Personal Trainer Certification

NFPT Personal Trainer Certification

Get Certified With NFPT

Earn your Certified Personal Trainer credential and immediately be recognized by your title as a CPT! With your NFPT CPT credential, you will show potential employers and clients that you have the knowledge and skill set to be a successful personal fitness trainer. Get recognition for your achievement! Get the job you've aspired to as a personal trainer! GET CERTIFIED and grow in your profession!

Certified Personal Trainer Program

Enroll Now to Achieve your CPT Credential! Choose Your Program:
  • Exam Voucher
  • Study Guide
  • Practice Tests
  • Tech Support
  • Exercise Animations
  • Online Learning
  • Fitness Software
  • Financing Available
  • Exam Voucher only

Why Personal Trainers Choose NFPT

Nationally Accredited

Providing legally defensible, industry recognized Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) credentials since 1988, NFPT’s CPT program is accredited by the NCCA and adheres to standards which pertain to certification business and test development practices.

Recognized Worldwide

NFPT's CPT Program is accepted across the country, and throughout the world. Hundreds of businesses and thousands of trainers respect the credibility and high standards that our trainers, our industry and fitness consumers deserve.

Discounts for Staff & Military

Existing health club staff will be eligible for special discounts, and NFPT proudly offers discounts for Military, Fire and Police service. You can even use your military G.I. Bill reimbursement for the NFPT - CPT exam sitting fee!

Convenient Testing

The NFPT – CPT exam is administered at over 350 locations, and you may find several in your area to choose from. If you are more than 50 miles away from an NFPT testing location, you may have a local teacher administer your exam!

Continuing Education

NFPT makes Continuing Education Credits (CECs) convenient, affordable and hassle-free. Take self-tests, approved continuing education courses and special events for your continuing credit awards. NFPT gives you an amazing yet cost effective platform to grow and expand your expertise.

What Professionals Say About NFPT

Angie Pattengale, NFPT

"Certification provides you with credibility and demonstrates high standards that can earn you more money in your career as a personal trainer. Whether you're beginning a career as a personal trainer, or looking to accelerate your growth in the industry, NFPT can help you succeed as a fitness professional".

Debrae Barensfeld, Trainer

"Being a personal trainer has been the most rewarding career choice I've ever made. After 25 years of acting and entertainment, I met a personal trainer with the NFPT, his knowledge was amazing. I investigated the many affiliations but none of them offered what the NFPT did. I feel blessed to be a part of such a committed organization!"

Matt Hirschberg, Manager

"The NFPT CPT program is my recommended certification for entry level trainers to pursue. What makes NFPT different is how effective it is in giving trainers a good foundation of knowledge in an easy to understand format without overwhelming them. Beyond certification, the NFPT gives trainers an amazing yet cost effective platform to grow and expand their expertise."

Certified Personal Trainer Program

Enroll Now to Achieve your CPT Credential! Choose Your Program:
  • Exam Voucher
  • Study Guide
  • Practice Tests
  • Tech Support
  • Exercise Animations
  • Online Learning
  • Fitness Software
  • Financing Available
  • Exam Voucher only

NFPT CPT Program Includes:

Included in Standard CPT Program
Included in Premier CPT Program

Exam Voucher

The NFPT Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam will test your ability and understanding of specific skill sets that directly relate to the personal training profession. The NFPT Personal Trainer credential is obtained only through successful completion of this NFPT – CPT exam.The NFPT – CPT exam consists of 120 multiple choice questions, derived from 9 content categories. We will provide a detailed exam content outline that may be used as a “checklist” for your review and prep benefit prior to testing.

Study and Reference Guide

This NFPT Study & Reference Manual: the Fundamentals provides comprehensive instructions for offering safe and effective fitness training services and complete consultation guidelines. The NFPT manual was designed around fundamental exercise science concepts and independent research that will compliment your current knowledge, skills and abilities – regardless of your level of fitness experience or academic background.

Your NFPT manual will also include business advice and tools for assisting your personal trainer success. Legal considerations, marketing strategies and professional documents to support the services you offer will also be a part of your NFPT Study & Reference Manual.

Supplemental 8 Week Guide

This study guide is a supplemental text that supports your review and understanding of the NFPT Study & Reference Manual: The Fundamentals. The guide is broken up into an 8 week program for your convenience. You will have one year from the time of enrollment to successfully complete your NFPT exam. This guide provides recommendations for organizing your studies, to include suggested review and hands-on “lab” hours. Your study guide will reinforce course learning objectives with over 320 practice questions, detailed chapter summaries, worksheets, program design scenarios, and assessment forms and guidelines.

Practice Tests

NFPT practice tests have been developed by experts in the field of personal training who have provided you a sampling of the format and types of questions that will be asked on the final CPT exam. Each practice test is made up of 45 multiple choice questions that represent each of the 9 exam categories. With these practice tests, you can experience the style and type of content that will be on the final CPT exam. But remember, questions that are on NFPT practice tests will not be found on final CPT exam.

Education Tech Support

Have questions about what you’re reviewing in the NFPT Study & Reference Manual? Need clarification, or just want to be sure that you understand specific exercise programming concepts? NFPT expert trainers are available by appointment to answer any questions that you may have.

Exercise Animations

Over 80 exercise animations involving nearly every major muscle group. These illustrated animations provide dynamic instruction, demonstrating a broad range of properly performed exercise movements that are focused on musculoskeletal modeling illustrating proper form.

Online Learning Portal

NFPT’s Online Portal allows you the ease and flexibility of convenient study, at your own pace, through a guided step-by-step online learning method. This distance learning program uses PowerPoints to illustrate concepts, Quizzes to unlock modules, and self study progressive learning.

Fitness Program Design Software

This online tool includes CVD Profile & Risk Factor identification to help identify risks associated with cardiovascular disease, including factors such as a family history of the disease and a client’s activity level. Use this tool to develop a goal oriented fitness program for your clients.

Financing Available

This financing option is a great way to be on your way to personal trainer certification, without the up-front financial obligation! This option allows you to get started now!

Break up your CPT course fee with a payment plan

  • NO interest
  • NO finance fees
  • NO credit check
  • NO obligation

Just make a down payment, get all of your education prep tools and materials, and make payments in any amount you’d like over a period of one year. Pay off your balance within one year, before scheduling to take your exam – that’s it!

Certified Personal Trainer Program

Enroll Now to Achieve your CPT Credential! Choose Your Program:
  • Exam Voucher
  • Study Guide
  • Practice Tests
  • Tech Support
  • Exercise Animations
  • Online Learning
  • Fitness Software
  • Financing Available
  • Exam Voucher only

The Certification Process

Be Eligible

Enroll In A Program

Once you've enrolled in a program, you will receive confirmation and access to your online account. You will receive an email regarding your application process within 48 hours including instruction on how to log in to your online profile, access account services, and schedule your test. Confirmation by mail, to include your hardcopy materials (if applicable) will arrive within 7-10 days of purchase.

Prepare For Your Test

NFPT education is a recommended source for exam preparation, but is not intended to teach to the exam. Personal trainer skill sets are not acquired within a limited number of textbooks and/or educational resources. Education or experience levels could be such that knowledge required to successfully complete the NFPT – CPT exam can/could have been obtained by a number of different resources. NFPT recommends the following:

  • NFPT Study and Reference Manual (included in Standard and Premier)
  • NFPT Supplemental Study Guide (included in Standard and Premier)
  • Strength Training Anatomy book (available for purchase)
  • Core Assessment and Training (available for purchase)
  • NFPT 2 day Hands-On Workshop (available for purchase)

Take Your Test

Though most test candidates will take the NFPT Personal Trainer certification exam within 30 – 60 days of application, you may take up to one year for successful exam completion. Simply login to your My Services account and follow instructions for “Exam Appointment”. The NFPT – CPT exam is administered at over 350 locations, and many times there will be several in your area to choose from. If you find that you are more than 50 miles away from an NFPT testing location, you may have a local school teacher administer your exam locally!

Certified Personal Trainer Program

Enroll Now to Achieve your CPT Credential! Choose Your Program:
  • Exam Voucher
  • Study Guide
  • Practice Tests
  • Tech Support
  • Exercise Animations
  • Online Learning
  • Fitness Software
  • Financing Available
  • Exam Voucher only