Continuing Education - Requirements

PMA certification is valid for 2 years. The PMA requires all PMA Certified Pilates Teachers to earn 16 PMA approved CECs (1 hour = 1 CEC) in order to renew certification at the end of their two year term. CASTLE Worldwide, Inc. emails PMA®-CPTs certification renewal reminder notices 6 months, 3 months and 1 month prior to expiration. It is imperative that CASTLE have correct email addresses for this purpose. CASTLE will also mail a copy to the home address on file 6 months prior to expiration.

As stated in the PMA Code of Ethics, PMA-certified professionals agree to continue gaining education to enhance their skills and knowledge, and to provide the highest quality services to clients.

The purpose of this requirement is twofold.

First and foremost, the purpose of continuing education is for the protection of the public. Continuing education that advances knowledge, skills, and abilities, supports the Pilates professional in providing safe and effective instruction.
Secondly, given the dynamic nature of the Pilates industry, it is imperative for Pilates professionals to go beyond entry-level and embrace the cutting edge of scientific understanding and validation of the Pilates Method; to stay abreast of the development in the field in order to stay competitive; and to broaden their skill set with a variety of approaches including training beyond the Pilates paradigm in order to enhance their capacity to work with a variety of clients including special populations.

  • Note: The renewal requirements for PMA Certification strive for competence and continued competence of all certificants. This ideal is limited by individual initiative and other factors that exist beyond the scope of the certification program.

The current certification renewal requirements were adopted in 2005. It was determined that a two-year cycle and a minimum of 16 CEC’s were appropriate to ensure that PMA-certified professionals remain current with the best practice guidelines, specific knowledge, skills, and abilities, in consideration of the expansion of the Pilates field.

  • All 16 CECs may be earned by taking approved workshops
    Approved coursework is determined to be either Pilates content or 'Complementary content’
  • Up to 12 CECs may be earned through approved Distance Learning (Online, DVD, Audio or Home Study) workshops
  • 3 CECs may be earned by taking or renewing a live CPR course.
    • 4 CECs may be earned by Petition application by taking or renewing a live, joint CPR/AED course. 
  • 6 CECs for Peer reviewed or published research
  • 1 CEC for Poster Presentation at Conference
    Poster presentations are reports accepted at a conference, specific to Pilates or of an allied field, that represents a Pilates related topic such as therapeutic interventions, movement, biomechanics, anatomy, etc, in which information is summarized using brief written statements and graphic materials, such as photographs, charts, graphs, and/or diagrams designed in a pdf digital format and printed in color and mounted on a poster board measuring 4 feet high by 6 feet wide. 
  • 1 CEC for PMA Certification Exam development
    Available to those that participate in an RD Study, passing point determination, and or item writing.
  • 1 CEC for attending an in-person mentorship (live or remote video/synchronous webinar allowed) conducted by a PMA-CPT focusing on Pilates content. 
  • 4 CEC for Business Development coursework
  • Up to 16 CECs may be earned through petitioning (petitioning is not available for Distance Learning)
    Complete renewal documentation and payment must be sent to the test administration company for processing. 

Pilates content coursework:
Pilates content coursework must be taught by a PMA-CPT, who has been teaching clients for a minimum of five years and has been teaching Pilates workshops for teachers for a minimum of one year.

At the February 2015 Certification Commission meeting, the commissioners voted to cease approving continuing education credits (CECs) for workshops with titles that alter the name Pilates, in an effort to perpetuate the teachings of Joseph Pilates and protect the integrity of the method. This policy will take effect as of March 1, 2015.

Complementary content coursework:

Allied Modalities:
Allied modality workshops support the certified Pilates teacher by broadening their skill set beyond the Pilates paradigm. Such coursework includes topics such as anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, and movement and must be taught by a licensed healthcare professional, or an individual that provides evidence of mastery of the subject matter presented. 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. This coursework must be taught by individuals with field experience in third party certification, professional associations, accreditation, or licensure development. 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 business administration, marketing, networking, IT support, bookkeeping and accounting will be considered.  This coursework must be taught by a presenter that holds a degree- minimum of a Bachelor's-in business administration, finance, accounting, or have 5 plus years of experience as a business owner or administrator.

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. 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:

  • Systematic reviews
  • Randomized controlled trials
  • Cohort studies
  • Case Studies
  • Peer reviewed or Published Research
  • Poster Presentations
  • PMA Certification Exam Development