Pilates Method Alliance
The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) is the not-for-profit professional association dedicated to the Pilates field. It was established in 2001, is located in Miami, Florida, and has thousands of members all over the world. The PMA offers a range of programs, initiatives and events. Its mission is to advance Pilates as a profession and to promote and perpetuate the teachings of Joseph H. and Clara Pilates. Significantly, the PMA endeavors to establish standards for the industry for both the instruction of the method and the education of Pilates teachers.
Creating Standards for Pilates Teachers
In 2005, the PMA launched the only third-party certification program for Pilates teachers. Initially titled the PMA Pilates Certification Program, its name was changed in 2019 to the National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP)
changed its name and rebranded to better represent its status as the only nationally accredited certification program for Pilates. This accreditation by the NCCA (National Commission on Certifying Agencies), was achieved in 2012 and represents a milestone for standard setting in the Pilates industry. Following established norms, the NPCP administers a psychometrically constructed assessment that establishes competency in Pilates teaching with the intention of ensuring public safety.
This exam is the only independent measure of Pilates teaching competency available today. The number of Nationally Certified Pilates Teachers (NCPTs) is growing quickly with Pilates teachers around the world embracing this common standard of competency and safety as a mark of professionalism.
Creating Standards for Pilates Schools
The PMA launched the Pilates School Approval Program (PSAP) in 2017 in order to establish standards for Pilates schools. The approval status identifies schools offering comprehensive Pilates teacher training that have gone through a rigorous process to demonstrate their compliance with the PMA’s 10 Educational Standards. The program is also helpful for students searching for Pilates schools offering comprehensive teacher training programs.