Any person wishing to start a career as a fitness professional or anyone wanting to learn more about health and fitness.
There are several hundred certifications available in the United States. At this time there is no government agency that accredits or regulates Personal Training.
The NCCPT is accepted and recognized all in the major health club chains: LA Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym, World’s Gym, Equinox, Crunch, Spectrum, Bally’s etc.
The NCCPT is a full affiliate of the NBFE. The National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE) is modeled after the National Board of Medical Examiners. The NBFE has worked extensively to complete an exhaustive analysis of the practice domain of personal fitness trainers. This "domain analysis" identified seven major testing areas and sixteen measurable test objectives for examination. The purpose of the curriculum review associated with the affiliation application process is to ensure that graduates of all NBFE Certification Organization Affiliate Personal Trainer programs are prepared to take the examination in each of the testing areas and objectives. The NBFE has reviewed the NCCPT’s curriculum for validity and accuracy. The NCCPT scored a 97% out of 100% in meeting the standards for the NBFE.
There is another organization called IDEA. IDEA is the largest continuing education provider for Personal Trainers in the world. They started the IDEA PFT-Recognition system to evaluate and verify the quality of Personal Training Certifications. The NCCPT was approved and accepted into the IDEA recognition system.
Currently there are seven different certifications for fitness professionals. The NCCPT will be adding more.
When you are certified through most organizations, there is an expiration date. The NCCPT certification adheres to industry standard of two years. In order to maintain most certifications you must acquire continuing education credits (CEC's) or continuing education units (CEU's). However, if a person is not already certified through one of these organizations, then they cannot acquire credits for something they don't already have. Being certified through the NCCPT does not certify one through these other organizations. To be certified by them, the student must go through their courses (if they have any) and pass their tests. To re-accredit a NCCPT certification one must show proof of completion of twenty hours of health & fitness related seminars or workshops during their certification period. We must receive this proof along with a copy of their original certification prior to the expiration date on their certificate. There is a small fee to renew the certification. Current CPR is also required for most certifications that we offer.
Your materials will be accessible through the email that you were sent when you registered.
To take your NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer Exam call PSI/LaserGrade at (800) 211-2754.
To schedule all other Certification exams (Yoga, Group Exercise, Fitness Trainer, Indoor Cycling, Weight Management, Kickboxing, Certificate of Personal Training) visit passmyexam.net.
You have six months from the date that you purchased the exam. If you purchased through an online promotional company, you have six months from the date that you registered at NCCPT.COM.
Exams are designed to verify the student as a competent, fitness professional. As such, it is comprehensive, but fair. Each exam is made up of multiple-choice questions, diagrams and in some cases, video, based on the learning objectives and the content of the program. However, students may actually study non-NCCPT materials to pass the exam by reading and studying from other resources sited on our website. Take the course seriously.
More than half of the students who attempt an exam pass on their first attempt.
By delivering the education in digital format, we are able to offer our certification at an affordable price. We keep hard copies on hand should you choose to purchase them. This way you don't pay for products you may not require.
Each course is slightly different, however, the average study time we see (based upon when a student receives the material to when they are ready to take the exam) is 30 to 90 days. You have 6 months from the date you register on our site to take the exam.
We are accepted at LA Fitness, Gold’s Gym, Equinox Fitness, SnapFitness as well as many other large and small fitness chains.
Yes, we have many Canadian Personal Trainers who have been certified through the NCCPT.
Unless you purchased the Exam Only package, all courses come with the study materials needed to pass the exam. Your primary tool to prepare you for the Certified Personal Trainer Exam is the NCCPT Personal Trainer Manual. However, you should study all the materials provided. Watching the videos after reading the manual will help solidify the material.For those of you who want additional resources, you may also study the same resources we did in order to create the manual. A list of these resources can be found in our candidate handbook: http://www.nccpt.com/candidate-handbook#biblio
A Study Guide will help prepare you for an exam by taking you through all the topics in the NCCPT Manual. A Sample Test will equip you for the type of questions on the exam, however, you will not be given the exact questions that are on the exam.
If you are taking the NCCA Accredited NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer Exam, you must go to a PSI testing facility, and you will not need a webcam. For all other Certification exams, the webcam and audio are both necessary tools for the exam meeting. In order to protect the integrity of the exam, the Proctor makes sure that no study aids or other people nearby. For this reason, the webcam stays on for the duration of your meeting. The Proctor will primarily communicate with you via chat box, however, at times it may become necessary for the Proctor to call you and talk to you via your computer speakers. You must have your audio working in order for this form of communication to work properly.
Exam appointment times book quickly and I strongly suggest you book at least one month prior to your desired exam date.
Follow the directions you received, which would include creating a free account at NCCPT, entering your personal info and Redemption Code. Immediately after creating your account, you should receive an e-mail from NCCPT with a link to our study materials.
No, all NCCPT Certification exams are closed book.
Log In to your account and select My Courses to access your online study materials. Send us an email and we'll check it for you.
NCCPT online documents are PDF files. You will need to use a PDF Reader, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. Depending on the size of the PDF file and your internet connection speed, some downloads can take several minutes. The best course of action is to click the link and wait patiently for it to load before clicking again.
You can print a copy of your certification from your Certification Dashboard. If you would like a hard copy mailed to you, you may purchase one for $19.95. In order to purchase, your certification must be valid (non-expired). Copy will be sent via first class mail to the address on file. We cannot fax or email copies of certifications. Click here to purchase: /store/products/certificate-copy/1407.