About the PMA


Founded in 2001, the Pilates Method Alliance is the professional association for Pilates teachers. Since its inception, Pilates teachers from around the world have worked together to create a unified community, to share knowledge and information, and most importantly, to establish the practice of teaching Pilates as a profession. To that end, in 2005 the Pilates Certification Program developed the only third party certification for Pilates teachers which was nationally accredited by the NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies) in 2012.  This credential was created through consultation with a wide range of Pilates experts across the field, under the direction of professional psychometricians, and it serves the Pilates community and the public by validating that a Pilates teacher meets entry level standards for safety and competency. By establishing this credential, the Pilates Certification Program put into place one of the primary components required for any established profession.

We urge you to join this movement to elevate the status of Pilates teachers and establish this new profession by becoming a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher.


The Pilates Method Alliance was formed in 2001 as a professional association for the Pilates community. Its purpose was to provide an organization to connect teachers, teacher trainers, studios, and facilities dedicated to preserving and enhancing the legacy of Joseph H. Pilates and his exercise method by establishing standards, encouraging unity, and promoting professionalism.

The organization grew, and developed the first Pilates-specific educational conference open to all. The conference was a tremendous success and supported the unity of Pilates educators and practitioners during a time when the industry was extremely fragmented. Today, our community experiences greater unity, harmony and sharing than could ever have been imagined in 2001, and the PMA's educational conference model has been adopted by Pilates organizations around the world. In 2011 the term "educational conference' was replaced by Annual Meeting of the Pilates Method Alliance.


The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) is the not-for-profit professional association dedicated to the Pilates field.


Our mission is to advance Pilates as a profession and to promote and perpetuate the teachings of Joseph H. and Clara Pilates.


  • To support and advocate for Pilates professionals
  • To serve as a unifying body for all lineages and schools of Pilates
  • To foster community, integrity, and respect within the Pilates industry
  • To facilitate opportunity, credibility, and professionalism
  • To encourage professional development and lifelong learning
  • To serve the evolving needs of our community 
  • To promote the benefits of Pilates exercise to consumers, the public and allied professionals
  • To serve as an information resource for all Pilates constituents



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