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CPTN-CPT Certification Getting Started Guide

Requirements to earn and maintain the CPTN-CPT distinction:

Candidates Must:

  • Be age 18 or older.
  • Order the Art & Science Manual or attend the Workshop if it is available (Optional with degree/diploma in the field)
  • Achieve a passing grade of 75% or higher on the CPTN-CPT Theory Exam
  • Achieve a passing grade of 75% or higher on the CPTN-CPT Practical Assessment
  • Obtain current First Aid (STANDARD or EMERGENCY) certification.
  • Obtain current Adult-Child-Infant CPR C/AED certification.
  • Complete Personal Trainer Log (PDF, 95KB) 20 hours of practice training or have a Degree/Diploma in the field.
  • Renew Certification prior to the maximum allowable expiration limit of 6 months to maintain designation.

Note: Candidates will have 6 months to complete the remaining requirements or complete retesting would be required.

1. Determine level of experience

A) I am a beginner and have no related education or training in the field

Begin with The Art and Science of Personal Training workshop. This workshop is a preparation course geared towards preparing participants to complete the CPTN Personal Trainer certification process. The workshop is for adults who have no formal education or post high school education in fitness. An online version of this course is planned.

Note: National or international candidates unable to attend a workshop are recommended to order the CPTN The Art & Science of Personal Training: The Essentials (4th Edition) Manual and CPTN-CPT Online Program Design Tutorial.

B) I am current student or alumni with a degree or diploma in the field

Students who possess or who are in the process of completing a 2-Year degree or diploma in the Health Sciences field (e.g. BKin, BPHE, BPhE, etc…) can skip The Art and Science of Personal Training workshop. We do recommend ordering the CPTN The Art & Science of Personal Training: The Essentials (4th Edition) Manual.

Note: Students are more than capable of completing the program design templates. Candidates who require better clarification can order the CPTN-CPT Online Program Design Tutorial.

C) I am a veteran professional transferring from, or into the personal training field

Veteran health and fitness professionals and those certified as a personal trainer through other organizations are encouraged to challenge the CPTN-CPT Theory Exam on the Examinations page. We do recommend reviewing CPTN The Art & Science of Personal Training: The Essentials (4th Edition) Manual.

Note: Veteran fitness professionals might be eligible to transfer CPT status from another organization and skip to Practical Examination to become a CPTN-CPT. You must complete the Transfer Application Form (PDF, 90KB).

2. Review the manual and practice for the examination

Students enrolled in their last semester and Veterans are welcome to challenge the CPTN-CPT Theory Exam. We do recommend reviewing the CPTN The Art & Science of Personal Training: The Essentials (4th Edition) Manual.

Tip: We offer candidates who want a review challenge with one-time Practice Examinations similar to the actual exam.

3. Complete the Theory Exam and earn a passing grade of 75% or higher

We recommend reviewing the sections which will be tested from the CPTN-CPT certification page. Candidates who are confident in their current knowledge can begin the CPTN-CPT Theory Exam from the Examinations page.

4. Complete the Practical Exam and earn a passing grade of 75% or higher

You will be given access to training videos, program design templates and instructions for scheduling with a Practical Assessor. Candidates whom are not with range of a Practical Assessor will be given the distant practical option.

Note: The exam will begin right after completion of registration and payment. Your score will be shown at the end. If a passing mark was achieved, we will then e-mail instructions for the practical exam within 5 BUSINESS DAYS.

Tip: Candidates who attempted the exam and failed are advised to review the topics in which a poor grade was achieved before rewriting. Please allow up to 24 hours before attempting to complete the exam a second time.

5. Planning ahead for Certification Renewal

Congratulations! You're certified. Your certification will be good for 1-Year from date of issue. CPTN recommends Certification Renewal to ensure that our trainers keep up with relevant education in the field. We follow the continuing education model requiring that trainers take Online Courses, or attend Workshops or annual Conferences (with a multitude of topics) to earn credits to be eligible for renewal.

Upon completion of these events a certificate of completion is issued and is required for proof of completion. For non-CPTN approved courses, a Petition is required for approval before renewal. Certification can be renewed thereafter for 1-Year (with CPTN-7 CECs) or 2-Years (with CPTN-14 CECs). All CPTN certifications share the most recent certification expiration date and will be renewed all at once.