National Pilates Certification Program


Our Mission

To validate, preserve, and advance the legacy of Joe and Clara Pilates’ work for its lifelong benefits to health and wellness.

  • Set standards for professional competency necessary to safely and effectively teach the Pilates method to everybody.
  • To award a credential to those who have provided evidence that they meet established professional standards.
  • Develop and maintain fair third-party certification exams which meet NCCA standards and reflect current practice through updates and psychometric analysis.
  • Establish guidelines for continuing education courses which encourage ongoing professional growth for certified teachers.

  • Candidates that provide evidence that they meet established professional standards are awarded the title of Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT).

    Our Vision

    Every Pilates teacher is NPCP certified.

  • The NPCP is recognized through increased awareness by employers, health care industry, teacher training programs, and the general public as a professional standard in the Pilates field.
  • All teachers of the Pilates method aspire to achieve a nationally recognized third-party certification.
  • The NPCP diversifies pathways to certification and to participating in the larger conversation of advancing the Pilates profession.

  • Our Values

  • Objectivity and fairness
  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Transparency
  • Accountability

  • Certification vs Certificate

    Do you know the difference between completing a training program and obtaining certification in Pilates?
    NCCA Accredited

    The National Pilates Certification Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA); initially under the name "PMA Pilates Certification Program."