What is Continuing Education?

Build on your foundation. Strengthen your credentials.

Continuing education adds variety to your fitness portfolio and gives you a career edge. With NFPT’s convenient and affordable options, you’ll enjoy continuing education opportunities that inspire you, show and grow your training skills and fulfill your recertification requirements.

What is Continuing Education?

To keep your skills fresh and your certification current, you must earn 2.0 continuing education credits (CECs) each year after your first year of certification. Show that you’re building your knowledge and you’ll get credit for it. Expand your skill set and grow your client base through the ongoing learning you get when you earn CECs. Each learning hour equals 0.2 CEC, so you need 10 hours of learning activity each year. If you do more than 10 hours, your credits will be applied to the next certification year so you can recertify every two years instead. You choose when to renew.

Why Do I Need CECs?

Requirements can be different for each type of fitness certification you pursue but all certifiers require that you demonstrate ongoing competence through continuing education. You must earn CECs to maintain your NFPT Certified Personal Trainer credential. Your credential impacts your work opportunities, your liability insurance, your credibility in the community and your reputation. You stay in shape; keep your credential in shape, too. Your NFPT recertification is easy and we’re here to help.


What Counts?

Your efforts can earn you credits, even if they’re not traditional courses. When you invest your time in an exercise science or fitness business learning activity — a workshop, a seminar, an approved third-party offering or even writing blog articles — you get credit. Doing something that you think could count? Let us know. Most of our trainers choose NFPT’s quality courses to earn new titles like Fitness Nutrition Coach or Master Fitness Trainer. But you also can earn free CECs through your NFPT Account by taking Self Tests on exercise science topics and Fitness Flop quizzes about trainer dos and don’ts. Your opportunity to earn free CECs is one of the ways NFPT stands out: We support our trainer family through free options that keep your credential current.


What About Programs That Aren’t Pre-Approved?

We approve your CEC credits based on participation hours, official recognition and relevant coursework. If you choose an activity that’s not already NFPT approved, it’s OK. Ask for our review and approval; that’s free, too.


How Do I Submit an Activity for Approval?

Send documentation — a certificate of completion, transcript or confirmation letter — through your NFPT Account, by mail or by email. When you provide documents that show what you’ve done and with which company or presenter, you’ll receive credit without paying extra fees. You’re automatically awarded credits for NFPT courses, including free continuing education options, through your NFPT Account. We’ve got you covered.

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