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Content Outlines for the NCCPT Certification Exams

Exam Content Outline for the NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer Examination

  1. Health Assessment - 22%
    • Forms and Documents
    • Postural Assessment
    • Injury Prevention
    • Emergency Procedures
    • Special Population
  2. Kinesiology - 11%
    • Anatomy
    • Functional Anatomy
    • Anatomical Terms
  3. Exercise Physiology - 12%
    • Energy Systems
    • Muscle Physiology
    • Physiological Changes
    • Endocrine Systems
  4. Nutrition - 11%
    • Macro & Micronutrients
    • Client Dietary Assessment
    • Ergogenic Aids and Supplements
    • Meal Planning
    • Understanding Nutritional Labels
  5. Exercise Application - 23%
    • Biomechanics
    • Program Design
    • Program Implementation
    • Flexibility
    • Cardiovascular
    • Proprioception
  6. Business Training - 13%
    • Scope of Practice
    • Ethics
    • Legal
    • Marketing
    • Selling
  7. Emergency Procedures - 8%
    • Evaluating & Preventing Hazards
    • When to Call 911
    • First Aid Procedures

Exam Content Outline for the NCCPT Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor Examination

  1. Class Preparation - 11%
    • Check the room.
    • Operate the stereo and/or pa system.
    • Prepare class format ahead of time.
    • Modify class format based on the participants.
    • Coordinate tempo or beats per minute for each segment of the class.
    • Knowledge of how to use the bikes.
    • Know the check-in system for students.
    • Know the check-in system for teachers.
    • Be early to help new students
    • Check Temperature & air flow ventilation
    • Towel & water bottle – set up as the example
    • Engage with students to set the atmosphere; introduction, positioning
    • Encourage participants to listen to their body; recognize body issues
  2. Bike Set Up - 15%
    • Be able to explain and teach foot placement on the pedals.
    • Be able to explain and teach foot gear and cleat placement.
    • Be able to explain hip/knee/ foot alignment.
    • Be able to establish seat height and fore and aft position.
    • Establish upper body position; handlebar placement, elbow placement, etc.
    • Know how to use measuring tools/devices
    • Seat distance forward and back that is appropriate for each person
  3. Health Assessment - 6%
    • Elicit and interpret client goals.
    • Administer and interpret cardiovascular assessments.
    • Rona: checking students during class to adjust
    • Understand heart rate; Vo2 max; wattage; some resistance not just momentum.
  4. Class Instruction - 15%
    • Use the correct tempo or beats per minute (bpm) and cadence for each section of the class.
    • Know how and when to cue participants in class.
    • Identify endangerment sites/sites of caution.
    • Use cycling terms in the class.
  5. Riding Techniques - 15%
    • Understand and teach pedaling technique.
    • Understand and teach proper cadences.
    • Understand and teach proper hand positions.
    • Understand and teach proper breathing techniques.
    • Understand heart rate training.
    • Understand wattage/ tension on the flywheel with relation to heart rate
    • Riding and performing resistance exercise
    • Identify contraindicated movements
    • Positioning changes
  6. Emergency Procedures - 6%
    • Administer and apply principles of emergency procedures.
    • Know how to take steps to ensure injury prevention for your clients.
    • Know how to implement and follow emergency procedures for the place of practice.
    • Educate clients on ways to avoid re-injury.
    • Identify Dehydration
    • Hydration/ water break
  7. Kinesiology - 8%
    • Knowledge of gross muscular anatomy.
    • Knowledge of gross skeletal anatomy.
    • Explain anatomical terms to clients.
    • Explain physiological concepts to clients.
    • Seat height to pedal
    • Fore and aft position
    • Appropriate resistance
    • Body positioning
  8. Exercise Physiology - 8%
    • Use knowledge of the body’s energy systems.
    • Educate clients on basic muscles and their functions.
    • Understand the physiological cardiovascular changes that may occur as a result of an indoor cycling program.
    • Understand the physiological flexibility changes that may occur as a result of an indoor cycling program.
    • Understand the physiological strength changes that may occur as a result of an indoor cycling program.
  9. Nutrition - 8%
    • Macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, water).
    • Micronutrients (vitamins, minerals).
    • Interpret completed information on client intake forms.
    • Basic knowledge of Ergogenic Aids and Supplements.
    • Know how to read and interpret dietary labels.
  10. Ethics/Business Practices - 8%
    • Maintain ethical, professional and lawful relationships with clients.
    • Identify code of ethics violations.
    • Report code of ethics violations.
    • Operate within a legally defined scope of practice.
    • Maintain client confidentiality.
    • Use self-care and injury prevention practice.
    • Conduct yourself in a professional manner
    • Be proficient in verbal, audible and kinesthetic communication skills.
    • Market and advertise your skills as an indoor cycling instructor.
    • Ability to sell your services as an indoor cycling instructor.
    • Good personal hygiene.

Exam Content Outline for the NCCPT Certified Group Exercise Instructor Examination

  1. Class Preparation - 15%
    • Check the room/equipment/temperature/ventilation.
    • Check floor for moisture/other safety hazards.
    • Operate the stereo and/or PA system/audio/video.
    • Prepare class format ahead of time.
    • Modify class format based on the participants - progression/regression.
    • Coordinate tempo or beats per minute for each segment of the class/exercise routine.
    • Prepare playlist ahead of time.
    • Knowledge of how to use fitness equipment.
    • Know the check-in system for participants.
    • Know the check-in system for instructors.
  2. Health Assessment - 8%
    • Elicit and interpret client goals.
    • Administer and interpret cardiovascular assessments.
    • Assess fitness level of individuals in the class.
    • Assess quality of movement.
    • Inquire about health preconditions.
    • Inquire about preexisting injuries.
  3. Designing a class program - 17%
    • Understand how to conduct a proper warm-up.
    • Understand the difference between static and dynamic movement.
    • Understand how to create a safe conditioning segment.
    • Understand how to conduct a proper cool down.
    • Understand training principles of the workout.
    • Identify the type of the class. (i.e. strength based, kickboxing, step and dance.)
    • Identify goals (i.e. speed, agility, power, strength, stability)
    • Acute variables (i.e. sets, reps intervals, rest periods, length of time) and how to modify exercises for higher and lower levels.
    • How to take progress/regress each exercise in the program.
    • Length of class/class segment.
    • Consider studio space and available equipment.
    • Consider participant demographics.
    • Music selection and appropriate volume.
  4. Emergency Procedures - 7%
    • Administer and apply principles of emergency procedures (CPR, AED, first aid)
    • Administer and apply principles of environmental emergency procedures (fire, tornado, earthquakes, hurricanes etc.)
    • Know how to take steps to ensure injury prevention for your clients.
    • Educate clients on ways to avoid re-injury.
    • Know the location of emergency equipment.
    • Assess participants in class for potential emergencies in response to exercise.
  5. Class Instruction - 17%
    • Use the correct tempo or beats per minute (bpm) for each segment of the class.
    • Ensure the music is appropriate for the type of class.
    • Know how and when to cue participants in class.
    • Know how to motivate participants.
    • Ability to engage with participants to create connection.
    • Know how to set up stations/equipment in the room.
    • Know how to cue and correct proper technique.
    • Adjust to various exercise levels and suggest modifications.
    • Create a positive, fun atmosphere.
    • Instructor introduction, welcome participants and explain class format.
    • Acknowledge new participants.
    • Explain the benefits of the class.
  6. Kinesiology - 9%
    • Knowledge of gross muscular anatomy.
    • Knowledge of gross skeletal anatomy.
    • Explain anatomical terms to clients.
    • Explain physiological concepts to clients.
    • Use knowledge of joint structure and function.
    • Understand basic biomechanics.
    • Know planes of motion.
    • Know the concepts of momentum.
    • Explain proper alignment.
  7. Exercise Physiology - 11%
    • Have knowledge of the body's energy systems (aerobic, anaerobic)
    • Educate clients on muscles and their functions.
    • Understand the physiological changes that may occur as a result of a cardiovasular training program.
    • Understand the physiological changes that may occur as a result of a resistance training program.
    • Understand the physiological changes that may occur as a result of a flexibility training program.
    • Understand recovery and appropriate rest periods.
    • Understand the concept of EPOC (excess post oxygen consumption)
    • Understand heart rate training and the metabolic effects of the different heart rate zones.(HIIT, Tabata)
    • Understand muscle contraction (concentric eccentric isometric)
    • Understand muscle fiber type (slow and fast twitch)
  8. Nutrition - 5%
    • A general understanding of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, water).
    • A general understanding of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals).
    • Suggest healthy food options.
    • Know how to read and interpret dietary labels.
  9. Ethics/Business Practices - 11%
    • Maintain ethical, professional and lawful relationships with participants.
    • Identify and report code of ethics violations.
    • Operate within a legally defined scope of practice (e.g. diagnosing medical conditions, nutritional advice, psychological counseling, etc.)
    • Differentiate between various business entities (e.g. employee, independent contractor, partnership, corporation)
    • Work within a legal business structure (e.g. license, permits, insurance)
    • Use self-care and injury prevention practice.
    • Conduct yourself in a professional manner.
    • Practice good personal hygiene.
    • Be proficient in verbal, audible and kinesthetic communication skills.
    • Market and advertise your skills as a Group Exercise instructor.

Exam Content Outline for the NCCPT Certified Strength Training Specialist Examination

  1. Health Assessment - 14%
    • Review client records before each session.
    • Document findings from the session
    • Conduct Health Assessments prior to exercise participation.
    • Administer and interpret a postural assessment.
    • Assess efficiency of movement, posture and balance.
    • Administer and interpret a range of motion assessment.
    • Conduct Health Assessments to assess progress of an exercise program.
    • Use concepts of muscle physiology to assess muscle health (e.g., short/tight/weak, long/inhibited/weak, weak, hypertonic, muscular imbalances… muscle upper cross).
    • Elicit and interpret client goals.
    • Administer and interpret strength assessments. BREAK OUT IN SURVEY
    • Administer and apply principles of emergency procedures. Particular health issue e.g. asthma – what to do that is in scope of practice
    • Prevent and recognize musculoskeletal injuries.
    • Perform a post-program assessment.
    • Elicit and interpret client goals.
    • Administer and interpret strength assessments. BREAK OUT IN SURVEY
    • Administer and apply principles of emergency actions/procedures. Particular health issue e.g. asthma – what to do that is in scope of practice
    • What to do when have health conditions? Sickle cell anemia; risk factors;
    • Prevent and recognize musculoskeletal injuries.
    • Perform a post-program assessment.
  2. Emergency Procedures - 9%
    • Risk management plan – staff must be aware and understand Agent of institution or Independent Contractor – important to know liability.
    • Emergency action plan – incident report form; e.g. Fire
    • Administer and apply principles of emergency procedures.
    • Know how to implement and follow emergency procedures for the place of practice.
    • Know how to take steps to ensure injury prevention for clients. (Moving balls, gym equipment, have collar, dropping dumb bells use equipment safety features, joint access machine lined up)
    • Educate clients on ways to avoid re-injury.
    • Understand applications for hot or cold treatments, whirlpool.
  3. Kinesiology - 10%
    • Knowledge of gross muscular anatomy.
    • Knowledge of gross skeletal anatomy.
    • Explain basic anatomical terms to clients.
    • Explain physiological concepts to clients.
    • Use knowledge of joint structure and function.
    • Use basic anatomical terms and/or medical terminology.
    • Identify anatomical landmarks, origin, insertion and action of the muscles. (attachments)
    • Understand basic anatomical position and human reference to movement.
    • Know the planes of motion.
    • Use knowledge of joint structure and function.
    • Know the basics of biomechanics.
    • Know the concepts of power.
    • Know the difference between gross anatomy and functional anatomy.
    • Know the difference between kinetics and kinematics.
    • Know the difference between linear/translation motion, rectilinear and curvilinear motion.
  4. Exercise Physiology - 10%
    • Use knowledge of the body’s energy systems.
    • Educate clients on muscles and their functions.
    • Understand the structure of skeletal muscle.
    • Understand muscle fiber type.
    • Identify and understand the relationship between types of muscular contractions.
    • Understand the physiological changes that may occur as a result of a cardiovascular training program.
    • Understand the physiological changes that may occur as a result of a resistance training program.
    • Understand the physiological changes that may occur as a result of a flexibility training program.
    • Understand the physiological changes that may occur as a result of a strength training program.
    • Understand neuromuscular adaptations to strength training.
    • Understand how muscle soreness occurs and DOMS.
    • Understand the definition and the different types of strength.
    • Understand the cardiovascular system, VO2 max and heart rate.
    • Understand concepts of aerobic and anaerobic training.
    • Understand concepts of overreaching, overtraining and detraining.
    • Understand the structure and functional unit of the nervous system.
  5. Nutrition - 9%
    • Macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, water).
    • Micronutrients (vitamins, minerals,).
    • Dietary analysis. Review good nutrition habits Scope?
    • Interpret completed information on client intake forms.
    • Create meal plans. Scope? General Recommendations.
    • Ergogenic Aids and Supplements.
    • Know how to read and interpret dietary labels.
  6. Exercise Application - 20%
    • Principles of proper instructional techniques and cues (ex: visual, auditory and kinesthetic).
    • Principles of biomechanical principles to body weight, free weight, selectorized machine exercises, etc.
    • Consider the client's ergonomics and body mechanics.
    • Understand the concept of lever systems.
    • Demonstrate to client stretching and strengthening techniques.
    • Understand the concepts of application of force on the body.
    • Principles of proper flexibility training techniques (passive stretching, active stretching, dynamic stretching, etc.).
    • Knowledge of the sport of weightlifting spotting and cueing (ex: visual, auditory and kinesthetic).
    • Knowledge of strength equipment.
  7. Program Design - 20%
    • Incorporate the principles of effective program design.
    • Incorporate the concept of periodization to design a fitness program.
    • Appropriate and efficient program design for muscular endurance training.
    • Appropriate and efficient program design for flexibility training.
    • Appropriate and efficient program design for coordination and balance training.
    • Appropriate and efficient program design for weight-loss or to reduce body fat.
    • Appropriate and efficient program design for sports specific training.
    • Appropriate and efficient program design for speed training.
    • Appropriate and efficient program design for power training.
    • Appropriate and efficient program design for hypertrophy (i.e. vanity)
  8. Ethics/Business Practices - 8%
    • Maintain ethical, professional and lawful relationships with clients.
    • Identify code of ethics violations.
    • Report code of ethics violations.
    • Operate within a legally defined scope of practice.
    • Maintain client confidentiality.
    • Use self-care so trainer does not get injured i.e. how to spot, etc
    • Use self-care (example: trainer has flu & goes into work – should wear mask)
    • Injury prevention practice
    • Establish and maintain client records
    • Document each client visit.
    • Keep complete and accurate training records.
    • Securely store client records.
    • Advise client of confidentiality policy, rights and expectations.
    • Administer a health history form.
    • Differentiate between various business entities (e.g., employee, independent contractor, partnership, corporation).
    • Work within a legal business structure (e.g., license, permits, insurance).
    • Conduct yourself in a professional manner.
    • Be proficient in verbal, audible and kinesthetic communication skills.
    • Market and advertise your skills as a Strength Training instructor.
    • Ability to sell your services as a Strength Training instructor.

Exam Content Outline for the NCCPT Certified Yoga Instructor Examination

  1. Class Preparation - 8%
    • Check the room
    • Temperature (appropriate, comfortable, ventilation)
    • Starting on time
    • Etiquette
      • Touching
      • Approaching the student
    • Operate the stereo and/or PA system.
    • Music selection
    • Lighting
    • Mats
    • Set up preferred configuration/orientation (i.e. circles, rows, staggered dependent upon number of participants)
    • Thickness, not slippery
    • Extra if needed
    • Prepare class format ahead of time.
    • Modify class format based on the participants.
    • Knowledge of how to use yoga equipment.
    • Know the check-in system for students
    • Know the check-in system for teachers
  2. Class Instruction - 28%
    • Asana (poses)
    • PRANYAMA/ (Breathing exercises)
    • Ujjayi
    • Sequencing and cueing
    • Alignment every pose should be deconstructed & reconstructed
    • Chakra (poses are to align chakras, and teacher have knowledge)
    • Necessary modifications/contraindications
    • How to use Props
    • Proper attire
    • Benefits of various poses (i.e. hip; opening chakras)
    • Know the proper Sanskrit names to the poses.
    • Know the proper English names to the poses.
    • Know the basic history of Yoga.
    • Know the proper sequence of poses.
    • Benefits of the poses.
    • Know how to modify each pose to accommodate participants.
    • Know how and when to cue participants in class.
    • Know how and when to use tools and yoga equipment.
    • Breathing
    • Hands on correction/assist
    • Yoga Demonstration techniques
  3. Health Assessment - 3%
    • Health forms
    • Elicit and interpret client goals.
    • Visual assessment of clients
    • Seeing bodies i.e. looking at individuals and know how to cue common aberrations; tight hamstrings, kyphosis, etc. general ones
    • Set of alignment principals and how they move accordingly
    • Administer and interpret a postural assessment
    • Assess efficiency of movement, posture and balance.
    • Administer and interpret a range of motion assessment.
    • Risk Factors (i.e. High BP, Injuries; Vertigo)
    • Awareness of Special Populations
  4. Emergency Procedures - 5%
    • Risk management plan – staff must be aware and understand How important to be aware of emergency procedures.
    • Emergency action plan – e.g. Fire
    • Administer and apply principles of emergency procedures.
    • Know how to implement and follow emergency procedures for the place of practice.
    • Know how to take steps to ensure injury prevention for clients.
    • Educate clients on ways to avoid re-injury.
  5. Kinesiology/Anatomy - 12%
    • Knowledge of gross muscular anatomy.
    • Knowledge of gross skeletal anatomy.
    • Identify anatomical landmarks, origin, insertion and action of the muscles.
    • Use knowledge of joint structure and function.
    • Understand basic anatomical position and human reference to movement.
    • Know the basics of biomechanics.
    • Alignment Principles
    • Knowledge of fascia (key to movement in yoga)
    • Subtle body vs physical body movement of energy
  6. Exercise Physiology - 8%
    • Use knowledge of the body’s energy systems.
    • Educate clients on muscles and their functions.
    • Use knowledge of breathing techniques and how to demonstrate and teach them
    • Identify and understand the relationship between yoga and resistance.
    • Identify and understand the relationship between yoga and flexibility.
    • Understand what physiological changes that may occur as a result of a yoga program.
    • Knowledge of Neurobiology (expanding field)
    • Definition of terms; terminology
  7. Ethics/Business practices/Scope of Practice/Code of Conduct - 8%
    • Maintain ethical, professional and lawful relationships with clients.
    • Identify code of ethics violations.
    • Report code of ethics violations.
    • Operate within a legally defined scope of practice.
    • Maintain client confidentiality.
    • Use self-care and injury prevention practice.
    • Conduct oneself in a professional manner.
    • Be proficient in verbal, audible and kinesthetic communication skills.
    • Market and advertise your skills as a yoga instructor.
    • Ability to sell your services as a yoga instructor.
  8. Yoga and the Mind/Body Connection - 28%
    • Theory & Practice
    • Meditation
    • Chakras awareness
    • Teach Importance Dristi (where you place your eyes)
    • Mind/body Balance
    • Subtle body (blueprint for the physical body)
    • Chakra system
    • Breath
    • Kosha
    • Nadis

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