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National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP)

Is Your Pilates’ Teacher Nationally Certified? 

The National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP) is a Pilates Teacher’s Certification*.

The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) had its first meeting in 2001. The PMA was an organization of professional Pilates’ teachers as well as most of the elders (those who worked directly with Joseph or Clara Pilates) who felt it was necessary to create a standard of excellence in the Pilates world. The internet was getting popular, and anyone could say they were a Pilates’ teacher and there was no way to know if they were or not. There were also Pilates’ “schools” teaching teachers, and standards had to be set. The PMA Certification Program was developed and launched by the PMA in 2005. In 2012, the PMA Certification Program achieved accreditation through The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA sets standards for accreditation and recognizes many Personal Training Programs (ACE, NSCM, etc.) Pilates now had its own test.

*In 2019 The PMA Certification Program was rebranded the National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP).  The NPCP is a Pilates teacher’s Certification.

No reputable Pilates’ school certifies students. As of 9/1/22, there is NO Certification for MAT or REFORMER teachers or anyone who is not fully trained on all the Pilates’ apparatus.

Your Pilates Instructor should be designated an Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT) and can be found here.

Being a member of the PMA is NOT being a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT). Those committed to Pilates legacy support the NPCP (not necessarily the PMA).

Visit the NPCP website for more information and for recognized teachers in your area.

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Knowledgeable!  Years of Experience!  Nationally Certified!