The Alan Herdman Teacher Training Course comprises 7 Active IQ units along with the Pilates and Pre-Pilates technique, taken over 10 months and comprising at least 750 hours of student effort.

Syllabus Content

The curriculum is delivered so that the students learn to use the Pilates repertoire in the most practical and effective way. Exercises are taught in relation to the classical Pilates principles and objectives, with the aim that the students are equipped to apply the technique to suit individual clients rather than by a proscribed exercise sequence for all. There will be monthly lectures by our in-house physiotherapist on anatomy and physical conditions that require special attention.

The Active IQ Level 3 Certificate Instructing Pilates Matwork

  1. Anatomy And Physiology For Exercise And Health
  2. Supporting Clients Who Take Part In Exercise And Physical Activity
  3. Health, Safety, And Welfare In A Fitness Environment
  4. Principles Of Exercise, Fitness And Health
  5. Principles Of Pilates Matwork
  6. Programming Pilates Matwork
  7. Instructing Pilates Matwork

Course Tutor
Alan Herdman

Sara Gallie

Internal Verifier
Mauro Ossola

Course Administrator
Mauro Ossola

Delivery & Assessment

For all units a structured combination of the following will be used:


  • Lectures
  • Practical teaching and demonstrations
  • Group discussions and role play
  • Pre Pilates and Classical Pilates Mat Exercises
  • Teaching Skills For Pilates Exercises
  • Reformer Exercises
  • Trapeze Table Exercises
  • The Chair
  • Ladder Barrel
  • Arc
  • Small Equipment
  • Planning and delivering Pilates Matwork and Studio Equipment Classes
  • Anatomy
  • Common Ailments And Medical Conditions Requiring Special Attention


  • Coursework/Project
  • Multiple Choice Examination
  • Portfolio of Evidence
  • Practical Demonstration/Assignment
  • Anatomy Examination
  • Fitness and Health Examination
  • Written final exam