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Mat Work Teacher Training Course (MTTC)

The mat work course is a stepping stone to the full comprehensive course. It is advised for students who do not have the time or resources to study the comprehensive course, or those in locations without Pilates equipment.

It is affordable, easy to integrate into many different settings and introduces people to the foundation of Pilates. There is no part of the Pilates system that exemplifies the principles of the method, particularly flow, quite as well as the Mat work. Students study a very wide repertoire of Mat Work exercises and the integration of small apparatus into the Mat program.

BASI encourages students who master this program to use it as a springboard to the Comprehensive Teacher Training Program.

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 at a high level the 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

Course Structure

The course structure is modular. A student can make up or repeat each of the 6 modules at any BASI Pilates host location around the world.

Location & Schedules

The Mat Work Teachers Training Course is taught by members of the BASI Pilates faculty in host studios around the world. Courses are ongoing in multiple locations throughout the year.

The course generally is held over a five week period and requires approximately 100 hours of study, practice, observation and apprentice teaching.

The process of becoming a skilled teacher is highly individual and BASI encourages each individual to work at his or her own pace. The goal is to develop excellence in each and every person, irrespective of how long it takes. Students are allowed to repeat any element of the examination process to achieve the required BASI Pilates® standard.

All courses, no matter where they are held, are under the supervision of BASI Pilates and conform with BASI Pilates policies and procedures.

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Course Description

Academic Study
Six modules, including lectures, exercise analysis and practice, and discussion.

Personal Study
Required after each module. Most Host locations organize tutorials (or informal study sessions) with the course instructor or assistant instructor to review and discuss material.


Practical Work

Minimum of 40 hours of self-practice. Mat Work classes are highly recommended and are offered at student rates at most Host locations and affiliated studios. In addition most Host locations offer “open studio time,” during which students can practice on their own or in groups.


Minimum of 15 hours at the Host location or an affiliate studio. (This is the recommended number of hours; they may be adjusted based upon the past experience of the student.) 

Apprentice Teaching
Minimum of 30 hours at the Host location or an affiliate studio. (This is the recommended number of hours; they may be adjusted based upon the past experience of the student.)

Course Prerequisites

Familiarity with the teachings of Joseph Pilates

It is highly recommended that each student be familiar with the theoretical basis of Pilates and be experienced in both Mat Work and on the apparatus, before embarking on this course of study.

Experience in a related form of physical activity

Prior experience in an athletic activity develops body awareness and other attributes that are extremely beneficial to the study of Pilates.

Study in basic anatomy and physiology

It is recommended that this be a college-level course. Specialization in a related area of study, such as a physical therapy or massage therapy, is normally acceptable and will be judged on its merits.


Teaching experience is recommended

Teaching is both a natural talent and a learned skill. Any past teaching experience, even in an unrelated field, will contribute to your becoming a skilled teacher of the Pilates method.

Tuition and Fees


The cost of the BASI Pilates Mat Teacher Training Course is $1,100, to be paid within 15 days of the commencement of the course. There is no payment plan available.

Registration Fee

A $500 registration fee is required and submitted with the application form. $450 of the registration fee will be credited towards your course tuition, while $50 is a non-refundable administrative fee. If your application is not accepted, you will be refunded $450 within thirty (30) days.  The Registration Fee is non-refundable following approval of an application by BASI.



Tuition fees charged by international BASI licesees may differ from those specified here. For up-to-date international payment information please see the appropriate Web site of BASI JapanBASI ChinaBASI GermanyBASI Greece and BASI South Africa.

If paying by bank transfer, all bank fees will be the sole responsibility of the enrolled student at time of payment.


What you get

At the beginning of the course, MWTTC students receive the current BASI Study Guide and the Mat movement analysis workbook.

Pricing and Cancellation

Payments can be made by check, cash, money order, wires or credit card. Please make checks and money orders out to BASI Pilates. Deposits and course fees received by BASI Pilates will not be refunded after the completion of Module 2 of the course.

Specifically, fees will not be refunded in the following circumstances:

  • A student misses one or more modules (BASI Pilates will assist the student in attending the module at a later date and in a different location.)
  • 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


  • In the event that BASI Pilates decides to make a refund, administration fees will apply.
  • In the unlikely event that BASI Pilates course management asks a student to leave a course, a consultation process will be initiated. Fees paid up to that point in the course will not be refunded.
  • All fee payments are receipted and are exclusive of sales tax. Please let the BASI Pilates office know in advance if a pro-forma invoice is required.
  • Fees for any future courses may be subject to amendment.
  • BASI Pilates reserves the right to cancel any course. If a course is cancelled and a replacement is not offered, students will be refunded fees paid

What you must bring

Proof of payment, comfortable and studio-appropriate attire, a note pad and pen and, above all, a positive attitude. Please note that water is the only beverage allowed on the studio floor. The host studio typically provides water, though students may also bring their own.


Your BASI Pilates certificate will be issued and forwarded to the address that we have on file when all BASI requirements have been met.  These include satisfactory attendance of all modules, passing scores on all required exams, submission and acceptance of your research paper and completion of all observation, practical and teacher training hours.

If you change address after the course but before you receive your certificate, please be sure to update your address with BASI.

Recording of classes

Audio recording of modules is allowed, as long as it is discrete and does not distract the class.  Video recording is not allowed.

Pre-existing physical conditions

Please advise the BASI instructor or Host at the location where you are studying if you have any pre existing conditions that inhibit normal movement abilities, or if you are, or become pregnant during the course.