Certification Exam

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About the Exam

How Long Does it Take to Prepare for Certification?

On average, candidates take 60–90 days to get ready for the certification test, but you have a full year to pass the exam. If you need an extension, let us know. If you don’t pass the first time, you can schedule one retake during your full-year eligibility period. Take your time, review the exam content outline carefully and then schedule your exam when you feel ready to go.


What Score Do I Need to Pass?

You need to score 750 out of 1,000 possible points to pass the NFPT Certification Exam. It’s important to answer all of the questions, since each section of the test is weighted differently. Follow these tips to prepare.


What if I Don’t Pass?

You can take the exam twice during your one-year eligibility period, so if you don’t get it on the first try, you’ve got another chance. Review your education materials and the exam details and brush up using these study tips. If you take the exam while the testing experience is still fresh in your mind, you’re more likely to pass on your second try. Don’t give up! You’ve come so far already.

After your second attempt, you’ll need to wait 18 months from the date of your first exam to re-apply at a discount. With dedicated study, many trainers overcome their obstacles. You can do this! We’re here to help.


How was the Exam Written?

The NFPT Certification Exam was developed and is regularly updated under the approval and oversight of the NFPT Certification Council using an established test development process. This process follows nationally accepted best practices for certification programs under the regulatory authority of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NFPT’s test development process is facilitated by the psychometric staff of Schroeder Measurement Technologies. See NFPT’s Certification Handbook, Exam Activities and Job Analysis Executive Summary for more on exam development.

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How Do I Schedule My Exam?

You can schedule your exam in your NFPT Account. Log in and find the Schedule My Exam section in the main menu. 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 testing sites are open evenings and weekends and only need 7–10 days’ notice. You’ll know your score as soon as you finish and you’ll receive a detailed score report by mail in 1–2 weeks.

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At NFPT, we’re family-owned and it shows. You’ll gain the skills you need to begin your career on a solid foundation from our friendly and supportive staff. You’ll benefit from our commitment to you that goes beyond just certification. We nurture your career growth and that of every member of our trainer family. You get the care and attention you’d expect from family when you work with NFPT.

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