Matwork Conversion Course

Our first ‘Conversion Course’ ran more than 15 years ago and it has now become a cornerstone of our education offer. This was created specifically for qualified Pilates teachers who would like to update their matwork knowledge, expand their repertoire,  and gain a Body Control Pilates Matwork Certificate.  By successfully completing the course you become a registered Body Control Pilates teacher and part of our unique community of more than 1,500 teachers in over 50 countries.

In addition to your Body Control Pilates certificate, you will also receive complimentary first-year membership of the Body Control Pilates Association and gain accreditation against the new Society for the Pilates Method (SPM) matwork standard. This means that your details can appear on the new SPM Register of Pilates Teachers.

It is increasingly the case that teachers only ‘need’ a Level 3 Pilates certification if they plan to teach in a health and fitness club. We can offer this as an add-on option for you if wanted. There will be some separate written assessments and a small additional fee (Awarding Body: Active IQ).

The Body Control Pilates Matwork Conversion Course has been structured to recognise and build on the skills and knowledge that you already have as a practising Pilates teacher. It is based on our world-renowned Matwork Certification Course and will focus on the specific content and exercises that make the Body Control Pilates approach so distinctive – the range of exercises; the ability to adapt these exercises to the needs of the individual; the breaking down of the classical exercises; the unique teaching approach.


“I have NEVER enjoyed a course so much in the 5 years I’ve been teaching. Everyone was so friendly and approachable, the knowledge was wonderful and I have come away so inspired to train further and learn more… I don’t think I’ve felt this inspired before.”

Course outcomes

Upon gaining Certification, you will receive:

  • your Body Control Pilates certification
  • complimentary first year’s membership of the Body Control Pilates Association, which has over 1,500 members and is widely regarded as Europe’s foremost professional Pilates body.
  • certification by PD:Approval, our awarding organisation, confirming your accreditation against the Society for the Pilates Method (SPM) matwork standard
  • complimentary first-year registration on the SPM Register of Pilates Teachers

Should you plan to teach in health and fitness, you may be asked to gain a ‘Level 3 Pilates’ certification by taking a different written examination and completing some worksheets. We can offer you this for a small additional fee and you will be certificated by Active IQ, our Awarding Organisation for Level 3.

As a certified Body Control Pilates teacher, you will become  part of an active and supportive community and you will gain access, at discounted rates, to the full programme of more than 40 professional development courses offered by the Body Control Pilates Academy. You will also have priority access to the numerous workshops and master classes that we offer around the UK, as well as being able to attend our annual ‘Development Weekend’ conference – this is exclusive to Body Control Pilates teachers and features leading experts from across the world and an unrivalled programme of over 70 workshops, classes and lectures.

You will also gain exclusive, discounted, access to many courses including Pilates for Performance, Pilates for Runners, Pilates and Hypermobility – and our renowned Back4Good® Low Back Pain programme. The latter enables you to become a certified Back4Good® Practitioner and offer ‘Healthy Back’ classes and 1:1s. Whilst very few teachers choose to go on to do so, you can choose to top-up this qualification to the Level 4 Low Back Pain standard, thereby enabling you to potentially receive funded referrals from the public health sector and to work as part of the care team in your region.

When are courses being held?

We run courses on a regular basis, with upcoming dates scheduled as below. There has obviously been some upheaval due to the ongoing pandemic so, until further notice the tuition days for all courses are running online via live Zoom sessions with out tutors (typically four hours a day).

After completion of the tuition modules, you are required to come in to our London Centre for at least one ‘Contact Day’. This focussing on the Body Control Pilates approach to group teaching and on specific exercises.

You will have access to a number of online workshops to help you progress and will be actively supported by our Education Team.

9 September COURSE Conversion Course: September 2022
START DATE: 9th September 2022
SPACES LEFT: Good availability
LOCATION: Zoom, then London

This five tuition days will take place online by Zoom (typically 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm). Various date options will be given for the follow-on ‘Contact Day’, which must be attended.

  • Friday 9th September - Sunday 11th September 2022
  • Saturday 1st October - Sunday 2nd October 2022

Course Information Pack

Please click here to view the latest Course Information Pack.

Who should apply?

This course is geared to Pilates teachers who, at a minimum, already hold a Level 3 Pilates qualification or who have received certification from a specialist Pilates training provider (for example, Pilates Foundation). You should have at least one year’s teaching experience before starting the course.

We are very happy to accept applicants who trained outside the UK, especially considering that the five tuition modules now take place online. If you are not sure whether your training qualifies you for this course, please email Sarah Bargeron or give us a call on 020 7636 8900.

We aim to make joining this course, and accessing the many professional benefits that it offers, as accessible as possible for all Pilates teachers holding a recognised level of training. Please get in touch with us – we’d love to hear from you!

“I certified recently with Body Control Pilates after attending their Matwork Conversion course, after been previously trained by two other highly regarded Pilates Training Providers. I would recommend this course to everyone… Their training is second to none and after 12 years of teaching, I have found through their vision, a new love and understanding of Pilates. I have learnt so much more and didn’t think it possible! Thank you Body Control Pilates, it’s been amazing and I will be back to learn lots more from you all soon.”

How is the course structured?

There are five elements to the Body Control Pilates Matwork Conversion Course:

  • Five tuition days (see below for broad content) – these can be taken in either an ‘intensive’ format of five consecutive days (typically Wednesday to Saturday) or in an ‘extended’ format of one Friday to Sunday block, typically two weeks’ break and then a weekend block. Note: while tuition remains only we are generally offering the ‘extended’ format as this allows more time to view our online support videos between modules.
  • A post-tuition assessment with one of your course tutors – this will assess your knowledge of the key Body Control Pilates exercises and enable us to agree an individual route plan towards your ‘sign-off’ assessment. This can take place online or face to face.
  • Completion of a Self-Study Paper, in which you have to submit written answers to a small number of open-ended questions covering Pilates fundamentals
  • A ‘Sign-Off Assessment’ to be taken when a senior course tutor believes you are ready, and after submission of a series of lesson plans. In this assessment, you will be asked to teach part of a lesson plan to a small group of fellow matwork students.
  • Completion of additional Pilates content for accreditation against the SPM standard. This comprises a multiple choice anatomy examination. You must receive a pass mark in this element to receive your SPM/PD:Approval certificate. If you already hold a Level 3 Pilates certification, this is recognised as fulfilling the requirements for this. Please let us know if you also require the Level 3 Pilates accreditation separately – we’ll be happy to give more details.

“I certified recently with Body Control Pilates after attending their Matwork Conversion course, after been previously trained by two other highly regarded Pilates Training Providers. I would recommend this course to everyone… Their training is second to none and after 12 years of teaching, I have found through their vision, a new love and understanding of Pilates. I have learnt so much more and didn’t think it possible! Thank you Body Control Pilates, it’s been amazing and I will be back to learn lots more from you all soon.”

Content covered during the five tuition modules includes:

  • An introduction to Body Control Pilates
  • The Pelvis & The Spine
  • Breathing & Relaxation
  • A review of Core Stability
  • The Upper Limb
  • The Lower Limb
  • Precision of Movement
  • Teaching Skills and Client Progression
  • The Certification Process

More than 100 matwork exercises are covered or referenced during the course – all are fully detailed in the Exercise Manual that is posted out to students along with our full matwork teacher training notes, detailing the Body Control Pilates teaching approach.

Each four-hour online tuition day will be split between theory and practical. You will be given access to our specially-recorded ‘online theory videos’ to help you prepare for the tuition days.

“…an excellent course. I am ‘chomping at the bit’ to do more with … Body Control Pilates”

How much does the course cost?

Course fees are £1,275 if you take advantage of our ‘Advance Payment’ option, whereby payment is made in full a minimum of six weeks before the first tuition day.

Total course fees otherwise are £1,495. This includes all elements of the course.

To secure your place on a course, a Registration Fee of £250 is payable once we have confirmed an offer to you. This is then deducted from the fees above.

As mentioned above, course fees include your first year’s ‘Standard Membership’ of the Body Control Pilates Association as well as one year’s listing on the SPM Register of Teachers. Full Terms and Conditions are contained in the Information Pack – please click here to view.

“ The course was absolutely amazing, 100x better than any course I have been on with other [trainers]. It has completely changed the way I think about Pilates and the body.”

How long will it take to complete the course?

This is an open-ended course with applicants receiving their certification as soon as they have successfully met all course criteria. Our goal is to help you qualify as quickly as possible after the tuition days, but when this happens depends upon you mastering the key elements of the Body Control Pilates approach and upon passing the sign-off assessment.

Where do courses take place?

Course tuition modules are currently taking place online. Face to face Contact Days and supervised teaching workshops take place at the Body Control Pilates Centre in London, a stone’s throw from the British Museum in Bloomsbury.

How do I apply?

Please click here to view the Course Information Pack. You are very welcome then to contact us with any further questions – just get in touch with Sarah Bargeron on 020 7636 8900 or drop her an email.

If you would like to download an Enrolment Form, please click here.

When returning your Enrolment Form, we ask that you please include a copy of your existing Pilates certificates.

Special notice for studio owners

We are able to offer discounted fees where studio owners wish to put a number of staff through our conversion courses. Dependent upon the number of participants, it may also be possible to run an exclusive course at your studio location. Please contact Sarah Bargeron on 020 7636 8900 for more details.


All quotes are from students who have attended the Body Control Pilates Matwork Conversion Course.