Preparing for the NPCP Comprehensive Exam


All study materials are optional.

The exam is designed to measure the skill and knowledge of a comprehensively trained candidate. Graduates of any comprehensive Pilates program can take and pass the exam after graduation without any additional study.

Candidates may use the following tools along with any other textbook to prepare for the exam.

  • Online Practice Exam - an online experience that mirrors the NPCP Comprehensive Exam format. 60 questions reflecting the domains identified in the Exam Content Outline.
  • National Pilates Certification Exam: Study Guide - a broad review of the NPCP Comprehensive Exam content, the Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice, special populations, contraindications, exercises including depictions as will be referred to in the exam, and some history for context.
  • National Pilates Certification Exam: Practice Questions - 60 questions that resemble the multiple choice format, language, and subject matter, reflective of the Exam Content Outline. These 60 questions are different from those on the Online Practice Exam.
  • Return to Life, by Joseph Pilates - a version available on Amazon for purchase in both Kindle and paperback formats.
  • Return to Life, by Joseph Pilates - an online, public domain version, original from University of Michigan - Google digitized.

Available in Spanish and English Available in Spanish and  English 


Books can be purchased on Amazon. For more information or tips on how to prepare for the exam, please contact us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly asked questions about the NPCP, including rules, continuing education, how to prepare for the exam, renewal, etc.