Reformer Certification Series

$1,800.00 $1,530.00


The Reformer Series covers just the Reformer machine.  If you are interested in a comprehensive course that covers all large Pilates equipment (Reformer, Cadillac, Arc Barrel and Chair), then you may be interested in the full Equipment course.  

Reformer Series

The course is comprised of six days of practical and theoretical teaching. Ninety five beginner and intermediate original and APPI evolved movements are taught along with countless modifications and variations. Special consideration to movement selection, muscle recruitment and patterning, alignment, modification feedback and progression is made throughout the tutorials. Theoretical workshops to develop and refine visual, tactile and audio cueing, one to one program planning, home exercise program planning and group teaching are included for students to develop their skills and confidence to become comprehensive and articulate teachers.


  • To teach and understand the clinical applications for beginner and intermediate foundation Pilates reformer movements.
  • To understand movement pre-cautions and contra-indications.
  • To apply modifications and variations to the reformer movements based on a strong theoretical understanding of posture, bio-mechanics and movement.
  • To assess using the APPI Pilates screen in order to develop specific, goal orientated one to one Pilates programs.
  • To further modify the movements for different clinical populations.
  • To teach the movements with clarity, precision and confidence.
  • To provide relevant verbal, tactile and visual feedback.
  • To design a five week group Pilates programme.
  • To design and implement a five week one to one Pilates programme.
  • To develop the students own body awareness and ability to perform the movements.


Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants
This course has been approved for 39 hours continued education in Minnesota, if you would like to attend from another state and require approval please email

Please note that due to the changing nature of state continuing education requirements, APPI suggests that you contact your state physical therapy association or licensing board for the most current information on continuing education and other rules and regulations.

Athletic Trainers:
APPI is Board of Certification, Inc., (BOC) Approved Provider. This course has been approved for Category A CEUs for Athletic Trainers. BOC Approved Provider number P10086.

If you require accreditation through another governing body or within another state, or require any further information please email

Payment Information

Payment by Check

If you would like to pay for this course by check, please download and fill in the course enrolment form and send it, along with your check payment to:

Global Healthcare Education
625 Bakers Bridge Avenue
TN 37067

Enrolment forms and payment must be received in advance of the course. Confirmation will be sent via email once payment is received.

Group Booking

Book for 3 people or more on the same course and receive a 15% discount. Contact for all group bookings.


This course is open to:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Personal Trainers
  • Certified Pilates Instructors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

You must have attended Pilates for Rehabilitation (Matwork Level 1) or equivalent two-day matwork course with a recognised Pilates training institution. in order to attend this course.


A minimum 20 hours attendance at group or private Pilates classes.
A recognised two-day Matwork course.
Certified instructor or registered rehabilitation professional.
Completion of essential pre-reading.

Certification Requirements

Course attendance: 52 hours (6 days).
Self-practice and assignments: 75 hours and includes self-practice, practice within small study groups, attendance at APPI classes, extra tutorials with APPI trainers and written assignments.
Observation and practice teaching: 60 hours including observation of APPI teachers and practice teaching to friends, family and small study groups.


There is a 60 minute written examination and a 60 minute practical examination for APPI reformer certification.

Prior to attending your examination, you will be required to complete (at your own expense) the outlined number of hours of observation and practice teaching. As part of this process, you will need to sign off all of the movements from your training in your logbook (preferably by an APPI trainer). You are required to submit this logbook to APPI two weeks prior to your examination date. You will also be required to submit a five week one to one Pilates reformer programme and a five week group reformer class programme (completed throughout units one to three) including exercise modifications and variations for specific populations which has formed the homework tasks for the Foundation Reformer course.

Written examination

This 60 minute examination consists of multiple choice (20) and short answer (five) questions. Multiple choice questions will test the following:

  • components of the Pilates equipment i.e. carriage extenders, safety chain
  • movement aims
  • movement application
  • movement modifications
  • movement progressions
  • pre-cautions and contraindications

Short answer questions will test the following:

  • ability to design population specific Pilates programmes
    ability to select exercises for stabilisation of specific regions i.e. cervical spine, scapulo-thoracic, lumbo-pelvic and hip
  • ability to select exercises for specific mobilisation – joint and soft tissue
  • ability to select exercises for spinal mobilisation in all planes of movement
  • ability to safely and effectively progress Pilates programme

Practical examination

Candidates will design and deliver a 50 minute one to one Pilates session to a mock client (whom will be familiar with Pilates matwork and equipment work) based on information given to them prior from the APPI Pilates screen. The APPI screen will be allocated to candidates at the time of booking their examination and will provide details of the clients subjective and objective assessment as well as their short and long term goals.

Throughout the examination candidates will be tested orally on their clinical reasoning, exercise modifications, verbal cues and feedback.

At the completion of the 50 minute one to one session, candidates will be tested on their ability to demonstrate a wide range of foundation Reformer movements.
Candidates will be assessed on their programme planning, clinical reasoning, precision of teaching skills, accuracy and relevance of verbal and tactile teaching and quality of feedback as well as their ability to demonstrate the movements to a high level themselves.

Pass requirement
Candidates must achieve 80% on each section to receive their Reformer certification.

‘Very practical, hands on approach to teaching lots of self-practice. Very clear explanation on technical issues with exercises.’ Reformer Level 1 – London, Mar 2017

‘I have been very interested in the reformer for some time but the instructor really motivated and inspired me by her teaching method and in-depth knowledge.’ Reformer Level 1 – London, Mar 2017

‘I feel much more confident in the reformer exercises and teaching them in the clinical rehab population setting’ Reformer Level 1 – Minnesota, MN Oct 2016

Medical Disclaimer

Neither the APPI nor any of its International Representatives, course organizer or hosts, accept any responsibility for any bodily harm that may arise during or after attendance on APPI courses.

APPI Training Courses

Please Note: All APPI USA courses are purchased through APPI USA’s license holder Global Healthcare Education.

Fees: Fees for courses will include tutorials, manuals, morning and afternoon tea and a certificate of attendance. APPI USA takes no responsibility for any additional costs incurred outside of the fees charged.

Matwork and CPD Cancellations and Transfers: Cancellations and transfers are accepted with written notice 14 days prior to the start date. There is a $60.00 admin fee per cancellation or transfer. Participants are allowed to transfer twice, after which no refunds will be given. Once you are within 14 days of the course start date, no cancellations, transfers or refunds will be permitted.

Equipment and Reformer Series Cancellations and Transfers: Cancellations and transfers are accepted with written notice 14 days prior to the start date. There is a admin fee of 20% of the original payment per cancellation or transfer. Once you are within 14 days of the course start date, no cancellations, transfers or refunds will be permitted.

Insufficient funds: A $30 fee will be charged for invalid cheques or declined credit card transactions due to insufficient funds.

3rd Party Payments: If a third party is responsible for payment, the attendee space on the chosen programme will not be confirmed until full payment has been received by APPI USA. Only once full payment is received will the confirmation letter be sent out to the delegate and their space reserved.

Pregnancy Guidelines: In the first trimester, all courses should be suitable for an uncomplicated pregnancy. This is providing that you exercise pre-pregnancy and have discussed this with you GP / Midwife. However, with the exception of our Ante & Post Natal course, we would generally recommend against participating in courses after the 1st trimester, as you will not be able to experience all the movements yourself during this time.
Please view our full pregnancy guidelines by clicking here or by visiting our resource centre.

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Cancellation by APPI: In the case of minimum course participant numbers not being achieved, APPI reserves the right to cancel courses/training programs at any given time. In this event full refunds will be given.

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