Become a Certified Personal Trainer

About the Certification

If you are ready to inspire others to get off the couch and get healthy, then it's time to take your first step to becoming a certified personal trainer.

The NCCPT personal training certification was built around the idea that with the right education, fitness professionals can inspire change using every resource within their reach and not be confined to any “one” system of training. Our education provides you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to create change with every client you meet, using science as your method and NCCPT as your guide.

On May 27, 2016, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted [re]accreditation to the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The NCCA Standards were created in 1977 and updated in 2003 to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry. The National Council for Certified Personal Trainers joins an elite group of more than 120 organizations representing over 270 programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. More information on the NCCA is available online here.

Personal Trainer Programs

Every Personal Trainer Study package provides our students one exam attempt. In addition, all enrollees must take the exam within six months of purchase; retakes of the certified personal trainer test must be purchased separately with a maximum retake allowance of three attempts, taken within a 12 month period.

There are no prerequisites to take the exam. The NCCPT recommends that you adequately prepare before attempting your exam the first time. We will even provide you with a list of open resources you can utilize to prepare. The course must be completed within twelve months of purchase date.

NCCPT currently offers two Personal Training programs. One program results in a certification as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). The CPT credential identifies the individual's knowledge or skills related to the specific job of a Certified Personal Trainer. The second program provides a Certificate of Personal Training to those who pass the certificate of personal training test.

Certificate programs demonstrate the certificate holder has successfully completed a training/education program. Choose the convenience of an online certificate of personal training exam, or go for the full Certified Personal Trainer certification at a PSI Testing Center and earn the title of Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).

It’s not which package you choose but which exam you take that allows you to use the CPT credential. The exam for the Certificate of Personal Training is a different test, with no item-overlap to the CPT exam. To prepare for the Certified Personal Trainer Exam, a candidate generally needs to invest about 80-100 hours of study. Generally, candidates spread this out over a few months, depending on their background, experience, and available time.

For more information about the CPT program consult the Candidate Handbook.

For more information about the CPT exam consult the Policies and Procedures Handbook.

Meet our Certification Board

NCCPT provides the following options for the CPT and the Certificate exams:

NCCA Accredited Certified Personal Trainer - CPT Certificate of Personal Training
Must take exam at PSI Facility, $79 fee paid to PSI Online Exam with live proctor, $25 fee paid to PassMyExam
Must be 18 years old Must be 18 years old
Must present valid, government issued photo ID Must present valid, government issued photo ID
Must present valid, non-expired CPR card Must present valid, non-expired CPR card

Why Go Broke Before Making Any Money?

Competition Accreditation Cost to you
AFAA N/A $499

Get Certified with the NCCPT NCCA CPT Program for as little as $240!

At NCCPT we invest in creating the highest quality education in the industry. We don't spend our money on ads because we don't believe you should have to pay for them. Our savings are passed on to you. Spend less money -- Equal earning potential!

Let's Get Started

If you would like to take your exam at PSI and do not need any study materials, choose NCCPT Exam. For optional study materials, choose from the packages below.

*Packages include one exam attempt, but do not include proctoring fee paid separately to proctor service: $79 fee to test at PSI, $25 to take the test for your personal training certificate online at

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