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Mission Statement

The mission of the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers Certification Board ("NCCPT CB") is to determine entry-level competence of the Personal Trainer who will provide safe and effective personal training programs to the public.

In carrying out this mission, the Board shall:

Where did this system come from?


The NCCPT curriculum has been the main source for a variety of healthcare professionals and organizations including ACSM, ACE, AFAA, ISSA, NASM, NBFE, NSCA, "Master Level" (from The Resistance University) and CSCS through the NSCA.

The NCCPT curriculum adheres to ACSM guidelines.

NCCPT Programming Philosophy

We believe health and fitness is like the three legs of a tripod: exercise, rest and nutrition. When programming exercise for a client, we believe it's important to consider these three factors. It doesn't matter how much exercise we intend to do, or in which stage of training the client is; if they're exhausted or malnourished, performance and even health will suffer. Therefore, the type of exercise, the amount of exercise and the acute variables of sets, reps, weights and rest periods are all dynamic, depending on the each individual client.


The NCCPT teaches programming specifics, not specific programming. It's based on scientific concepts not exact science.

We teach trainers to do a thorough assessment to each of their clients prior to exercise. This should be done not just once, but every single minute they are exercising for the most proper assessment.

Our programming is based on two main concepts: the concept of Periodization from Tudor Bompa and the concept of Specificity or the S.A.I.D principle (Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands). Both of these concepts are well-established in the industry and every major sport and rehabilitation program is based on these two main concepts.

Within the concept of Periodization there are macro cycles and micro cycles. The micro cycle is made up of the actual daily exercise routine. The NCCPT personal trainer is taught to consider four components when writing an exercise program for any client at any juncture in their training.

These four components are like four legs of a table and must support the client's quest in their goals.

In summary, we provide the scientific concepts, assessment techniques and a thought process for trainers to adequately make the best decisions regarding their client's health and fitness goals.

NCCPT-CB Board of Directors

Name Position Term
David Hoptar, CPT Director 2016-2019
Rich Drengberg Director 2014-2017
Greg Joujon-Roche Director 2016-2019
John Iyre Public Member 2016-2019
Geno Carignan, CPT Chair 2014-2017
Debra Weldon, CPT Director 2014-2017
Doug Westerman, CPT Director 2014-2017

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(800) 778-6060

3481 Old Conejo Rd. #102,
Newbury Park, CA 91320

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