Pilates Coach Reformer 1


Coaches Transform Lives 
We Transform Coaches

Why Our Program

Become a seasoned functional movement specialist using Pilates Coach methodology! When you become a Pilates Coach utilizing NAFC’s proven methods, you will be a certified Pilates Reformer instructor as well as a functional movement specialist. This combination prepares you to bring the power of knowledge as well as the confidence of a science-backed education platform from which to spring your practice.

As a Pilates Coach and Pilates Reformer Instructor, you learn to utilize all 3 planes of human movement. Not only do you become a skilled Reformer Instructor, you also learn to translate Pilates movement to human movement and daily activities.

When the NAFC certifies coaches, we teach you how to instruct and enable. We train you for success!

Guidance and Support

You will appreciate the guidance and support you’ll receive both during and after the certification program. NAFC will be with you every step of the way! Once you enroll in your chosen program we’ve got your back…

  • Use our Contact Page or call us at 800.324.8315 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm PST) for educational support or with your questions.
  • NAFC provides a clear path from the beginning for you to successfully negotiate and complete your program.
  • NAFC’s Interactive Courses are designed for a better learning experience, including interactive content to help you learn and retain the information.
  • Attend NAFC live workshops or opt into the virtual workshop to gain knowledge and experience.
  • Use tools provided to help you through the program including virtual flash cards, video instruction, and online practice exams.
  • Tap into our Career Counseling and the NAFC Affiliate Program for career assistance to help you land the perfect job.

NAFC Coaches Transform Lives

NAFC coaches are part of a dynamic, new wave in fitness training for success, discipline, and innovation. Master the basic disciplines of Pilates Reformer and tri-plane functional movement to use in most fitness formats. NAFC certified Pilates Coaches learn the skills to train and coach effective and stimulating classes in response to a diverse range of needs. Be a Life Transformer!

Fully Accredited and Recognized

NAFC is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). NAFC complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, NAFC is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. For more details, visit the IACET website. www.iacet.org NAFC chose IACET Accreditation for its emphasis on quality for course content development as well as for the exam process.
The National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC) has been recognized and approved as a full affiliate of the National Board of Fitness Examiners. NBFE ensures credibility for the fitness industry by setting and maintaining the national standard of practice in our field. For more details, visit the NBFE website.

Career School and Post Graduate Program
NAFC is one of the only certifying organizations that is also a post-secondary licensed career school. We are a private post-secondary career school licensed by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission through the state of Oregon (OHECC). This allows us to issue college credits through our career school for several NAFC Certification courses and a Medical Fitness Post Graduate Diploma Program. This addresses the eventuality of states requiring licensure in the Medical Fitness space as well as possibly the fitness space as certification alone may, in the future, not be enough to satisfy requirements.

Pilates Coach Reformer 1 Certification Information


  • Minimum GED or High School Diploma required.
  • You must be18 years of age or older.
  • You must have and maintain a CPR/AED certification.
  • You must have completed Foundations of Movement or approved equivalents. (*see purchasing options below)

Course Education Level: Intermediate

Continuing Education Credits: 4.0 NAFC, 4.0 NESTA

How it Works:

Pilates Coach Reformer Certification…

  • You must complete all course modules.
  • You must take and pass all required examinations with a score of 80% or higher.
  • You must complete a Reformer 1 Workshop (included in price of certification)
  • Time to Complete: You have up to 18 Months to complete Examination Process
  • Course Access: Continued access with updates available

Certification Process:

  • Your NAFC Pilates Coach Reformer Certification is valid for 24 months. During that 24 months you must complete continuing education prior to your renewal date to qualify for re-certification.
  • Recertification is required to keep you up to date with industry standards and practice. You must complete and submit 15 hours (1.5 NAFC credits) of continuing education in a 24 month period of time prior to your renewal date and complete a re-certification application to be recertified.

Click Here for System Requirements to View and Complete this Course.

Pilates Reformer 1 Required Course Material:

Practical Requirement:

  • Document and submit a client’s postural analysis and specific exercises from this course to use with the client based on the postural analysis.
  • You are required to log and complete 30 hours of practical experience.
If you have not already completed the Foundations of Movement prerequisites you will need to purchase the Inclusive option below.
Foundations of Movement Required Course Material

Reformer 1 Certification


Without Prerequisites

Online Exams
Interactive Program
Virtual Flash Cards
Online Practice Exams
Educational Support
Career Assistance
Anatomy & Physiology
Foundations of Movement

Reformer 1 Plus


Reformer 1 + Prerequisites

Online Exams
Interactive Program
Virtual Flash Cards
Online Practice Exams
Educational Support
Career Assistance
Anatomy & Physiology
Foundations of Movement


Weight Training Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  1. Understand basic anatomy & biomechanics as related to strength training.
  2. Understand muscle structure and function.
  3. Understand and explain the principles of safe and effective strength training.
  4. Create an appropriate strength training program.
  5. Identify safe and effective exercises for all major muscle groups.
  6. Understand effective exercise programming.
  7. Understand the importance and procedures for accurate record keeping and client progress charting.
  8. Design strength training programs for a diverse population.
  9. Differentiate between beginner and advanced strength training methods.

Fitness Assessment Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program you will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply at least two common methods to assess body composition.
  2. Assess cardio-respiratory fitness through several different testing protocols.
  3. Interpret cardio-respiratory endurance assessment results.
  4. Predict oxygen uptake and caloric expenditure from exercise heart rate data.
  5. Assess muscular strength and endurance through different strength-testing protocols.
  6. Interpret strength testing results.
  7. Recognize the variables that govern the development of muscular strength and endurance.
  8. Assess flexibility.
  9. Administer performance tests to assess skill-related fitness.
  10. Formulate a comprehensive fitness program based on the results of the fitness assessment.

Lifestyle Consultant Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program you will be able to:

  1. Effectively communicate benefits of health and fitness.
  2. Understand disease prevention.
  3. Understand the role of nutrition in disease prevention.
  4. Understand the role of weight management in disease prevention.
  5. Understand the importance of preventing cardiovascular disease.
  6. Understand cancer risk management.
  7. Apply stress management techniques.
  8. Understand the health risks of tobacco use.