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 proficiency 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 for the certification or they must have a signed parental consent form from their legal guardian. Applicants must also show proof of a valid CPR card in order to sit for the exam. The NCCPT recommends that you adequately prepare before attempting your exam and will provide a list of open resources you can utilize to prepare. A list of open resources you can utilize to prepare is available through NCCA.
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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What's On The Exam
The NCCPT NCCA accredited certification exams are 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|
In addition to offering the option of purchasing the NCCPT certification exam as a standalone administration, the NCCPT offers several educational exam study packages through its partnership with ISSA. Please note that study materials are available through 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.
*Packages include one exam attempt, but do not include proctoring fee paid separately to proctor service.
For more information about the program consult the Candidate Handbook.
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