The NFPT-CPT exam will test your overall personal trainer knowledge and skill. Successful completion of this exam provides you with a legally defensible and industry recognized certification. When you pass this exam, you will be awarded a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) title and credential.

What’s on the exam?

120 multiple choice questions that come from 9 fitness training categories, see the pie chart below for these exam categories and what percentage of each subject is on the exam. With your certification package, you receive a detailed breakdown of each of these 9 categories to use as a checklist through your studies. After you take the exam, NFPT provides you with a score report that informs you of how well you performed in each of these categories. The exam is closed-book with a two hour time limit. There are 1000 total possible points on the exam, 750 points are needed for successful completion.

Where can I take the exam?

Take your exam at one of over 350 convenient testing locations. These exam sites are located all across the U.S. and abroad, and you get to set your own test date at any one of them! The exam is taken on a monitored computer that calculates your results instantly. There's no waiting to find out how you did! You receive your personal trainer certification credential in the mail within a week of passing the exam!

Personal Trainer Certification Exam Material

 

Area of Study

Percent of Exam

APPLY THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY

Human anatomy is the scientific study of the form and structure of the human body. Whether at work or rest, in peak condition or not, the human body is an amazing example of coordinated systems acting together for one purpose – your body is very much like a machine, with many working parts that come together for its overall benefit. Learn just what you have at your disposal in a human machine that works by design to perform voluntarily at your command, and involuntarily to sustain life. NFPT provides you with insight on the most vital parts related to fitness programming.

10%

APPLY THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

Human physiology is the scientific study of the activities and functions of the human body and its support systems. Every breath you draw, every beat of your heart, and almost all the calories you ingest are means by which to sustain life on a cellular level. Approximately 60% of the total amount of cells in the body are muscle tissue cells, demanding the constant attention of all of the support systems in the body. The human body is a fascinating collaboration of necessary systems functioning in concert. NFPT education will break these system processes down in a comprehensive way that will stimulate your desire to learn.

15%

APPLY THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

Exercise physiology is the study of the body’s response and adaptations to a wide range of physical exercise and human body conditions. This area of study is the place where anatomy and physiology meet in order to appropriately prescribe, gauge and maximize fitness programming for specific needs, abilities and goals. NFPT education lays out a foundation for applying your knowledge to actual fitness screening and design.

20%

ASSESS CLIENT AND IMPLEMENT AN EXERCISE PROGRAM

Now it’s time to put your knowledge to the real-world test – assess a client and implement an appropriate exercise program according to their goals. NFPT provides a step-by-step screening and consultation process that is recommended before the implementation of any exercise program. Knowing “how-to” will take a foundational understanding of theory to a whole new level of success in practice. Remember, RESULTS = RETENTION. NFPT will help you to know how to get results!

25%

UNDERSTAND THE CHARACTERISTICS OF WELLNESS

Wellness can be interpreted many ways – traditionally, it is the general condition of one’s mind, body and spirit free from illness or injury. Often times, in our quest to become fit, slim and attractive, we disregard the notion of health or wellness to achieve the “look”. But looking good doesn’t necessarily mean that you have achieved a good state of health, fitness and mind. NFPT looks at mental fitness and the mind body connection.

10%

CLIENT PROGRAMMING AND MOTIVATIONAL ASPECTS

Knowing how to interpret behavior, assess and use data for your client's fitness program, and motivate a client to change is a vital part of being an effective personal trainer. You must have the ability to show your passion for your client’s well-being and overall progress – be an inspiration to your clients, understand their needs in a goal oriented way.

5%

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Knowing how to effectively communicate with your clients is key to the motivational aspect of exercise effectiveness. Communication is an ever evolving art form of sorts that you will see as much benefit from as you give effort to. NFPT reinforces good communication skills and helps you to apply problem solving techniques that can be tremendously valuable in the field of personal training.

5%

PROFESSIONAL AND LEGAL PRACTICES

Protect your house! There are many considerations when it comes to protecting your personal training career and business, both professional and legal practices are equally important. NFPT walks you through the basics of professional conduct and legal considerations that are often times taken for granted and not realized as such large impactors to trainer success.

5%

INJURY MANAGEMENT AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL PLAN

As a fitness trainer, you are responsible for the health and well-being of your client. The level of intensity with exercise brings with it inherent risk - it is up to you to be prepared with an emergency medical plan. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – be aware and prepared. NFPT will help you to offer training that focuses on injury prevention and health management that limits risk.

5%

 



Test Candidate Instructions | Exam Activities Summary