About the Exam

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) Exam Instructions

  • The CPT Exam is 140 multiple choice questions.
  • Only candidates who achieve a passing score will obtain CPT certification and must use that designation
  • You have two hours to complete the personal trainer certification exam.
  • A pass or fail result will be provided upon completion.
  • The exam is NOT open book / open notes.
  • You have six months from the date of purchase to take your exam.
  • If you do not take the exam within six months, a late fee will apply.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to take the exam.
  • A valid CPR card and government issued photo ID is required to take the exam. Please visit our CPR trainer certification page for more information on CPR.

NCCPT has partnered with American Safety Institute to give NCCPT Students a discounted rate on CPR certification.

Your CPT certification exam must be taken at a PSI testing facility. To locate a testing facility near you:

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After you purchase, complete the PSI Exam Request form here. Please allow at least one business day after you submit the form for your request to be processed. PSI will inform you by email with instructions for scheduling your exam. You may take the personal trainer test as quickly as 72 hours from date of purchase (depending on facility availability) or up to 6 months from date of purchase.

$79 proctor fee will be paid to PSI for the personal trainer certification exam.

Certificate of Training Exam Instructions

NCCPT has partnered with American Safety Institute to give NCCPT Students a discounted rate.

Your exam is taken online with a live proctor. To schedule your online exam:

PassMyExam requires 72 hours advance notice for all personal trainer schooling appointments.

Please check that the correct exam, time and time zone are listed.

Exam Content

I. Health Assessment - 22%

  • Forms & Documentation
  • Postural Assessment
  • Injury Prevention
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Special Populations

II. Kinesiology - 11%

  • Anatomy
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Anatomical Terms

III. Exercise Physiology - 12%

  • Energy Systems
  • Muscle Physiology
  • Physiological Changes
  • Endocrine Systems

IV. Nutrition - 11%

  • Macro & Micronutrients
  • Client Dietary Assessment
  • Ergogenic Aids and Supplements
  • Meal Planning
  • Understanding Nutritional Labels

V. Exercise Application - 23%

  • Biomechanics
  • Program Design
  • Program Implementation
  • Flexibility
  • Cardiovascular
  • Proprioception

VI. Business Training - 13%

  • Scope of Practice
  • Ethics
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Selling

VII. Emergency Procedures - 8%

  • Evaluating & Preventing Hazards
  • When to Call 911
  • First Aid Procedures

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Newbury Park, CA 91320

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