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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.



February Fitness Conference - Leon, SPAIN

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February 14-16, 2020

Sherri Betz's Workshops:

* Why is Research Important to the Pilates Teacher? UPDATED 09/13/19- Download Handout

Pilates References Updated August 2019 - Download Handout

How to Write a Case Report - Download Handout


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