Personal Trainer Certification Program

Choose the package for me:

Standard$299

  • Exam Voucher
  • Trainer Manual
  • Study Guide
  • Online Learning

Exam Only$199

  • Exam Voucher

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. Compare trainer certification programs here.

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!

Financing Made Easy

Our financing option is a great way to be on your way to personal trainer certification, without the up-front financial obligation. Just make a down payment, get all of your education prep tools and materials, and make payments in any amount that you want over a period of one year (just make sure to pay your balance before you take the CPT exam). Learn more...

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 education credit awards. NFPT gives you an easy to use and cost effective platform to grow and expand your expertise.

Certification comparison chart

Certification Comparison

Deciding which certification is best for you can be overwhelming. We’ve put together this comparison of personal trainer certifications to help make the process a little easier. These organizations have programs accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. See the comparisons here.

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".

Daniel Mills, CPT

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

"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."

Personal Trainer Certification Program

Choose the package for me:

Standard$299

  • Exam Voucher
  • Trainer Manual
  • Study Guide
  • Online Learning

Exam Only$199

  • Exam Voucher

NFPT CPT Program Includes:

Included in Standard CPT Package
Included in Premier CPT Package

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 you with the subjects of these 9 categories in a detailed exam outline that may be used as a “checklist” for your review and exam prep.

Learn more about the exam

Trainer Manual

The NFPT Personal Fitness Trainer Manual provides comprehensive instructions for offering safe and effective fitness training services and complete consultation guidelines. The manual is provided in your NFPT Online Learning Portal as a PDF document that you can download and print, as many times as you need. The hard copy version of this study and reference manual can be bought at a discount with the purchase of your certification package.

The NFPT Personal Fitness Trainer 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. You will also receive business advice, client assessment and training templates and legal document samples for assisting your trainer business success. Legal considerations, marketing strategies and professional documents to support the services you offer are a part of the tools and resources offered in the your NFPT Trainer Manual.

Learn more about the manual here

Study Guide

This study guide is a supplemental text that supports your review and understanding of the NFPT Personal Fitness Trainer Manual. The guide is broken up chapter by chapter for your convenience. You will access your study guide in your NFPT Online Learning Portal as a PDF document that can be downloaded and printed as many times as you need. The hard copy version of this study guide can be bought at a discount with the purchase of your certification package. Your study guide will include over 360 questions that are designed to reinforce the course learning objectives as well as the NFPT exam outline to use as a "checklist" through your studies.

Online Learning

NFPT's Online Learning Portal allows you the ease and flexibility of convenient step-by-step study that takes you chapter by chapter through the NFPT Trainer Manual. This is an Online Learning version of the NFPT Study Guide that more efficiently and conveniently walks you through an interactive version of the education material. Each of the 19 Chapters are broken up for you to follow through at your own pace. Online quizzes, at the end of each chapter, allow you to grade and gauge your understanding of the chapters as you go through the manual. Answer keys are available to you upon completion of chapter quizzes for your self-assessment and reinforcement of the education material.

Tech Support

Have questions about what you're reviewing in the NFPT Personal Fitness Trainer 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. There is no time limit or question limit with NFPT tech support.

Practice Tests

Like the NFPT — CPT exam, these practice tests have been developed by experts in the field of personal training. Each practice test is made up of 45 multiple choice questions that represent each of the 9 exam categories. With your Premier Certification Package you will receive 2 practice tests that you can take multiple times, anytime! These practice tests’ questions are a sampling of the types of questions that will be asked on the CPT exam. Get geared up to take your exam by experiencing the same style and format of the real thing with these NFPT practice tests!

Exercise Animations

Over 80 exercise animations, involving nearly every major muscle group, are available to you before and after you have taken the exam. These illustrated animations provide dynamic instruction, demonstrating a broad range of properly performed exercise movements that are focused on musculoskeletal modeling and properly executed form.

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, available for the Standard and Premier Certification packages 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!

Personal Trainer Certification Program

Choose the package for me:

Standard$299

  • Exam Voucher
  • Trainer Manual
  • Study Guide
  • Online Learning

Exam Only$199

  • Exam Voucher

3 P’s to your CPT Credential

1. PICK

2. PREP

3. PASS

1. PICK your Cert Package

Pick your package and click “START HERE” to get officially enrolled in the NFPT Personal Trainer Certification program! Enrollment requirements are:

When you enroll, you will immediately receive a purchase receipt by email and then, within 24 business day hours, you will receive another email that confirms your enrollment into the program with instructions for accessing your NFPT My Services account. All of your education material, online learning tools and test scheduling information will be found from your NFPT online account. Confirmation by mail, to include your hard copy materials (if applicable) will arrive within 7-10 days of purchase.

Certification Terms and Conditions

2. PREP For Your Exam

NFPT education is a recommended source for exam preparation, but it is not intended to teach to the exam. Remember, all of the skills that make a personal trainer successful are not found in one textbook; you are your own best method for learning and trainer development. We will do our best to help you prepare for the exam. The NFPT manual is designed to be a foundational resource, both before and after the exam; but we will always encourage you to keep learning and growing. Continue to search out additional text and applicable on-the-job experience in order to reach your true potential as a personal trainer. NFPT will be there to help you along the way! If it is preparing for your certification exam, we have you covered! We’ll equip you with the tools that you need to be prepared. Learn more about the exam.

3. PASS Your Exam

NFPT Personal Trainer Certification

Though most trainers 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!

Financing Options Available

Our financing option is a great way to be on your way to personal trainer certification, without the up-front financial obligation.
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