About the Certified Professional Trainers Network (CPTN) Inc.

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The Certified Professional Trainers Network (CPTN) Inc. has firm roots as the former Canadian Personal Trainers Network, first established in 1991. Our organization integrates current research and practical applications for education, communication, professional development, certification and marketing opportunities for Personal Trainers to maintain a leading edge on professional training developments.

Our Objectives

  • Integrate current research and practical applications to education and marketing opportunities for Personal Trainers.
  • Form a strong, supportive, and active network of Personal Trainers.
  • Establish health and fitness partnerships at the local, and national levels.
  • Increase public awareness of personal training, and its direct relationship to health & fitness.
  • Develop and implement nationally, and internationally recognized Certifications.
  • Encourage international liaisons to maintain a global perspective, and a cutting edge on personal training developments.

CPTN Executive Committee

Dr. Susan Lee, PhD, CPTN-CPT
President – Practical Assessor Instructor
Yee Chau
Vice President – Membership and Information Services
Lucinda Jensen, BPE (Honours), CPTN-CPT
Chair – Conference, Education and Information Services
Maria Hui, BA, CPTN-CPT.M
Chair – Certifications
Dawnelle Hawes, MEd, RYT, CPTN-CPT.M
Chair – Professional Developments
Colleen Holmes-Cumming, CPTN-CPT.M, CES
Chair – Professional Relationships
Michael Sapryhajlo, CPTN-CPT
Chair – Communications
Sheldon Persad, MSc, NCCP, CSCS, CPTN-CPT.M
Co-Founder (Tribute) – Trainer Business Development

Record of Accomplishments

The following list highlights some of our accomplishments.

  • 2016 - Partnered with International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA)
  • 2015 - Improved personal trainer profiles to improve the marketing opportunities of their services
  • 2014 - Partnered with Google to provide real-time video chat between client and personal trainers
  • 2013 - Celebrating our 20th annual conference and continuing education service to personal trainers
  • 2013 - Developed the CPTN-COATS certification program
  • 2013 - Developed the CPTN-CGFL certification program
  • 2011 - Gained National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) CEU accreditation for fitness workshops
  • 2011 - Gained Canadian Athletic Therapist Association (CATA) CEC accreditation for fitness workshops
  • 2010 - Developed the CPTN-CYS certification program
  • 2010 - Developed the CPTN-PRCS certification program
  • 2010 - Gained British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK) CEC accreditation for fitness workshops
  • 2010 - Partnered with Breathe Into Motion to teach our Yoga workshops
  • 2009 - Associated with American Academy of Health and Fitness (AAHF) to provide education for personal trainers
  • 2009 - Associated with Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc (FKCI) to bring Kickboxing and MMA to personal trainers
  • 2008 - Partnered with Yes to Strength (YTS) for elite fitness and sports periodization and program design workshops
  • 2006 - Associated with Precision Nutrition to provide world class nutrition education for personal trainers
  • 2006 - Associated with Sport Specific Training for speed training workshops
  • 2006 - CPTN becomes Incorporated.
  • 2005 - Partnered with Blue Dog Yoga to provide Yoga CECs to personal trainers
  • 2005 - Migrated from printed paper examinations to Online examinations
  • 2005 - E-commerce on the web to eliminate paper form handling and improve membership services
  • 2005 - Partnered with the Fitness and Model Expo (FAME) and SPINNING® for the largest CPTN Conference ever!
  • 2004 - Partnered with Truestar Health online fitness and health for personal trainers
  • 2004 - International Certification Recognition through IDEA Personal Fitness Trainer Recognition System
  • 2004 - Redeveloped website to be AODA and W3C WCAG-AA 1.0 standards compliant for users with disabilities
  • 2003 - Developed the course The Art and Science of Personal Training Level 1: The Essentials for teaching trainers
  • 2003 - Created Personal Training instructional videos to teach trainers online
  • 2003 - Created the Award of Merit (CPTN-CPT.M) to recognize personal trainers committed to excellence
  • 2003 - Held the Fast Track Course on Personal Training workshop (precursor to Art and Science) throughout Canada
  • 2001 - Featured in CITY-TV, CBC Marketplace, The Athlete, The Globe and Mail, and The Toronto Star newspapers
  • 2000 - Partnered with Human Kinetics to provide distance education courses to personal trainers
  • 1999 - Training Persons with Disabilities initiatives
  • 1999 - Outstanding Achievement Awards for Personal Trainers (precursor to CPTN Award of Merit)
  • 1999 - Find A Trainer search launched to promote health and fitness services of Certified Personal Trainers
  • 1999 - Launched website
  • 1996 - Created a Certified Pilates Specialist (CPTN-CPS) certification
  • 1995 - Featured in Macleans, Canadian Living, Canadian Fitness, Fitness Business Canada and other magazines
  • 1995 - Launched the CPTN Reports
  • 1995 - Contributed to NFLAC’s Specialist Guidelines for Personal Trainers as a committee Member
  • 1994 - Launched Canada’s first national Personal Trainer certification (CPTN-CPT)
  • 1993 - Launched Canada’s first Personal Trainers Conference Tracking Trends
  • 1992 - Assembled a network of experts from various facilities and education institutions
  • 1991 - Registered Canadian Personal Trainers Network as a small business