How CECs Work

Keep Your Credentials in Shape

Strengthen your certification and keep your knowledge fresh when you choose from our extensive educational opportunities. With many affordable ways to earn new certifications and your continuing education credits (CECs), you can keep your NFPT Certified Personal Trainer credential active without breaking the bank.

How Continuing Education Works

To keep your certification current and to get recertified, you need to earn 2.0 CECs per year. Choose from an assortment of continuing education offerings through NFPT, our Education Partners and other fitness-related sources. If a course or activity is related to fitness programming, exercise science or building your fitness business, you probably can count it for credit.

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How NFPT is Different

Unlike other certifiers, we help our trainer family to earn all of the CECs they need for recertification through our free Self Tests and Fitness Flop quizzes. NFPT is committed to being an affordable option for our trainer family. To compare your options, check out this chart of personal trainer certifications accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, the organization that establishes standards for credentialing companies like ours.

NFPT’s Affordability Stands Out

Recertification Cycle(CECs requirement must be met before you can renew)
CECs Required(per cycle)
Recertification Fee(per cycle)
Estimated CEC Cost(per cycle)
Petition Fee(cost per non-approved CE activity)
Sample CEC Award Allocations
Average Cost per CE Award
Total Annual Cost(estimated recert. fee + median CEC costs per year, excluding any petition fees)
National Federation of Professional Trainers
1 years
2.0 CECs
$85
$0 – $305
FREE
College semester, 1.0
Self Tests**, 0.5
Article submission, 0.5
CPR/AED, 0.50
First Aid, 0.25
Proof of insurance, 0.25
NFPT CE/specialty courses, 0.25 – 6.0
$0*
$85
American Council on Exercise
2 years
2.0 CECs
$129
$267 – $499
$25
College semester, 0.8
Quiz, 0.2
News, 0.2
Article submission, 0.5
CPR, .2
First Aid, 0.2
AED, 0.2
0.1 – 0.2: $15 – $ 45
0.3 – 0.4: $60 – $80
0.5 – 1.0: $100 – $178
2.0 – 2.5: $267 – $499
$256
National Academy of Sports Medicine
2 years
2.0 CECs
$99
$699 – $999
$25
College semester, 0.3 (max 1.5)
Quiz, 0
Article submission, 0.5 (max 1.5)
CPR/AED, .1
First Aid, 0
0.2 – 0.6: $33 – $97
0.8 – 1.3: $199 – $299
1.9: $449
2.2 – 3.5: $699 – $999
$474
NETA
2 years
20.0 CECs
$45
$199 – $299
$15
Quiz, 1.0
Article submission, 1.0
CPR, 0
First Aid, 0
AED, 0
1.0 – 2.0: $19 – $39
2.0 – 3.0: $39 – $49
4.0 – 6.0: $55 – $109
9.0 – 15.0: $129 – $149
20.0: $199 – $299
$147
NCCPT
2 years
2.0 CECs
$75
$250 – $600
$10
College semester, 0.9
Self Test, 0
Article submission, 0.5 (max 1.0)
CPR, 0.1
First Aid, 0
AED, 0.1
0.05 – 0.2: $20 – $60
0.4: $49.95
0.8 – 1.1: $199 – $299
2.0: $319
$122
National Council on Strength and Fitness
2 years
10.0 CECs
$50
$258 – $468
FREE
College semester, 1.0
Quiz, 0.5
Library, 0.3
Ethics, 0.5
Article submission, 1.0
CPR, 1
First Aid, 0
AED, 1
0.3 – 0.5: $15
3.0 – 4.5: $79 – $119
5.0 – 6.0: $119 – $49
7.0: $179 – $349
$101
National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association
4 years
4.0 CECs
$149
$497 – $749
$25
College semester, 1.0
Quiz, 0.5
Library, 0.3
Ethics, 0.5
Article submission, 1.0
CPR, 1
First Aid, 0
AED, 1
1.5 – 1.6: $199 – $319
2.0: $199 – $357
3.0 – 4.0: $497 – $749
$156
National Strength and Conditioning Association
3 years
6.0 CECs
$50 – $75
$345 – $445
FREE
College semester, 0.5 (max 1.5)
Quiz, 0.1 (max 5.5)
Journals, 0.2
Article submission, 0.5
CPR, 0
First Aid, 0.25
AED, 0.25
0.1 – 0.5: $10 – $25
3.0: $285 – $445
$98

* Non-NFPT continuing education activities can be awarded credits, though the amount of credits will vary. NFPT offers free continuing education provisions but as there are many options for trainer growth and development, there are many ways to earn CECs.

** Free (two per certification year)

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