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Polestar Pilates Diploma

Diploma in Pilates from Polestar


The nationally recognised Diploma of Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Instruction Method (10828NAT) consists of three components. The Matwork certification, the Comprehensive (Studio/Rehab) certification, plus 7 academic units.

  • Matwork Units: 295h
  • Comprehensive (Studio/Rehab): 500h
  • Academic Units: 358h
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Career Pathway & Recognition

This Diploma is recognised by the following associations. Once you have completed your full Diploma you can apply for the following memberships:

  • Membership with the Pilates Alliance of Australasia
  • Fitness Pilates Instructor (FPI) with AUSactive. Must also include the unit NAT10828001 
  • Membership with AUSactive 
  • Membership with ESSA


 As the course is split into three components, you can attend the courses in any city, as long as they are completed in this order:

Academic Units: course is available for commencement once enrolled in the Diploma. Please contact Jenna Hitch for more information and next steps


Academic Units   HLTAID011 Provide first aid
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
BSBOPS402 Coordinate business operational plans
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCPRP005 Engage with health professional and the health system
NAT10828001 Work within the Pilates Industry
Polestar Pilates Complete Matwork Series NAT10828002 Apply the Polestar Pilates Principles and Postural assessment framework (PP)
NAT10828003 Plan and instruct a beginner Polestar Pilates matwork class (M1)
NAT10828004 Plan and instruct an intermediate to advanced Polestar Pilates matwork class (M2)
NAT10828005 Plan and instruct Polestar Pilates matwork classes using small apparatus (M3)
Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Series (Studio/Rehab)  NAT10828006 Plan and instruct the introductory Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Studio repertoire (SR1)
NAT10828007 Plan and instruct the beginner Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Studio repertoire (SR2)
NAT10828008 Plan and instruct the early intermediate Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Studio repertoire (SR3)
NAT10828009 Plan and instruct the intermediate Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Studio repertoire (SR4)
NAT10828010 Plan and instruct the early advanced Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Studio repertoire (SR5)
NAT10828011 Plan and instruct the advanced Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Studio repertoire (SR6)

What is the Polestar Pilates Diploma?

The Pilates Diploma offered by Polestar Pilates Education is a thorough educational program designed to develop highly skilled Pilates instructors. This diploma combines in-depth theoretical knowledge with extensive practical experience, covering all aspects of Pilates, from basic techniques to advanced practice. As a globally recognised qualification, the Polestar Pilates Diploma prepares graduates with the skills necessary to teach Pilates at any level and in various settings, from fitness centres to rehabilitation clinics. The curriculum is enriched with the latest research and holistic practices that ensure graduates are Pilates instructors and movement specialists who understand the science behind each exercise.


Course Structure and Content Overview

The Diploma of Pilates at Polestar Pilates Education is structured to provide an exhaustive understanding of all Pilates apparatuses, including mat, reformer, cadillac, and barrels. The course is divided into several modules, each focusing on different aspects of Pilates:

  • Foundational Techniques: Core principles and techniques of Pilates, focusing on posture, alignment, and precise movement control.
  • Apparatus Proficiency: In-depth training using various Pilates apparatuses to enhance technique and client engagement.
  • Program Design: Skills in designing comprehensive Pilates programs tailored to individual client needs, including special populations.
  • Client Assessment: Techniques for assessing client capabilities and progress, integrating Pilates into rehabilitation and fitness regimens.

Each module combines online learning with face-to-face workshops, ensuring students receive flexible study options and practical, hands-on experience.

Matwork Certification: Foundation of Your Pilates Career

The Matwork certification is a key component of the Pilates Diploma, dedicated to mastering foundational Pilates movements. This segment emphasises correct technique, alignment, and the fluidity of movement essential for effective teaching. Graduates are equipped to conduct safe and beneficial Pilates mat sessions, providing a solid foundation for their instructional skills. This initial certification is integral for those looking to build a robust base in Pilates methodology, making it a critical stepping stone in becoming a proficient Pilates instructor.

Studio/Rehab Certification: Advanced Pilates Techniques

The Studio/Rehab certification focuses on advanced Pilates techniques essential for rehabilitation and 

therapy. It equips instructors with the skills to design and implement Pilates routines that address specific health conditions. The training includes detailed methodologies for adapting exercises to aid recovery and manage chronic health issues effectively. This certification enhances an instructor’s ability to deliver personalised and therapeutic Pilates sessions, making it an invaluable component of their professional development. It mainly aims to improve their proficiency in Pilates as a rehabilitation and long-term health management tool.


Key Benefits and Accreditation

Achieving a Pilates Diploma in Australia from Polestar Pilates Education offers significant benefits:

  • Professional Recognition: Accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), the diploma is recognised nationally and internationally, enabling graduates to practice worldwide.
  • Career Advancement: Equips instructors with the skills to take on senior roles in Pilates studios or establish their own Pilates practices.
  • Holistic Approach: This approach emphasizes a comprehensive understanding of body mechanics, enhancing the instructor’s ability to improve client wellness through Pilates.

This accreditation confirms the high standards of education provided, ensuring that the diploma is respected by health and fitness professionals globally.

National Recognition and Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Pilates Diploma enjoy widespread national recognition, which opens up diverse career opportunities across various sectors, including health, wellness, and fitness. The comprehensive training ensures that instructors are well-prepared to meet the demands of both private clients and classes in studios or fitness centres. Furthermore, the diploma enhances prospects for roles in specialised areas such as rehabilitation, elderly fitness, and elite sports conditioning.

Membership Benefits with Pilates Alliance of Australasia and Other Associations

Holders of the Pilates Diploma benefit from memberships with the Pilates Alliance of Australasia and other professional associations. These memberships provide additional credentials, ongoing professional development opportunities, and access to a network of Pilates professionals. Such affiliations are instrumental in staying current with industry trends and continuing education, which is essential for maintaining high standards of Pilates instruction.


Entry Requirements and Prerequisites

To enrol in the Pilates Diploma, applicants must meet specific prerequisites:

  • For New Entrants: A basic understanding of Pilates principles and some experience in Pilates practice are recommended. Potential students may be required to complete a foundational course to ensure readiness for the more intensive diploma coursework.
  • For Experienced Practitioners: Those already certified in Pilates instruction may need to demonstrate their level of expertise and may be eligible for course credits or advanced standing, facilitating a faster progression through the diploma.

These requirements ensure that all participants are adequately prepared and can fully benefit from the depth of the diploma program.

For New Entrants: Starting Your Pilates Journey

New entrants eager to start their Pilates diploma journey with Polestar are guided through an initial assessment to determine the appropriate starting level. This ensures that foundational skills are solidified before advancing to more complex aspects of Pilates instruction. Supportive preparatory courses are available to equip newcomers with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed.

For Experienced Practitioners: Upgrading to the Diploma

Experienced Pilates practitioners looking to enhance their qualifications can upgrade to the Pilates Diploma, which provides advanced training that builds on their existing skills. This upgrade is an excellent opportunity for professional growth and expanding client offerings.


Enrol with us Today

Enrol in our Pilates Diploma program today and start your journey to becoming a top-tier Pilates instructor with Polestar Pilates Education. Our enrolment process is streamlined to guide you smoothly through registration and course commencement. By choosing Polestar, you are choosing a career path filled with opportunities for growth and the potential to impact your clients’ health and wellness significantly. Contact us now to learn more about the diploma and how you can begin your professional transformation in Pilates.


Advance Your Pilates Career with Us

Take your Pilates practice to the next level by enrolling in one of our specialised courses. Each program is designed to deepen your understanding and enhance your teaching capabilities. Explore our diverse course offerings and find the perfect match for your career aspirations:

Contact us today to learn more about how these courses can help you achieve professional excellence and transform your Pilates practice.


These 7 units are drawn from the Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Instruction Method Diploma (10828NAT) which is a nationally recognised course under the Australian Qualification Framework. Polestar Australia is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) No. 91620. Graduates receive a Statement of Attainment for partial completion of this Diploma.

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Complete Matwork Series: UNITS: NAT10828002, NAT10828003, NAT10828004, NAT10828005, HLTWHS003, Course Manuals, Online portal, Logbook and Final Exam


Deposit $740 Payment plan: $600 x 4

Comprehensive (Studio/Rehab) Series: UNITS: NAT10828002, NAT10828006, NAT10828007, NAT10828008, NAT10828009, NAT10828010, NAT10828011, Course Manuals, Online portal, Logbook and Final Exam

Deposit $1070 Payment plan: $740 x 7

UPGRADE to the Diploma of Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Instruction Method (10282NAT): UNITS: HLTAAP001, HLTAAP002, CHCPRP005, CHCDIV001, BSBOPS402, NAT10828001 and Final Assessment
(The unit HLTAID011 will need to be completed externally, not included with course fees.)

(depending on the various units required)

All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST when applicable.
All prices are subject to change without notice.

Additional out of pocket expenses

  • The practical self-mastery hours are at an additional cost to the course fees as you will be attending studios to complete these. Remember that 30% of these hours can be completed as self-directed study
  • Logbook sign off for teaching and demonstration of all repertoire. As you proceed through the course all repertoire learnt must be signed off by an Educator or Mentor for teaching and demonstration. Polestar allocates time at each face to face weekend for repertoire check off however sometimes students are not quite ready so this will need to be done in your own time and will incur additional fees by engaging a mentor or attending study groups in your city.
  • Required Reading books: as noted in course overview above

All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST when applicable.
All prices are subject to change without notice.

Registration Policies (including Cancellations and Transfers)

If you have already completed the Matwork and Studio/Rehab Comprehensive series you can then upgrade to the Diploma academic units component. For further information and next steps please contact Jenna Hitch.


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Complete Mat Series

If you want a career teaching Pilates, the Complete Mat Series is the ideal place to start.

Studio Rehab Series

In-depth training that teaches you how to use all the equipment designed by Joseph Pilates.

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Ultimate Reformer

Boost your skills and experience by teaching reformer classes with confidence.


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