About our Accreditation

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) was created in 1987 by ICE (Institute for Credentialing Excellence), formerly NOCA (National Organization for Competency Assurance), 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. Certification programs that receive NCCA accreditation demonstrate compliance with the NCCA's Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, which were the first standards for professional certification programs implemented by the fitness training industry.

In 2005, the NFPT Personal Trainer Certification program was granted accreditation by the NCCA. NFPT objectives include ensuring that we provide an accredited and trustworthy certification program with a legally defensible personal trainer assessment. NFPT certificants will have demonstrated minimal competency in the field of personal training and will have the ability to effectively apply their knowledge as a professional in the personal training industry.

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies is a 3rd party governing and accrediting authority with requirements which include standard business practices and independent development of minimum competency exams which asses the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) of qualified certification candidates. Standard processes for exam development that ensures minimal competency and legal defensibility represent a large part of the NCCA requirement which mandates quality control standards for all parts of the exam development process. Standards for certification program governance, continuing education and the certification organization's responsibilities to certificants/stakeholders are also parts of certification program review for NCCA standards approval.В 

NCCA accreditation of credible certification programs serves the candidate and protects the public by requiring certifiers to independently comply with unbiased exam validation procedures, yield to third party governance and accountability, and adopt operational protocols that legitimize the certification credential according to a recognized standard.

NCCA protects vocations from government regulation by acting as a recognized self-governing standard. Protection from increased government regulation in this field is necessary to secure the employment and career growth of tens of thousands of full and part time personal trainers.В 

NCCA accreditation requires the certification program to enforce continuing education standards for assuring the professional development of its certificants. NCCA standards speak to assuring that the credential is maintenanced appropriately and in a way which promotes safety, health, and public and government confidence through certification standardization. NCCA has been accrediting certification programs for over 20 years and has emerged more recently in the personal training industry as the gold standard for quality assurance.В 

For more information, visit the ICE Website.


NFPT has been certifying personal trainers since 1988. Our organizational mission is to equip trainers and their clients with the education and tools that are needed to address America's growing health concerns and to promote fitness around the world. NFPT trainers are certified to work one-on-one or in small group settings for the purpose of establishing and implementing goal-oriented fitness training programs that are safe, effective and enjoyable for their clients.


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."

Daniel Mills, CPT

"I started in this industry just a short year ago, but it didn't take long to know that fitness training is what I want to do with my life! I had the pleasure of working directly with Ron Clark, NFPT's founder, and I learned so much that I knew I could put it to work, getting certified was the obvious next step. I know now that it's possible to take my passion and make it a career - because I'm doing it! Thank you NFPT!"

Debrae Barensfeld, Trainer

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

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."