Preparing for the Exam


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. There are, however, differences in the way schools approach preparing teachers in the method, so study materials are available to familiarize candidates with the language, style, format, and content of the exam, reducing stress and test anxiety.

The following tools are available:

  • Online Practice Exam
  • National Pilates Certification Exam - Study Guide
  • National Pilates Certification Exam - Practice Questions
  • Return to Life, by Joseph Pilates

Available in Spanish and English Available in Spanish, English and Portuguese


Books can be purchased on Amazon and the Pilates Method Alliance Store. PMA members receive 15% off on items purchased through the PMA store.

For more information or tips on how to prepare for the exam please contact us.

How to Get Certified

From eligibility to receiving your credential; learn all the steps required to take the exam and get certified.
Frequently Asked Questions

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