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PMA Approval of Continuing Education
The PMA approves continuing education coursework throughout the year. PMA approval of a given workshop begins on the 1st of each year and expires on December 31st of the same year.
Note: 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.
The PMA accepts coursework applications from:
- conferences that offer multiple workshops
- a Presenter or provider offering one or more workshops
- an individual or organization that provides Distance Learning (Online, DVD or Home Study) workshops
Continuing education credits (CECs) are awarded based on the number of clock hours spent in direct participation in a structured educational format. Please click here to see available PMA approved CECs.
Approved coursework is determined to be either Pilates content or 'Complementary content'.
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.
Complementary content coursework:
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 with a degree–minimum of a Bachelor’s. 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 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 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 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
CEC Provider Applications
All the CEC provider forms require users to login. If you currently have a User Name and Password to access the PMA website please use this information to login. If you do not have a current User Name and Password, please click "new user" when prompted and enter information to build your profile. Once this account is created, you will be able to enter and complete the form. At the end of this list, you'll find the application to market your offering on the PMA website.
If you have any trouble with the forms, content, requirements, approval timeframes or any other aspect of the actual offering, please contact Laurie at email@example.com.
CEC Provider Application Fee Schedule:
Presenter/Provider Workshops: (these prices apply to renewals as well)
- $150 for the first workshop application of the calendar year ($120 for PMA Members, 20% off)
- $30 for each additional workshop within the same calendar year
- $100 Rush Fee
- $200 for 1 – 29 workshops
- $400 for 21- 49 workshops
- $500 for 50 or more workshops
- $100 Rush fee
Distance Learning Workshops:
- $200 for the first workshop application of the calendar year
- $80 for each additional workshop within the same calendar year
- $100 Rush Fee
Choose from one of the following applications:
- CEC Presenter or Provider Application for Pilates Content
- CEC Presenter or Provider Application for Complementary Content
CEC Provider Appeals:
If a CEC Provider application is denied, the applicant may appeal. An Appeals Form must be submitted to the PMA office for the attention of the Continuing Education Specialist, along with the administrative fee. The Certification Board Chair reviews all appeals. Appeals are processed within 30 days upon receipt of all required documentation. Once reviewed, the Chair will render a decision. All decisions are deemed final, each course may only be appealed once, and all fees are non-refundable. The applicant is notified of the decision via phone or email. If a denial is reversed, the provider’s approval will be considered in effect from the original date of receipt by the PMA.
For Provider Application Petition Appeals Form, Click Here.
For questions please contact Laurie Escobar, Continuing Education Specialist, for information related to CECs firstname.lastname@example.org.