Certification Process

Become a Personal Trainer in 5 Easy Steps
Step 1

PICK YOUR PACKAGE

Standard Package

$379$299

Premier Package

$499$399

Premier Plus Package

$1299$999

The Exam Voucher is included in ALL CPT package options.  Upon enrolling, you will receive a welcome email with your NFPT ID to begin creating your account.  All digital education resources and test scheduling instructions will be available immediately after your account has been created.  Consider adding the Hands-On Workshop for an interactive learning experience.  If you can not attend a workshop, the Recorded Workshop will also enhance your exam prep, and is included in the Premier Plus Package.

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Exam Voucher

Step 2

PREP FOR YOUR EXAM

  • Immediate access to digital study material, upon creating your NFPT Account
  • Average prep time, 60-90 days
  • 5 exam content areas:

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 certification process begins as soon as you enroll.  Your NFPT welcome email will include your NFPT ID to begin creating your account, where you will have immediate access to the digital education resources (if a package is purchased) and exam scheduling instructions.  You can study at your own pace, according to your own schedule, with NFPT’s self-guided course.

Test candidates typically spend 60–70 hours studying over a 2-3 month period to get ready for the exam, but you can schedule the exam anytime within 1 year of your enrollment date. The NFPT education material will prepare you to understand the principles of human anatomy, physiology, fitness components and training methods as well as how to develop, implement and modify goal-oriented training programs for your clients.

Step 3

SCHEDULE YOUR EXAM

Schedule your CPT exam any time, within 1 year of your enrollment date, through one of our Test Centers or in the comfort of your home through our Remote Testing option.  Same day testing is possible with the Remote Testing option.  

Taking Your Exam

  • 120 multiple choice questions
  • Closed book
  • 2 hour time limit
  • 750/1000 to pass
  • Instant test results

You’ve taken the time needed to prep for your exam, the next step in the certification process is to schedule your exam! There are two options available for testing, Test Centers and Remote “In-Home” Testing. Detailed scheduling instructions will be available through your NFPT Account, which was created when you enrolled. Your enrollment includes one opportunity to take the CPT exam, however, a re-test can be purchased if needed. Both test options have flexible exam dates and times, with the ability for same day testing.

As soon as you complete the exam, you may print your instant test results. When passing the CPT exam, your digital certificate will be available through your NFPT Account within 1-2 business days and a hard copy certificate (for framing) will arrive by mail within 7-10 business days…hard copy certificates only available in the US and Canada.

Step 4

START TRAINING

  • Create your trainer database listing through your NFPT Account, you earned it, get noticed!
  • Visit the NFPT Blog to access health/fitness education articles to grow your fitness knowledge (FREE education resource)
  • Add to your credential by taking other fitness courses, your clients will be glad you did!
  • Add liability insurance

Congratulations, you’ve passed the CPT exam!  You now hold the NFPT-CPT credential and have a wealth of resources, through your NFPT Account, to help launch your career.  We encourage you to check out the NFPT Blog for advise on how to kick start your new career, while also gaining valuable knowledge on health/fitness topics that relate to your clients specifically.    However you choose to build your career, NFPT is here to support you during this step of the certification process. You worked hard to attain your Personal Trainer Credential; let us help you continue to grow and thrive. Keep that credential active and move the fitness industry forward!

Step 5

STAY CERTIFIED

Two Requirements

  • $85 Annual Membership Fee
  • 2.0 CECs – FREE

CEC Suggestions

Renewing your certification is a two part process, which consists of an $85 Annual Membership Fee and submission of Continuing Education Credits (CECs); this is the last step of the certification process. All NCCA accredited certification organizations require completion of CECs for recertification, but NFPT Trainers get theirs absolutely FREE!

We have plenty of free Self Tests and Fitness Flops available, and there will always be enough to complete through your NFPT Account to meet the full 2.00 credit requirement each certification year. If you’d rather renew for a two-year cycle, you can work ahead and submit two Annual Membership Fees and 4.00 CECs.  Note: 10 credit hours are required each year, 1 hour = 0.20 credits. 

If you’d like to strengthen your skill set, while earning credits doing it, you can also choose from the many Specialty/Fitness Courses NFPT has to offer…extra credentials are a great way to add to your trainer tool belt! When you invest time in a fitness learning course/activity, like those in the suggested list, we will award credit for that learning assessment…without a petition fee! You simply upload the added credential to your NFPT Account. You can just do the free options, complete other fitness courses, or do a combination of both to reach your credit requirement.

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  • Two practice tests More info
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Already Know Your Stuff?

You are not required to purchase the education material to sit for the Certified Personal Trainer exam. If you feel you already possess the knowledge, becoming of a Personal Trainer, then you can proceed with the purchase of the Exam Only option. Upon enrollment, you will receive a welcome email with instructions on creating your online account to access the detailed scheduling instructions.

Exam Voucher

$249
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