Pilates teacher certification

We want you to love this profession as much as we do.


There are no shortcuts or formulas to becoming a great pilates teacher. It requires full immersion, dedicated practice, and personalized feedback. Smartbody has offered this kind of program since 2008. We have a proven track record of Smartbody graduates teaching professionally, both full time and part-time, in studios across the globe.

We offer two intensive certification programs: a 130 hour mat certification and a 550 hour comprehensive equipment+mat certification. The courses are taught by our own resident master teachers, with plenty of support for individual feeback, practice teaching, and self study. All exams, classes, studio access and feedback are included in the course fees. We limit the courses to small groups of dedicated trainees (8 for mat training and 4 for the equipment).

Mat training

A 3 month, 130 hour course with maximum of 8 participants. It includes 32 hours of lectures, 12 hours of anatomy and physiology, free unlimited access to all Smartbody mat classes at Smartbody, and 4 personal teaching observation sessions. The self-study program includes an additional 12 hours per week of classes, practice teaching, self training, and reading.

Mat + Equipment

A 10 month, 550 hour course with a maximum of 4 participants. Includes the entire mat training course plus an additional 72 hours of lecture, 6 hours of anatomy and physiology, 66 personal quartet equipment classes to the trainees – 3 per week spread over 22 weeks, 12 personal teaching observation and feedback sessions, free unlimited access to Smartbody equipment for personal training and teaching.


  • Mat: 1650 Euro exclusive BTW
  • Mat+Equipment: 4650 Euro exclusive BTW


  • Mat: January 12 to April 6, 2018
  • Equipment: May 15 to November 30, 2018


Contact us by November 15, 2017 to schedule an evaluation session with us. Class sizes are small and these courses fill up quickly so if you are interested don’t hesitate.

More info / Contact

Free Information/Orientation Meeting Sept. 15 2017
How to Choose a Teacher Training Program
Contact us directly: Jelena Petrovic: 0648270752, info@smartbody.nl

When I moved to Amsterdam in the fall of 2015, I arrived knowing I was enrolled in the Smartbody Pilates Mat Teacher Certification for 2016. At this point, I hadn’t yet made up my mind as to whether or not I would continue further to pursue the Comprehensive Teacher Training program. However, once the Mat certification began, I was so impressed by how thorough the course was, both theoretically and practically, that I decided to do the Comprehensive program. This was one of the best decisions I made! While the program is intense, it is well laid out and therefore very manageable.
The best part of Smartbody’s training program is the personal attention the instructors provide, given they only accept a small number of dedicated students. Many other programs seem to lack this. Through a combination of practical lecture, anatomy lessons, equipment classes, self-practice (including unlimited access to the studio and it’s beautiful equipment!), teaching hours, observation hours and 1:1 meetings, you learn a large repertoire of Pilates exercises and how to instruct your students in an effective and safe manner. Having graduated from this program, I feel confident as a Pilates teacher, and utilize what I have learned into my practice as a Physiotherapist.
A little bonus: You may meet some life long friends in the process like I did. Michelle Lee— – Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

After I graduated, I was able to approach any client with confidence. What I liked most in my training was that I was taught how to take clients safely through a physically challenging journey while at the same time respecting their individual needs. I recommend Smartbody’s Pilates Teacher Training to anyone who wishes to delve deeply and seriously into the method. I certainly find it an excellent choice for it will prepare the candidate properly for the demanding profession of being a pilates teacher Astarti Athanasiadou, Professional Pilates Teacher.

A couple of years ago I did all the research to establish who to do my teacher training with and no one came close to the focus and discipline that Jelena and the team at SmartBody have. The rich combination of self practice, teaching and observation from both an exercise and anatomical perspective, sets you up to be an amazing teacher. Michelle Rushbridge – Marketing Professional, Life Coach & Pilates Instructor

Completing the Smartbody (Mat Method) Teacher Training Programme was one of the best things I have ever done. Intense? Yes. Demanding? Yes. Rigorous? Yes. Rewarding? Yes, Yes, Yes! The Smartbody teaching team are all extremely experienced Pilates experts. Underpinned by a high quality of teaching – the programme comprehensively builds self- practice and teaching (observation and teaching practice) and is supplemented by lectures on Pilates exercises, techniques and anatomy. This means that the programme is comprehensive – you know that if you complete and pass the course you are set up to be a well-rounded and great teacher and that is what Smartbody wants you to be.
I also really appreciated the fact that Jelena and her team really care. They attentively and patiently coach, coax, mentor (or humor!) you through any personal challenges that you face. I have experienced direct impacts such as greater body awareness and physical fitness and also more subtle, less obvious benefits including greater self- confidence and energy.
Annie Francis, Lawyer and Pilates Teacher.

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