Pilates School Approval Program

Establishing Standards For Pilates Schools

We are delighted to announce that Evolve Movement Education became the first, and only, school in the UK to be approved under the Pilates School Approval Programme (PSAP) in April 2019.


What is the PSAP?

The Pilates School Approval Program (PSAP) is a program developed by the Pilates Method Alliance to recognise schools that have gone through a rigorous process to show their compliance with Educational Standards. It is also a tool for students to find institutions offering comprehensive teacher training programs.

The purpose of the Pilates School Approval Program (PSAP) is to provide a systematic approach by which Pilates schools can demonstrate their compliance with accepted standards, pursue continuous improvement, and be recognised for doing so. To become PSAP approved, schools complete a through online application process evaluating their compliance with the following 10 Educational Standards.  

  1. Mission & Goals

  2. Teacher Training Activity

  3. Management and Institutional Organisation

  4. Facilities

  5. Recruitment and Admissions

  6. Enrollment

  7. Instructional Personnel

  8. Curricula

  9. Instructional Delivery

  10. Evaluation

Why is it important?
Standards are a norm in education, certification, professional practice, and in any industry.  The 10 Educational Standards were developed by members of the Pilates Education Group, by PMA Staff and by the PMA Board of Directors by using examples from existing accrediting and vocational school licensing models, these groups worked together to develop standards that are consistent with existing models and reflect specifics related to Pilates teacher training.

These standards serve as an objective measure allowing consensus as well as further and vital development of the industry.

What are the benefits for prospective, current and graduate students?

  • ensures students invest in quality Pilates education

  • helps students find and compare schools offering comprehensive programs

  • protects students' interests

  • assures graduates of eligibility for the certification exam to become a certified member of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA)

    • The PMA creates a community of certified Pilates teachers in order to establish the teaching of Pilates as a profession and ensuring competency and professionalism in the field of Pilates. The PMA Pilates Certification Program offers the only third party certification for Pilates. We encourage our existing graduates to take the examination after they have completed training and become a PMA-Certified Pilates Teacher, joining a global professionally recognised community of Pilates practitioners, teachers, and students.

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