Video:Overview of the PMA National Pilates Certification Examwith Karyn Staples
The PMA National Pilates Certification Exam is a multiple-choice, challenging test of a Pilates instructor's ability to teach. Watch this video from About.com to learn what to expect on the PMA National Pilates Certification Exam.See Transcript
Transcript:Overview of the PMA National Pilates Certification Exam
Hi, this is Dr. Karyn Staples with ProHealth Physical Therapy and Pilates Studio in Peachtree City, Ga. for About.com, talking about the PMA National Pilates Instructor Certification exam.
What Is the PMA National Pilates Certification Exam?
The examination was created by the Pilates Method Alliance to provide a certification standard for Pilates instructors. This helps promote Pilates and the safety of Pilates instructors to the community. The examination is open to Pilates instructors who have graduated from an approved comprehensive Pilates training program. It’s a good idea to take the exam as it does improve the professionalism of the Pilates instructor to the community.
Parts of the PMA National Pilates Certification Exam
The examination is a multiple choice, computer-based examination, with focus on Pilates repertoire, scope of practice -- areas that the Pilates instructor is able to work in, areas that the Pilates instructor is not able to work in, and ethics.
Ethics on the PMA National Pilates Certification Exam
The ethics questions on the PMA National Certification exam go over professional conduct for the Pilates instructor: how they start a Pilates session, how their conduct is during the session as well as how they're ending the session, also, specific tactile queuing in the touch category -- ways of touching that are inappropriate and can be a criminal offense, some can be a civil offense. Every state varies differently by laws, but there are specific guidelines that the PMA has established that is specific -- teaching tactile queuing to improve exercise performance for the client.
Title for Passing PMA National Pilates Certification Exam
The examination qualifies the instructor to be a PMA-certified Pilates instructor. Using the credentials after the name, capital PMA, R (in registered trademark) CPT. That is an instructor that has completed and successfully passed the national certification examination. For more information, please visit About.com.