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CPTN Certified Personal Trainer (CPTN-CPT)

Warning: All certification assignments are reviewed for plagiarism during the grading process. Candidates who submit the work of another candidate or certified trainer will risk forfeiting their entire certification process with CPTN.

Requirements to be completed within 6 months of passing Online Exam

CPTN Certified Personal Trainer candidates must:

  • Be age 18 or older.
  • Hold current First Aid (STANDARD or EMERGENCY) certification.
  • Hold current Adult-Child-Infant CPR C/AED certification.
  • Submit a Personal Trainer Log (PDF, 95KB) of a minimum of 20 hours of practical training experience.
    • Practice one-on-one training with a relative and/or friend for 20 hours
      • Can consist of four clients for 5 hours of training or five clients for 4 hours of training each
      • Can include up to 5 hours of observation of a Certified Personal Trainer
      • Can include up to 5 hours of mentorship with a Certified Personal Trainer
    • or submit a Degree/Diploma, including official/unofficial transcripts, in the Health Sciences or equivalent field (e.g. BKin, BPHE, BPhE, etc…) via Document Upload or e-mail to


The CPTN-CPT certification is recognized across Canada and abroad. International candidates can complete the entire certification process online. The certification process consists of an online theory and an in-person practical exam. A distant practical option is given to candidates who are not located near an available Practical Assessor. Once certification status is acquired, all CPTN-CPT must keep relevant in terms of education through Online Courses, Workshops or Conferences to maintain certification status. Candidates are not limited to CPTN approved courses and can take related courses from other providers in the field. Non-approved courses however would require a Petition for approval. Due to the varied skills sets of our trainers, insurance is not included with CPTN certifications but is offered through our affiliated Insurance Providers. Failing to maintain certification status through our Certification Renewal process for more than 6 months will require practical reassessment and more than one year will require complete recertification. All CPTN trainers must maintain current First Aid and CPR C/AED certification status.

Getting Started

Theory Examination Guidelines

The theory exam is online and consists of 120 random selected multiple-choice questions including true/false, matching, comprehension cases, and application based questions. It is 180 minutes (3 hours) in duration and requires a passing grade of 75% (90/120). Your score will be recorded and shown at the end upon test submission. You are allowed to rewrite the exam multiple times if a passing grade was not achieved after reviewing the categories in which a poor grade was indicated. Please refer to the testing categories below for a breakdown.

Note: You must achieve a passing grade on the theory exam before proceeding to the practical assessment. You will be e-mailed instructions for completing the practical assessment within 2 BUSINESS DAYS.

Practical Examination Guidelines

The practical exam is a demonstration of exercise techniques, communication skills, needs assessments and program progression. Practical assessments are a minimum of 60 minutes in duration and requires a passing grade of 75%. You will be given feedback from the qualified Practical Assessor. Information regarding how to schedule an appointment for an assessment will be e-mailed within 2 BUSINESS DAYS after passing the theory exam. Please refer to testing categories below for a breakdown.

Tip: Candidates requiring assistance with the design templates for the written component of the practical exam can order the CPTN-CPT Online Program Design Tutorial which provides instructions on how to complete that component.

Note: Candidates who are in a region where there is no available assessor will be given a distant practical option.


  • Duration: 180 Minutes (3 Hours) / 60 Minutes (1 Hour)
  • Passing Grade: Theory Exam – 75% / Practical Exam – 75%

Note: Your practical assessment results will be processed within 2-3 weeks of the assessment date. Please submit the required documents (First Aid and CPR, etc.) through online submission or e-mail to


  • You will earn the distinction CPTN-CPT.