Certification Renewal Requirements


Certificants must earn 16 NPCP-approved CECs in order to renew their certification. All CECs must be completed within a two (2) year renewal period.

NOTE: Certificants must keep records of their CEC hours completed; the NPCP does not keep continuing education records for certificants.


  • The NPCP provides a list of approved CECs here.

  • Certificants that attend non-approved workshops may petition to have those workshops approved.

Maximum number of CECs per category

Category Max number of CECs
Pilates content Up to 16
Allied modalities Up to 16
Industry development Up to 10
Research Up to 6
Business development Up to 4

Maximum number of CECs by delivery

Content delivery Max number of CECs
Live course Up to 16
Distance learning (with a quiz) Up to 12
CPR course Up to 3
AED course Up to 1
 

CECs are divided into 2 categories:

1) Pilates content

Pilates content workshops must be taught by an NCPT who has been teaching clients for a minimum of 5 years and has been teaching Pilates workshops to teachers for a minimum of 1 year.


2) Complementary content

Allied Modalities

Allied modality workshops support the NCPT by broadening their skill set beyond the Pilates paradigm. These workshops include topics such as:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Kinesiology
  • Movement, etc.

Allied Modality workshops must be taught by a licensed healthcare professional, or an individual that provides evidence of mastery of the subject matter presented.

The subject matter must fit within the presenter’s scope of experience/knowledge and be applied appropriately to the Pilates professional’s Scope of Practice.


Industry Development

Industry Development workshops are intended to enhance the Pilates teacher’s understanding of the structures inherent within established professions. Presenters should identify established norms and focus on those established elements that commonly define an industry. These workshops must be taught by individuals with field experience in:

  • Third party certification
  • Professional associations
  • Accreditation
  • Licensure development

The subject matter must fit within the presenter’s scope of experience/knowledge and be applied appropriately to the Pilates professional’s Scope of Practice.


Business Development

Business development workshops address the skills necessary to maintain a productive Pilates studio. Subjects like those listed below will be considered:

  • Business administration
  • Marketing
  • Networking
  • IT support
  • Bookkeeping
  • Accounting

This coursework must be taught by a presenter that holds a degree, (a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree), in business administration, finance, accounting, or have 5 plus years of experience as a business owner or administrator.


Research

The promotion of research within the field of Pilates represents a level of development and growth that is invaluable for Pilates teachers that want to remain at the cutting edge of scientific understanding and validation of the Pilates Method. Research studies undertaken at a university, college, research organization, or by an individual will be considered.

The subject matter must fit within the presenter’s scope of experience/knowledge and be relevant to the Pilates professional’s Scope of Practice.

The research methodology must provide minimally one of the following levels of evidence:

  • Peer reviewed or published research (e.g. systematic reviews, controlled trials, Cohort studies)
  • Poster presentations


Petitioning

Certificants that attend non-approved workshops may petition to have those workshops approved.

To be considered for approval, workshops must fall into one of the categories described above and meet the corresponding requirements also described above.

Note: Distance Learning (Online, DVD or Home Study) is not subject to petitioning.


Petition submission

Certificants must submit a completed petition application and pay the Petition Application fee of $25.00.

To verify that the workshop is eligible for petitioning before submission, please contact the Continuing Education Department.

Click here to access the Petition Application and follow all the instructions on the form.