Pilates Instructor Course

Do you want to be a Pilates instructor?

We currently offer the full range of Pilates Academy International – internationally recognised Pilates courses and certification from Pilates on Fifth in New York. Courses offered include 40 hour Matwork courses (All Populations Mat or APM), 50 hour Reformer courses (All Populations Reformer or APR), Full Studio courses (All Populations Cadillac, Chair and Barrels or APCCB), as well as a variety of workshops and interesting courses for continuing education.   Since 2007 we have certified hundreds of Pilates instructors and our graduates are employed throughout Singapore and Asia – many have gone on to set up their own studios and a few have even gone on to be Master Trainers around Asia!   OptionsPilates is the largest and best Pilates training centre in Asia with the most courses and workshops every year. We also regularly run courses related to Pilates for instructors to stay up to date with the latest developments in the industry.

Which course do I take first?

To get certification in Pilates Academy Internations, you must first take the Anatomy workshop (Anatomy Biomechanics and Posture Analysis or ABP). 

This workshop is mandatory for everyone taking PAI courses for the first time. You will review the structures (bone, muscles, joints, etc) that form the support of the human body. It will help you prepare for the All Populations Mat / Reformer / CCB courses.

After taking ABP, we encourage you to take the All Populations Mat (APM) first because Mat is the foundation of all other Pilates exercises. 

Courses can be taken in the following order:


*You can take APR after taking ABP, but you must take APM in order to take APCCB

How to register

We are unable to offer courses in HK due to travel restrictions. 

Please email us at [email protected] to get notified when we are able to offer education services in HK again.

Course requirements

Class hours attendance: It is required that students attend every day of training. If a student has a conflict that cannot be resolved and must miss training hours, the student must notify PAI prior to the course. Make up hours must be scheduled with a certifying instructor at $160/hour. (Note that 3 hours of missed group training does not necessarily equal 3 make up hours as a student is often able to go through material faster in a one-on-one setting. The number of review hours will be decided upon by the certifying instructor and the PAI directors). If more than 12 hours of a course is missed, the course must be retaken. Outside class requirements: (shown in table below) Observation hours: Watch a class, private session, or videos from the PAI website (maximum 5 hours). Attending a class is not considered as observation. Practice teaching: Practice teaching the exercises on another person. Personal study hours: Study the exercises - exercise design, modifications, breath patterns, muscles involved, etc. Taking class can be considered personal study hours. These hours are to be logged and completed before taking the certifications test. The logs are turned in on the day of the test.

Practice Teaching
Personal Review
Anatomy, Biomechanics & Posture Analysis
All Populations Mat I
All Populations Reformer I
All Populations Cadillac I
All Populations Chair I
All Populations Barrel I
All Populations Mat II
All Populations Reformer II
All Populations Cadillac II
All Populations Chair II
All Populations Barrel II


Anatomy Biomechanics and Posture Analysis HK$3000
All Populations Mat I HK$9300
All Populations Reformer I HK$13000
All Populations Chair, Cadillac & Barrels I HK$13000
Mat Progressions / Challenge APM II HK$2100
Reformer Progressions/Challenge APR II HK$6000
CCB Progressions/Challenge APCCB II HK$7100

Certification Exam and Fees

The student has one year from the last day of each course to take the certification exam. If the student takes longer than a year, a review hour must be scheduled with a certifying instructor at the rate of HK$950/hr. This hour serves to ensure the student is on track with studying and the information hasn’t been lost throughout the year. Exams for every All Populations l course includes a written and practical portion, All Populations ll includes only a Practical. A score of at least 80% is required to pass the written. The practical is graded as pass/fail. The first exam consisting of ABP and the student’s first All Populations l course Exam is HK$1800. All following exams or retakes are HK$600 per course.

2021 Education Schedule

We are unable to offer courses in HK due to travel restrictions. 

Please email us at [email protected] to get notified when we are able to offer education services in HK again.

Course Descriptions

ABP (Anatomy, Biomechanics & Posture)

*This is a compulsory course for anyone who wants to become a certified Pilates instructor. 
This course reviews the structures (bones, muscles, joints, etc.) that form the support of the human body. An emphasis will be placed on "ideal" posture and "ideal" biomechanics of each joint while helping students learn how to detect abnormalities both statically and dynamically. Open to all personal trainers, this course is invaluable in helping you provide lasting results for your clients and increase your marketability.


What makes great buildings?  Great foundations!  This course teaches the first three tiers of the Pilates Mat repertoire and how to modify exercises for all age groups and fitness levels.  Emphasis is placed on maintaining variety and providing small challenges while safely progressing a client in order to avoid monotony.  Students leave the course confident and capable of creating safe and effective workouts for today’s diverse client.  68 Exercises.


This course teaches students the Reformer exercises needed to be ready to customize workouts for all ages and fitness levels. Covering the first three tiers, Fundamental through Intermediate, All Populations Reformer also teaches the "physics" of the reformer so that students understand both the way the reformer operates and the safety concerns. Emphasis is placed on the differences between Pilates machine work versus regular gym equipment so that instructors are prepared to meet the needs of clients from all backgrounds.


This course must be preceded by the All Populations Mat course. Students will learn the first three tiers of exercises on the cadillac, chair, spine corrector and ladder barrel, and, more importantly, how to incorporate the barrel into a client's workout, and use it as a support or a challenge, depending on the exercise. Emphasis will be placed on the benefits of Cadillac exercises as stepping stones to more challenging exercises and utilizing chair and how to integrate this often under-used piece of equipment into clients' workout routines.

Advanced Courses (APM II, APR II, APCCB II)

These courses teach the last two tiers of the full Pilates Mat, Reformer, CCB repertoires, a necessity for students pursuing full Pilates certification with the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Each repoertoire (Mat, Reformer, CCB) are divided into separate courses.  Students learn how to assess when a client is ready to be challenged and then how to progress the client safely and effectively.

Other Courses & Continuing Education

Pre and Post-Rehabilitative Pilates

Teaching injured or deconditioned clients requires a different approach to the session and a different mindset throughout the client’s attendance.  This course outlines the protocol for teaching post-rehabilitative clients, from the initial meeting and first session to ongoing sessions and a return to recreational activities.  Key concepts and definitions of injuries, post-rehabilitation and healing are covered. Students will be taught the benchmarks to hit before progressing a client to more challenging exercises and the importance of maintaining a dialogue with the client’s treating physician(s).  Anatomy is reviewed in terms of local stabilizers, global stabilizers and global mobilizers so that students both learn the terms used by physical therapists as well as understand how to safely progress these clients. Prerequisite: APM

Post-Rehabilitation: The Sacrum and Lumbar Spine

Subjected to forces from both the upper body, and lower body, the sacrum and lumbar spine are critical structures for maintaining healthy biomechanics of the entire body.  This course first reviews the anatomy of the lumbo-pelvic region in terms of local stabilizers, global stabilizers and global mobilizers.  Then, common injuries to the area along with suggested protocol for teaching are discussed.  Finally, exercises specific to post-rehabilitating the lumbo-pelvic region are reviewed or taught on all equipment.

  Prerequisite: APM, Foundations of Post-Rehabilitative Pilates

Post-Rehabilitation:  The Cervical Spine and Shoulder

Though separate structures, the neck and shoulder are closely linked biomechanically, and thus are considered together in this course.  Anatomy of the head, neck and shoulder is reviewed with special attention not only to the local stabilizers, global stabilizers and global mobilizers, but also to the muscles that cross the cervical spine and scapula and those that stabilize the shoulder joint.   Common injuries to the neck and shoulder are covered along with suggested protocol for insuring a safe Pilates’ experience.  Exercises on all equipment specific to post-rehabilitating the cervical spine and shoulder girdle are taught.

Prerequisite: APM, Foundations of Post-Rehabilitative Pilates

Post-Rehabilitation: Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot

Healthy biomechanics of the lower extremity are essential to everyone as bipedal human beings carrying on our daily activities!  For instance, gait abnormalities (problems with walking) due to any pain or injury in the hip, knee, ankle or foot may lead to even greater problems in the lumbo-pelvic region and spine.  Anatomy of the lower extremity is reviewed with regards to local stabilizers, global stabilizers and global mobilizers and common injuries to the lower extremity are discussed.  Most importantly, exercises for the hip, knee, ankle and foot are taught on all equipment with close attention to modifications that may be necessary.

Prerequisite: APM, Foundations of Post-Rehabilitative Pilates


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