The National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification has been developed by the NCCPT Certification Board to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated competent knowledge and skills needed to perform as personal trainers in the fitness industry. The NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification program, accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) is a key indicator to fitness employers and other potential fitness clients that the trainer has demonstrated proficiency through successful completion of an examination of their ability to provide competent training in fitness. Individuals who earn the NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) credential have demonstrated knowledge of the professional domains that encompass the tasks and knowledge required of a personal trainer in the fitness profession. By passing the Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) examination, professionals are able to display their aptitude in each specialized knowledge area of fitness training.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age prior to applying to take the certification exam or they must have completed NCCPT's Age Waiver Request Form signed by a parent or legal guardian. Applicants must also show proof of a valid CPR card in order to sit for the exam.
What you need to bring with you on the day of the exam
You have six months from the date of course enrollment to take your exam. If you do not take the exam within six months, a course extension will need to be purchased in order to be eligible for the exam. If you are unsuccessful in your attempt to pass the exam, retakes are available for an additional fee.
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The NCCPT NCCA accredited certification exams consist of 140 multiple choice questions. 125 questions are graded (scored on the exam) and 15 questions are field items (pre-test, not scored on the exam). View a list of the exams' content here.
A pass or fail result will be provided upon completion of the administrated exam.
Only candidates who achieve a passing score on their exam(s) will obtain the certification. View candidate handbook for more information.
Canceling or Rescheduling the Exam
When cancelling or rescheduling your exam, the following timetable applies. Any fees will be collected by NCCPT's testing partner, Prometric from the candidate.
|Cancellation/Reschedule Period||Cancellation/Reschedule Fee|
|30 days or more before test date||none|
|5-29 days before test date||$25|
|Less than 5 days before test date, or
Failure to appear for scheduled test, or
Arrival more than 30 minutes after the scheduled start time for the test (admission refused)
|Full test delivery fee for the canceled/rescheduled test|
The NCCPT recommends that you adequately prepare before attempting your exam. There are numerous educational exam study packages available to candidates through NCCPT's partnership with ISSA and through other media available in the market. These materials are designed to help candidates prepare for the NCCA accredited exams. Purchase of any study materials is not required to sit for the NCCA accredited NCCPT certifications, nor does it guarantee a passing result on the exam.
We have provided a list of open resources you can utilize to prepare here.
For more information about the program consult the Candidate Handbook.
*Packages include one exam attempt, but do not include proctoring fee paid separately to proctor service.