The NFPT Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)  program is designed to qualify fitness trainers to work one-on-one or in small group settings.

Whether you’re beginning a career as a personal trainer or wanting to add a professional credential to your bio, NFPT certification provides you with credibility and support to succeed and earn as a fitness professional.

NCCANationally Accredited

NFPT’s CPT program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies – our industry’s gold standard for certification programs.  Compare trainer certification companies here.

Continuing EducationFree and Easy CECs

Your CPT credential requires Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for recertification. With NFPT, a variety of options are available to earn free credits with NFPT CE offerings, or earn credits for any learning activity that you are already doing. More about CECs and Renewal.

flex fundamentalsFocus on Fundamentals

We take a back-to-basics approach to learning that focuses on comprehension. NFPT trainers demonstrate their understanding of fundamental exercise science principles for designing safe and effective training programs. More about NFPT Education.

NFHOFHistory & Recognition

NFPT is a family of fitness professionals and personal trainers. It was established in 1988 by a Marine turned personal trainer. His vision was to provide a real-world, practical trainer certification. More about us.

map computerConvenient Testing

The NFPT exam is administered at over 350 locations. Set your test date by appointment at your convenience. See Test Locations.

service-iconDiscounts for Club Staff & Military

Existing health club staff are 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 exam sitting fee!

financing-iconSimple Financing

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. More About Financing

Personal Trainer Certification Options:

Standard Cert Package

Standard Certification Package


  • Exam Voucher
  • Exam Content Outline
  • Trainer Manual
  • Study Guide
  • Online Learning Tools

Premier Cert icon

Premier Certification Package


  • Exam Voucher
  • Exam Content Outline
  • Trainer Manual
  • Study Guide
  • Online Learning Tools
  • Exercise Animations
  • Assessment Videos
  • Practice Tests (2)
  • Expert Support

Exam voucher

Exam Voucher Only


  • Exam Voucher
  • Exam Content Outline

Certification packages include the following:

Exam Voucher

Exam voucherThe CPT exam will test your understanding of personal trainer skill sets required by the profession.  It consists of 120 multiple choice questions, derived from 5 categories. We will provide you with a detailed outline that may be used as a checklist for your exam prep.

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Trainer Manual

Personal Fitness Trainer ManualOur Trainer Manual provides comprehensive teaching for safe and effective fitness training services and complete consultation guidelines. It reinforces fundamental exercise science concepts with a back-to-basics approach. It is provided as a download. (Hard copy available for purchase.)

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Study Guide

cover_study_guideThe study guide supports your review and understanding of the Trainer Manual. It includes 365 questions designed to reinforce the course learning objectives. An exam outline is also included to use as a “checklist” for your study prep. The guide is provided as a download. (Hard copy available for purchase.)

Online Learning Tools

computer iconNFPT’s Online Learning Portal provides a convenient online study aid. This is an online learning version of the Study Guide. It follows each of the 19 chapter in the trainer manual. Quizzes at the end of each chapter allow you to grade and gauge your understanding as you go.

The PREMIER Certification Package includes these extras:

Practice Tests

These practice tests give you a sampling of the kinds of questions you can expect to see on the exam. Each practice test consist of 45 multiple choice questions that represent each of the 9 exam categories. Take multiple times at your convenience.

Exercise Animations

Over 80 exercise animations provide dynamic instruction, demonstrating a broad range of properly performed movements involving nearly every major muscle group. You retain access to these after the exam.

Client Assessment Videos

Over 45 videos that take you step-by-step through the necessary assessments for creating and implementing fitness training programs personalized for individual clients. Videos are broken down by client 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. There is no time limit or question limit.

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Additional Resources

What Trainers Say About NFPT

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Certification Process Explained

Step-by-step explanation of the process; how it works and what it will look like. Show me.

What’s on the Exam?

An in-depth breakdown of what’s on the exam. Show me.

Compare Certifications

A detailed comparison of NCCA accredited certification programs. Show me.

Cert Terms & Conditions

All eligibility requirements, policies, terms, and conditions for the NFPT-CPT. Show me.

Exam Prep Help

More info and tips for taking and preparing for the exam. Show me.