Matwork Conversion Course

The Body Control Pilates Matwork Conversion Course

When and how are courses being held?

Our goal is to keep people moving and keep our students learning during the period of disruption caused by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. For the rest of 2021 we will start courses online with a combination of our exclusive theory and anatomy videos, complemented by 'live' online Zoom tutorials and classes led by our highly experienced course tutors. These will be followed up by one Contact Day, which must be attended - you will be given a range of date options. Full course notes will be sent out in advance. 
Online courses will comprise two 2-hour tutorials each day.

If you'd like more information, please click here to view the most recent Information Pack or 
email us with any questions or to arrange a call-back.

We will shortly be announcing course dates for Autumn/Winter 2021.

"Both the teaching and the content were superb and ticked every box for me. I am delighted to now be a certified Body Control Pilates teacher."

"I'd like to say how much I enjoyed the Conversion Course. It was everything I had hoped it would be and the teachers were excellent. I felt like my mind was blown and then carefully re-built".

"Since joining Body Control Pilates through the Conversion Course three years ago, I have taken my knowledge and teaching to another level and have never been busier. I found the training to be of an excellent standard and received fantastic support from the Body Control Pilates network of teachers and trainers.... after 15 years of teaching Pilates, training with Body Control Pilates has completely re-ignited my passion for Pilates. Thank you!"
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."  

"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."

" .. an excellent course. I am 'chomping at the bit' 
to do more with Body Control Pilates

" 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."

Comments from students who have attended the Body Control Pilates Matwork Conversion Course.


This is a course created specifically for qualified Pilates teachers who would like to gain a Body Control Pilates Matwork Certificate and thereby become a registered Body Control Pilates teacher. It also offers accreditation against the UK 'Level 3 Pilates' national standard.

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.

We also offer Conversion Courses in many other countries, including Japan, China and Denmark. Please click on the relevant country in the left-hand navigation for more information.

Course Outcomes

Upon gaining Certification, you will be eligible to join the Body Control Pilates Association, which has 1,500 members and is widely regarded as Europe’s foremost professional Pilates body. Membership entitles you to promote yourself as a certified Body Control Pilates teacher and to gain access, at discounted rates, to the full programme of more than 40 professional development courses offered by Body Control Pilates Education. 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 typically 80 workshops, classes and lectures.

You will also gain Level 3 Pilates Teacher status (Awarding Body: Active IQ) and, for teachers based outside the UK, your qualification will be recognised by the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPs). EREPs is overseen by the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA), based in Brussels. EHFA will play an increasingly influential role in the implementation of an eventual European standard for Pilates Matwork.

As a Body Control Pilates Teacher you will also gain exclusive access to many courses including Level 4 Pilates (Movement and Adaptations courses), Pilates for Performance, Pilates for Runners, Pilates and Hypermobility - and our respected Back4Good® Low Back Pain programme. The latter enables you to become a certified Back4Good® Practitioner and offer 'Healthy Back' classes and 1:1s.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.

Who should apply?

This course is geared to Pilates teachers with a Level 3 Pilates qualification or a close equivalent (for example, Pilates Foundation). We can accept applicants who have trained outside the UK. If you are not sure whether your training is sufficient to qualify you for this course, please contact us. We will happily discuss your needs and perhaps invite you for an informal assessment with one of our senior tutors, but please note that we ask that you have ideally been teaching for a minimum of one year before joining the course.

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.
  • A post-tuition assessment – this will assess your knowledge of the key Body Control Pilates exercises and agree an individual route plan towards your ‘sign-off’ assessment.
  • Completion of a Self-Study Paper, in which you have to submit written answers to two 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.
  • Completion of Level 3 ‘Directed Learning’ content. This covers the wider knowledge (including anatomy and physiology) that is included in the Level 3 curriculum. You must receive a pass mark in this element to receive your certification. Please note that Directed Learning is potentially waived if you already hold a Level 3 Pilates certification (subject to review by ActiveIQ, our Awarding Body).

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 students receive.

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.

Course fees include your first year’s ‘Standard Membership’ of the Body Control Pilates Association and all Awarding Body registration and assessment fees.

Full Terms and Conditions are contained in the Application Pack.

How long will it take to complete the course?

This is an open-ended course with applicants receiving their final ‘sign-off’ 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 generally takes place at the Body Control Pilates Centre in London, a stone's throw from the British Museum in Bloomsbury. Please note, however, that all tuition modules will take place online until the end of 2021. This is due to the ongoing Covid restrictions.

How do I apply?

For more information or to request your Application Pack, please contact our Education Team at the Body Control Pilates office on 020 7636 8900 or by email to our Education Team 

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.


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.