The National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT) Certified Strength Training Specialist (CSTS) 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 Strength Training Specialist (CSTS) 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 Strength Training Specialist (CSTS) 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 Strength Training Specialist (CSTS) 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. 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
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
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.