THE Ultimate Reformer SERIES

Polestar Ultimate Reformer Course

Ultimate Reformer

The Ultimate Reformer Certification has been designed with all movement specialists in mind from physical therapists to personal trainers and group instructors

Graduates will be able to instruct Reformer classes in a Pilates Studio, small group session (semi or private); gym group classes; health center group classes; home and corporate environment.

Ultimate Reformer Series Courses 2023

2023 – Round 2
CITY PP Reformer 1 Reformer 2 Reformer 3 REGISTER
SYDNEY 22-23 July 12-13 August 16-17 Sept 28-29 Oct Closed
PERTH Online 05-06 August 02-03 September 07-08 October Closed
MELBOURNE Online 29-30 July 26-27 August 30 Sept-01 Oct Closed
2024 – Round 1 (registrations opening soon)
CITY PP REF 1/2 Practicum REF 2/3 Practicum REGISTER
SYDNEY 24-25 Feb 22-24 March 13 April 17-19 May 08 June soon
PERTH 09-10 March or Online 21-23 June 20 July 09-11 August 31 August soon
ADELAIDE 23-24 March or online 17-19 May 08 June 26-28 July 17 August soon


The Ultimate Reformer Certification has been designed with all movement specialists in mind from physical therapists to personal trainers and group instructors. Graduates will be able to instruct Reformer classes in a Pilates Studio, small group session (semi or private); gym group classes; health center group classes; home and corporate environment.

he Ultimate Reformer Series consists of 4 x two-day on-site courses and 2 x practicums in this order: Polestar Principles, REF 1, Practicum 1, REF 2, Practicum 2, REF 3, approx 1 month apart. The repertoire consists of over 60 exercises with variations and modifications.

PP – Pilates Principles of Movement

Experience and apply the theories of movement that lay the foundation for Polestar Pilates in this prerequisite for all other Polestar courses. Using evidence-based research, you will discover the passage ways for movement throughout the body and develop the tools to provide either assistance for or challenge your clients in helping them achieve their goals. Polestar Principles will bring to life your ability to assess, problem-solve, design and modify exercise programs to meet specific needs and abilities.

This non-apparatus course introduces current research in movement science, motor learning, bioenergetics, and communication science to instructional practice through six basic movement principles which are used throughout the Polestar Pilates curriculum.

This course introduces Polestar Pilates Screening™, which includes postural evaluation and functional testing, to prepare you to properly design a plan to implement Pilates exercises for clients. This unique component significantly enhances decision-making skills as a Pilates practitioner.

For those individuals taking more than one fitness certification (such as Mat and/or Reformer), this course is required only once.

Reformer Levels 1-3

Maximize your use and application of this most versatile piece of apparatus in Pilates, the Reformer. Become proficient with assessment techniques, Pilates reformer exercises, movement sequences, and the application of Polestar Principles that you can use to excel your own practice or in a Pilates studio environment.

The Ultimate Reformer Certification consists of three x two-day course Units designed with all movement specialists in mind – from physical therapists to personal trainers and group instructors. The principles learned in PP will be applied throughout the three Units the following will be covered:

  • Reformer exercises for beginners through to advanced levels
  • Dynamics of group training
  • Program design and exercise sequencing
  • Advanced cueing skills
  • Exercise modifications for a variety of populations

PRACTICUMS:  There are 2 Practicums scheduled as part of the Reformer course and are included in the course fees.  Full details are listed below.

For information out our other courses including the Diploma check out the Polestar CAREER PATHWAY MAP .

This course does not contain limitations on access and equity, however it reserves the right to refuse an application if there is reasonable evidence to suggest that the applicant is physically incapable of carrying out the necessary requirements of Pilates training practice.


Students who graduate from Polestar’s Ultimate Reformer series qualify for:

  • Group Membership with the Pilates Alliance of Australasia
  • Fitness Pilates Instructor (FPI) with AUSactive.  Must also include the unit NAT10828001 – Work within the Pilates Industry (from the Diploma).
  • For those already members with AUSactive you will receive 15 CEC’s for REF1-REF3 and 10 CEC’s for PP.


Minimum requirements for entry into this course are:

  • Attainment of HSC / Secondary education or tertiary education equivalent
  • A good understanding of Pilates – we recommend completing a minimum of 25 hours of personal Pilates practice either in private or group sessions. This may include matwork and studio work (preferably with a Polestar Pilates certified practitioner).  This can be provided as a log from your studio/gym or letter/email from your Pilates practitioner.
  • Successful completion of Polestar’s online Anatomy course or HLTAAP001 (Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context) equivalent. RPL for units completed through a recognised complementary health care college or RTO are accepted once transcript is provided to compliance.
  • Completion of Polestar Matwork Series or Pilates Mat qualification from another Pilates education school of equivalent level


The Ultimate Reformer Course is made up of the following hours, all log book hours must be completed prior to taking your final examination:

  • Lectures & Homework: 130 h
  • Observation: 30 h
  • Practice (Self-Mastery): 50 h
  • Apprentice Teaching): 50 h
  • Final Exam to be taken within 12 months of commencing (Practical & Theory): 3 hrs


Upon registration, you are automatically enrolled into Polestar’s Online Resource Centre where you will have access to interactive study resources including lectures, case studies, repertoire review and much more. Check your inbox for an email outlining your homework assignments and lots of useful information for your course. During your first weekend Unit, you will receive your manuals and this is when you can start to complete your logbook hours.


Lecture hours include Principles online and face to face delivery of material.To be completed and returned during your face to face weekends for assessment.


Student observes a Pilates Reformer class / Studio session in action, and has their logbook hours signed off by a certified practitioner. Polestar Online Academy can be used for up to 10 observation hours of this course.


This is your chance to practice the exercises and master the repertoire. 70% of your hours go to self mastery, and 30% to self directed practice which is practicing the repertoire at home or with other students, while reviewing the theory component. Pilates Online Academy can also be used for some of your self-directed hours.


Assisting a qualified Pilates practitioner within a Pilates Studio workplace in order to gain practical experience and feedback on your teaching delivery.  Click here for Polestar’s list of mentors and studios you can work with.


Practicums help accelerate your teaching and demonstration hours in a supported environment with an Educator. Teaching is within a clinical format against units of competency and allows students to accrue 2 hours for 1 hour (1:2) towards their student logbook. Topics included will be review of Theory, Repertoire, Case Studies and Self-Mastery demonstration and teaching.  They are schedule generally over 4hrs but can be shorter and some are online.

There are 2 Practicums scheduled as part of the Matwork course and are included in the course fees.  All other practicums are optional and the schedule for booking can be found here:


You have 12 months from the commencement of Principles (PP) to take your final exam. All logbook hours, face to face weekends and assignments must be completed. The exam consists of a 2 hour multiple choice and 1 hour practical. Please contact Student Admin when you are ready to book in.


Following is the recommended MINIMUM hours required per week for duration of the course:

  • Self-Practice – minimum 1 hour per week
  • Supervised Practice – minimum 2 hours per week
  • Observation – minimum 2 hours per week
  • Written homework – minimum 2 hours per month



Payment Plan
Ultimate REFORMER Certification Units: PP, Ref1, Ref2, Course Manuals, Logbook, Online portal and Final Exam and 2 Practicums.$2,990
Deposit: $710
Payment plan: $570 x 4
Anatomy and Physiology Online Course$349

Note: there will be some additional costs which are not covered in the course fees. As part of your logbook hours all repertoire must be signed off for teaching and demonstration. Polestar allocates time at each face to face weekend for check off but if these are not completed they must be done in your own time at your cost with a Mentor. Also Self Mastery logbook hours will be at an additional cost, note that 15 hours can be completed as self directed study (unsupervised).

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) – Please refer to the REGISTRATION POLICY

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