Certification Process

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With NFPT’s tried-and-true certification process, you can become a certified personal trainer and start your career in less than a year.

Step 1: Pick Your Certification Package

NFPT’s affordable certification packages include all of the study tools and easy-to-understand educational resources you’ll need to successfully complete the certification process. You also can choose the test-only option if you’re confident you don’t need study materials. Following your purchase, you’ll receive an email with your NFPT identification number and your NFPT Account set-up instructions. Then you’re on your way to certification.

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Already Know Your Stuff?

NFPT’s certification packages include educational material developed by experts over the past 30+ years. NFPT fitness education teaches you fundamental exercise science and fitness training methods that you’ll put to work as a personal trainer but you are not required to purchase education materials to take the certification exam. If you already have this expertise, then you can simply enroll and take the exam.

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Step 2: Get Ready to Pass Your Exam

You’ll be more than prepared when you study NFPT’s certification materials that cover the exam subject areas in easy-to-understand language with how-to videos and helpful quizzes to reinforce your learning. You can study at your own pace, according to your own schedule, with NFPT’s self-guided course. Trainers typically spend 60–70 hours studying over 3–4 months to get ready. NFPT education 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. We will even teach you how to use professional and effective communication skills to promote your trainer services for long-term success.

Check out some test-preparation tips on the NFPT Blog. Reach out if you have questions. We are here to support you!

Step 3: Schedule Your Exam

When you’re confident you’ve mastered the material, it’s time to take the exam. You can schedule your exam in your NFPT Account. Each certification package includes one chance to take the test. Choose an exam date within one year of your enrollment or let us know if you need an extension. Many exam sites are open evenings and weekends and only need 7–10 days’ notice to schedule. As soon as you finish the exam, you’ll know your score. If you’ve passed, your certificate will be available in your online account right away. If you’re within the United States, you’ll receive a detailed score report by mail in 1–2 weeks.

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Step 4: Put Your Certification to Work

Congratulations! You’ve passed the exam. Now you have become an NFPT Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and have access to exclusive tools and other resources to launch your career. However you choose to build your career, NFPT is here to support you.

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Step 5: Keep Your Certification Active

All certification organizations require continuing education and recertification. With NFPT, you get to choose to recertify every year or every other year. You need to complete 10 hours of continuing education credits (2.0 CECs) each year or 4.0 CECs every other year for recertification. You can take NFPT’s specialized courses or get your CECs for free from Fitness Flop quizzes and Self Tests. We’ll help you strengthen your skill set so you can help others meet their goals — and get paid doing it.

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We’re Your Foundation for Success

For more than three decades, NFPT has helped fitness professionals build a foundation for success. You’ll learn fundamental fitness concepts and exercise science through our comprehensive fitness education, taking you from beginner to professional personal trainer in no time. Once certified, you join our trainer family, which is dedicated to turning a passion for fitness into a successful career.

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Build a rewarding career by helping others live a healthy lifestyle. As a personal trainer, you can live your dream by sharing your passion for fitness. Embark on a new career now.

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