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Teacher Training Course

The Mat Teacher Training Course is a stepping stone to the full Comprehensive course and has been rewarded 24 CEC’s.

Students completing the BASI Pilates Mat Teacher Training Course (MTTC), receive one of the most respected certificates in the industry and have the knowledge and confidence to instruct the Pilates Mat work to the public. It is advised for students who do not have the time or resources to study the comprehensive course, and for those in locations without adequate Pilates equipment.

The mat course is very affordable, flexible as regards to setting and introduces people to the foundation of Pilates. Students study the full complement of Mat Work exercises (basic to master level) and the integration of small apparatus into the program.

The course requires approximately 100 hours of study, practice, observation, apprentice teaching and a testing procedure is required.

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Course Requirements

  • Academic Study – 24 hours:

    All BASI Pilates Courses have a modular structure, which covers lectures, exercise analysis, practice and discussions. The theoretical component of the course is essential study. These hours are covered in the course. In the event that a student misses a module/s, private tuition is available from the Teacher Trainer at an additional hourly fee of R500.00 per hour.

  • Practical Work – 40 hours:

    Practical Work is individual practice on the mat by the student. It can be done at any location, e.g. home, an affiliated studio or the host studio. Students can practice on their own or in groups at any time or at a time arranged between the studio and student. Practice hours can be obtained from after the first section of the course. Please ensure that you are familiar with the studio policies when making use of the host or affiliated studio’s facilities.

  • Observation – 20 hours:

    Observation hours require that the student observe how seasoned BASI Pilates instructors teach (mat & equipment) classes. Observation hours can be obtained at either a BASI host studio or an affiliated studio at a time arranged between the studio & student. Observation hours can be obtained from after the first section of the course. Please ensure that you are familiar with the studio policies when making use of the host or affiliated studio’s facilities. 50% of observation hours can be done through Pilates Interactive.

  • Apprentice Teaching – 40 hours:

    Teaching hours require that the student teaches an individual (any individual, even fellow students) or a group of people at any location.

Course Modules

The course structure is modular. A student can make up or repeat each of the 6 modules (4-5 hours each) at any BASI Pilates host studio around the world. Each module consists of practical and theoretical components.

The principles, the pelvis, breathing, exercise description, historical overview, safety.
Anatomy overview & terminology, joints, centre of gravity, cueing & imagery.
Anatomical movement analysis, muscles, aerobic & anaerobic exercise; the BASI Block system.
Principles of alignment, posture and posture assessment; types of faulty postures.
Effective exercise, contraindications for the spine, guidelines for successful teaching, being a teacher.
Exercise adaptation, exercise progression, modifications to exercise, using small equipment, constructing a complete and comprehensive program.


Evaluation Process

In each course, the student is continuously evaluated in order to measure consistent progress.

  • At Module 4 : Quiz (20 multiple choice questions)

Mat Students then need to register for Centralized Testing once all the required hours have been obtained.

What if the student needs to repeat sections that they’ve failed?

Students need to re-register for Centralized testing at the next available date and location before your one year period from when your last module ended. A fee of R345.00 (incl. VAT) is charged per section that needs to be repeated. No fee is charged if you need to repeat the written section of the course.

Students need to re-register for sections of Centralized Testing before your one year period from your last module ended. Module 6 for MTTC students and Module 12 for CTTC Students.



Upon completion of the course, you will be qualified to:

  • Work according to the principles of Pilates and introduce these tenets to clients and students.
  • Assess posture and posture types, as well as detect postural deviations.
  • Solve problems and provide effective exercise solutions to many physical conditions.
  • Compile comprehensive and safe Pilates Mat work programs tailored to individual and group needs.
  • Adapt a class to different settings and environments.
  • Integrate small apparatus into a Mat class to achieve optimum results.
  • Use the BASI® Block System to successfully administer Mat work classes.
  • Analyze and understand the Pilates exercises based on anatomical and biomechanical principles.
  • Demonstrate high level and vast repertoire of classic Pilates exercises as well as a wide range of original BASI exercises.
  • Modify exercises according to the needs and goals of the individual.
  • Establish a sound foundation to embark on the CTTC

BASI Pilates South Africa offers a discounted rate for once-off course payments and offers tailored payment plans. If financing is an obstacle in you obtaining quality Pilates education, please contact us to discuss financial planning.

Course Costs

Item Once Off 6 Months 12 Months
Tuition R8 428.00 R9 270.80 R10 787.84
Registration R550.00 R550.00 R550.00
Manuals R480.00 R480.00 R480.00
Sub Total R9 458.00 R10 300.80 R11 817.84
VAT R1 418.70 R1 545.12 R1 772.68
Grand Total R10 876.70 R11 845.92 R13 590.52

Payment Plan

Item Once Off 6 Months 12 Months
30% Deposit R0.00 R3 553.78 R4 077.15
Monthly Installments R0.00 R1 382.02 p/m R792.78 p/m


  • Late Payments are subject to interest being charged on your outstanding amount.
  • A Debit Order Instruction is required for any Payment Plan Options - see download option when registering.
  • Centralized testing is not included in the course fees - from R690.00 (incl. VAT)

Should a MAT graduate decide to continue onto the CTTC, the following financial terms apply:

  • The Mat Graduate receives a DISCOUNT of R4500.00 from the CTTC Tuition amount and a discount of R480.00 if the Mat graduate decides not to take a new Mat movement manual and rather uses their Mat movement manual from MTTC.
  • The Mat Graduate then still needs to pay the balance of the CTTC Tuition and the registration fee of (R632.50 Inclu. VAT) and the costs of the additional CTTC manuals.
  • This arrangement is applicable to both once-off payment and payment plan options.
  • The Mat Graduate has the opportunity to review the full Mat section during the CTTC at no additional cost, but if the Mat Graduate prefers not to attend the Mat sections of the CTTC modules the Mat Graduate is welcome to join the group for only the equipment sections of the CTTC. Doing a refresher on the Mat sections while doing the CTTC is a unique opportunity and doesn’t come around often so rather sit in on those extra few hours per day


No refunds are given after Module 2.

Students can transfer funds to a subsequent course at the same location or at another course Host location in South Africa. Valid for (1) one year.

No refunds are given if:

  • A student misses one or more modules.
  • A student chooses to leave the course of her/his own volition.
  • A student fails to attend the course, following BASI Pilates notification of acceptance and confirmation by the student.
  • A student fails to attend the course without reasonable prior notification.

All Course fees are inclusive of VAT. A non–refundable registration fee of R632.50 is due on registration to keep your spot and the balance of the once off payment is due at least 4 weeks prior to the course start date. If you opted for the payment plan complete the Debit order Instruction and return it with your proof of payment of 30% deposit which is due at least 4 weeks prior to the course start date. Your first instalment will be deducted from your bank account between the 1-7 of every new month after the course starts.  


Training Dates




MTTC 2018 | Windhoek (Namibia)
2018-09-12T00:00:00 2018-09-15T00:00:00 Africa/Johannesburg MTTC 2018 | Windhoek (Namibia) BASI Pilates Workshop Core Control Centre - Windhoek (Namibia) BASI Pilates
  • MTTC (Module 1 - 6)
    12 Sep 2018 to 15 Sep 2018
Core Control Centre - Windhoek (Namibia)
MTTC 2018 | KZN 2
2018-11-22T00:00:00 2018-11-25T00:00:00 Africa/Johannesburg MTTC 2018 | KZN 2 BASI Pilates Workshop Ballito BASI Pilates
  • MTTC (Module 1 - 6)
    22 Nov 2018 to 25 Nov 2018

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