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The Pilates Method Alliance® (PMA®) is the international, not–for–profit, professional association dedicated to the teachings of Joseph H. and Clara Pilates. The PMA's mission is to protect the public by establishing certification and continuing education standards for Pilates professionals.

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NCCA PMA Exam Accreditation:

NCCA - National Commission for Certifying Agencies located in Washington, D.C.

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) was created in 1987 by NOCA to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of certification programs/organizations that assess professional competence. The PMA is currently preparing its application for NCCA accreditation.

NCCA LogoOn May 22, 2012 the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the PMA Pilates Certification Program for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance). The NCCA Standards were created in 1977 and updated in 2003 to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry. PMA Pilates Certification Program joins an elite group of more than 100 organizations representing over 250 programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. More information on the NCCA is available online at or by calling 202/367-1165.

You can take the test at a local test provider. Castle Worldwide will tell you about test center options near you. For more information go to!

The "official" PMA Pilates Certification Exam Study Guide is available at just $39.95! You can purchase it online at or call the PMA at 866-573-4945 to purchase!

PMA Research Forum:

Held every year at the PMA Annual Meeting. To present your research abstract submit your application on the PMA Research Page. An updated list of research references pertaining to Pilats can be found on the PMA Research Page.

PMA's Pilates Youth Program

PMA's Pilates Youth Program is off and running. For more information about the PITS program go to: PMA Pilates Youth Program and they will send you an informational packet explaining the details of the program. You must be PMA certified to participate and be approved by the PMA PYP committee before beginning in PMA PYP programs.

About the PMA

If you are a Pilates Teacher or Enthusiast please consider joining the PMA. For more information visit the PMA at:

The PMA's Goals:

Establish and maintain a national certification exam.
Encourage professional growth through continuing education.
Define the parameters of Pilates teaching and expertise.
To maintain standards while respecting the various approaches to Pilates.
Promote the benefits of Pilates exercise to the consumer public.
Serve as an information resource for all Pilates constituents.
Maintain an international registry of Pilates teachers and training organizations which includes verified information for review and comparison.
Encourage feedback and evaluate our organization to meet the needs of the community we serve.

You can download and print the PMA Official Position Paper: "On Pilates" in PDF format.

The PMA Membership Organization is Recognized as a 501C3 Non-Profit!

Donations to the Pilates Method Alliance are now fully tax deductible!

The Pilates Method Alliance, Inc., has been granted tax exempt (501C3) status from the Internal Revenue Service in the United States of America. This is fantastic news for a small not for profit with a BIG mission: to establish the standards of practice for the Pilates Profession.

This news means that the PMA can offer you, your clients, third parties and sponsors a tax deducible expense for all donations. This could not have happened at a more pivotal time in the history of the PMA. Whether or not you are planning to join us as a Pilates Day Host, your clients, friends, family and colleagues now have the perfect opportunity to directly impact the future of your profession by making a 100% tax deductible donation to the PMA.

Right now the PMA is confronted with large expenses all related to launching the PMA Pilates National Certification Exam™. In addition to the costs of exam development the PMA has to institute a number of significant procedures, including new databases, database tracking, administrative and information technology costs. These necessary changes will bring the PMA in compliance with the significant requirements of the National Commission on Certifying Agencies(NCCA), the accrediting arm of the National Commission of Competency Assurance (NOCA). NCCA is the third party accrediting agency which will review and accredit our test.

Our goal is to raise $150,000 this year to offset these costs. We need the help of all those who have been positively impacted by the many benefits of the Pilates method. If Pilates is your business or your way to optimal health please assist the PMA in establishing the enduring standards of integrity and professionalism in our field as we create the future of the Pilates profession.

The PMA have created the following levels for your gift:

Founders Circle
Exam Supporter
Pilates Professional Person (PPP)

The PMA website provides more information. PMA is currently working on on-line donation capability; until then, you can send donations by mail.


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