Become a Certified Personal Trainer

Achieve and Maintain Your Credential in 5 Easy Steps
Step 1


Standard Package

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Premier Package

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Exam Only

Start today to join the mission in paving a way for a healthy future.  It’s easy!  Pick a package, create your account, start studying, take the test, then start working on life transformations.  Upon enrolling, you will receive a welcome email with your NFPT ID to begin creating your account to gain access to the education resources and test scheduling instructions.  If you feel you have the knowledge base and want to jump straight to the exam, no worries, just select the Exam Only option to test out.  The exam is also included in the Standard and Premier Package options.  

NFPT will help you on your journey by providing the tools and resources needed to become a personal trainer that can produce real results.  By laying the foundation and providing a comprehensive education platform, you will be able to confidently approach your new career with real usable knowledge.

Step 2


  • Average prep time, 30-90 days
  • Immediate access to digital study material
  • Digital workbook with 365 questions and answer key for self assessment
  • 3 practice tests available
  • Intro to Personal Training and Client Assessment Videos
  • Exercise animations
  • 5 exam content areas with weighted percentages:

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 NFPT Personal Fitness Trainer Manual will be your main study resource.  NFPT’s comprehensive education material will provide fundamental knowledge, laying the foundation for trainer/client success.  It will provide an understanding of exercise science principles and training methodologies for safe and effective fitness program design, in a way that you can digest and apply to your individualized training sessions.  Get a sneak peek of the manual today!

If you like structure, you will also have access to the Online Learning Quizzes, to study one chapter at a time with chapter summaries and quizzes.  This will gauge your understanding of the important concepts within the chapter.  If that’s not enough, the Workbook will also help reinforce the testable learning objectives, while providing over 300 questions with an answer key for self assessment.

It takes roughly 60–70 hours of exam prep time to feel comfortable with testing, which takes the average test candidate about 1-3 months to get through.  Every test candidate is at a different stage in their journey, so there is no rush with scheduling.  You will have 1 year to schedule the exam, but the test date is completely up to you, as we have flexible test scheduling with same day testing available.

Step 3


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 available.  

Taking Your Exam

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

Test scheduling is done through your online account, with the option of scheduling at a Test Center or with a Remote Proctor in your home.  Both options offer a flexible schedule, as life looks a little different for everyone.  Take a look at the available Test Centers or view the Remote option to see which one will work for you.

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 are only available in the US and Canada.  If needed, a re-test can be purchased.

Step 4


  • Create your trainer 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 fitness courses, your clients will be glad you did!
  • Add liability insurance

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 advice 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


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.

Standard Package

  • Exam content outline More info
  • One exam attempt More info
  • Digital trainer manual More info
  • Digital workbook More info
  • Online chapter quizzes More info
  • Learn to be a virtual trainer More info
  • Essential forms More info

Premier Package

  • Exam content outline More info
  • One exam attempt More info
  • Digital trainer manual More info
  • Digital workbook More info
  • Online chapter quizzes More info
  • Learn to be a virtual trainer More info
  • Essential forms More info
  • Practice Test 1 More info
  • Practice Test 2 More info
  • Practice Test 3 More info
  • Exercise animations More info
  • Client assessment videos More info
  • Intro to Personal Training Video More info
  • Ask for help More info

Exam Only

  • Exam content outline More info
  • One exam attempt More info

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, a welcome email will arrive so you can begin creating your account to access the exam scheduling instructions.

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