Advanced Diploma in Pilates Matwork

An EQF Level 4 Pilates course which will qualify you to teach mat based and small equipment Pilates from beginners to advanced level.

Successful completion of this advanced Pilates course will give you the highest level of qualification available in the area of mat-based Pilates in Ireland - guaranteed !

If you are interested and would like to know more about this exercise in pregnancy training course, please call us now on 01 882 7777 or complete the registration form to book a place now.​

Following successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  • Instruct group classes from beginner through to advanced levels
  • Work 1-2-1 with clients and prescribe personal training programmes specific to their needs
  • Instruct special populations including pre and post natal and older adults 
  • Integrate and utilize small equipment to enhance you and your client’s technique and movement experience.
  • Modify and adapt movements for clients who suffer from pain and injury and enhance their ability to rehabilitate.
  • Establish GP referral and refer to other healthcare specialists

We have amalgamated the special populations and small equipment units into the Advanced Diploma course so that students receive the highest and most comprehensive level of training possible. The Advanced Diploma in Pilates Matwork is the highest level of qualification available in the areas of mat-based Pilates in Ireland.  

This course provides the essential knowledge and skills you need to design and instruct effective and motivating group classes and personal training programmes for your clients, from beginners through to advanced levels, and is supported by a comprehensive DVD which each student receives and which is also available to view in the student area of our website.

It takes time, effort and personal practice to become a proficient and effective Pilates Instructor. This programme is designed to run over a 6 month period to give students the time and support necessary to develop their knowledge and perfect their Pilates technique and movement quality.  NTC are experts in providing education and training and have done so for over 30 years. We do not provide classes to the general public as our facilities are exclusively for student use and our primary focus is the learner.

NTC have been actively involved in contributing to the development and implementation of standards in the areas of exercise and health sciences and Pilates education on a national and international level for many years.

Students who choose to study at NTC receive an educational experience above and beyond the agreed minimum standards and this is an important consideration when making your decision. 

Course Details


The Advanced Diploma in Pilates Matwork is accredited by YMCA Awards (formerly CYQ) who are the UK's leading awarding body for health, fitness and wellbeing qualifications and by REPs Ireland, which independently verifies exercise professional qualifications to the international standards that have been developed and published by the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA).

The Advanced Diploma in Pilates Matwork is open to all individuals, with or without formal training, who have an interest in human movement studies, anatomy and physiology. People who hold certain existing qualifications are eligible for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) in the anatomy and physiology module and although attendance for these individuals at anatomy and physiology lectures is optional, ALL candidates will be required to sit the Level 3 Theory Examination Paper which is the international standard for certification. 

The qualifications which are accepted for RPL are the National Qualification in Pilates Matwork Level 1 (awarded by NTC), National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies & Personal Training, National Qualification in Neuromuscular and Physical Therapy or any fitness instructor qualification awarded at a minimum of EQF Level 3 which has been accredited by REPS Ireland (copy of qualification required).


The Advanced Diploma in Pilates Matwork Level 3 programme covers all relevant areas including:

Unit 1
Exercise & Health Science Knowledge which includes:
Skeletal System
The Muscular System
Blood and Circulation
The Respiratory System
The Nervous System and Endocrine System
Nutrition and itʼs role in a healthy balanced lifestyle
Client Appraisal and information gathering
Business Aspects and Self Promotion
Principles of Health Related Fitness

Unit 2
Health safety and welfare in a fitness environment

Unit 3
Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity

Unit 4
Principles and fundamentals of mat based Pilates

Unit 5
Plan and prepare to instruct a progressive mat based Pilates session (group and 1-2-1)

Unit 6
Instruct, manage, adapt and evaluate a mat Pilates session (group and 1-2-1)

Unit 7
Integration of small equipment into the matwork repertoire to include Foam roller, Balance boards, Pilates ball, mini ball, Therabands and Isotoners

Unit 8
Pilates matwork adaptations for special populations to include pre and post natal, older adults and individuals in need of rehabilitative adaptations

The fee for the Advanced Diploma in Pilates Matwork course is €2,195.00

Places may be booked by payment of a deposit of €695.00 with the balance of €1,500.00 due on the Friday before the course start date. 

A discount of €295.00 is available when total fees of €1,900.00 (either in a single payment or by payment of a deposit and balance) are paid at least one calendar month prior to the course start date.

Graduates of the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training and National Qualification in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy receive a 10% discount off course fees.

Schedule and Locations

The Advanced Diploma in Pilates Matwork course runs at the National Training Centre, 15-16 Saint Joseph's Parade, Dorset Street, Dublin 7 on the following dates and times in 2015:

SEPTEMBER 2015 COURSE (Saturdays - 9am until 5pm)
September 26th, 2015
October 10th, 2015
October 24th, 2015
November 7th, 2015
November 21st, 2015
December 5th, 2015
January 9th, 2016
January 23rd, 2016
February 6th, 2016
February 20th, 2016
March 5th, 2016
March 19th, 2016
April 3rd, 2016 (Assessment Day - Sunday)

MAY 2015 COURSE (Saturdays - 9am until 5pm)
May 16th
May 30th
June 13th
June 27th
July 25th
August 8th
August 22nd
September 5th
September 19th
October 3rd
October 17th
November 1st (Assessment Day - Sunday)

JUNE 2015 COURSE (Tuesday and Thursday mornings - 10am until 1pm)
June 30th & July 2nd 
July 14th & 16th
July 28th & 30th
August 11th & 13th
August 25th & 27th 
September 8th & 10th   
September 22nd & 24th,
October 6th & 8th 
October 20th & 22nd,
November 3rd & 5th,
November 17th & 19th,  
December 1st & 3rd
December 15th & 17th (Assessment)



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Advanced Diploma in Pilates Matwork