Why Get Certified


National certification provides certificants a professional profile and recognition that offers specific advantages.


Nationally Certified Pilates Teachers (NCPTs) enjoy:


1) Validation of competence by the only accredited credential for Pilates

The National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP) achieved accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies on May 22, 2012. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The National Pilates Certification Program joined a group of more than 100 organizations representing over 250 certification programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. Certificants are assured that their credential has been validated by a recognized institution.



2) A competitive edge in an increasingly competitive market

The Pilates market is competitive and challenging. More and more Pilates employers are choosing Nationally Certified Pilates Teachers.



3) An up-to-date and always improving skill-set

Maintaining the credential requires updating your knowledge and skills through continuing education. Certification assures the public that certificants are actively engaged in continuous learning. The exam itself is updated continuously to reflect the changes within the industry!



4) Inclusion in a movement to further professionalize the Pilates field

Pilates teachers are not always properly recognized as professionals; and even the field itself is sometimes confused with other fitness professions. National certification identifies the Pilates teacher as a professional in a unique field and this identification raises the perception of competence in the eyes of the consumer.



5) Registration in the USREPS Registry

The NPCP is a member of the Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (CREP), a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) corporation composed of organizations that offer NCCA-accredited exercise certifications. CREP advances its mission by maintaining the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals (USREPS), an internationally recognized registry of exercise professionals in the United States. All NPCP certificants are listed on the USREPS.

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.