Fairness Policy
Fairness is addressed through non-discrimination, accommodation, and exam development. A non-discrimination policy and accessibility for testing accommodations are enforced by the NPCP team and made requisite to the test administration company. Fair access to certification is assured through PSI’s consistent application of admissions and administration policies at all testing centers as well as through online proctoring. Fairness is furthered throughout exam construction. Fairness in exam construction relies heavily on the participation of many professionals representing a broad spectrum of schools, regions, and in the case of Pilates, lineages in every step of exam development.


No applicant for NPCP certification will be denied on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.


Reasonable accommodations are provided for candidates who have any sort of impairment e.g., walking, talking, hearing, reading, performing manual tasks, etc. To apply for reasonable accommodations, the candidate must submit documentation provided by an appropriate licensed professional on the professional’s letterhead. The documentation must include a diagnosis of the disability and specific recommendations for accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are considered based on the candidate’s request, disability, documentation submitted, and appropriateness of the request. Reasonable accommodations do not include steps that fundamentally alter the purpose or nature of the examination.


Exam Development
Fairness in exam construction relies heavily on the participation of many professionals (Subject Matter Experts) representing a broad spectrum of schools, regions, and in the case of Pilates, lineages in every step of exam development. Also critical is the oversight of the process by psychometricians and test development professionals. Throughout the process, these best practices guide the exam construction.

Best practices include:

  • Standardization of item development
  • Rigorous item review and approval processes
  • Ongoing data collection and analysis of exam and item results
  • Documentation of test development processes and ongoing evaluation


To review exam construction, click relevant steps below:

Job Task Analysis

Item Writing

Exam Review

Exam Question Analysis

Passing Point Determination Study

Role Delineation Study

In order to develop a content‐valid examination, the knowledge and skills necessary for competent practice in the profession must be determined. The process for identifying these competency areas is referred to as a Role Delineation Study (or Job Task Analysis), and these processes require the input from Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from the field that represent different regions and schools. It is through the work of these SMEs and a dedicated psychometrician that the various domains and tasks related to the field are identified

The identifications of the group are later shared with a larger audience of practitioners for validation. Once completed, the role delineation study serves as the blueprint for examination construction.

Item Writing

The next step in the exam construction is Item Writing (or question writing) for the exam. Item Writers are chosen by the Chair of the Commission and must be current NPCP Certified Pilates Teachers with 5 years teaching experience and represent similar demographic characteristics as the candidate population. Using the exam blueprint and under the supervision of a dedicated psychometrician, Item Writers work to create the necessary number of questions to create or replenish new or existing forms (exams).

The NPCP developed two forms with 150 items (125 scored, 25 unscored). This examination is designed to assess minimally acceptable knowledge of the duties performed by Pilates teachers.

Passing Point Determination

A high‐quality examination must have a defensible passing score. That is, the score that separates passing examinees from failing examinees must be determined in a systematic and reasonable way.

To achieve this, a group of SMEs is chosen by the Certification Commission that includes individuals whose careers and professional qualifications indicated strong knowledge of Pilates teaching. Under the supervision of a dedicated psychometrician, the group works to establish data that the psychometricians can analyze and use to determine the passing point for the exam.