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Equipment Certification Series


The Equipment Certification Series will take you through all four main pieces of Pilates equipment; the Reformer, Cadillac, Split Pedal Chair and Arc Barrel.

APPI’s range of training options for your certification on the large Pilates apparatus is based on the most up to date evidence of spinal stability, pain, rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and movement re-training. 


This course can be taken by Alied Health Personnel, APPI Matwork Certified Instructors and those who have taken a Matwork course with a recognised provider. 

When taken as a full series in person...

Level One - Lumbo Pelvic Stabilisation

The first in a series of four modified Pilates equipment training courses. Based on the most up to date evidence of spinal stability, strength/conditioning and pain – this is the essential Pilates equipment training series for anyone working in rehabilitation. Through the course you will learn a range of exercises for the Reformer, Cadillac, Split Pedal Chair and Arc Barrel.

Course Content
• Full introduction to Pilates large equipment.
• Learn 32 exercises for training lumbo-pelvic stabilisation.
• Review functional and surface anatomy of the spine, pelvis and hip.
• Discuss the clinical application of the Pilates movements and exercise selection.
• Review case studies and begin to design and discuss your own treatment plans.

Level Two - Scapulo-Thoracic Stabilisation

The next level in the Pilates equipment training series which builds upon the movements, understanding, cueing skills and exercise selection framework from Equipment Level One.

Course Content
• Learn 32 movements for training scapulo-thoracic stabilisation.
• Review the functional surface anatomy of the scapulo-thoracic stabilisation.
• Complete a guided workshop on imagery for the neck and shoulders for improved communication and cueing skills.

Level Three – Spinal Articulation and Stretching

Equipment Level Three focuses on flexion, extension, rotation and lateral flexion based on movements. It also looks at stretches for the Reformer, Split Pedal Chair, Cadillac and Arc Barrel.

Course Content
• Learn 24 flexion, extension, rotation and lateral flexion based movements.
• Learn combined movements and stretches for all pieces of equipment.
• Review visual imagery for fluid spinal movement.

Level Four – Progressions and Planning

The fourth and final level in the Equipment Certification Series. Equipment Level Four enables your patients and clients to progress to functional and high level rehabilitation using the Reformer, Cadillac, Split Pedal Chair and Arc Barrel. These progressively more challenging exercises complete the rehabilitation programme.

Course Content
• Learn 30 movements to enable clients to progress to functional and high level rehabilitation using the Pilates equipment.
• Complete workshops on posture, posture assessment, Pilates asse
ssment, and programme planning to enhance skills in all aspects of teaching Pilates.
• Learn to selectively apply the full range of movements learnt throughout the series to specific populations.

This truly is the essential Pilates equipment training series for anyone working in rehabilitation, fitness or movement based Pilates teaching. Our tutors are all degree level educated, health practitioners who bring their unique insight into how movement can allow people from all walks of life, the chance to progress their careers with one of the most in depth and tailored programs in the world today. Taught in over 32 countries around the world, APPI’s education is renowned for its quality, intensity and incredibly high levels of standards from the training materials to our world class quality of instruction.

Why start a career with APPI Health Group?
APPI’s approach has become recognised as the industry leader in safe and effective Pilates exercises. Our founders’ original work analysed the classical Pilates exercises and broke these down into four to six levels of each exercise. In doing this Glenn and Elisa created a program that allows each and every client to benefit from the Pilates experience and does not require a high level of fitness to begin with. Our course tutors are all degree level practitioners and come from an extremely high level of knowledge of anatomy, movement patterning, movement re-education and as such have developed an in depth understanding of how people move and learn. Our approach is seen as the benchmark for safe and effective Pilates teaching around the world.

Further information

Allied Health

APPI Equipment Certification Series is designed for Physiotherapists, osteopaths, exercise physiologists, doctors, sports scientists, chiropractors, rehabilitation therapists, occupational therapists, degree qualified myotherapists, students undertaking an allied health degree.

Non Allied Health

To be eligible to attend this course you must have completed APPI Matwork Level 1, APPI Pilates Matwork Certification or a 2 day more Pilates Matwork Course from a recognised Pilates Provider.


**If you have NO Pilates background, then our APPI Pilates Matwork Certification is ideal for you to start with.


Where can I find the course materials?

Once you purchase a course, this will be added to your Education Learner Profile. Here you can find all the details about the course as well as course information and materials.

How can I access my Education Learner Profile?

After you login on your account, click My Account at the top of the page and your profile will come up. On the left side of the screen, you will see Education Learner Profile, where you can find all your enrolled courses. All the detailed information for each course can be found there.

How can I get the Certificate of Attendance?

Your Certificate of Attendance can be downloaded from your Education Learner Profile after completing each lesson and after submitting your feedback.

How long is the Equipment Certification Series?

The in-person course will run over 8 days (4x 2-day levels)

When can I take the Certification Exam?

You can take your Certification Exam after completing the course, whenever you feel ready. Please remember that you need to submit your completed logbook together with your exam.

We recommend taking the Certification Exam within 2 years after completing the course.

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