AFPA-Certified Pilates Fitness Instructor, you can make a huge impact on the health of your students and learn to guide them through safe and challenging Pilates classes.

Online | Self-Paced | Complete in 6 Months or Less | Digital Textbooks Included

Motivate Others To Strengthen and Realign Their Body Through a Whole-Body Fitness Approach

Pilates workouts set a powerful foundation for any genre of movement and can easily be adapted for all ages, mobility, and fitness levels. Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates does not overdevelop some parts of the body and neglect others.

Pilates workouts promote and focus on the following aspects:

  • Core strength and flexibility
  • Lean, balanced muscle development
  • Limiting pain and improving joint functions
  • Increased mind-body connection
Become a Certified Pilates Instructor in 6 Months or Less

What’s It Like Being A Pilates Fitness Instructor?

Pilates is truly the ultimate mind-body exercise for anyone who wants to lose weight, tone muscle, and increase mobility-from everyday movement to sports performance.

Start your career in mind-body fitness as a Certified Pilates Instructor

As an AFPA Certified Pilates Fitness Instructor, you can expect to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history, principles, and evolution of Pilates and describe its applications in real-world health
  • Help clients and class participants identify core stabilizing muscles utilized for specific exercises
  • Practice and model basic Pilates mat exercises 
  • Guide students to employ proper progression of the mat exercises to advance in their fitness journey
  • Utilize Pilates exercises to enhance outcomes for overuse injuries, arthritis, postural disorders, malalignment issues, and low back pain
  • Guide students through a safe and challenging Pilates classes
  • Teach privately; tailoring one-on-one sessions to meet the specific needs and goals of the student
  • Become inspired to develop a Pilates or specialized fitness business-leading workshops, retreats, and special events
  • Develop trust and rapport with students, deploying appropriate communication strategies and professionalism


Join over 130,000 AFPA certified professionals worldwide.With a 27-year legacy of accredited expertise, AFPA is a frontrunner in health, holistic wellness, and specialized fitness programs. We’re proud to offer the best variety of flexible, affordable, and accessible programs on the market.

Study Anywhere At Your Own Pace

Enjoy the freedom to study on your own time from anywhere in the world.

Study guidelines, easy to follow modules and assignments to keep you on track. Take the test online when you’re ready!

Affordable and Flexible Payment Options

Get certified without breaking the bank.

Our certifications cost significantly less than degree programs, so they’re affordable programs with minimum financial risk.

Financing options are available for all AFPA certification programs.

Kickstart Your Career with Included Client Resources

Support doesn’t stop once you’re certified.

You get exclusive access to yoga instructor forms, meditative script samples, lesson plans, sample classes, and bonus resources to ensure your success to start your career.

All Learning Materials Included

Your tuition covers everything.

Discover everything inside this program below.

Business Resources Included

Upon enrollment, we provide you with exclusive access to resources to help you establish, optimize, grow, and build your holistic business.

Unlimited Student Support

Call, email, or chat with our educational advisors as often as you need before, during, and even after enrollment.

The Pilates Fitness Instructor Certification Program Includes:

  • All course materials
    • 3 course digital textbooks
    • Guide for teaching movement and exercises for all-levels (Over 300 photos for detailed, easy-to-follow instruction)
  • Pilates exercise routines – basic, intermediate and advanced
  • Pilates exercise routines for lower back pain and weak abdominals
  • Written assignments
  • Online final exam
Pilates Fitness Instructor Online Certification Program

What You Will Learn:

The AFPA Pilates Fitness Instructor Certification curriculum includes (but is not limited to):

Pilates Theory and Philosophy Answer

This module covers a full-scope view of Pilates, as pioneered by Joseph Pilates, theory and methodology for teaching. You’ll also learn:

  • Anatomy and physiology as they relate to pilates practice
  • The eight principles of Joseph H. Pilates’ method

Body Awareness, Movement, and Posture Answer

Discover and apply basic principles of anatomy, physiology, and mental control and how they all work together in fostering non-injurious exercises for the good health of the students. This module covers:

  • Effects of lifestyle and stress on the body
  • How we establish faulty movements
  • Mental control over physical movement
  • The importance of posture & establishing a pattern of muscle control
  • Body awareness & posture

Developing World-Class Pilates Classes Answer

Building upon your education of traditional and contemporary Pilates, you will use your deep understanding of how the body works (and how to make it work better) to structure Pilates workout classes. In this pilates certification program, you’ll learn exactly what goes into creating a stimulating and fun class deeply rooted in the art and science of movement. Other learning topics include:

  • How to make your pilates workout effective and safe
  • Pilates exercise routines – basic, intermediate and advanced
  • Pilates exercise routines for lower back pain and weak abdominals

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This whole experience has been great. I love yoga and this course has given me more knowledge on it. The fact I can take my time and really let it all sink in has been a great experience. When every I have a question I get a response very quickly.

So happy to hear this, Lisa! Enjoy the remainder of your studies!


Are textbooks included in my enrollment fee? Answer

Yes! Your enrollment fee includes lifetime access to all of the digital textbooks you will need to complete this course.

Digital textbooks allow us to offer the most up-to-date curriculum, give you immediate access to the materials, plus offer portability across devices.

We understand that learning styles and preferences vary. If you are interested in purchasing physical textbooks in addition to the digital textbooks that are included in your course enrollment fee, you can find a complete book list within your online student learning platform.

Is This Program Right For Me? Answer

You know you’re in the right place if you:

  • Are a people-person. You are naturally engaging and want to be the go-to leader for sparking positive change through inclusive, interactive, and intimate teaching experiences.
  • Seek a career change or part-time job motivating participants toward reaching their personal fitness goals and streamlining their physical alignment.
  • Crave personal and professional development opportunities. This program is the clear choice for anyone interested in anatomy and physiology, the inner workings of the body, the science of movement and how it’s used to optimize health, how fitness is evolving, and the mind-body connection.

Are There Payment Plans? Answer

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Do I Qualify? Answer

To enroll in the Pilates Instructor Certification, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
    Have a solid understanding of the English language.

Exam Requirements:

  • You need a minimum final exam grade of 85% to pass.
    A $75.00 retest fee will apply.

After successful completion, you will earn the title of “Certified Pilates Fitness Instructor ” on your certificate.

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