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Mat Program

Teacher Training Course

BASI Pilates Training is more than simply a program of study, the BASI MTTC is an enduring foundation for a career in Pilates, with graduates qualified to teach all levels of clients, on the full complement of Pilates Mat work.

The BASI Pilates Mat Teacher Training Course (MTTC) is for anyone who is serious about making a profession out of Pilates. It is a rigorous and demanding program of study, practice, apprenticeship, and observation, which will qualify you for a career at the highest levels in the Pilates Method.

The program includes several unique methodologies that have made the BASI teacher trainer the most contemporary and exciting of its kind.


Students NEED to meet the following prerequisites, before deciding to take part in this highly sought-after international pilates certification program.

Each potential student that has never done pilates before or a minimum amount of pilates, will need to attend at least 10 BASI Pilates classes (at their own cost), at a BASI Pilates studio, prior to joining the course.

You need to have completed Matric and/or be at least 20 years of age (we will consider a letter of motivation if the student applying is younger than 20). 

Familiarity with the teachings of Joseph Pilates

Familiarity in basic anatomy and physiology - Specialization in a related area of studies, an added benefit is if you are a physical therapy or massage therapist, but not essential.

Experience in a related form of physical activity - Prior experience in an athletic activity that develops body awareness, discipline, and other attributes that are extremely beneficial to the study of Pilates.

Any past teaching experience, even in an unrelated field, will contribute to you becoming a skilled teacher in the Pilates method.

Additional Fees over and above the Course fees: 

Centralised Testing Fees apply, these fees increase annually - see website for fees.

Centralised Testing Re-do fees and registrations apply, and need to be completed within 1 year of the last module, no exceptions.

If there is a NO SHOW by a student for the testing date registered for, the student forfeits the testing fee paid and will need to re-register and pay again for another date and/or location.

Centralized testing fees are Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable if the registered testing date is missed.

SPECIFIC Free Group Mat classes and SPECIFIC InStudio Free Use times & Fees due after limited free use time expires: (BASI Pilates HOST Studios)

Once you have started your course/program with BASI Pilates SA, Comprehensive students receive a limited period of free InStudio use time (6 months from Comp course start date) Mat students receive a limited period of free InStudio use time (4 months from Mat course start date) and this may be used at any BASI Pilates South Africa "HOST" Studio:

- Specific Free Pilates Group Mat classes (Bookings essential) protocols to be adhered to.

- Specific Free "InStudio" use time for observation, practice, and teaching (Bookings essential) protocols to be adhered to.

- Free Arranged Contact time with a BASI faculty member "InStudio" (Tutorials) these times and dates are made available during the course or sometimes can be found on your TIme schedule.

After a student's specific Free Use time has expired at a HOST studio, students may book for classes as usual but then will be charged Normal Studio rates, if you need extra time InStudio for observation, practice and/or teaching, there will be a daily/hourly fee payable by you the student to the Host studio on arrival, always make arrangements with Host studio manager at front desk or email prior to arrival and get rates as each studio is different. 

You may obtain hours from other BASI studio's owned & run by BASI graduates (Affiliated studios) but please make the necessary enquiries & arrangements directly with that studio as they are affiliated studios and not BASI HOST Studio, their studio rates apply at all times. Please contact your local BASI studio's for more information & rates. (Google)

Optional Extras:

BASI Pilates Interactive Monthly Subscription applies - To access Pilates Interactive go via www.basipilates.COM or enquire through BASI US website support.

Please keep abreast of any changes through your BASI Host Studio, &/or follow us on social media – as "CHANGE" & "ONLINE" offerings are our NEW reality. IF and When you are able to visit your Host studio's please make sure to request their COVID-19 Protocols, regulations and Indemnity forms as we are all committed to ensuring a safe environment when you visit the Host studios.

ALL BASI Pilates® South Africa Host studio's will be adhering to stringent safety, decontamination and sanitising protocols in accordance with government directives and regulations on a continued basis to mitigate the risk of infection, so that you are able to exercise in the Host studio's with peace of mind, so PLEASE we ask that you respect, understand and adhere to all protocols and regulations when visiting any studio's.


Click here to view our MTTC Course Policies


Program structure and Hours required before centralised testing can be done.

  • Academic Study (Modules1-6) – 24 hours:

    All BASI Pilates Programs 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 during the course. In the event that a student misses a module/s, private tuition is available on request from the Teacher Trainer at an additional hourly fee of R700.00 per hour and must please be arranged directly with the Teacher Trainer, or you could request a transfer to another HOST location to complete your modules missed at an additional transfer fee - request info for this option by mailing 

  • Practical Work (Self practise) – 40 hours:

    Practical Work is individual practice on the mat by the student. It can be done at any location, e.g. home, office, other BASI graduate studio's or the host studio. Students can practice on their own or in groups (Buddy systems with other students) at times arranged between the studio front desk and student. Practice hours can be obtained from after the first module of the course. Please ensure that you are familiar with the studio policies/protocols when making use of the host or BASI graduate studio facilities.
  • Observation – 15 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 at any BASI Graduate studio's at a time arranged between the studio & the student. Observation hours can be obtained from after the first module of the course. Please ensure that you are familiar with the studio policies/protocols when making use of the host or BASI graduate studio facilities. You may also obtain observation hours through Pilates Interactive go via If it is your first time accessing the Portal, use your e-mail address and the "Forgot Password" option, Additional subcription rates apply.
  • Apprentice Teaching – 30 hours:

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

Additional Practical Hours if Course in done ONLINE:

Comprehensive (including Mat) students need to do an additional 36hrs of InStudio Practical work and if you are a Mat student you will need to do an additional 12hrs of InStudio Practical work, where a Faculty or Experienced Instructor could assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

  • NB: All Required Hours will need to be completed within the 1year period from last module completed. 

Program Syllabus

    Module 1 - The Fundamentals

    Primary concepts covered include the 10 movement principles of the Pilates method, an overview of the pelvic region and Pilates breathing. A historical overview of Pilates is presented, plus the BASI® approach, and the importance of safety when teaching Pilates are discussed. Repertoire includes fundamental Mat and Reformer exercises. A one-hour mat class is taught.

    Module 2 - Anatomy Overview Part 1

    Primary concepts covered include an anatomy and terminology overview: major bones, muscles, joints, bony landmarks and center of gravity. The importance and practice of cueing is discussed. Repertoire covers fundamental Reformer, intermediate Mat, Pole and Ped-a-pul. A one-hour mat class is taught.

    Module 3 - Anatomy Overview Part 2

    Primary concepts covered include the BASI® system of movement analysis, exercise physiology, and aerobic/anaerobic exercise.  The BASI® format of teaching is discussed and the Block System®, created by Rael Isacowitz, is introduced. Repertoire taught is intermediate Mat and Reformer and Leg Weights. A one-hour mat class is taught.

    Module 4 - Posture Assessment

    Primary concepts covered are the principles of alignment and posture assessment. Discussion includes exercise as a tool for assessment. Repertoire taught includes intermediate through advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, and fundamental Cadillac. A one-hour mat class is taught.

    Module 5 - Core Strength: Back and Abdominals

    Primary concepts covered are core strength and the relationship of the various muscle groups that make up the core with particular focus on the abdominals and the back extensors. Contraindications, effective exercises and the importance of understanding your client’s needs and body type are discussed. Also addressed are the role of the teacher and the importance of flow in a session. Repertoire taught includes advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, and Arm Chair. A one-hour mat class is taught.

    Module 6 - Exercise Adaptation

    Primary concepts include an in-depth look into exercise adaptation and the use of assists and modifications. Lecture focuses on how to construct a complete and comprehensive program. Repertoire taught is advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, fundamental Wunda Chair and Magic Circle. A one-hour mat class is taught. A general review of the repertoire is conducted, and the online Written Examination is available at the end of the program.


      Centralised Testing - (Evaluation Process)

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

      • At Module 4 : Quiz (20 multiple choice questions on work covered during modules 1-3) 
      • After Module 6 and before Centralised Testing, the student will need to Take the ONLINE Theory Test via his/her student dashboard by logging onto the - No fee is charged to do or re-do the written section of the testing.
      • Once all Modules are done and all required hours have been obtained and logged on your student dashboard the Mat Student will need to register via his/her profile/account on the BASI Pilates South Africa website for Centralized Testing (Set Dates and Host locations are listed on the website)

      What if the student needs to repeat section/s that they’ve not passed?

      Students that do not pass ONLINE theory Test can re-take it as many times as needed. Students that need to re-do any section/s of Centralised testing will need to re-register for the next available centralised testing date via the website and this must be done before the one year period from when your last module ended. Centralised testing fees apply every time you register or re-register for testing. 


      Should a student not successfully pass the teaching or demonstration section/s of the Centralized testing, the student will need to re-register on the next available Centralized Testing date OR most convenient location and dates provided ( and only re-do the section/s that were not passed.


      Centralised Testing Fees For Mat Program students: Separate registration needed for Centralised testing once the student is ready!

      Teaching or Demonstration section/s fees for 2021:

      R625.00 per section (Including VAT) or R1250.00 for both sections (Including VAT).

      If the student needs to re-do a section/s it needs to be done within 1 year of the last module completed.

      If there is a NO SHOW by a student for the testing date registered for, the student forfeits the testing fee paid and will need to re-register and pay again for another date and/or location.

      Centralized testing fees are Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable if registered testing date is missed.


      Students have (1) One year in which to complete everything. The BASI certificate will only be requested once all required hours (practice, teaching & observation) is complete, testing is passed with 70% or above and all fees are paid in full.


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

      • Work according to the principles of Pilates and introduce these to your clients.
      • 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/or group needs.
      • Adapt a class to different settings and environments.
      • Integrate small apparatus into a Mat class to achieve optimal 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 BASI exercises.
      • Modify exercises according to the needs and goals of the individual client.
      • Establish a sound foundation to embark on the CTTC

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

      A non–refundable registration fee of R1437.50 Including VAT is due on the registration

      Course Costs

      Item Once Off 6 Months 12 Months
      Tuition (Ex VAT) R9552.17 R10 507.39 R12 226.78
      Registration (Ex VAT) R1250.00 R1250.00 R1250.00
      Manuals (Ex VAT) R1050.00 R1050.00 R1050.00
      Sub Total R11 852.17 R12 807.39 R14 526.78
      VAT R1 777.83 R1 921.11 R2 179.02
      Grand Total R13 630.00 R14 728.50 R16 705.79

      Payment Plan

      Item Once Off 6 Months 12 Months
      30% Deposit R0.00 R4418.55 R5011.74
      Monthly Instalments (6mths) Or (12mths) R0.00 R1 718.32 p/m R974.50 p/m

      Banking Details: (Payments via EFT)

      BASI Pilates South Africa

      Standard bank

      Menlyn branch: 012345

      Current Account: 41 444 9274

      Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ

      ***Please use your order number, name/surname as reference and e-mail proof of payment to

      Payments via PayPal:

      If you have a PayPal account you may make payment in dollars or Euro's: Please request Dollar or Euro amounts from BASI Pilates H/O (PTA) 

      PayPal - BASI Pilates SA - 

      ***Please use your order number, name, and surname as a reference in your payment notes on PayPal and e-mail proof of payment to


      • Late Payments are subject to interest being charged on your outstanding amount.
      • A Debit Order Instruction is mandatory if any Payment Plan Option is chosen. (DOWNLOAD Debit Order Instruction while registering) Or request one via
      • Centralized testing is not included in the course fees - See Centralised Testing Tab for Rates...


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

      • The Mat Graduate receives a DISCOUNT of R6000.00 from the CTTC Tuition, this discount applies to BASI Mat graduates.

      • This arrangement is applicable to both once-off 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, arrangements for this must please be done directly with the HOST Studio administrator/faculty. 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.

      • If a student needs to transfer between Host locations within SA during a course, to make up for missed modules or other, they may BUT the student needs to do all modules sequentially and there is an additional transfer fee of R575.00 per transfer, arrange this with PTA (BASI H/O)

      Q: Who pays for the 10 BASI Pilates classes before course start date?

      A: The student registering for the course Pays for these classes, bookings can be made directly with the Host studio

      Q: What is the difference between a Mat Course running in conjunction with a COMP Program & the Mat Intensive Program?

      A: MAT that runs with COMP - All 6 Modules run over 6 half days 

      A: MAT Intensive - All 6 Modules run over 4 full days

      Q: If I have completed the BASI Mat course, do I need to re-do the Mat Section of the course when doing the COMP Course?

      A: Because the Mat section is part of the COMP course it is advisable to re-do the Mat section as a refresher or sit out on the morning sections of the COMP during the first 6 modules 

      Q: Do I need to pay again for the Mat section of the COMP Course?

      A: When doing the BASI COMP course after completing the BASI Mat course, you receive a discount of R6000 for the Mat course already completed and not the full MAT Course fee, so financially it is advised to rather enroll for the COMP course from the get-go if you are going to do both. 

      Q: When can the student register & make payment for Centralised Testing?

      A: Students may register for Centralised Testing via, once they have attended all modules and completed all required hours.



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