The National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT) has been supplying the fitness industry with certified fitness professionals for over twenty years! The NCCPT currently offers certifications that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) in personal training, group exercise, yoga, indoor cycling, and strength training. In order to get certified, students must achieve a passing score on the NCCA-accredited NCCPT certification exam. Certifications are valid for two years. During that time, certificants must obtain continuing education units (CEU's) in order to remain certified. The NCCPT NCCA-accredited certifications are recognized at all the major health clubchains in the United States and Canada. NCCPT and has certified tens of thousands of fitness professionals. The NCCPT Certification Board, an independent autonomous certification governing body prides itself on offering the best certification for preparing candidates to succeed in a commercial health club setting.
The following NCCPT Certification exams have been accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA): Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified Group Exercise Instructor (CGxI), Certified Yoga Instructor (CYI), Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor (CICI) and/or the Certified Strength Training Specialist (CSTS). Accreditation through this prestigious third-party external agency demonstrates NCCPT's commitment to comply with NCCA's Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body affiliated with the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. By obtaining this accreditation for its certifications, the NCCPT joins an elite group of more than 120 organizations with over 270 programs that have been accredited by the NCCA.
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|
|Certified Personal Trainer||CPT|
|Certified Group Exercise Instructor||CGxI|
|Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor||CICI|
|Certified Yoga Instructor||CYI|
|Certified Strength Training Specialist||CSTS|
Also refer to candidate handbook for any additional information: Candidate Handbook
Study Guide & Exam Preparation
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.
To learn more about the NCCPT certification exams click here.