Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here’s everything you need to know about working with NFPT. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please contact us.

About NFPT

What is a CPT?

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) is a general title used by an individual who has demonstrated the necessary skills as assessed by a national certifying organization like NFPT. The certifying organization name is an important part of the CPT title, so trainers certified by NFPT use the acronym “NFPT-CPT” behind their name and in marketing materials for recognition of their achievement.

How long has NFPT been certifying personal trainers?

NFPT has been educating and certifying fitness professionals since 1988.

Is NFPT recognized?

NFPT’s certification is recognized nationally and internationally. Most clubs require that trainers are Certified Personal Trainers (CPT) regardless of the certifying organization. Each health club and wellness facility establishes its own approved provider lists for personal trainer certification. NFPT has been certifying trainers for nearly 35 years and is widely recognized as a prominent certification provider.

Why is being certified through a company with an accredited program so important for a personal trainer?

Earning your personal training certification through an accredited organization means that you have met industry-accepted competencies and standards established by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the public. NCCA is the gold standard for accreditation. Most gyms and insurance companies require trainers to be certified by an organization that has had its CPT program accredited by NCCA or another regulatory third-party organization.

Who accredits certifying companies?

NCCA logoThe main accrediting organization for the personal fitness training industry is the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), which operates under the auspices of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). NFPT is accredited by the NCCA and adheres to its certification standards and test development practices.

Application Requirements

Am I eligible to become a Certified Personal Trainer?

As long as you’re 18 or older, have earned a high school degree or the equivalent and comply with the NFPT Codes of Conduct , you’re welcome to purchase a certification package.

Where can I find the NFPT Codes of Conduct?

The entire NFPT Codes of Conduct can be found here .

To become  NFPT certified, you must agree to comply with these standards, so it doesn’t hurt to brush up on them before  and after certification.

Do I have to be CPR certified for NFPT certification?

No, although we highly recommend it for the safety of your clients and coworkers. Many workplaces require CPR certification for employment and liability insurance. If you are interested in getting your CPR certification, contact your local American Red Cross or American Heart Association chapter for information. You also can earn NFPT continuing education credits for your CPR certification.

Certification Cost

How much does personal trainer certification cost?

NFPT offers many affordable certification packages  for you to choose from.

Do you have a payment plan?

We offer convenient financing for both the Standard and Premier Certification packages.

NFPT’s  flexible payment plan means you can make payments at an amount with which you are comfortable at the time that works for you. There are no minimum payments, no monthly fees and no additional charges or interest fees. When you’ve made your final payment, you can schedule your certification exam.

Are there any discounts available?

NFPT offers discounted application fees to health club staff members, military, first responders and civil servants.

How do I apply?

Take a look at our certification  options and choose a package that’s right for you.

What is NFPT’s refund policy?

Find NFPT’s refund policy here.


How long do I have to prepare for the exam?

On average, candidates take 60–90 days to get ready for the certification test, but you have one 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 one-year eligibility period. Take your time, review the exam content outline carefully and then schedule your exam when you feel ready to go.

What’s on the exam?

The certification exam has 120 multiple choice questions in five categories: Principles of Human Anatomy, Principles of Human Physiology, Fitness Components, Training Program Development, Implementation and Modification; and Professionalism and Communication Skills. The NFPT Certification Handbook is the best resource to study for the exam. You can find more detailed information about the exam here.

Where can I take the exam?

You can take your NFPT certification exam at one of 400+ test sites worldwide. After you’ve registered, you can schedule your exam at a time and location convenient to you.

What’s the format of the exam?

There are 120 multiple choice questions, each with four answer choices. Each section of the test is weighted differently, so it’s important to answer all of the questions.

Is there a time limit?

You have two hours to complete your exam.

Should I bring anything for the exam?

Your knowledge and enthusiasm! You will not be allowed to use books, calculators, notes or other items to assist you during the exam. Test sites offer secure storage areas for you to store these items while you’re there.

Is there an additional fee for the exam?

Your NFPT certification package includes an exam voucher. You also can purchase an exam voucher separately without a certification package if you are confident you don’t need NFPT study materials.

When will I get my results?

If you take your exam on a computer at one of our test sites, you will know your score as soon as you finish. A detailed score report will be mailed to you later. If you take an exam on paper, you’ll receive your test scores by mail in 2-3 weeks.

What if I pass?

Congratulations! You can celebrate that you are now part of the NFPT trainer family. You’ll receive a certificate to display and a membership card by mail in 2-3 weeks.

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. The retake cost is $119. If you don’t pass after your second attempt, you’ll need to wait 18 months from the date of your first exam to re-apply.

Continuing Education Credits (CECs)

What are continuing education credits (CECs)?

You earn continuing education credits (CECs) for each completed activity through which you learn about exercise science and your fitness business. Every certification organization like ours requires CECs but, at NFPT, you can earn your 2.0 CECs each year for free.