Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can take the certification exam?

    Anyone 18 and older who has completed a comprehensive teacher-training program that includes Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table, Wunda Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, and Magic Circle. The program must be minimally 450 hours.

    This process can be very formal where a school has set assessments or very informal where a leader in the teacher training community may have knowledge of your competencies and can verify without the need for assessments. If you have doubts, contact Ray at rayi@pilatesmethodalliance.org.

  2. I have been practicing Pilates for many years and have received training from different people, but I never received formal training. Can I still take the exam?

    This depends on how you received your training and what training you received. You would need to find a teacher trainer or school that is willing to assess your comprehensive competencies. If they feel you have the competencies of a comprehensively trained teacher, then they can verify your application. If they feel you need training in certain aspects of a program, they may offer you the training to complete the eligibility requirement. This process can be very formal where a school has set assessments or very informal where a leader in the teacher training community may have knowledge of your competencies and can verify without the need for assessments. If you have doubts, contact Ray at rayi@pilatesmethodalliance.org

  3. What school must I attend in order to take the exam?

    We accept graduates from any school that offers a comprehensive program that as described in #1 above.

  4. I don't live in the US, can I still take the exam?

    Our test administration company has testing centers all over the world. The exam is available near most metropolitan cities.
  1. How long does it take to process the application and take the exam?

    Applications are processed between 1-5 days. Once payment is made, you are allowed to schedule your exam, in some cases 6 months in advance. The timeframe is to a large degree dependent on the exam scheduling.

  2. What is the exam like?

    The exam is a 150 question multiple choice exam. Each question will have 4 possible answers. You have 3 hours to complete the exam. The three areas of focus are assessment/evaluation, teaching and re-assessment.

  3. I recently passed the exam; when do I receive my certificate?

    Within 1 week after passing, candidate information will be transferred to the Certification Program’s database at which point candidates will receive an email, including their digital badge, instructions on use, renewal information, and a username and password. This user name and password will enable the certificant to update their information on the certification website.
  1. How much does the exam cost?

    The exam fee of $295 and includes the exam and the first two years of certification. Testing outside the US and Canada requires an additional fee of $100.00.
  1. I have a trouble taking tests due to anxiety or reading issues. Can I get extra time to take the exam?

    You may request special accommodations. When you submit your application, you need to include a note from a psychologist or other medical provider detailing what accommodations you would need.

  2. Can I take the test online at home?

    No. Our testing administration company contracts colleges, universities and testing centers all over the world. All centers are equipped with the computers and set up software for you to take the exam on the scheduled date.

  3. I’ve recently moved and need to update my address. How do I change my address?

    Contact us: certification@natpcp.com

  1. How do I renew my certification?

    Certification requires renewal every two years. To renew, you must demonstrate that you have completed 16 CECs.

  2. Why do you accept CECs that are not Pilates? (barre, gyrotonic etc…)

    Complementary workshops support the certified Pilates teacher by broadening their skill set beyond the Pilates paradigm. Such coursework supports certificants in obtaining a well-rounded and unique understanding of the field.

  3. How do I become a CEC provider?

    You must be a NCPT that has been teaching clients for a minimum of five years and has been teaching Pilates workshops to teachers for a minimum of one year. Refer to provider application and instructions here.

  1. What is the difference between certification and comprehensive teacher-training?

    Teacher-training programs teach an individual the skills needed to teach Pilates. Certification offers an objective verification of competency and assures that your training meets established minimum industry standards.

  2. Why is certification important?

    Certification programs add credibility to an industry. As Pilates is an unregulated industry (it is not a licensed profession), third-party certification provides the next best thing. Certification assures the public that the practitioner is competent and safe to work with the public.

  1. Who can take the certification exam?

    Anyone 18 and older who has completed a comprehensive teacher-training program that includes Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table, Wunda Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, and Magic Circle. The program must be minimally 450 hours.

    This process can be very formal where a school has set assessments or very informal where a leader in the teacher training community may have knowledge of your competencies and can verify without the need for assessments. If you have doubts, contact Ray at rayi@pilatesmethodalliance.org.

  2. I have been practicing Pilates for many years and have received training from different people, but I never received formal training. Can I still take the exam?

    This depends on how you received your training and what training you received. You would need to find a teacher trainer or school that is willing to assess your comprehensive competencies. If they feel you have the competencies of a comprehensively trained teacher, then they can verify your application. If they feel you need training in certain aspects of a program, they may offer you the training to complete the eligibility requirement. This process can be very formal where a school has set assessments or very informal where a leader in the teacher training community may have knowledge of your competencies and can verify without the need for assessments. If you have doubts, contact Ray at rayi@pilatesmethodalliance.org

  3. What school must I attend in order to take the exam?

    We accept graduates from any school that offers a comprehensive program that as described in #1 above.

  4. I don't live in the US, can I still take the exam?

    Our test administration company has testing centers all over the world. The exam is available near most metropolitan cities.
  1. How long does it take to process the application and take the exam?

    Applications are processed between 1-5 days. Once payment is made, you are allowed to schedule your exam, in some cases 6 months in advance. The timeframe is to a large degree dependent on the exam scheduling.

  2. What is the exam like?

    The exam is a 150 question multiple choice exam. Each question will have 4 possible answers. You have 3 hours to complete the exam. The three areas of focus are assessment/evaluation, teaching and re-assessment.

  3. I recently passed the exam; when do I receive my certificate?

    Within 1 week after passing, candidate information will be transferred to the Certification Program’s database at which point candidates will receive an email, including their digital badge, instructions on use, renewal information, and a username and password. This user name and password will enable the certificant to update their information on the certification website.
  1. How much does the exam cost?

    The exam fee of $295 and includes the exam and the first two years of certification. Testing outside the US and Canada requires an additional fee of $100.00.
  1. I have a trouble taking tests due to anxiety or reading issues. Can I get extra time to take the exam?

    You may request special accommodations. When you submit your application, you need to include a note from a psychologist or other medical provider detailing what accommodations you would need.

  2. Can I take the test online at home?

    No. Our testing administration company contracts colleges, universities and testing centers all over the world. All centers are equipped with the computers and set up software for you to take the exam on the scheduled date.

  3. I’ve recently moved and need to update my address. How do I change my address?

    Contact us: certification@natpcp.com

  1. How do I renew my certification?

    Certification requires renewal every two years. To renew, you must demonstrate that you have completed 16 CECs.

  2. Why do you accept CECs that are not Pilates? (barre, gyrotonic etc…)

    Complementary workshops support the certified Pilates teacher by broadening their skill set beyond the Pilates paradigm. Such coursework supports certificants in obtaining a well-rounded and unique understanding of the field.

  3. How do I become a CEC provider?

    You must be a NCPT that has been teaching clients for a minimum of five years and has been teaching Pilates workshops to teachers for a minimum of one year. Refer to provider application and instructions here.

  1. What is the difference between certification and comprehensive teacher-training?

    Teacher-training programs teach an individual the skills needed to teach Pilates. Certification offers an objective verification of competency and assures that your training meets established minimum industry standards.

  2. Why is certification important?

    Certification programs add credibility to an industry. As Pilates is an unregulated industry (it is not a licensed profession), third-party certification provides the next best thing. Certification assures the public that the practitioner is competent and safe to work with the public.