PMA Certification Overview

Certified Pilates Teacher  Definition:
The PMA-Certified Pilates Teacher creates and implements safe and effective individualized programs for apparently healthy clients to improve health and fitness through exercise and physical activity. The goal of a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher is to impart the knowledge skill and confidence for clients to exercise for a lifetime. By awarding the title of Certified Pilates Teacher, the PMA Certification Program is formally recognizing the Pilates teacher who has provided evidence that he or she meets accepted professional standards.

The purpose of the PMA Certification Program is to advance the profession of comprehensive teaching of Pilates by establishing, maintaining, and promoting professional standards, and by awarding the title of PMA Certified Pilates Teacher (PMA® -CPT) to the comprehensively trained Pilates teacher who has provided evidence that he or she meets accepted professional standards.  

Professional certification, (or in some fields, a license), administered by an independent third party, is a cornerstone in any established profession. The PMA Certification Program has created the only psychometrically validated, third party certification exam in the Pilates field. The PMA aims to create a critical mass of professionally certified Pilates teachers in order to establish the teaching of Pilates as a profession. We urge you to join this movement to elevate the status of Pilates teachers by becoming a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher.
To achieve certification in the field of Pilates instruction, candidates must meet eligibility requirements, and pass a 150 question multiple-choice examination. The Certified Pilates Teacher (CPT) examination has been designed to measure skill and knowledge level based on 450 hours or more of lecture self-study, and assisted teaching hours.
Eligibility Requirements:
The exam is available to any Pilates teacher regardless of their Pilates training background who meets the following eligibility requirements:               
  • Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Provide verification of Pilates teacher-training proficiency using as a basis, 450 hours of training on mat and all apparatus minimally to include: Reformer, Trapeze Table, Wunda Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, and Magic Circle.

    Additional apparatuses invented by Joseph Pilates but not required for eligibility: High Chair, Guillotine Tower, Bean Bag, Finger Corrector, Toe Corrector, Foot Corrector, Pinwheel, Ped-o-Pull, Head Harness, Airplane Board, 2 x 4, Iron Shoe, and more.

NOTE: No applicant for PMA certification will be denied on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Candidates are expected to provide truthful and complete information.

Currently, the exam is available in two formats:

  • At testing centers on a computer (Internet Based Testing, IBT)
  • Paper and Pencil version at events scheduled annually
  • The exam fee is $295 ($250.75 for PMA Members); this fee covers application processing, exam administration at an IBT center or paper and pencil event, and the first two years of certification.
  • The fee must be paid electronically in US dollars. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Note: Exam administration at testing centers outside the US and Canada require an additional $150 international testing fee.
Certification Renewal Requirements:
PMA Certified Pilates Teachers must renew their certification every two years. To renew, certificants must earn 16 CECs within the 2 year time frame, submit the Certification Renewal Application, and pay a renewal fee. The Renewal fees are:
  • Prior to expiration date of certificate: $105.00 (PMA Members $94.50) 
  • Up to six (6) months after expiration date of certificate: $180.00  (PMA members $169.50)

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