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CPTN Certified Personal Trainer (CPTN-CPT)

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 2-Year Degree/Diploma, including official/unofficial transcripts, in the Health Sciences or equivalent field (e.g. BKin, BPHE, BPhE, etc…) via online submission or e-mail to

Note: Candidates must submit the requirements listed above (First Aid, CPR, Training Log, Degree/Diploma) before proceeding to the practical exam. It is not required for taking the online exam or attending the workshops.


The CPTN-CPT certification is recognized across Canada and abroad. It consists of an online theory and an in-person or distant practical exam. All CPTN-CPT must remain active in terms of education through Online Courses, Workshops or Conferences to maintain certification status. Failing to maintain certification status through our Certification Renewal process for more than 6 months will require complete recertification or practical reassessment. Candidates are not limited to CPTN approved courses and are encouraged to take related courses from other providers in the field. Non-approved courses would require a Petition for approval. All courses must have a certificate of completion. All other CPTN certifications are dependant on the CPTN-CPT for acquisition and renewal.

Getting Started

Theory Examination Guidelines

The theory exam is online and consists of 120 random selected multiple-choice 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 and hold First Aid and CPR requirements before proceeding. You will then be e-mailed instructions for completing the practical exam with one of our Practical Assessors within 5 BUSINESS DAYS.

Practical Examination

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 5 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 more than one hour's drive from an available Practical Assessor will be given the option of submitting recorded video for cardiovascular and resistance components, and video conferencing for questions assessed.


  • Passing Grade: Theory Exam – 75% / Practical Exam – 75%

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


  • You will earn the distinction CPTN-CPT.


Exams: Theory Exam – 180 minutes (3 hours) / Practical Exam (Information will be provided upon successful completion of the theory exam)

Fee (HST included): CPTN Member $204.75 CAD / Non-member $262.50 CAD. Fees include both theory and practical exams.