CEC FAQs

WHAT ARE CECs?      

Every certification agency with an accredited personal trainer program will require some form of credits as a requirement for maintaining your credential. CECs act to validate your skill as a trainer, and keep you up to date on current knowledge for the training profession.

 

HOW MANY?

HOW MUCH?

HOW OFTEN? 

        

This can be different for each certification agency. But, the one thing you should know is that if you don't keep up on your CECs, you will lose the CPT credential that you worked hard for, and that could affect your job, your insurance policy, and your reputation – we'll help make sure that doesn't happen! If you are shopping for certification, make sure to inquire about CECs, ask,"HOW MANY? HOW MUCH? HOW OFTEN?" 

 

NFPT ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS

HOW MANY CECs do I Need?  

0 CECs are required in your first year

 

2.0 CECs required after cert year one

HOW MUCH do CECs Cost?

 

$0 to take the NFPT Self-Tests

Each self-test = 0.5 CECs

 

Annual cost may vary depending on how you choose to get your credits and what you choose to submit to us

The choice is yours!

HOW OFTEN do I Need CECs?

    

Submit 2.0 CECs annually, starting after year one

      

Our Self-Tests are taken online in your NFPT My Services account. We will remind you when they are published, every 6 mths (June and December)

Take both self-tests and get 1.0 CECs 

 

IS THERE A MEMBERSHIP FEE?

Yes. Like all certification agencies, there is a membership fee for maintaining the support services of our certified fitness trainers. NFPT's membership renewal fee is $85 annually. 

COMPARE NFPT TO OTHER CERTIFICATION AGENCIES

  NO LATE FEES for not renewing on time: our trainers lead busy lives, we won't penalize you for being a little late with your renewal. With other agencies, you'll pay high penalties in late fees or be required to get re-certified. 

  LOW COST OF CEC MAINTENANCE: we're not going to overwhelm you with hidden CEC fees. We'll tell you upfront! Our membership fee + CEC cost will be lower than others, by far! When researching certifiers, find out how much CECs will cost you after you get certified.

 

HOW DO I GET CECs? 

There are literally thousands of ways that you can get Continuing Education Credits. We don't force you into one or another method for obtaining credits…you get a variety of options! Basically, if you take the time to do something that educates you in exercise science or fitness business, we'll give you the credit!

 

NFPT CEC CHOICES

HERE'S JUST SOME OF THE WAYS YOU CAN GET CREDITS:

  College classes or fitness seminars/sessions 

  Your current CPR/AED certification

  Webinars and workshops

  Credentials from other reputable certification sources

  Specialty and CE courses

  Content contributions to NFPT's CE publication or blog

  NFPT Self-Tests

Fitness related courses or events are assigned credit amounts based on the subject and participation time. There are so many possibilities for obtaining credit that we can't even list them all! These charts below provide a snapshot of what we're looking for, and how many credits you will receive, when submitting a cert of completion, or other documentation, for credit. 

Number of Participation Hours     
Number of CECs Awarded   

1 - 3 hours

.25

3 - 6 hours

.50

6 - 9 hours

.75

9 - 12 hours

1.0

12+ hours

1.5 - 2.0
 

 NFPT MAKES IT EASY TO CHOOSE

WAYS TO GET CECs

 

 Courses and CEC Awards  

NFPT SELF-TESTS

These FREE resources for CECs are done conveniently in your home 2x per year

 

 

 

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0.5 CECs (each)

Self-Test Example 

NFPT SPECIALTY COURSES

These courses provide advanced level curriculum and additional trainer credentials

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Fitness Nutrition Specialist

1.0 CECs

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Resistance Training Specialist

1.0 CECs

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Endurance Training Specialist

1.0 CECs

NFPT CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES

These courses offer convenient online methods for enhancing your knowledge

 

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 Functional          Plyo

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Stretching    The Core

 0.5 - 1.5 CECs

 

 

 

NFPT RECOMMENDED PROVIDERS

These providers offer courses that have been pre-approved & meet additional requirements for education

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.5 - 1.5 CECs

GMP Fitness

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.5 - 1.5 CECs

Desert SouthWest Fitness

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1.0 CECs

Human Kinetics

NFPT APPROVED PROVIDERS

SEE All Pre-Approved PROVIDERS

These CE providers have been pre-approved for NFPT CECs. Choose from the categories that interest you to find a provider 

Interested in Becoming a NFPT CEC Provider?

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Special Populations

 

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Exercise Science

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Fitness Business

 

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Nutrition & Weight

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Group Fitness

 

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Mind & Body

OTHER METHODS

CPR/AED

.05 CECs

Other Cert or CE Courses/Events

.25 - 1.5 CECs

 

Webinars, Workshops, Seminars

.25 - 1.5 CECs

 

Continuing education is more than just a recert requirement, it means going beyond the CPT credential and showing your employers and your clients that professional development is important to you.

At NFPT, we value your success and know that continuing to educate yourself is very important, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming...we strive to make CEC maintenance convenient, affordable and easy to understand. If there is ever a question about how to get CECs, contact us and we will help you to find something that's right for you and that is in your budget. 

ALREADY NFPT CERTIFIED?

You can submit documentation for CECs to NFPT by fax, phone, mail, email or through a "Quick Submit" form in your My Services account. Any way that you can get the information to us so that we can review and approve your participation in fitness related coursework, get it over and we'll award you the credit! 

Go to your NFPT My Services account and see "CEC Resource Center" to renew your certification or to submit CEC documentation.

OR, Call us at 800-729-6378...we're happy to help!