Teacher Training Certification Program

Course Registration

The Teacher Certification Program is comprised of three parts. Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. 
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The apprenticeship consists of 600 hours logged with a Certified APE Teacher Trainer, and Pilates Instructor at a recognized Certification Centre or other training centre recognised by A.P.E (Authentic Pilates Education) .

Apprentice logs will be issued by the A.P.E, and must be signed by the supervising instructor regularly (every 50 hours). Every 100 hours the logs must be turned in to the A.P.E.
The 200 hours will be divided up into observation, training and teaching.
• 50 observation hours
• 85 self mastery
• 65 teaching hours
Apprenticeship to be completed within one year to 14 months of entry into the Program. Program extensions for extenuating circumstances are granted at the sole and absolute discretion of the A.P.E, Apprentice must submit to the A.P.E.  A written request setting forth in detail the extenuating circumstances at least one month prior to the end of the apprenticeship year.

Apprentices will not teach clients outside of the Certification Centre of Origin until they have graduated from the Program.
 During the apprentice program (but not before 200 hrs of apprenticeship) the Apprentice shall be required to teach under supervision at the Certifying Centre, of origin and the apprentice will receive compensation at the minimum hourly rate.

How to obtain logged hours:  You will be required to log hours of contact hours (pilates sessions and seminar) self mastery, observation, practice teaching, self mastery including session for each module of your training. 

200 hrs are made of:

Contact hours: 75

Self-mastery, observation, practice teaching hours: 125

400 hrs are made of:

200hrs for basic course -– must be completed and found competent

Intermediate - Contact hours: 75

Intermediate - Self-mastery, observation, practice teaching hours: 125

600 hrs are made of:

200hrs for basic course  – must be completed and found competent

200hrs for Intermediate course – must be completed and found competent

Advanced - Contact hours: 75

Advanced - Self-mastery, observation, teaching hours: 125

Exceptions and modification to apprenticeship requirements may be granted at the APE sole and absolute discretion.

How to obtain observation hours:

To log observation hours, you must first make arrangements to regularly observe a Pilates professional while he or she is teaching an individual session or group class. This can only take place in an approved  Pilates studio teaching the Classical method of Pilates. Teachers must have been fully certified by APE, Pilates INC, NY Pilates or Romana Pilates or similar full comprehensive Classical Pilates Training School recognised by APE. You will be expected to do 75% (450 hours) of your hours with you teacher trainer present 25% (150 hours) of your hours may be done in an APE approved studio. 

To find a certified Authentic Pilates trainer in your area to observe, please call Authentic Pilates Education 02 98187611.

Please keep in mind that each trainer will have their own observation policies and hours of availability.

If there are no certified Classical Pilates Studios in your area, you can source a classically trained Instructors close by however you will want to make sure that the instructor you choose has been through a comparable training program similar to what Authentic Pilates offers—meaning that they have passed a written/theoretical assessment to achieve their certification, and that they have completed a combined minimum of 600 hours of seminars, personal practice, observation and student teaching in the classical method.When approaching a Pilates studio owner about the possibility of doing some observation hours in their space, please expect that their policies will vary.

It is recommended that you attend at least two Pilates classes per week. Some studios will offer discounts to students who are a part of a Pilates instructor program. The Principal  APE studio in Sydney offers students a rate of $70 per private or $40 per duet. Rates vary slightly per host studio due to currency exchange. 

Exams are administered upon completion of each phase. Certification is only issued once the apprentice has attended all three system workshops, completed the apprenticeship hours required and passed all exams, practical and written.

 There are practical and written exams upon completion of each 200 hours apprenticeship phase. Exams are evaluated pass/fail, and apprentices must pass the requirements at each phase prior to proceeding to the next phase. This process and associated costs are overseen by the centres. Apprentices are not permitted to observe other apprentices testing.

Testing will be done only by instructors selected by the A.P.E.  

Levels of Exams:

  • 200 hours-practical, basic question and answer and anatomy questionnaire
  • 400 hours-practical, intermediate question and answer, written test and anatomy questionnaire
  • 600 hours-practical, advanced question and answer, written test and anatomy questionnaire and case study on a new client.

Failure to pass:
1st failure requires and additional 10 hours before retesting. Each additional failure, requires an additional 25 hours. A retest fee will be charged for each retest.

Leave of Absence Policy
The apprenticeship reflects a physically intense learning environment. Students, with extenuating circumstances may request a leave of absence for a reasonable amount of time. Leave will be granted at the sole and absolute discretion of A.P.E.  Students who are physically unable to exercise for 30 days, must obtain a doctors’ certificate. A written request for leave of absence must be presented to A.P.E.  

Payment plan:
Deposit to APE at time of enrolment $1,500.00
Payment due prior to the Basic seminar $2,000
Payment due prior the Intermediate seminar $3,000.00
Tuition payments for the APE teacher training program may be payable in full upon registration into the Program at a 5% discount.

Payment plans available upon request ALL payments made are non refundable. 

Private lessons are not included in the cost of tuition.
 All exams must be passed to achieve certification. If there is to be a retest then a charge of $150 will apply. If the final advanced test is not passed, up to 25 hours of apprenticeship shall be required before the exam is retaken.

All students certified in the Authentic Pilates Education teacher training program will be eligible to Bridge across to the Government accredited Diploma of Polestar Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation Method (10521NAT) Diploma of Polestar Pilates Studio - rehabilitation Method. The cert !V is to be completed as a pathway to the Diploma. 

Authentic Pilates Education graduates who upgrade to the Diploma will need to show proof of:

  • Certificate with Authentic Pilates Education Australia
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Certificate of Anatomy and Physiology unit equivalent to HLTAP301B
    Graduates can then enrol in the Diploma upgrade which includes online access to 12 academic units.  A summary of these units can be attained by request.

Payment for the Diploma: $2,250 (Australia ONLY) 

ALL payments made are non refundable. 


DEPOSIT: Deposit is due at time of registration by either Credit Card or Direct Debit. Note credit card fees are 2% per transaction. NOTE your registration is NOT confirmed until Deposit is received.

COMMITMENT: On registering for a course with APE you confirm that you have read and understand the commitment of time required to complete the course. It is the students responsibility to ensure the course hours fit into their schedule and life commitments


bridging Program Exams must be completed within the allotted timeframe from the commencement of the course: No certification will be issued after these time lines unless prior arrangement from A.P.E.

Full course: 12-18 months. Bridging Course: 12 months


Courses cancelled in writing with 30 DAYS OR MORE notice prior to the start date of your course is eligible for a refund minus an ADMIN FEE. The Admin Fees for the course that will be deducted is: $300. Course cancelled after commencement of A.P.E courses are NOT accepted and NO REFUND will be issued. Course cannot be cancelled due to change of mind, weddings, work travel, holidays, personal relocation or similar.

Cancellations due to special circumstances: if you have registered for and / or started your course and need to cancel due to special circumstances A.P.E will consider each application. Note proof of circumstances must be provided. These would include: bereavement within immediate family, debilitating injury / illness. It does not include personal reasons such as: weddings, work travel, holidays, personal relocation or similar.

TRANSER REQUEST: Courses cannot be transferred to another year / intake. All courses must be completed within the stated timeline unless otherwise arranges with the Principal of A.P.E. If you are unable to attend a Seminar that is scheduled, it can be made up privately for an additional fee of $100 per hour. Note that all seminars must be competed in order. 

Course fees DO NOT include: Required reading materials for reading and writing assignments; coaching hours for logbook completion with a Mentor (including observation, self-mastery practice and apprentice teaching); Personal extras (sundries, travel and accommodation), DVD’s, Coaching or Mentoring and any assessment re-sit fee. 

Course fees INCLUDE: Seminars, course manuals, final practical and written exams, morning and afternoon refreshments during seminars. Mentoring and support.

REGISTRATION: registration is limited to between 4 - 10 participants depending on location and studio size. Registration received for a course that has reached full capacity will not be processed and you will be contacted. Courses will only go ahead with a minimum of 4 participants. 

 USE OF FACILITIES: You understand that you will attend the APEA course, use the facilities and equipment at your own risk. At registration you confirm that all medical conditions and injuries, both past and present have been disclosed and where required have obtained clearance from your general practitioner. 

COURSE TIMES: Most seminars commence at 8.00am – 9.00am and finish at 4.00pm - 5.00pm, with a one hour lunch break (lunch not included in fees). Times may vary depending studio availability. 

NB: Prerequisite: All potential students are to take a minimum of 25 private Pilates sessions at the host studio before commencing the course. It will be at the discretion of the A.P.E Teacher Trainer at the Host studio if more or less sessions are required before commencing. 

Classical Pilates Teacher Training 02 9818 761 hello@authenticpilatesteacher.training
73 Justin Street
Lilyfield NSW
2040 Australia
73 Justin Street
Lilyfield NSW
2040 Australia