Usually used within the context of “Assessment-Based Certificate Program.” These are non-degree granting, vocational training programs, that award certificates or diplomas to those who have completed and passed the required final assessments. In Pilates, certificates or diplomas are awarded after the completion of a comprehensive teacher training program.
Certification validates an individual’s competency through a third-party assessment system. Certification is independent of a specific training program, school or mentor. The assessment usually assures baseline competencies (standards) from a larger perspective, and identifies those that have met the established competencies, despite the educational program attended to achieve competency. In Pilates, the NPCP is the only third-party certification program.