PERSONAL TRAINER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Turn Your Passion For Fitness Into Your Purpose For Life.

Are you beginning your fitness career? NFPT is the place to start. Start training!

Are you adding to your existing professional bio? The NFPT-CPT title adds a notch to your trainer belt.

REASONS TO CHOOSE NFPT

  • User-friendly, fundamental, ‘real-world’ education.

  • Free CECs for the life of your certification.

  • Accredited. Recognized. Established.

  • Special Discounts for Civil Servants and Club Staff.

  • You’re more than a member, you’re part of our trainer family!

Pick the Best Personal Training Certification Package for You

STANDARD

CERTIFICATION PACKAGE

Essential Resources for Test Prep

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THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES

Exam Voucher

Exam Content Outline

Trainer Manual*

Study Guide*

Online Learning Quizzes

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*digital download. Discounted hardcopy available w/package purchase. 

PREMIER

CERTIFICATION PACKAGE

Essentials + Extras for Start-Up Trainers

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THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES

STANDARD PACKAGE PLUS EXTRAS…

2 Practice Tests

Exercise Animations

Client Assesment Videos

Expert Support

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PACKAGE DETAILS

REAL-WORLD CERTIFICATION FOR REAL-WORLD TRAINERS. FOR OVER 30 YEARS.

The NFPT Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) program is an accredited and industry recognized certification designed to qualify fitness enthusiasts to train one-on-one or in small group settings. You can start your own training business, or gain CPT employment in clubs, gyms and studios worldwide.

THE STANDARD & PREMIER CERTIFICATION PACKAGES INCLUDE:

TRAINER MANUAL

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Fundamentals and goal-oriented training methods for safe and effective personal training services, with complete consultation and assessment guidelines. Learn exercise science and program design in a user-friendly way.

We’ll email you a preview of our Trainer Manual that includes the first 3 chapters!

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STUDY GUIDE

A workbook that supports your review and understanding of the Personal Trainer Manual. It includes 365 questions designed to reinforce the course learning objectives.

Answer keys are provided for self-assessment.

EXAM VOUCHER

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The exam tests your understanding of personal trainer skills. It consists of 5 content categories with 120 multiple choice questions. This exam voucher is your ticket to test sitting. We’ll email exam scheduling details when you enroll.

Set your test appointment around your schedule. You have one year to use your exam voucher for test sitting.

ONLINE LEARNING

This is an online version of the Study Guide that follows each of the 19 chapters in the trainer manual. Chapter summaries and quizzes allow you to grade and gauge your understanding of the concepts as you go through the manual.

Take these chapter quizzes as many times as you need for practice and retaining the information.

EXAM OUTLINE

The NFPT Exam Topics

The Exam Content Outline is a detailed checklist of the subjects to be familiar with before test day. The full checklist, with each main category broken down into specific content areas, will be available as a download.

400+ Testing Sites Worldwide

Set Your Own Exam Appointment (within 1 year of enrollment)

120 Multiple Choice Questions, 2 Hour Time Limit

750/1000 Points to Pass, 74% First Time Pass Rate

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5 Exam Categories and %s:

  • PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY – 20%
  • PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY – 19%
  • FITNESS COMPONENTS – 23%
  • TRAINING PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION, AND MODIFICATION – 33%
  • PROFESSIONALISM AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS – 5%

THE PREMIER CERT PACKAGE INCLUDES THESE EXTRAS:

Practice Tests (2)


These are a sampling of the types of questions you can expect on the exam. Each practice test is 45 multiple choice questions from each of the 5 exam categories.

Exercise Animations


80+ exercise animations that provide dynamic instruction, demonstrating a broad range of properly performed movements involving nearly every major muscle group.

Client Assessment Videos


45 videos that take you step-by-step through assessments for creating and implementing fitness training programs personalized for individual clients types: General Fitness, Athletes and Older Adults.

Expert Support


NFPT expert trainers are available by appointment to answer any questions you have about training and programming concepts or about subject matter in the education material.

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MORE REASONS TO CHOOSE NFPT

  • Step-by-Step client consultation & assessment procedures

  • Business Plan template and communications & marketing recommendations for NFPT-CPTs

  • NFPT partnerships & affiliated discounts on insurance, events, courses and more

  • The People. The Support. Your Trainer Family

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MORE ABOUT NFPT CERTIFICATION

Accredited. Recognized. At Your Service.

We train up-and-coming personal trainers with a back-to-basics approach to education and step-by-step guidelines for client screening, assessment protocols and goal-oriented fitness program design. NFPT Certification is provided in package options so that you can choose the best personal training certification package for you – and this is only part of what we do to support your trainer journey and your on-going success.

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Requirements for Taking the NFPT-CPT Exam

  • Be 18 years of age or older

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent

  • Possess a current government-issued photo ID (required to sit for exam)

Requirements for Personal Trainer Life & Success

  • Be passionate about your fitness
  • Want to help people achieve fitness goals
  • Have exercise experience and a desire to continue learning

3 STEPS TO CERTIFICATION

We’re available to you at every step along your journey. We have a team of personal training experts and administrative professionals who can answer any question that you have from certification how-to’s and landing your first job to exercise science concepts and fitness training techniques. We’re serious about supporting your certification needs and putting your passion to work!

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First, choose the Standard or Premier Certification Package (or you can choose to purchase only the Exam Voucher to ‘test-out’). Both the Standard and Premier Certification Packages include the Exam Voucher, Exam Outline and all of the essential study prep material (like the Trainer Manual, Study Guide and Online Study Guide in chapter-by-chapter quizzes). The Premier Certification Package includes all of these items and all of the extras (like the 2 Practice Tests, Exercise Animations, Assessment Videos and Expert Trainer Support).

Once you enroll, we email your NFPT ID# and account details for accessing all of your resources and exam scheduling portal.

personal trainer certification step 2

Next, prepare for your exam by using the materials in your NFPT account and your existing knowledge of the subjects listed in the Exam Outline. The average study time is 60-70 hours, which includes the average for reading the Trainer Manual, completing the Study Guide and taking the chapter quizzes.

When you’re ready, set your own exam appointment around your schedule!

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Then, pass your exam! You’ll get your exam score immediately following exam sitting. When you pass, you’ll receive your certificate and wallet ID card by mail (within a week following your exam). There is a 74% pass rate for first time test takers (you got this)! But, should you need to take the exam again, that’s okay, you will have another opportunity to pass. If you’re serious about your test prep and passionate for the work, you’ll pass and you’ll be a great trainer at the end of the process!

Take advantage of the resources available to you once you’ve achieved the NFPT Certified Personal Trainer credential. In your NFPT Account, you’ll access your trainer database listing, assessment forms and training logs, discounted liability insurance and other partner discounts, and FREE CECs for the life of your certification!

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT NFPT

This is a user friendly company! Their CPT course is in layman’s terms and easy to follow. It equips you with just the right amount of information to get started as a personal trainer. Then there’s all sorts of Continuing Ed options to build upon the foundation.

Shaweta Vasudeva, 'Shay the Coach'

I have been a Certified Personal Trainer since 2009. I originally certified with another nationally accredited certifying body. Switching to NFPT was the best move I ever made. They are a family owned company that cares about my success. Whenever I have any questions about the industry or any aspect of fitness training someone is always eager to assist me. They allow me to be directly involved!

John Rutnik, A Fitter You

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!

Debrae BarensfeldDebrae Barensfeld, NitroForce Industries

After calling several other certification companies, most seemed cold over the phone and always tried to say they were the best. Not with NFPT! They were honest and down to earth. I know other people who are certified with other companies and they seem dissatisfied when talking about what their companies do for them.

Jerald Evans, Body Ministries
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We’ve put together this start-up guide to help you learn more about where you can work and tips from career personal trainers

This guide is super helpful. And, it’s FREE.

Here’s some of what’s included:

  • Your Expected Daily Routine
  • Your Career Options – Both Short and Long Term
  • Your Potential for Income – Now and Long Term
  • Self-Employment versus Outside Employment
  • Lifestyle Changes and Time Commitments

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