When you order any NCCPT (or NCCPT affiliate) educational or business program, you accept and agree to adhere to the NCCPT Code of Ethics. You hereby certify that the information given to NCCPT is true, complete and correct. You acknowledge if any of this information is later determined to be false, NCCPT reserves the right to revoke any certification or certificate that has been granted by the NCCPT or any of its affiliates. You further acknowledge that NCCPT certification or certificate does not certify or in any way guarantee the quality of your work as an NCCPT-certified professional. You therefore agree to indemnify and hold harmless NCCPT, its officers, directors and staff from any claims due to negligent acts, omissions, or faulty advice that you may give to clients as a NCCPT certified professional. You further recognize that NCCPT is not responsible for any actions or damages incurred or taken by any person arising out of your work, intentions or actions as a NCCPT certified professional.
As an NCCPT Certified Fitness Professional you must recognize the importance of a set standard and scope professional and ethical conduct in providing training services to clientele and the general public. Professional and ethical concerns or issues arise when professionalism and ethics are either not known or not fully understood. The NCCPT Code of Ethics represents a professional standard that must be upheld at all times when performing the duties of a fitness professional.
- Act with integrity in any relationship with their clients by providing the highest level of professional fitness training services based on objective and unbiased research and scientific information in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
- Act with integrity in relationship with colleagues, fellow employees and other health care professionals. They should respect the rights, opinions and decisions of other certified fitness professionals and never solicit business from other professionals’ clients or students.
- Ensure a safe and enjoyable training environment through significant and suitably challenging programming.
- Distinguish between personal convictions or opinions and professional duties and responsibilities and not allow personal beliefs and biases to interfere with the greater goals of the clients’ health, fitness and performance. A fitness professional must not sexually, psychologically or economically exploit their relationship with a client, supervisor, student, employee or colleague.
- Fitness professionals should always keep the client’s or students’ best interests first, not those which merely advance a fitness professional’s private and personal interest or gain.
- Refer clients or students to appropriately qualified professionals when the client or student’s need is greater than the trainer’s knowledge or abilities.
- Keep abreast of the new developments, concepts and practices by actively researching and learning on a daily basis in order to promote professional excellence.
- Respect a client or student’s right to privacy. Maintain the confidentiality of personal client or student information and written records. Conversations, behavior, personal life and in some cases personal identity should be kept confidential. The focus should be on the business relationship and not a client or student’s personal life, except as it affects a person health and fitness goals.
- Avoid sexually oriented comments or banter and inappropriate physical conduct should be avoided.
- Provide a non-biased, fair and equal treatment to all individuals and groups both personally and professionally.
- Use advertisements which promote the primary intent of helping clients or students make informed judgments, choices or decisions regarding their fitness goals.
- Maintain an appearance which is clean in a manner consistent with good hygiene, safety and commonly accepted good taste.
- Remain focused when training and don't be distracted by other people, televisions, computer monitors or cell phones.